This morning, a person aboard the Caribbean Princess notified me that there is a bomb scare aboard the cruise ship, which is at the Grand Bahama shipyard. The worker stated:
"I am currently on board the Caribbean Princess in the Grand Bahama Shipyard where today a bomb threat was called in to the shipyard. The ship performed a complete check and at 10 am the captain gave the abandon ship order. The ship has been evacuated and all contractors and crew were mustered outside the shipyard. We are awaiting further instructions.
Have a good day because my day and thousands others are having a bad day.
We were mustered away from the shipyard and were told no pictures."
The Caribbean Princess is in dry dock for general maintenance. Many thousands of contractors and crew members are now re-locating to Port Lucaya.
The worker also stated:
"Of course the Bahamian taxis are making a fortune off off this event. It's funny to see crew members in uniform strolling around . . .
I can report that very few police were present and one ambulance. No bomb squad or dogs were visible.
A lot of work has now been delayed due to this and a lot of frustration is in the air . . . "
The Carnival Pride and Carnival Ecstasy are in port in Freeport today, as well as the Anna Maersk which is at the container port across from the shipyard. There is no indication whether these ships were the subject of this bomb threat.
The question which immediately comes to my mind is whether the Bahamian police are competent to handle the response to a major security threat like this?
There have been bomb threats against cruise ships in the past, and they are usually determined to be pranks. A drunken Carnival passenger who made a bomb threat on the Carnival Sensation was arrested several years ago after a cruise to the Bahamas which was later determined to be a hoax. The Discovery cruise ship received a bogus bomb threat as the ship was en route to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale after sailing to the Bahamas. A bomb was reportedly planted on the Liberty of the Seas several years ago as well, although nothing was found by law enforcement officers. A bomb scare forced the evacuation of the cruise terminal at the port of Miami. Passengers and crew members had to flee a ferry in Marseilles, France last year after a bomb scare.
April 1, 2017 Update: The popular Crew-Center website has additional information and photographs and video of crew members and contrators leaving the ship, congregating at the shipyard and leaving the shipyard.
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