Coast Guard and Customs Review Security on Carnival Cruise Ship After Incident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard security inspectors and Customs and Border Protection officers reviewed the security procedures aboard the Carnival cruise ship Celebration after two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition were found aboard the vessel this morning.

Coast Guard inspectors and CBP officers insured that X-ray machines and metal detectors at security check points aboard Celebration and the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal are operating properly. A team of Coast Guard inspectors and CBP officers conducted an expanded security inspection of the vessel.

A passenger turned in the ammunition at a shipboard information desk after she found it in a lobby area aboard the ship while passengers were disembarking the vessel. The Celebration’s chief security officer reported the incident to a CBP officer. CBP notified the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard delayed the embarkation of passengers this afternoon for about one hour while Coast Guard inspectors, CBP officers and the Celebration security officer insured the vessel was safe to board.

The 733-foot Celebration is a Panama flagged vessel with a passenger capacity of 1,486, which operates with a crew of about 679 people.

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