Bahamas cruise ship disabled after striking object on way back to Florida


NASSAU, Bahamas - Hundreds of passengers aboard a cruise to the Bahamas are back home after their ship hit an unknown object as it headed back to Florida.

The Bahamas Celebration returned to Grand Bahama Island after the accident late Friday. The Celebration Cruise Line company said in a statement that passengers were evacuated from the ship and placed in several resorts before returning to Florida.

There were no reported injuries. It is not known exactly how many passengers were onboard the ship at the time.

The ship, which was supposed to return to West Palm Beach Saturday morning, will remain in the Bahamas so the damage can be assessed. The extent of the damage is not known.

Passengers said they took a ferry to Miami and then were transferred to West Palm Beach.

Crews were working to assess damage to the ship and the company said it would cancel at least two cruises planned for the vessel.