How Ocho Rios, Jamaica became a life-saving Christmas miracle for two sailors from Costa Rica?

Rerouting of the Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas from Cuba to Ocho Rios, Jamaica meant to be a life-saving Christmas miracle for two sailors. 

How Ocho Rios, Jamaica became a life-saving Christmas miracle for two sailors from Costa Rica?

Rerouting of the Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas from Cuba to Ocho Rios, Jamaica meant to be a life-saving Christmas miracle for two sailors.

The two sailors had been stranded on their boat for nearly 3 weeks. They were adrift and out of fuel, low on fresh water, and surviving off what fish they managed to catch.


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The Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas cruise ship discovered the two stranded mariners in a small fishing vessel Friday night halfway between Grand Cayman and Jamaica.
The cruise ship saw a light at 19.00h Friday evening, and then reduced speed and moved toward the small vessel. The cruise ship contacted Grand Cayman and Jamaica rescue centers, but they said they were unable to provide assistance.
Three hours later the cruise ship lowered a smaller boat known as a tender and safely recovered the two sailors.  The two mariners were given water and medical attention on board the cruise ship.
The two fishermen had originally set sail from Costa Rica. As they slept overnight, their boat drifted away from their fishing gear due to bad weather. They ran out of fuel trying to get back.
The fishermen told the cruise ship’s crew they only had enough food and water for seven days. The water was the primary issue, and they tried to fish for food.
The sailors were taken off the ship at Ocho Rios, Jamaica for medical attention. The cruise ship’s crew gave them $300 to buy clothes and food as they left the hospital.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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