A group of 55 tourists from the Celebrity Cruise vessel Eclipse were robbed at gunpoint
during a shore trip on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia Friday.
Police said four masked men with homemade shotguns and pistols held up the cruise passengers as they toured a botanical garden in the southwestern town of Soufriere. The suspects reportedly stole money, jewelry, cell phones, and cameras from the tourists, who were in the middle of a 14-night Celebrity cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ship was had plans to visit St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, and Aruba before it returns Saturday.
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"A vacation is supposed to be filled with fun, rejuvenation, and relaxation. An act of crime should not be part of any vacation, and we regret our guests had to experience those events," Celebrity Cruises said in a statement Monday. "We are thankful that none of our guests were injured in this unfortunate event, and will continue to provide them any support they may need."
Though Celebrity reported that none of the guests were injured, another cruise passenger posted on an online cruise forum stating that a woman did fall and break her leg during the holdup.
"We are on the Eclipse," the poster wrote. "Yesterday we were ported in St. Lucia. One of the ship tours was robbed at gunpoint by… masked gunmen. We were not on the tour, but friends were. They said one woman fell and broke her leg; no one else was injured. All their money and jewelry were taken."
The suspects are in custody, according to International Business Times, and one has reportedly confessed to the crime.
The robbery occurred less than a mile from the star-studded Sugar Beach Resort, where actor Matt Damon had booked a block of rooms for his celebrity friends to attend his vow-renewal ceremony with wife Luciana Barroso. Police had mounted a huge security operation to protect Damon and others like Ben Affleck, Robert de Niro, and Chelsea Clinton.
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