Sixty Passengers Injured in Carnival Cruise Ship Listing

April 22, 2010
Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Ship
(1 p.m. EDT) -- Sixty passengers on Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Ecstasy were injured yesterday when the 70,367-ton, 2,052-passenger ship listed at sea.

A statement from the line says that the portside list took place at approximately 12:55 p.m. CDT when the ship was forced to perform a maneuver to avoid an object described as a large buoy that "was adrift and mostly submerged, thereby preventing it from being detected by the ship's radar." A spokesperson for the line tells Cruise Critic that the ship listed 12 degrees.

The injuries -- all of which were described in Carnival's statement as minor -- were treated at the ship's infirmary. No hospitalizations were required. There was also some minor damage to merchandise and unsecured objects on the ship.

Cruise Critic reader Bigboataddict was on the ship when the incident happened. "I was on the promenade deck above the pool when the turn was made," writes Bigboataddict. "It did dump about half of the water from the pool and all of the deck chairs went to the starboard side with the people laying on them. Closed the buffets and grills and all shops. Had to clean up broken glass. There were beach bags and contents floating everywhere on Lido deck around the pool."

When the incident occurred, Carnival Ecstasy was on the last leg of a five-night Western Caribbean cruise, which began on April 17. The ship docked this morning in Galveston, Texas, as scheduled, and is expected to embark on its next cruise this afternoon as originally planned.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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