Carnival Glory lost its starboard anchor just off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico yesterday afternoon. The Carnival cruise ship unexpectedly released the anchor while at sea which caused the vessel to get stranded for some hours. The ship could be seen from the popular cruise destination of San Juan as the ship’s crew tried to solve the issue.
According to Endi while the Carnival Glory was leaving the port of San Juan for some unknown reason the anchor suddenly dropped. At the time the vessel was away from the port and just heading out to sea. The Carnival ship apparently dropped around 200 feet of chain and the actual anchor unexpectedly. The anchor got stuck on the seabed and could not be pulled back up. Two local tugboats were needed and support from the Coast Guard to keep the vessel in position during the high tide.
As a result, Carnival Glory got stuck while at sea for several hours since around 5 PM as seen in videos posted by people in San Juan. Take a look at video footage posted by Crucero Adicto which shows the vessel stuck just off the coast since the afternoon. As night arrives and if you look closely workers are cutting the chains so that the ship can be free from the anchor. Carnival Glory did finally set off at 10 PM.
Carnival Glory Loses Anchor
In another video, there is a closer view as Carnival Glory became stranded near the mouth El Morro of Old San Juan:
Carnival Glory was sailing towards the next port of call of Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos as part of a 7-night eastern Caribbean itinerary. The ship did finally cut free from the anchor and continued with the cruise but sadly the anchor has been left at the bottom of the ocean. There was an attempt to retrieve it but with no luck.
The Conquest class ship is based out of PortMiami and is scheduled to arrive back on March 10. The cruise line will now have to work on installing a new anchor which has not yet been detailed. Carnival Glory is 110,000 gross tons with a passenger capacity of over 2,900.