Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Florida Today that the cruise ship stopped after spotting a 25-foot fishing boat in distress.
Cruise Critic member ceanderson3 was onboard the Glory during the rescue; he posted the following report on the Cruise Critic message boards: "... the ship started listing bad. I was sitting at the lido deck restaurant aft and was eating ice cream with friends. At this time, I glanced out the back windows and saw a light. A minute or so later it was gone.
"From the announcement made later, apparently they had gotten word of a vessel in distress in our area and the captain turned to go there. The light I saw was them signaling us. We kept lines up with them maybe 100 to 200 yards away with a spotlight on what looked like nothing more than a 20 or so foot inflatable. After a few minutes a lifeboat came around the bow of the ship and made its way out to the other boat. Then after a few more minutes, they came back around the glory and loaded the lifeboat back. Medical, security, the captain and several others met the 3 men on deck."
Check out a photo of the rescue taken by Debbie Helmholtz, who was onboard.
Gulliksen tells us that the three men, two Bahamian citizens and a U.S. citizen, were taken aboard Carnival Glory, which was on the final day of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. The men debarked Saturday in Port Canaveral, where the cruise also ended.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor