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Armed robbers terrorise Caribbean crusie ship tourists

PARADISE LOST: A cruise ship in St Lucia

THREE MASKED gunmen robbed 55 Caribbean cruise ship passengers, including ten Britons, while they were touring St Lucia on board a bus.

The bus carrying the holidaymakers was held up by the gunmen at the Botanical Gardens in Soufriere during a tour on Friday (April 12).

Authorities claim no one was hurt as the tourists' valuables, including jewellery and money, were stolen.

Two crew members from Celebrity Cruises' Eclipse vessel were present on the bus.

According to local broadcaster DBS TV, many passengers were left “shaken” by the event.

One Eclipse passenger, Arizona Cruz Chic, posted on internet forum Cruise Critic: "One of the ships tour was robbed at gunpoint by three masked gunmen.

"We're 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 jewellery were taken."

Matthew Beaubrun, Chairman of the St Lucia Tourist Board told DBS: "This is a rare incident …This is such an important industry for us that we need to respond.

"We have taken it very seriously at the highest level and I know the minister’s been in touch with the prime minister, so we are not taking this thing lightly."

A statement from Celebrity Cruises said: "No one was injured in the robbery and the guests returned to the ship unharmed.

"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.

"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."

The Eclipse is a 14-night Caribbean cruise ending at Fort Lauderdale in Florida on April 20.

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