A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Port Everglades today, three days after 11 passengers died in a bus crash while on an excursion to visit Mayan ruins in Mexico.
Serenade of the Seas arrived early this morning, its passengers expressing relief but sadness after the seven-day cruise, the Miami Herald reported. The 2,490-passenger ship left Fort Lauderdale last Friday, making stops in Key West, Honduras and Cozumel.
"You feel really sad for the folks who were doing the same thing we did," passenger Chuck Snyder of Cape Coral told the Herald. "They were just trying to enjoy the holidays and take a little cruise and then tragedy strikes."
According to media reports, among those killed were three members of a South Florida family: Coconut Creek resident Fanya Shamis, daughter Anna Behar, and 11-year-old grandson Daniel Behar. The dead passengers included eight Americans, two Swedes, and a Canadian.
The 11 passengers and a Mexican tour guide were killed when the bus flipped. About 20 people were injured. Authorities have said that driver negligence and excessive speed caused the crash.
Passengers from another Royal Caribbean ship, the Celebrity Equinox, were also on the bus. Many of those arriving today told the Herald that the more seriously injured passengers were on the Celebrity Equinox, which is set to arrive at Port Miami on Saturday morning.