Cruise ship rescued injured skipper
The 'Carnival Ecstasy' responded to a mayday call from the private yacht 'Balista' with a crew member suffering from severe injuries. At the time the mayday was picked up, the vessel was anchored in the Bahamas and just four nautical miles away from the yacht. Captain Domenico Calise immediately responded even though there was a vessel that was closer which did not seem to be responding to the mayday. The captain notified all the relevant authorities including the U.S. Coast Guard. It was not a straight forward rescue operation due to 30-knot winds at the time. The 29-year-old injured male crew member on the yacht could not be transferred to the cruise ship immediately as it was a complex operation. The initial transfer needed to be aborted but he was eventually brought aboard the vessel via its rescue boat. The injured was evaluated and treated by the medical team. He did need further treatment on land so as a result, the cruise ship headed north to meet a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter for urgent medical evacuation. He was now receiving the much-needed care at a medical facility on land.
Medevac off Savannah
The US Coast Guard medevaced an 80-year old woman 55 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, from the "Carnival Ecstacy" on Jan 27, 2019. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 9:15 p.m. from the cruise ship stating a passenger suffered a head injury after falling and was in need of medical attention. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew launched to assist. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the vessel, hoisted the woman with a nurse and transported them to Memorial University Medical Center Savannah at 10:20 p.m. Report with video: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-cruise-ship-passenger-55-miles-east-of-savannah/2019/01/28/
Cruise cancelled due to Irma
We continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. The safety and security of our guests and team members are our first priority and our ships will remain a safe distance away from the storm at all times. Given the storm’s projected path, the following cruises have been affected. The following cruise has been cancelled: Carnival Ecstasy – Sept. 9 – six-day Bahamas cruise from Charleston - Source: CarnivalUpload News