CNN has reported that 12 suspected migrants from Cuba had been spotted near the Cayman Islands, Caribbean on Saturday at around 8 pm. Once they were spotted by the Disney vessel they were picked up from their small boat. According to the U.S. Coast Guard the migrants were sailing on a dangerous unseaworthy boat.
At the time the Disney Wonder was sailing From Miami, Florida to the Cayman Islands, ships will usually sail near the Cuban north and east coast to get there. Disney Wonder was sailing a 5-night western Caribbean cruise which is scheduled to arrive back in Miami on February 17.
It’s not yet clear if the Cubans were actually heading towards the United States but it is more than likely they were. The 12 suspected migrants are being handed over to Grand Cayman authorities CNN reports. It’s common for ships to spot Cubans trying to get to the United States, they are usually found on small boats stranded at sea. You can see previous reports on Cuban migrants here.
Disney Wonder is an 85,000 gross ton ship carrying 1,940 passengers at double occupancy. Cruise Hive has contacted Disney Cruise Line and will update this post once we get a response.