News on accident involving the "Grandeur of the Seas"...........can't wait to hear all the people complaining and griping, as if it was done intentionally..........same thing as when the big wave hit the other day..........people, I know its your vacation, but S**T HAPPENS, and NO one asks for it! In this particular incident, they cruiseline, once again, has done everything they can to compensate for an accident. Cruise ship hits pier in Mexico; passengers offered flights back to New Orleans 4/22/2005, 8:07 a.m. CT The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ã¢â‚¬â€ A cruise ship based in New Orleans hit a pier in Mexico while docking in the wind, cutting a 42-foot gash in the side of the "Grandeur of the Seas" and extending its stay in Costa Maya until it can be repaired. Nobody was hurt, but the 2,030 passengers either had to fly back to New Orleans Ã¢â‚¬â€ at the expense of Royal Caribbean International Ltd. Ã¢â‚¬â€ or wait until the ship is repaired and return with the 740 crew members, a spokesman for the Miami company said Thursday. A notice on the cruise line's Web site said Royal Caribbean expects the ship to be able to leave Mexico on Saturday evening, and to arrive at midday Monday in New Orleans. "Repair work is already 25 percent completed and the ship will undergo a full safety inspection and approval prior to departing Costa Maya," the notice said. The 916-foot-long ship had been scheduled to arrive back in New Orleans on Saturday and leave on a new cruise later that day. Cruise line spokesman Michael Sheehan said the company was chartering Saturday and Sunday flights for passengers who cannot wait until Monday. Passengers who want to stay with the ship may do so. All passengers will get a $250 per-stateroom onboard credit, the company's notice said. It said the seven-night cruise scheduled to leave Saturday will be cut to five nights, leaving at 6 p.m. Monday. Everyone booked is being notified; those who sail will get a $300-per-stateroom onboard credit, while those who cancel will get a full refund. Sheehan said Royal Caribbean has been in touch with the 263 travel agents who had booked people on the cruise. Royal Caribbean said the ship hit the pier about noon CST Wednesday as it tried to dock in 15-knot winds and a 3-knot current. The football-shaped puncture in the starboard bow is about 5 feet above the water line, and about 5 feet wide at its widest point.