Two Carnival cruise passengers found themselves stranded in Mexico this week, after an accident on an unofficial shore excursion.
The two women rented scooters while visiting Cozumel in Mexico, and were then involved in what they described as a “hit and run” incident which left both in hospital with some nasty injuries.
The cruise line contacted the mother of one of the women after they didn’t return to the ship in time for it to leave port, and eventually the women were able to contact family and let them know what had happened.
The accident was quite severe – both women lost consciousness and they also lost their possessions.
The reason the women were stranded was because one was awaiting surgery but needed to find up to $20,000 to cover bills, and neither had their passports with them. As the cruise was a closed-loop cruise, they had been able to board with other forms of identity.
However, cruise lines always advise guests to carry their passports with them even on closed loop cruises, in case of emergencies such as this.
Cruise lines also advise guests against renting scooters in Cozumel, due to the conditions of the roads, the relaxed law enforcement approach to traffic rules, among another challenges.