Astoria Grande Damaged After Hitting Wharf in Turkey

Astoria Grande

The Astoria Grande reportedly suffered significant damage after hitting the wharf at the Turkish port of Amasra on Jan. 18.

According to a report in local media, the crash was caused by stong winds, which reached 40 kilometers per hour.

A total of 385 passengers and 283 crew members were onboard the Russia-based cruise ship during the incident, the report added.

Following the incident, a team of divers was said to have inspected the ship’s hull, finding damage to one of its propellers.

Following the damage assessment, it was decided to cancel the vessel’s current cruise, with the passengers being sent back to Russia via charter aircraft.

Based in Sochi, the Astoria Grande was offering a seven-night cruise in the Black Sea at the time of the incident. In addition to Amasra, the original itinerary also includes visits to Istanbul and other Turkish ports.

With its 283 crew members remaining onboard, the 38,600-ton ship is now set to sail to Istanbul’s Tuzla Shipyard for repairs and maintenance.

Acquired by its current owners in 2021, the Astoria Grande previously sailed for Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises as the AIDAcara.

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