Tortola tour bus accident (Celebrity Summit)

Another sad day for cruisers as news of a fatal tour bus crash in Tortola breaks. There are multiple outlets carrying this story. I picked one that did not go to another cruise line discussion site. Please overlook the clear self-promotion toward the end of this one. 

Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those in the accident, as well as all the other passengers and crew of the Summit.  As I have said previously, when there is a tragedy on a ship, we all become survivors of the event regardless of how closely involved we were with the direct victims.

This was not a cruise line-sanctioned excursion but Celebrity is stepping up in assisting the victims with medical travel and other arrangements.

We all know that accidents can happen, regardless of whether an excursion is sanctioned or not. However, at least the vetted excursions have been checked out in advance and are held to some level of accountability with personnel and quality checks along with passenger feedback.  For us, these are reason enough to stick with sanctioned excursions. 


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i agree but once in Costa Maya we were on a ship-sponsored excursion and the coach was not an authorized coach. The local police boarded our coach and the taxi drivers instigated the action. So, we the passengers blocked the taxis until we were finally freed to return to the ship escorted by the police. The ship covered the cost of the excursion and also the next highest cost excursion which we appreciated. Don't want to go back to Casta Maya anymore. I feel the wrong coach was the fault of the service that supplied the coaches to the cruise line. We were caught in the middle so was the cruise line. There was no way to tell from the outside that the coach was not official that I could tell. It was perfectly comfortable inside as well. Must have been missing some kind of permit or other designation.

Sadly this kind of thing occurs often, not necessarily with fatalities but with injuries. Last year we were in Cozumel and there were a group that missed the ship and we caught up with them at the next port. Apparently the couple had rented a mortorcycle, not sanctioned by the cruise line, and the tire had come off and the lady got seriously injured. Unfortunately, we often do not think of things like this when travelling. Guess we all need to exercise some caution but there are things that are totally out of our control. Truly saddening news!

Prayers for the the victims and their families. Tragedy always has a way of keeping us all sober.

Thoughts go out to the victims, family members and guest on the ship.

Nice to see that Celebrity stepped up to help the people out even though it was not a Celebrity excursion.


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