Bomb Threat Evacuation Carnival Sensation March 29, 2007
Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Sensation Bomb Threat
March 29, 2007 Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Sensation Bomb Threat
A muster drill that begins every cruise, prepares passengers for an emergency situation at sea. But, passengers all assembled at their muster drill station were nowhere near ready for a real life drama, when they were rushed off the ship after there was a report of a bomb on board.
Carnival Cruise Lines Sensation, was delayed from departure at 3:45pm local time, when the Port Of Port Canaveral received a bomb threat on the telephone.
Sensation passengers were all boarded, ready to take a four day Caribbean voyage when the bomb threat brought the process to a sudden stop.
Passengers were in the midst of a routine safety drill, when they were ordered off the ship, to a Port Canaveral parking lot. Many passengers said they didn't realize there was something wrong.
Passengers said that the captain came on the speakers and said we need to ask everyone to go ahead and get off the boat. They said they weren't told of any danger.
Passengers complained they were unprepared to disembark, having no money, identification or cell phones with them for the couple hours they waited to return to the ship.
All passengers were quickly disembarked and the port authority, U.S. Coast Guard and Brevard County Sheriff's personnel did a full sweep of the ship.
Nothing hazardous was found, though a suspicious package was seized, it later turned out to be non-threatening personal items.
By 5:10pm it was determined the bomb threat was a hoax, and the cruise line received approval to reboard the passengers, with the vessel leaving port at 8:15pm.
The cruise was scheduled to include a stop in Nassau in the Bahamas.
Carnival wouldn't comment on whether passengers would be compensated for the delay.