Bomb Scare Aboard Discovery Cruise Ship

The Tribune newspaper in the Bahamas is reporting that a pleasure cruise on board the Discovery cruise ship turned into terror and aggravation for hundreds of passengers when a bomb threat stopped the ship at night en route to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. The incident began when Miami Dade Police Department received a 911 call around 9 PM that a man was aboard the ship with a gun and a bomb. The Discovery cruise ship ship left Grand Bahama with approximately 900 passengers around 5 PM. The five-hour cruise back to Port Everglades usually arrives around 10.30 PM. US Coast Guard and bomb squad technicians and bomb dogs boarded the cruise ship approximately 18 miles off the coast of Florida. The search was unproductive and the cruise ship returned to port around 4:00 AM. Law enforcement officers from Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, and the Broward County Sheriff Office Bomb Squad personnel and bomb detection dogs boarded the cruise ship. The newspaper indicates that passengers were restricted to their cabins and in certain areas of the ship while the search was conducted. The newspaper also quotes a passenger stating that "everyone was very scared and some persons were even upset because of the long delay and late arrival into Fort Lauderdale." The last bomb scare was last year when the Carnival Sensation cruise ship's arrival back in Port Canaveral today was delayed. You can read the article: Bomb Hoax Gets Drunken Carnival Cruise Passenger Arrested. Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas also had a bomb threat last year – Are Cruise Ships Equipped To Handle Bomb Threats On The High Seas? If you were a passenger aboard the Discovery, please leave a comment about the experience below.

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2 Responses to Bomb Scare Aboard Discovery Cruise Ship

  1. Natercia Wurster says:

    I was on the Discovery cruise to the Bahamas on August 18, 2011, with my mom (84 years old) and my daughter when the bomb scare occurred. Helicopters and a US Coast Guard vessel with swat teams numbering in excess of 12 heavily armed men boarded the boat. We were told the ship was in international waters and couldn’t get clearance to enter U.S. waters.
    It was a very intimidating SEARCH by the swat team. What made it eerie was that we were herded into a lounge with no communication from anyone so we had no knowledge of what was going on—-when we finally arrived in Ft. Lauderdale we still had no idea why the ship was stopped. Neither the ship’s captain nor any other member of the crew ever communicated with us right up to the time we disembarked. We were treated like “maggots”—terrified and helpless and no information the entire time. Various men were singled out by the swat team for questioning with no indicated purpose. We saw no dogs during the time we were on the boat.
    The ship’s crew were great and provided us with liquids and dry bread, but no word “Why” the intimidation. Our minds were running wild with possible explanations and a few people were close to having ‘meltdowns’. My mom was petrified in her seat—totally shell shocked and white as a ghost. Some groups were making jokes “it’s a reality show” to break the tension which was great.
    The lounge floor was covered with angry people and lots of the “under 30’s” crowd who were sleeping after deciding “there is nothing I can do, it is what it is”.
    There were diabetic people who were running out of their medicine and showing signs of distress. It was surreal.

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