A Virgin Voyages passenger died after falling from a balcony on the line’s Valiant Lady ship, the cruise line said Monday.
The passenger fell shortly after departure Sunday as the ship went to Roatan, Honduras.
“This passenger went over their balcony onto a lower deck, and despite receiving immediate medical attention, has passed away,” a Virgin spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are deeply saddened by this loss of life and our hearts and thoughts are with this person’s loved ones.”
The vessel “was immediately redirected back to Miami, where the team are working closely with local officials,” the spokesperson added. The ship has since resumed its sailing with an adjusted itinerary, including a missed port of call in Roatan.
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Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady ship began sailing from the U.S. in October 2021. The ship had been set to debut at PortMiami in April 2020 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Valiant Lady entered service in 2022.
Between 2009 and 2019, there were 292 serious injuries to passengers or crew members on cruise ships and 126 minor injuries, according to statistics compiled for Cruise Lines International Association by consulting firm G.P. Wild (International) Limited.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at email@example.com.