More Information on the Guest Who Went Overboard on Carnival Valor
We’re learning more information about the passenger who went overboard from the Carnival Valor on Wednesday and was rescued Thursday. The Coast Guard released video showing the moment that the 28-year-old man was spotted by a helicopter.
Although details remain scarce as to exactly how and when the man went overboard, Lt. Seth Gross of the U.S. Coast Guard told CNN that the passenger could realistically have been in the water for 15 or more hours before being spotted by a cargo vessel who reached out to the Coast Guard so they could initiate rescue procedures.
In a statement, Carnival said “We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the U.S. Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water.”
The guest, whose name has not been released, is reportedly in stable condition.
Wonder of the Seas Cruise Shortened
Passengers who’d planned to set sail on Wonder of the Seas Sunday learned that their cruise would instead set sail on Monday after the world’s largest ship was diverted to San Juan, Puerto Rico in order to deal with an onboard medical emergency.
No details were released as to the nature of the emergency, but upon arrival in San Juan, the passenger was disembarked and sent by ambulance to the local hospital. Ultimately, this temporary diversion resulted in the ship’s return to Port Canaveral being delayed, with Wonder expected to arrive around 5 a.m. this morning.
As a result, the next sailing will be one day shorter and, according to a letter sent to guests, skip a scheduled visit to Nassau.
Impacted guests will receive a refundable onboard credit for the value of the missed day, and those opting to cancel will be able to get a 100 percent future cruise credit.
Carnival Miracle Resumes Service Following Dry Dock
Carnival Miracle has returned to service after her latest dry dock which saw the ship undergoing routine maintenance while also receiving the new red, white, and blue livery which the line began rolling out to across the fleet a while back.
Elsewhere, the dry dock also saw the casino bar being removed and refreshed interiors.
Miracle’s dry dock took place in Portland, Oregon. The ship is now resuming her regular sailings out of Long Beach, California.