According to reports by the Royal Gazette, a passenger of the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fantasy ship has died while visiting during an island visit in Bermuda while snorkeling one mile offshore.
The 79-year-old tourist was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen, but his identity has not been disclosed. Police stated the man taken onshore and attended to by EMTs was part of a snorkeling tour group and had entered an unresponsive state and was pronounced dead at 12:55pm on Sunday. The Fantasy had departed from the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, which docked into Bermuda just a day before his death.
The Fort Lauderdale Injury Board said that although the man was a Carnival passenger, since the incident occurred on a shore side excursion, cruise ship companies will typically deny any liability to such accidents because the shore side excursion operators are recognized by law as independent contractors, making Carnival exempt from any negligence claims.