Carnival Cruise Line has been in the news a great deal lately for various reasons all stemming from issues onboard ships. Despite the fact that the company has released statement after statement and most all has been resolved, some folks continue to doubt Carnival's commitment to doing the right thing.
Having sailed with Carnival many times, what this cruiser has witnessed over the years has been anything but a lack of commitment for the cruise leader. Milestones are celebrated on these voyages...special events like anniversaries, honeymoons, family reunions and the like. Crew members fetch items that make guests feel special (even in the middle of the night) and goodness at the pictures they graciously snap of newlyweds, baby's first cruise, new friends, and old ones! They fluff pillows and keep your coffee warm...they clean your room three times a day it seems and aways have a smile on their face.
So, does it surprise me to see why Carnival made news today? Not at all. Here is the latest from their Facebook page:
Carnival Breeze comes to the aid of two mariners in need of urgent medical care.
Yesterday evening at approximately 8:30 p.m., Carnival Breeze was alerted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) that two adults on a sailboat were in need of urgent medical care. Carnival Breeze deviated course and proceeded to the location of the sailboat, roughly 24 miles southeast of Miami, and brought the individuals on board where they were evaluated by the ship’s physician.
Although the original plan was to transfer the two individuals to a USCG cutter, strong currents and large swells prevented a safe transfer so one of the guests whose condition was considered more serious was airlifted via a USCG helicopter last night and the other remained on board until Carnival Breeze reached Key West, its first scheduled port of call, this morning. Both individuals were taken to shoreside medical facilities.
Carnival Breeze will remain in Key West until 5 p.m. today and then continue on its current six-day cruise which departed yesterday from Miami. Carnival Breeze operates six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami year-round.
Thanks Carnival, for playing the good Samaritan. Thanks for going off-course to rescue those in need...I would have wanted that for my family and friends. I hope no one was inconvenienced by this, but I am sure someone was. Someone always is!