The next day, at around 1pm, a hotel steward aboard the Carnival Cruise Line ship, 'Glory, ' noticed the crew member in the water alive, and in a stable condition, some 21 miles north of Cuba.
A spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line - the owners of Norwegian Getaway - described the man's survival as "miraculous". "Kudos to the Carnival Glory team".
A missing crewmember from the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship has been found.
Norwegian Getaway is now based out of Port Miami.
The US Coast Guard then scoured an area of 1,636 square miles using planes and boats, according to CBSMiami, but failed to find the man.
The US coast guard received reports of the overboard employee on Saturday afternoon and searched for him throughout the night. A Coast Guard cutter joined the search at 2 a.m. Sunday.
The search and rescue operation was aided by the U.S. Coast Guard which launched several aircraft (HC-144 Ocean Sentry and Clearwater HC-130 Hercules) and a Cutter.
The crew member was seen falling overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Line Ship (pictured) on Saturday afternoon. "We are so happy to know that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family".
By nightfall, the search was suspended, and the crew member was presumed dead.