The staff member was seen falling from the side of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship heading for Miami at about 3.20pm on Saturday, 28 miles north of Cuba.
During the rescue, a passenger on the Carnival Glory, Debbie Mortham, took cellphone video of the crew member being picked up at sea and tweeted "Not our man overboard but man treading for at least a day".
The Norwegian Getaway had departed Miami on June 24 and was scheduled to return Sunday. "Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this awesome effort to rescue a fellow seafarer", the spokesperson said.
It seems possible, if not likely, that the news account may be reporting when the Coast Guard was first notified by the cruise ship of the missing crew member as opposed to when the crew member actually left the ship.
The crew member is in a stable condition and being treated aboard the cruise ship. "He was alright, but was obviously distressed from being in the water for so long".More news: Heavily armed men in helicopter free notorious French inmate
Norwegian Cruise Lines had suspended its own search, in conjunction with the Coast Guard, as it became too dark on Saturday night.
"We apologize for disturbing you at this moment, but it's time to give you an update on our situation".
A man who went overboard on the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway was rescued almost 24 hours later by another cruise ship.
"We did do a search pattern for about two hours, and then they turned back around 9 p.m.", said Schellenberger.
But on Sunday morning, the unidentified crew member was spotted in the ocean by a cabin steward on board the Glory as it sailed by Cuba. "We are so happy to know that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family".