Cruise Ship

Carnival Celebration

Incident Type

Boat Rescue

Date of Accident

February 24, 2024

Location of Accident

Near Havana, Cuba

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On February 24, 2024, during its 7-day Western Caribbean cruise, Carnival Celebration played a pivotal role in a rescue operation. Captain Vincenzo Alcaras alerted passengers to a distress situation involving a boat near Havana, Cuba. This vessel, with 21 individuals aboard, was in danger of sinking, necessitating an immediate and coordinated rescue effort.

Details of the Incident

The initial announcement by the captain was made at 4:28 pm, indicating the urgent nature of the rescue. The distressed boat was swiftly reached, and all 21 passengers were found to be healthy, despite their perilous situation. The U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the rescue, safely picking up the individuals at 6:22 pm, ensuring their well-being.

Operational Context

This incident occurred at the conclusion of Carnival Celebration’s 7-day journey, which embarked and concluded in Miami, Florida. The itinerary included stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Isla Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico. This event underscores the ship’s commitment to safety and emergency response, extending beyond its passengers to others in need at sea.

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