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Cruise ship headed to Port of Palm Beach returns to Bahamas

Bahamas Celebration struck something while leaving Grand Bahamas Island

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NASSAU, Bahamas – A cruise ship that was headed for the Port of Palm Beach returned back to the Bahamas after striking something unknown in the ocean Halloween night, officials said.

The Bahamas Celebration struck something around 9 p.m. Friday when leaving Grand Bahamas Island, Celebration Cruise Line officials said.

Passengers on board the cruise were asked to put on life jackets and emergency steps were taken. Cruise officials said no passengers were ever in any danger. No injuries were reported.

"The ship returned to port, and passengers and were put up in accommodations in various resorts on the island," Celebration Cruise Line said in a statement. "Passengers will return to Florida (Saturday) through arranged plans."

The cruise ship was set to return to the Port of Palm Beach 7 a.m. Saturday. Officials said the ship will remain in the Bahamas so any damage can be assessed.

"After arriving an hour early to the Port at Resorts World Bimini and disembarking its passengers, Bimini SuperFast immediately sailed to Freeport to board the stranded 960 passengers and crew, and then returned to Bimini," a representative from Resorts World Bimini said in a statement to Local 10.

The representative said Bimini SuperFast will take the passengers back Saturday night to Port Miami. Their arrival time was not known.

The next two Celebration cruises scheduled for Saturday and Monday were canceled. Cruise officials said all booked passengers will be notified and a refund or other arrangements will be made.