Cruise ship rescued stranded fishermen
The 'Empress of the Seas' has rescued two Costa Rican fishermen who had been stranded at sea for about three weeks in the night of Dec 13, 2019, between Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The cruise ship was not scheduled to be there but had taken an alternate route because of bad weather. The fishermen had left Porto Limon, Costa Rica, and were adrift since Dec. 1. They had fallen asleep while their nets were soaking and ran out of gas while trying to return. Both received medical attention onboard.
Royal Caribbean cancels ship stop in Puerto Rico due to protests
Royal Caribbean canceled a scheduled port stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico for Empress of the Seas over concerns of ongoing protests against Puerto Rico's governor. Royal Caribbean Corporate Communications manager Owen Torres issued a statement, "In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today’s call to San Juan. Empress of the Seas has been re-routed to Tortola, and our guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew."
Two castaways adrift in the sea rescued after 20 days
Two castaways have been stranded at sea for 20 days have been rescued by the "Empress of the Seas" on Dec 21, 2018, while the ship was sailing a Caribbean cruise. Their small boat was spotted between Jamaica and Grand Cayman after a distress signal was received and the captain diverted to launch a rescue operation. The crew launched a boat to pick up the two sailors and bring onboard to be checked over. The "Empress of the Seas" was sailing a 6-night Caribbean cruise which departed its homeport in Miami, Florida on Dec 17. The ship called at Grand Cayman on Dec 19 and Cienfuegos in Cuba on Dec 20 and will arrive back in Miami on Dec 23. Report with photos: https://www.cruisehive.com/sailors-stranded-at-sea-for-20-days-rescued-by-cruise-ship/28331Upload News