Ships Trapped In Miami Finally Depart

December 20, 2005

Miami Plane Crash Still Traps Cruise Ships

(4:45 p.m.) -- The three cruise ships that have been stranded in Miami's Government Cut channel since the crash of a seaplane there last night will be allowed to depart this evening. According to a statement issued by Carnival Cruise Lines this afternoon, Inspiration and Fascination will both be sailing sometime after 6 p.m.

Imagination, originally intended to visit Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios will now visit Calica, Mexico, and Key West. Fascination's itinerary is modified as well. That ship will go to Freeport and Nassau instead of the originally scheduled Key West and Mexico.

All passengers will receive a $100 per-person shipboard credit and those who do not wish to continue their cruise can cancel without penalty.

Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, also landlocked since yesterday's tragedy, will be departing as well sometime after dark. Like Carnival, Royal Caribbean offered passengers compensation of $100 per-person onboard credit -- or the chance to disembark and receive a full refund. Spokeswoman Leslie Katz says just 10 people out of the ship's 2,548 passengers opted to leave.

Passengers on Majesty will miss out on the planned call at Nassau but will still visit CocoCay and Key West.