Carnival Ecstasy Severe Listing Over 60 Passengers Injured – At least 60 passengers were injured Wednesday, April 21, 2010 (see video below), when Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Ecstasy had to make a sharp turn in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula.” Fox Houston reported, “The Carnival Ecstasy ship was forced to perform a maneuver to avoid a buoy that was adrift and mostly submerged, according to a statement released by Carnival Cruise Lines on Wednesday afternoon.”.
First off, it was not a wayward buoy. Second, the ship was not off the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact it was nowhere near Mexico. Finally, that the buoy was not detected by the radar and that is the reason they didn’t know the buoy was there.
A Cruise Bruise investigation has exclusively revealed what really happened that day, somebody on the bridge was not doing their job. What we do know about the incident, what everyone should know about this incident are the following facts.
- The Ecstasy left Cozumel Mexico at about 4:00 pm Tuesday April 20 to arrive in Galveston at 8:00 am on Thursday.
- The ship was at sea on Wednesday around 12:55 in the afternoon when the listing took place.
- At 12:55 pm, having traveled for approximately 21 hours, with a top speed of 21 knots (24 mph), the ship was in the middle of the Gulf Of Mexico, nearly a day of sailing away from land in any direction. The ship was nowhere near the Yucatan Peninsula. Since the last portion of the trip involves a slow path with a pilot and docking, the ship was better than half way at the time of the incident. Total time from Cozumel to Galveston was approximately 40 hours at sea.
- The Gulf Of Mexico is an assortment of science projects, most of them comprising the things nightmares are made of. There are zones labeled Industrial Waste Dump Site and there are numerous explosives dumping sites. There are oil and natural gas wells in the midst of designated fish havens and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Some of the wells are marked by the existence of platforms, others are simply marked by a buoy for future reference.
- Scattered throughout the area are an assortment of buoys representing various signals for navigation, history gone wrong, schemes and business ventures in the Gulf. Some of them have been charted for decades.
- Since these buoys generally do not move a great deal, subject to the length of the mooring line attached, the location of each buoy is marked on navigation charts, along with all the other obstacles that are both below and above sea level in the Gulf.
On April 21, according to Search And Rescue (SAR) Data, the winds were running around 10 knots, with 5 knots observed and the waves were running at two feet average, with a high of five feet observed. In other words, the seas were calm. But the condition of the sea is not really relevant to this severe listing incident.
Reports from passengers aboard follow the usual range of observations from “nothing happened, didn’t notice anything” to “we thought it was the end of the world”.
Again, as one Cruise Bruise visitor indicated, the bartenders had been doing their job well, it seemed like a minor incident to some. Of course there are at least 60 people who were aboard, that I am sure would be willing to dispute the severity of the incident.
It was the observation of a few that began to give a clue as to what really happened at 12:55 on April 21. These passengers all said they were watching the ship path on the CCTV and noticed that Ecstasy was heading into the direct path of an object. Some thought the object might have been a sandbar or island. They would get that impression because the object was circular in shape.
Video: Carnival Ecstasy April 21 2010 Crisis Panic