Earlier this week, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise rescued 24 Cuban refugees, found stranded at sea between Cuba and the Florida Keys.
On Tuesday, passengers sailing aboard the Carnival Paradise were informed by the ship’s command that a small, distressed boat had been spotted in the vicinity of the ship. The ship’s command proceeded to alter course and initially position the Carnival Paradise so that the small boat would be sheltered from the waves.
Upon arrival at the scene, the Carnival Paradise extended a small landing platform into the water, where the small boat tied up and the passengers aboard the small boat transferred over to the Carnival Paradise. A total of 24 Cuban refugees were transferred from the distressed boat to the ship.
Once brought aboard, the 24 refugees were examined by the ship’s medical staff and were provided food, water, new clothing, and accommodations until the ship arrives in Tampa, Florida on March 8th.
The Carnival Paradise’s current itinerary was unaffected by the diversion and is expected to arrive in Tampa on schedule.