Carnival ships to resume shipping to U.S. on Tuesday, after a week on ice

Carnival ships have resumed shipping to the U.K., after a nine-day break, after their ship hit a reef near the shore of the North Sea, officials said.

The ship hit the reef Tuesday evening as it was preparing to dock in the English Channel, a Carnival spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

It had been on a six-day trip between Spain and Britain and was scheduled to dock at the port of Dover, England, later Tuesday.

The U.N. maritime authority said the reef was the first reef that had been identified in the Mediterranean Sea and was located about 250 nautical miles (400 kilometers) northwest of the French port of Dunkirk.

The British government said it was sending its ships and aircraft to help, while the French government said all ships and planes involved were on standby.

Carnival said it expects to ship about 1,000 passengers to the United States, including some with luggage.

It also said it will add another 300 to 500 crew members to the ship, adding that the company has been using up to 200 additional workers in the shipyard to maintain the ship.

The company said it would not make any changes to the schedule for the voyage.

“We are committed to providing the best service to the American public,” Carnival said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our U.B.C. partners, our European and global partners, and the international community.

We are doing everything we can to provide our guests with the best experience.”

Carnardes said it expected to ship up to 10,000 pounds of food and beverages and up to 1,500 kilograms of goods to the port, which is about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from the coast.

The cruise line said it had planned to provide 4,000 seats, a hotel, a restaurant, a bar and an event space.

The company said in its statement that it had sent a representative to the coast of Dunkary to collect samples of the reef.