Carnival Celebration Cruise Ship Grounding Nassau Bahamas – On August 15, 2006, The Captain of the Port of Jacksonville, Capt. Paul Thomas, has issued a captain of the port order this morning on Carnival Cruise Line cruise ship Carnival Celebration, preventing it from entering Jacksonville until it has been inspected by the Coast Guard.
Six months later: Bottom of this post unrelated to this incident, (see video below) Carnival Celebration in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Celebration went soft aground while entering Nassau, incurring an undetermined amount of damage to the starboard controllable pitch propeller of the vessel.
The accident resulting in a spill of 50 gallon of lubrication oil from the vessel, into the waters off Nassau.
Coast Guard inspectors from Sector Jacksonville are scheduled to meet the Celebration out at sea.
Once Coast Guard inspectors board the Celebration, they will test the steering and propulsion systems for proper operation.
The Celebration will not be allowed to enter the port of Jacksonville, Florida until it has been deemed safe to operate by Coast Guard inspectors.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
Ferries (boats) provide water travel around Nassau to the surrounding islands, namely Paradise Island. Prince George Wharf is the main port in the city that serves cruise ships with ports of call in Nassau. Transportation and shipping around the Family Islands is primarily through mailboats based at Potters Cay. International shipping is done through the Arawak Port Department on Arawak Cay. High speed excursions to Exuma, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island are available daily.
UPDATE: In January 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued the latest in a series of travel advisories due to violent crime. Tourists are often targeted, and armed robbery has increased on all of New Providence.
Video:Carnival Celebration and Fascination in Nassau, Bahamas.