MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — The Carnival Fantasy has turned around in the Gulf of Mexico and returned to Mobile for a “critical medical emergency.”
The ship docked at the Alabama Cruise Terminal around 11:30am for medical personnel to rush the patient to a nearby hospital. The individual, a white man appearing to be in his forties or fifties, was on a stretcher as he was loaded into an ambulance.
The exact circumstances of the medical emergency are unknown at this time.
News 5 followed the ship as it traveled through the Port of Mobile to the cruise terminal on WKRG Facebook Live. A passenger on the boat, Brittany, called into our Facebook broadcast and said passengers were informed of a passenger in critical condition.
“We were never informed that we were turning around,” Brittany said. “We just followed the tracker and saw that the boat was going back.”
The Carnival Fantasy was in the middle of a four-day cruise to the western Caribbean. Carnival executives sent News 5 a statement, saying the cruise will not make it to it’s sole destination of Cozumel, Mexico.
“Earlier today, Carnival Fantasy had to return to its homeport of Mobile, Ala. to disembark a guest experiencing a critical medical emergency. The ship was on the second day of a four-day cruise that departed the Port of Mobile yesterday.”
“As a result, the ship will be forced to miss a scheduled call in Cozumel, Mexico and the remainder of the voyage will be spent at sea.”
Carnival says all guests on this voyage will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a 50% credit on a future Carnival cruise. In addition, any guests wishing to disembark in Mobile will have the opportunity to do so and will receive a full refund of their cruise fare.
“Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this disruption of their vacation plans. Returning to Mobile was imperative based on the seriousness of the medical emergency. The well-being of our guests and team members is always our foremost priority.”