Cruise Ship

Carnival Paradise

Incident Type

Boat Rescue

Date of Accident

April 21, 2024

Location of Accident

Caribbean Sea, en route from Florida to Honduras

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On April 21, 2024, Carnival Paradise participated in a humanitarian rescue operation in the Caribbean Sea, saving 27 Cuban refugees from a drifting boat. The ship was en route from Florida to Honduras when the crew spotted the vessel in distress.

Details of the Incident

At approximately 2:30 pm Cuba time, the ship’s crew noticed a small boat signaling for help. Responding promptly, Carnival Paradise altered its course, stopped, and conducted a rescue operation. The refugees were brought aboard, given food, and received medical evaluations from the ship’s infirmary team. The incident was immediately reported to maritime authorities in both Florida (USCG Key West) and Honduras (Roatan) to coordinate further assistance.

Operational Context

This rescue occurred at the start of a 5-day Western Caribbean Cruise, which included stops at Roatan Island and Cozumel. The quick and effective response of the Carnival Paradise crew underscores the importance of preparedness and humanitarian assistance in maritime operations.

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