On Wednesday, January 3, 2017, two Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise ships (see video below) were on New Years cruises. Both cruise ships called at Cozumel, Mexico and had passengers on a dive excursion boat when it sank off shore. The two RCI cruise ships were Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Equinox and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship Navigator of the Seas.
At the time the weather was partly cloudy, the high was 77 °F, with an 8 mph wind and gusts to 14 mph, making for choppy seas.
All cruise ship passengers were rescued by other dive excursion boats which were nearby at the time.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said six passengers from their ship Celebrity Equinox and four from the Navigators of the Seas were on a certified scuba dive excursion near Cozumel when the boat began to take on water.
Celebrity Equinox departed from Miami, Florida on Saturday, December 30 ,2017 for a 7-night cruise. The cruise ship then called at Key West, Florida before calling at Cozumel, Mexico. Celebrity Equinox then called at Georgetown, Grand Cayman before returning to Miami on January 6, 2018.
Navigators of the Seas departed from Miami, Florida on Sunday, December 31, 2016 for a 5-night cruise. The cruise ship called at Costa Maya, Mexico, then Cozumel before returning to Miami.
This is the second cruise excursion incident involving Celebrity Equinox passengers in the past month. On December 19, 2017, 12 cruise ship passengers calling at Costa Maya were killed and 20 more were injured, when a cruise ship excursion bus carrying 31 people went off the road. The 31 passengers involved were from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruise ship Serenade of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox.
- Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship Schedule
- Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship Schedule
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