Cruise ship hits pier in Mexico, cutting gash in ship

A cruise ship hit a pier while docking in Mexico, cutting a 13-meter (42-foot) gash in the ship’s side and delaying its return to New Orleans. Nobody was hurt, but the 2,030 passengers will have to either fly back on chartered flights or wait until the repairs are done, said Michael Sheehan, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean International Ltd. The crash happened Wednesday as the ship called the Grandeur of the Seas tried to dock in 27 kph (17 mph) wind and a 5 kph (3 mph) current, the cruise line said Thursday.