A tragic accident, during a ship-sponsored shore excursion, has prompted a federal and local investigation and put the popular water excursion on hold.
A 60 year old female passenger was parasailing in tandem with her 34 year old daughter in St. Thomas, USVI, when she fell to her death. Her daughter, who was also injured, is recovering in a local hospital.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, strong gusts of winds in the area may have contributed to the accident. The local parasail company has suspended operations voluntarily until the investigation is concluded.
The passengers involved were sailing on Celebrity Eclipse. Both Celebrity Cruises and parent company, Royal Caribbean, suspended all parasailing shore excursions in the Caribbean following the accident. Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines followed suit, cancelling those excursions in St. Thomas pending the outcome of the investigation. All lines took this action "in the abundance of caution".