At least 12 people, among them one child, died, with a further 17 injured when a bus carrying passengers from two cruise ships to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico overturned on the morning of December 19th. Seven Americans and two Swedish citizens were among the injured. There were 27 passengers from cruise ships Celebrity Equinox (IMO 9372456) and Serenade of the Seas (IMO 9228344) on the coach. The crash occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben, about 175 km south of Tulum. In addition to the tourists, a guide and driver were aboard the bus.
2003-built, Bahamas-flagged, 90,090 gt Serenade Of The Seas is owned by Serenade Of The Seas Ltd care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida, USA. ISM manager is RCL Cruises Ltd of Weybridge, Surrey, UK. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
2009-built, Malta-flagged, 121,878 gt Celebrity Equinox is owned and managed by Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas Division) on behalf of Celebrity Equinox, Inc.