Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises said that passengers from two of its ships have been involved in a fatal bus crash in Mexico.
Royal Caribbean said in a statement that passengers from the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas were on the bus that flipped on a two-lane highway Tuesday morning.
Quintana Roo state Civil Defense spokesman Vicente Martin said 12 people were killed, though it's not clear if all were cruise passengers. Their identifies and nationalities have not been released.
He said seven Americans and two Swedish citizens were among those injured.
The bus was traveling to Mayan ruins at Chacchoben, about 110 miles south of Tulum.
"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya. We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation," a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our 27 guests from Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas were on a bus tour to the Chacchoben Ruins. We are working with the local authorities to learn more about the accident."
The spokeswoman said the Celebrity Equinox is on a seven-night Caribbean cruise that departed Port Miami on Saturday. The cruise is making stops in Key West, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
The Serenade of the Seas ship is also on a seven-night Caribbean Cruise that departed Fort Lauderdale on Friday, with calls to Key West, Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.
A spokesman from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico said diplomats are working with local authorities to determine whether U.S. citizens were among those killed in the crash.
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