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Discovery Cruise Line Passengers Happy Not to Have a Blast During Cruise

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Passengers onboard the Discovery Sun were extremely happy they didn’t have a blast during a particular cruise which left this past Friday night from Lucayan Harbor at Grand Bahama Island at 5:00 p.m. The nearly 900 passengers onboard the vessel, which was heading back to Port Everglades, Florida, were notified of a bomb square onboard the ship which required them to be restricted to certain areas onboard the ship as the United States Coast Guard and bomb squad technicians came onboard the vessel and conducted a search for the reported bomb.

Fortunately, a search did not turn up anything and the ship was permitted to return to Port Everglades, which it did safely.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Friday, the Miami-Dade Police Department had received a phone call warning that there was a man onboard the vessel with a gun and a bomb. Immediately, the Homeland Security office, as well as the Federal Authorities, the Coast Guard and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, were notified. The United States Coast Guard then boarded the vessel around midnight, along with the Broward Sheriff’s bomb-detecting dogs.

Once the passengers disembarked the vessel upon arriving in Port Everglades, the United States Coast Guard, F.B.I., Customs and Border Protection and the B.S.O. (Broward Sheriff’s Office) performed another search of the vessel and again did not find anything.

Discovery Cruises has reported that it will be ceasing operations on September 6th due to high operating costs and their inability to increase passenger fares based on the economic situation. Passenger tickets were issued as low as $79.00 roundtrip, and the cruise line offered free birthday cruises. The cruise line previously had an all-inclusive alcohol policy that was standard with the $79.00 rate, which they stopped in June.

The Discovery Cruise Line operated daily ferry services from Fort Lauderdale to the Grand Bahaman Islands since 1987. It was a popular way for passengers to take a trip to the Bahamas for short visits, including daily shopping trips. The cruise line also offered the passengers an option of staying at a hotel in the Grand Bahama Island, and returning on a subsequent Discovery cruise.

Fortunately, the bomb scare was just that, a scare to all of the passengers. Everyone made it back safe and sound.

Our firm continues to act as safety advocates for passengers and crewmembers harmed at sea.

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  1. Chuck D says:
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    I’m sorry to hear that Discovery won’t be cruising to the Bahamas anymore, my wife and I use to take this trip twice a year to Grand Bahama Island. We’ve been on this cruise 13 times total we just love everything about the islands that’s why we kept going back to the same place every year. Had I known this was the last time for the cruise we would’ve been on the last one for sure, that would’ve been a great birthday gift for my wife (SEPT 7TH) Well so long Discovery!!..We really enjoyed the time we spent on the ship the staff (Sandra)the food and all the entertainment was just a wonderful experiance and we will always remember the fun we had on those trips over to the Bahamas, thank you for providing us with such great memories, we will continue to visit the Bahamas, but getting there won’t be as fun. Thanks again for all the fun memories!!!…Chuck D