Carnival Horizon at Shipyard
Photo By: Russell Otway

On Friday there was a bomb scare on Carnival Horizon which is a cruise ship currently under construction by Fincantieri in Italy.

A bomb scare on the Carnival Horizon forced thousands of workers to be evacuated from the cruise ship which is currently under construction. What looked to be a bomb device was found on the future Carnival Cruise Line ship at the Marghera shipyard in Italy.

According to a local report, workers on the ship came across a bag which had a twisted wire connected to a red LED light. The suspicious package was found on deck 4 in the afternoon, a busy time of day with many workers and contractors. The item apparently looked like a toy bomb but the shipyard did not take any chances by activating its evacuation procedures.

Loca authorities were alerted who then dealt with the situation of a bomb threat. Thankfully there was no panic from workers and the situation was handled well by the shipyard and local authorities. Hours later the all clear was given and the package ended up being nothing.

The question which we must ask is who would put together an item which looks exactly like a bomb and leave it in a suspicious position on a cruise ship. Italian Police will investigate how this happened. Could have been just a bored worker who decided to have a laugh not realizing the events which would follow.

Work resumed on Carnival Horizon in anticipation of its Spring 2018 debut. The ship will be identical to Carnival Vista at 133,500 gross tons and be carrying 3,936 guests at double occupancy. Readers can find out more of Carnival Horizon itineraries here and for the latest construction photos from the Marghera shipyard.

Always be aware of unattended packages or items and inform security or authorities as soon as possible. All cruise lines do have bomb threat procedures and crew members often do drills for this specific type of threat.