Norwegian Cruise Line 17 Cuban Refugees Lost at Sea ... Board Ship

1/15/2016 4:56 PM PST

Norwegian Cruise Line: Emergency Pit Stop To Pick Up Refugees Lost At Sea


A Norwegian Cruise liner got some extra passengers Thursday night, when a boatload of Cuban refugees were spotted drifting aimlessly in the Caribbean. 

A passenger tells TMZ the boat made a sudden stop when the makeshift, raft-like vessel was spotted. The 17 people on board said they were from Cuba and had been lost at sea since December 24. 

One of the women on the raft was pregnant. The people were hoisted up onto the cruise ship and taken somewhere away from the passengers. 

The ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico Friday and it appears the 17 refugees were turned over to Mexican authorities. 

 We've reached out to Norwegian for comment ... so far, no word back.