July 24, 2012- A tour bus that was sponsored by Royal Caribbean Cruises to take passengers on a tour of St. Martin crashed into a ditch last Thursday with 36 passengers aboard. None of the passengers was injured seriously, but a number of them had to be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The passengers were part of the Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas and were visiting Loterie Farm on St. Martin. The farm has a zipline and a course of treetop ropes to enjoy. The ship docked on St. Maarten, which is the Dutch side of the island, but the tour itself was on St. Martin. The St. Martin side is French.
Six American passengers and the bus driver sustained injuries a spokesperson from the cruise line said. The other injuries were minor, with a broken wrist being the most severe. The spokesperson said many of the injuries were just scratches and bruises.
A doctor from the ship went to the hospital where the passengers were transported. He remained with them the entire time. All those who had been injured returned to the ship later that same say.
The cruise line would not say whether it had offered compensation to any of the passengers for what had happened. It did say if there was to be any compensation details would not be disclosed.