Seventeen cruise passengers from the Celebrity Mercury were robbed at gunpoint on St. Kitts on Nov. 14 during a bus tour excursion to the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a park popular with visitors.
Two masked gunmen blocked the road leading to the attraction with a fallen tree. When the driver got out to clear the way, the robbers emerged from the bushes and robbed the tourists of cash and cameras before disappearing back into the woodlands.
No one was harmed and the cruise passengers returned safely to the ship.
The passengers were on a Celebrity shore excursion called "Essential St. Kitts." The excursion has been canceled indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation, Celebrity said.
"We will closely monitor the safety situation in St. Kitts, and work with law enforcement and government officials, who are taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone in St. Kitts, including visitors," said Celebrity.
There are no suspects in custody and an investigation is ongoing, the St. Kitts police said.
"This tour bus robbery is an unprecedented incident in St. Kitts, where visitor safety is of the highest priority. In 2009, more than 500,000 cruise passengers safely disembarked in St. Kitts. We regret any type of incident that might tarnish our visitors' experience," the police said in a statement.
The Mercury had departed Baltimore on Nov. 8 on a 12-night Caribbean cruise. Following the call in St. Kitts, the ship was due to in Antigua and St. Maarten before returning to Baltimore on Nov. 18.