Friday, January 27, 2012

Royal Caribbean Passengers Injured in Bus Accident in St. Thomas

A tourist bus transporting a group of Serenade of the Sea passengers earlier today in St. Thomas collided with a parked vehicle, injuring at least 13 cruise ship passengers. One of the passengers has been hospitalized with a hip fracture while 12 others have been treated and released.

COMMENT: The cruise-ship, owned by Royal Caribbean, docked in St. Thomas earlier today (January 27) and is scheduled to cast off later today. The accident occurred near the island’s scenic Beacon Point.

As most of our readers know, large-capacity bus travel is my least-favorite, primarily because lead tour operators are driven primarily by low-bids rather than the safety of tourists.

Increasingly, throughout the international tour industry, there seems to be a great deal more "cutting of corners" by lead tour operators in the vetting of subcontractors (i.e., bus operators) than in the past.

As I have said in the past, destinations are worthy of being used in the future only if tourist bureaus, local law enforcement and tour operators insist a safe travel experience.

Sadly, many of the destinations I frequently cover involve overloaded buses; inexperienced, overtired and poorly trained drivers; deficient oversight of roadway regulations; and law enforcement agencies that do not keep the roadways safe by inspecting buses and ensuring that drivers are competent.

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