January 30, 2012
(January 27, 6:20 p.m.) -- Thirteen passengers on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas were involved in a traffic accident Friday morning in St. Thomas during a ship-sponsored tour.
The passengers were traveling in an open-air "safari cab" when their vehicle collided with a parked vehicle after going down an embankment, authorities said to the Associated Press.
Eleven of the passengers were immediately transported to a local area hospital, said Royal Caribbean in a statement. Ten were treated for minor injuries, two were uninjured, and one was seriously injured, line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told Cruise Critic. Twelve of the 13 passengers returned to Serenade of the Seas and will continue on the sailing. The passenger with more serious injuries -- a fractured hip, St. Thomas Tourist Department spokeswoman Allegra Kean-Moorehead told the Associated Press -- will need to remain in St. Thomas for further medical treatment.
Martinez said that Royal Caribbean is paying medical expenses for those who ended up in the hospital. She added that all passengers involved in the accident will be compensated by the line, but could not provide details at press time.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, said Martinez.
Royal Caribbean said the passengers were participating in the "Best of St. Thomas and Shopping" shore excursion, which tours St. Thomas' local landmarks by open-air vehicle. Serenade is currently in the midst of a weeklong Eastern Caribbean cruise sailing roundtrip from San Juan.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor