Greek Authorities Say Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Island Port

A cruise ship ran aground inside the port of the Aegean island of Syros Friday with 353 passengers and 105 crew on board, Greek authorities said. No injuries or damage were reported.

The Merchant Marine Ministry, which handles rescue efforts at sea, said the Maltese-flagged ship from the budget easyCruise line ran aground on a sandy part of the port.

The ministry said the easyCruise Life was not damaged, and a tug boat removed it from the sandy spit. The ship tied up at another part of the port for a full damage inspection and was then expected to continue its cruise, the ministry said.

EasyCruise said in a statement that the easyCruise Life had tied up safely in the port of Syros on the last day of a 7-day Aegean island cruise.

The passengers had disembarked and scheduled island tours were not disrupted. "The cruise is expected to continue normally," it said.

According to the company's Web site, the easyCruise Life has a capacity of 600 passengers. It began cruising in May.