The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation would like to emphasize that American digital media company The Onion is a news satire organization, and its recent online article stating there was a clash between cruise ship rivals in Coco Cay is completely erroneous.

The Onion, which is well known for news parodies, published an article this week stating that there was a clash between Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and the Carnival Cruise Lines’ M.S. Magic. The article stated that the Allure used battery guns to open fire on the Magic killing 3,675 guests on board.

Again, Ministry officials stress that the article is completely false. Acting Controller of the Nassau Port Authority Captain Cyril Roker has also confirmed that no such event occurred in the 100,000 nautical square miles of the Islands of The Bahamas.

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation jealously guards the reputation of The Bahamas and visitor safety is paramount. The waters of The Bahamas are a friendly cruising paradise. Each year we have the pleasure of welcoming over four million cruise ship guests to our shores.