The Carnival Fantasy is serviced during a stop at Mobile’s cruise terminal on Nov. 26, 2018. Carnival and the city have agreed to a one-year contract extension continuing service into late 2019. (Lawrence Specker | [email protected])
A passenger is missing from a Mobile-based cruise ship.
Citing reports from passengers, Cruisehive reported announcementswere made on board the Carnival Fantasy last night about a missing guest. The passenger was still missing as of Monday as onboard security searched the vessel.
The Fantasy is currently on a five-day western Caribbean cruise after departing from Mobile on Dec. 15. Cruisehive reports the passenger went missing as the ship was sailing towards its first port of call of Progreso on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ship is scheduled to be in Cozumel, Mexico tomorrow before arriving back in Mobile on Dec. 20.
Carnival confirmed the reports in a statement.
“While Carnival Fantasy was en route to its scheduled call of Progreso, Mexico, a male guest was reported missing. Several announcements have been made and a ship-wide search is underway to locate the guest. All appropriate authorities have been notified and Mexican authorities are providing assistance with the shipboard search.
The reported incident is the second involving a Carnival passenger in recent weeks.
The Coast Guard recently called off a search for a man who apparently went overboard on the Carnival Victory.
Thomas McElhany, 26, was a passenger aboard the ship when he went into the waters just south of Islamorada on Friday.
Room-by-room and floor-by-floor searches were conducted and air and water teams covered about 2,100 square miles of the ocean over a 32-hour period but McElhany wasn’t located.
“I have been in contact with members of Mr. McElhany’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” Cmdr. David Aldous, Coast Guard 7th District search and rescue mission coordinator, said in a news release. .“Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”
The Victory is stationed in Miami.