Celebrity SummitVirgin Islands News Online reports that at least two cruise passengers have been killed and many other passengers injuired on an excursion bus transporting cruise tourists to Cane Garden Bay beach today in Tortola, British West Indies. 

According to this news report, the excursion bus apparently lost control near "Round Hill" on the Cane Garden Bay Hill. 

The newspaper says that the roadway was steep and wet but it does not state how or why the accident occurred.

The cruise passengers were from the Celebrity Summit. Royal Caribbean has tweeted: "We are saddened to report the deaths of two Celebrity Summit guests after a local bus accident in Tortola. Several others are being treated." It earlier tweeted that "16 of 20 passengers reported injured, 2 critically."

In 2010, an excursion bus carrying Princess cruise passengers crashed in Tortola, killing one young man.  

This is not the first time that cruise passengers from Celebrity’s Summit cruise ship have been seriously injured in an excursion vehicle mishap in the Caribbean islands. In 2009, a dozen passengers from Celebrity Cruises’ Summit were seriously injured when an open air excursion vehicle ran off the road in Dominica. We represented passengers against the cruise line and the excursion company in that accident. You can read information on the Dominica excursion accident in an article "Injured Visitors to Dominica Airlifted to Miami."

There were two cruise excursion bus crashes in 2012 in Caribbean islands, both involving Royal Caribbean passengers.

Photo Credit: "Celebrity Summit" by Yankeesman312 Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons / Wikipedia.

  • Just wondering….doesn’t anyone vet the safety?

    Doesn’t the company have anyone that vets these shore excursions for safety issues? Or is this just a case of big corporate greed stuffing their pockets at any expense?

  • Kathy Richards

    My thoughts and prayers are with my cousin who has had to endure the unthinkable. Please remember to take time to send your healing thoughts and prayers to the suffering. Love You Pat!

  • origoxy

    It is a traffic accident!!!!! Same kind of accidents that annually kill over 30 000 persons, only in the US.

    Why would it be the Cruise lines fault? The only greed I see is passengers looking for Money, going for the Cruise line

  • Ricky

    I am a travel agent and I can tell you the details that we are receiving is that the excursion was independently purchased in Tortola.

    As horrible as this is accidents due occur even on buses that are vetted. That’s why its called an accident.

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  • Kathy Richards

    I understand the need to express individual thoughts, but it would have been nice for one poster to express their condolences those who have lost a love one.

  • Emily

    Did the bus have seatbelts? My sister-in-law might still be alive, as she was thrown around so much, causing her death from extensive internal injuries.

  • Laura

    I was on that cruise, but was not involved in the accident. We were told that the two passengers who were in critical condition immediately following the accident left Tortola by air ambulance, one taken to San Juan, the other to Florida. Two days later, the captain of the ship announced that an injured passenger who had been left behind on Tortola “for observation” had become critically ill in Tortola and had been airlifted, I believe, to San Juan. We never learned if the three critically injured people survived.


    Es war ein zweites Fahrzeug an dem Unglück beteiligt! Bei dem Bus waren keine Sicherheitsgurte vorhanden und die Bremsen des Reisebusses waren auf einer Seite defekt! Der Bus zog zu einer Seite und überschlug sich dann…

    Wir waren auf dem Schiff und live vor Ort bei dem Unfall !