US Coast Guard searches for cruise ship passenger in Bahamas

A thick wake surged towards The Marina del Nettuno smashing through a concrete pier

According to cruise expert Ross Klein, this is the 275th person to go overboard from a cruise ship since the year 2000.

"Early this morning, a 32-year-old female guest was witnessed jumping overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy".

The Memorandum of Agreement announced today with Meyer Turku is subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing.

"This ship will be the largest in the P&O Cruises fleet, will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will comprehensively embrace the company's classic and iconic features".

Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said that the additions are a part of the cruise company's long-term strategy of "measured capacity growth over time".

The ships will be built in Finland and are scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and 2022. "It's still active and we are still searching for her", Woodall said.

The Coast Guard released the cruise ship about seven hours after the search began.

The cruise company has not said where the newest vessels will be deployed, though Carnival Cruise Line caters to North Americans and P&O is a British brand. "These ships are being designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness", Duffy added. Traded on both the NY and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices.