anyone see this? "On January 2, 2009 Crew members from the NCL Pearl Cruise
Ship rescued 5 Cuban Refugees from the rough waters between Cuba
and Florida. The Refugees indicated that they had been adrift at
sea since Christmas day when they left Cuba headed to the United
The 5 refugees were rescued and brought onto the NCL Pearl
Cruise ship as it made its way from Cozumel to the Bahamas.
Ironically, this same ship had searched the waters for a passenger
lost at sea exactly 1 week earlier. The captain assured passengers
that, in this case, it was not an overboard situation but if
anything, "we are gaining passengers."
The refugees were rescued to the cheers of thousands of
onlookers who took pictures and movies of the event. Later that
evening a Coast Guard Cutter (the Ocracoke) pulled alongside the
ship to take the 5 rescued refugees away. The refugees boarded the
Coast Guard rescue ship all clean and dressed in NCL attire, which
they had obviously recieved from the ship. The rescue ship loaded
the refugees and pulled away to chants from the cruise ship
passengers of "let them stay" and cheers of "buena suerte".
In only a small boat and 2 hand made paddles, these
individuals took off for what they must have believed would be a
better life in America. Seeing this rescue at sea with my family as
we all enjoyed our experience on the luxurious cruise liner helped
to put things into perspective and remind us all of how good we
really have it."