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Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2014

Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines

Ships that have Sunk, 1979 - 2013

Ships that have Grounded, 1972 - 2013

Disabling Accidents, Collisions, and Fires, 1990 - 2013

Resources

International Centre for Cruise Research

International Cruise Victims' (ICV) Organization


Centre for Disease Control  Ship Inspection Scores

Cruise Junkie's
Cruise Lines and Cruise Related Links:  A No-Frills Page of Resources

Crewz Viewz -- Information for and from crew members

Safety Watch -- Passenger Documented Safety Issues


  Events at Sea Broken Down by Cruise Line and by Ship 
Follow the links from the index to a cruise line ...
...and from there each of its ships


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Reported Cruise Industry Spending on Lobbying the US Congress, 1997-2013 (pdf)

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Legal Issues Relevant to Cruise Ships
(A student's honors thesis that might be of interest)



Doing Research? The information you're looking for not here? Check www.cruiseresearch.org


HEALTH ISSUES

All Known Illness Outbreaks on Cruise Ships:
(based on news, passenger, and official accounts)



Updates of Gastrointestinal Illness activity aboard Cruise Ships
(CDC, 1994 --> present)



Health Inspections -- U.S. and Canada
Centre for Disease Control  Ship Inspection Scores

Health Canada Ship Inspection Scores

Vessel Sanitation Program (US) Operations Manual 2000


Curious about Norwalk-like virus:

"Norovirus transmission on cruise ships,"  Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2005, 11:1, 154-157

"Outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis on cruise ships and on land: identification of a predominant circulating strain of norovirus--United States, 2002," Journal of Infectious Disease, 2004, 190:1 (July 1), 27-36.

"Diarrheal Disease on Cruise Ships, 1990 - 2000: The Impact of Environmental Health Programs,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2003.

Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis Associated with Noroviruses on Cruise Ships --- United States, 2002, MMWR Weekly, 51 (49), 1112 - 1115, December 15, 2002.
 
CDC Telebriefing Transcript, Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Illness Aboard Cruise Ships, November 27, 2002

CDC Telebriefing Transcript, Update on CDC Outbreak Investigation of Norwalk-like Viruses on Cruise Ships, December 12, 2002

Norwalk-Like Viruses: Public Health Consequences and Outbreak Management, MMWR Weekly - Recommendations and Reports, 51 (RR-9),  June 1, 2001.


Click HERE for a Comprehensive Bibliography of Medical
Research
and Health Issues Related to Cruise Ships


MARINE ACCIDENT REPORTS, 2000 - 2013

Report of Investigation into the Fire Onboard the Carnival Splendor which Occurred in the Pacific Ocean Off the Coast of Mexico on November 8, 2010, which Resulted in Complete Loss of Power,

COSTA CONCORDIA: Marine casualty on January 13, 2012, Report on the safety technical investigation. Italian Ministry of Infrastructuires and Transport

Report on the investigation of the catastrophic failure of a capacitor in the aft harmonic filter room on board RMS Queen Mary 2 while approaching Barcelona on 23 September 2010. UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Report No 28/2011. Published 22 December 2011.

Safety Bulletin: Catastrophic failure of a capacitor and explosion in an 11kV harmonic filter on board the passenger cruise vessel RMS Queen Mary 2, September 23, 2010, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, December 2010

Report on Engineroom Fire On Board U.S. Small Passenger Vessel Queen of the West Columbia River, near Rufus, Oregon April 8, 2008, Marine Accident Report (NTSB/MAR-09/04), November 2009

Report on the investigation of the shift of an articulated road tanker on board the roll-on roll-off high-speed sea service cargo ferry, Stena Voyager, in Loch Ryan on 28 January 2009, October 2009.

Report on the investigation of the entrapment of an engine room fitter in a watertight door on board the ro-ro passenger ship Eurovoyager approaching Ramsgate, UK on 3 November 2008, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, July 2009

Report on the investigation of heavy weather encountered by the cruise ship Pacific Sun 200 miles north north east of North Cape, New Zealand on 30 July 2008 resulting in injuries to 77 passengers and crew, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, June 2009

Report of Investigation in the Matter of Sinking of Passenger Vessel EXPLORER 23 November 2007 in the Banfield Strait near South Shetland Islands, Bureau of Maritime Affairs, Republic of Liberia, Monrovia, 26 March 2009.

