A Carnival Cruise Line ship pulled away early Thursday, November 4 to rescue drifting passengers in a sailboat.
The carnival breeze was on his way to Galveston, Texas, around 1 a.m. Thursday morning after a five-night cruise, when officers picked up a distress call and changed the ship’s course to assist.
According to YouTube user Rhonda Brewer, who posted a video of the rescue on her channel (below), the sailors on the sailboat included an injured captain as well as two passengers and two dogs.
All were brought on board without incident and received medical attention on the cruise ship.
Following the rescue, The carnival breeze proceeded to her home port of Galveston as scheduled and arrived there this morning. The ship was returning at the end of a five-night itinerary that included stops in Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
Now, The carnival breeze is on a four night trip that will stop over in Cozumel.
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The carnival breeze resumed passenger cruises on July 15, 2021. It was the third Carnival Cruise Line ship to resume navigation after the cruise industry closed last year, after Carnival view from Galveston on July 3 and Horizon Carnival Miami on July 4.
Today’s rescue follows closely another recent cruise ship rescue by Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady.
On October 25, the ship encountered a small boat in need of assistance between Cuba and the Florida Keys. The crew members were able to bring the eight sailors on board. The ship then proceeded to Key West to transfer the unexpected passengers to a US Coast Guard.
After the transfer, Scarlet lady turned around south and drove him to his next port of Cozumel with no disruption to the route.