Medivac on cruise

Surprised to be evacuated from my cabin at 1 am because of helicopter picking up a heart attack victim.  Evidently they evacuate certain portions of several floors in the event helicopter hits ship???? We were enroute to Ensenada but they sped back toward San Diego...pretty amazing how efficiently they lowered basket, lifted and left.  Was a crew member and captain thanked ship next am for saving his life...was in ICU in San Diego.  More surprising was the fact that Princess gave everyone who had to leave their cabin a $50 credit for their inconvenience.  I assume it is the coast guard or navy that does Medivac...whoever it was very impressive

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We were sailing aboard Carnival’s Jubilee and they had to deviate the route and evacuate a pregnant woman who went into premature labor. Very impressive operation. Before the end of the cruise it was announced that mother and daughter were doing fine and that the baby’s middle name was Jubilee.

Big Smile

We have been on ships were the ship returned to port and had three helicopter evacs. On one we were so far out they sent out the Air Force helicopter with a C5 (I think that's right), to refuel it. It showed up 20 minutes before the helicopter. Everyone we have witnessed it has been impressive.

We witnessed a guest being taken off the Liberty a couple of years ago, and we're very impressed with how it was all handled by the crew and Medivac people.

What a story! Thanks for sharing!

Never saw a helicopter medivac, but I did see a sick passenger taken off the ship.

Never saw a helicopter medivac, but I did see a sick passenger taken off the ship.

We have been on cruises where helicopters picked up ill people. We have witnessed other methods of evacuation also. I was not aware, though, that some passengers had to leave their cabins when helicopters landed on ships.

On a ship at sea knowing she could POP at anytime? Angry

Witnessed a helicopter Medivac off the coast of Carolina while on the Breakaway. Two young children (unsupervised) had drowned in the adult pool. One was saved, the younger one , sadly, could not be revived. It was a Marine helicopter


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