32 passengers from the Carnival Ecstasy have been in a tour bus accident during a call in the Bahamas on Monday.
Carnival Ecstasy Passengers in Bus Crash
Carnival cruise ship passengers have been involved in a bus crash which occurred in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas at around 11 AM on Monday. There were 32 people on the bus which overturned and crashed while traveling from the Carnival ship to the shore excursion. Footage of the bus can be seen on its side on the side of the road:
Carnival has stated that 28 of those guests managed to return to the Carnival Ecstasy after being cleared by a local medical clinic. Three guests were airlifted to a hospital in Nassau and three guests airlifted back to the United States at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
All guests on the bus were seen at the local medical clinic and 28 were cleared to return to the ship. Four guests with injuries and two family members were airlifted for hospital treatment (one to a Nassau hospital and three to a Fort Lauderdale hospital).
One of the family members who arrived in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon was subsequently admitted to the hospital. Carnival’s CareTeam is providing support to all impacted guests and is working with them to facilitate communication with their loved ones back home.
At the time of the bus crash, the Fantasy-class cruise ship was making a port of call at the private destination of Princess Cays which is owned by Carnival Corporation. The crash occurred about a 35-minute drive away which is around 40 KM. According to local news, the tour bus is operated by Eleuthera Adventure Tours Limited and the cruise line has stated that the tour has been suspended and an investigation has been launched.
Carnival Ecstasy is currently on a five-day Bahamas cruise which departed Jacksonville, Florida on June 22. The ship is scheduled to call at Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday, June 23 and will return to its homeport on Thursday, June 27. The ship is 70,500 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 2,000 at double occupancy. It joined the fleet 1991 and is one of the oldest in the fleet.
This news follows another vehicle crash which took place in St. Maarten just days ago and Royal Caribbean cruise ship passengers were injured. You read about that right here.
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