Tourism & Cruises

Carnival Dream cruise ship passenger missing after going overboard near Galveston, Texas

Carnival Dream, Carnival’s new cruise ship. It debuted in Europe Sept. 21, 2009.
Carnival Dream, Carnival’s new cruise ship. It debuted in Europe Sept. 21, 2009.

UPDATE: The Coast Guard announced over the weekend that it has suspended the search, which covered more than 586 square miles over two days.

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A 26-year-old Carnival Dream cruise ship passenger is missing after going overboard Thursday night near Galveston, Texas.

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the male passenger about 47 miles off the coast. At the time he went overboard, the 3,600-passenger ship was on a four-day, round-trip cruise from Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico.

The Coast Guard released the Miami-based cruise company from the search overnight and the ship continued on its way to Cozumel, the company said.

“We are saddened by this outcome and the onboard CareTeam is assisting the guest’s family,” the company said in a statement.

In July, a Carnival Cruise Line employee from India went overboard from the Carnival Victory ship near Cuba and was never found.

Taylor Dolven covers the tourism industry at the Miami Herald, where she aims to tell stories about the people who work in tourism and the people who enjoy it. Previously, she worked at Vice News in Brooklyn, NY, where she won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of NY for a national investigation of police shootings.
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