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Bus Accident Kills Celebrity Cruise Guests

March 23, 2006 By: Edward Fians Travel Agent

Wednesday afternoon, 12 guests from Celebrity Cruises' Millennium were killed and two more were injured in a bus accident just outside Arica, Chile. The local guide and driver were also hospitalized. The vehicle was heading back from a private tour to Lauca National Park when it swerved off the road and down a 300-foot slope. The excursion was not affiliated with the cruise line. The guests were part of 64-member B'nai B'rith group on vacation. "We continue to work with Chilean authorities and the U.S. Consulate in Santiago to assist our injured guests and the family members of those who died in this tragic accident," said Dan Hanrahan, president of Celebrity Cruises. "I pledge that Celebrity Cruises will do whatever we can to help find the answers we all want and need." Millennium departed Valparaiso, Chile, on March 19, on a 14-night sailing to Fort Lauderdale, FL. A medical team from the ship will remain at the hospital to assist the injured and local authorities. Celebrity Cruises was flying family members of those killed and injured to Chile on Thursday. For updates, visit []. Family members of guests onboard the Millennium can call 888-829-4050.

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