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Cruise delayed after woman suffers injury from a Champagne cork

Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.  (Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas didn't get far from its Florida port Thursday when a passenger on board got hit by a flying Champagne cork and needed to be taken off the ship by an emergency crew.

Port Everglades, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the passenger was taken to a Miami hospital after suffering an eye injury.

The injury required immediate attention from an eye specialist, so the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue fireboat met the cruise ship for an off-shore patient transfer to take the passenger to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

In an e-mail to the Sun-Sentinel, cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said her right eye was struck by a cork from a champagne bottle she had brought on board.

"The guest was initially treated in our medical facility, but required additional and urgent medical attention that could only be provided in a hospital," Martinez said. "We wish our guest a speedy recovery."