Saturday, August 25, 2007

Jacksonville Cruise Terminal Evacuated

The cruise terminal at Jacksonville (Florida) was evacuated Saturday afternoon during the boarding process for Carnival's Celebration.

About 12:30pm, Carnival's security detected some suspicious material in one of the baggage pallets containing checked baggage to be loaded onto the ship. Authorities were called, and embarkation was stopped until all the baggage in that pallet could be thoroughly inspected. Nothing dangerous was found. There was also no bomb threat called in as some sources reported earlier.

Embarkation of Carnival's Celebration resumed about 6:30pm. The ship is now expected to depart at approximately 10pm. Arrival at the first port will not be delayed. Celebration is scheduled to sail tonight on a 5-day cruise to Key West and Nassau.

Updated Aug 25, 725pm