This Cruise Line Has Helped Rescue at Least 44 People at Sea This Year Alone

Carnival Cruise Line is known for being the “Fun Ships,” complete with an instantly recognizable funnel that sets their fleet apart from anything else on the ocean. To some people stranded at sea, however, that funnel means something much more than a vacation.

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After assisting in the rescue of 17 on a capsized boat in Belize this week, Carnival Cruise Line has helped a total of 44 stranded people at sea according to press releases this year. Image courtesy of Carnival.

Following the announcement of helping 17 people on a capsized boat near Belize earlier this week, Carnival has aided in the rescue of 44 people stranded at sea just in 2023 alone. This figure comes according to press releases shared by the company and may not even include every rescue in which its ships have been involved.

With hundreds of cruise ships crisscrossing the ocean, you might think that rescues at sea are commonplace. While they do happen occasionally, the likelihood of any specific cruise encountering others at sea that need assistance is relatively low.

For example, with roughly two dozen ships in its fleet and hundreds — if not thousands — of cruises sailed so far this year, Carnival has announced three individual rescues. This includes:

Carnival Valor is one of the ships involved in the rescue of people at sea this year.

All told, that adds up to dozens of people helped when a passing Carnival ship was in the area.

But helping these people on the ocean isn’t just the moral thing to do. Many passengers may not realize that United States and international law call for those at sea to render aid in many circumstances.

According to U.S. federal law, “A master or individual in charge of a vessel shall render assistance to any individual found at sea in danger of being lost, so far as the master or individual in charge can do so without serious danger to the master’s or individual’s vessel or individuals on board.”

The same law is also part of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Given the remoteness of the open ocean, the rules are a necessity when the nearest help can be miles away.

Law or not, rescuing those stranded at sea is simply the right thing to do… even if it means a slight detour on a vacation.

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