(5:00 p.m. EST) — A vehicle carrying seven cruise passengers on MSC Orchestra crashed in Dominica today, causing the death of one of them, a 16-month-old boy.
"The entire MSC Cruises family offers its most heartfelt condolences to the parents of the little boy and to his family and their friends," the line said in a statement.
Five Italians and two Brazilians were involved in the accident, which happened with a vehicle on its way to an independently booked shore excursion from Roseau, the line confirmed in a statement.
"Immediately after the accident, the guests were transported to the nearby Queen Margaret Hospital in Trafalgar," the statement read. A support team from the ship arrived to the hospital to assist them, and the MSC Cruises crisis team contacted families and relatives of the passengers.
The boy’s father has been released from the hospital, while the mother remains under observation, the line said. By afternoon, the other passengers involved in the accident had returned to the ship.
Several bus accidents in the Caribbean in the past few months have involved cruise ship passengers. On January 15, one Independence of the Seas passenger died and three others were injured when their tour bus crashed in Falmouth, Jamaica. Two passengers on Celebrity Summit were killed and 16 others injured in a bus accident in Tortola in December 2015.