Report on the investigation of into the grounding of Pride of Canterbury, “The Downs” – off Deal, Kent 31 January 2008, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, January 2009

Report on the investigation of a close quarter investigation between Costa Atlantica and Grand Neptune in the Dover Strait on 15 May 2008, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, November 2008

Completed Preliminary Examination Summary: Queen Victoria in Contact with Pier at Valetta Harbour, Malta, July 2008

Completed Preliminary Examination Summary: Queen Elizabeth 2 and Pride of Kent Near Miss, UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, March 2008

Report on the Investigation of heavy weather damage to the passenger cruise ship Pacific Star on 10 July 2007. UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 5/2008, 29 February 2008.

Report on the Heeling Accident on M/V Crown Princess, Atlantic Ocean Off Port Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2006, NTSB Report Number MAR-08-01, January 2008

Report on the Boiler Rupture on Bahamian Cruise Ship S.S. Norway, Port of Miami, May 25, 2003. NTSB Report Number MAB 07/03, November 2007

Near Grounding Passenger Vessel MV Statendam, Port Phillip Heads, 6 December 2006, Marine Safety Investigation Report No 2006/04,Office of the Chief Inspector, Transport and Marine Safety Investigations

Report on the investigation of the fatal accident to person on board Thomson Celebration Tender 15 at anchor - St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands 26 September 2006.  UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 11/2007, June 2007

Report on the investigation of the engine room fire on board the passenger cruise vessel The Calypso 16 miles south of Beachy Head, 6 May 2006.  UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 8/2007, April 2007

Report of the investigation of the fire onboard Star Princess off Jamaica 23 March 2006.  UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 28/2006, October 2006

Fire On Board the Star Princess -- MAIB Safety Bulletin, April 27, 2006

Marine Accident Report:  Heavy-Weather Damage to Bahamas-Fag Passenger Vessel Norwegian Dawn, Atlantic Ocean, 120 Miles East of Charleston, South Carolina, April 16, 2005, NTSB Report Number: MAB-05-03


Report of the investigation of the grounding of the passenger vessel Balmoral, Dagger Reef - Gower Peninsula, 18 October 2004.  UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 14/2005, July 2005.

Report of the investigation of the grounding of the passenger vessel Waverley, South of Sanda Island, West Coast of Scotland, 20 June 2004.  UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report No 1/2005, January 2005.

Independent investigation into the grounding of the Bahamas registered passenger ship Astor in Platypus Channel, Townsville, Queensland, 26 February 2004.  Australian Transport Safety Report No. 200

Marine Accident Brief: Engineroom Fire on the U.S. Passenger Vessel Columbia in Wrangell Narrows, Near Wrangell, Alaska, on May 28, 2003, NTSB Report Number: MAB-04-02, adopted on 4/19/2004

Grounding and sinking of U.S. Passenger Vessel Safari Spirit Kisameet Bay off Fisher Channel, about 20 miles southeast of the towns of Bella Bella and Shearwater, Denny Island, British Columbia, Canada on May 8, 2003

TSB Report on Switchboard Fire Passenger Vessel Statendam Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, 04 August 2002, Transportation Safety Board of Canada Report Number M02W0135

Report of the Escape of Steam and Hot Water on Board QE2 in the mid Atlantic Resulting in one Fatality on 23 June 2002

Report of Investigation into Flooding of Aft Engine Room of Passenger Ship Queen Elizabeth 2, 21/22 May 2002  

Report of Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Fire Aboard Royal Caribbean International Passenger vessel Nordic Empress in the Atlantic Ocean, June 15, 2001

Investigation into the grounding of the British flag passenger ship Regal Princess in the Cairns harbour channel on 16th March 2001.  Australian Transport Safety Report No. 166

Report on the Investigation of Wave Damage to the Passenger Cruise Ship Oriana in the North Atlantic Ocean on 28 September 2000

Fire On Board the U.S. Passenger Ferry Columbia, Chatham Strait, near Juneau, Alaska, June 6, 2000

Fire on Board the Netherlands-Registered Passenger Ship Nieuw Amsterdam at Glacier Bay, Alaska, May 23, 2000

Grounding Passenger Vessel "NORWEGIAN SKY" Off Île Rouge, St. Lawrence River, Quebec, 24 September 1999, Transportation Safety Board of Canada Report Number M99L0098


For a complete list of Marine Accident Reports see www.cruiseresearch.org/MAR.html



Government Investigating Boards
National Transportation Safety Board
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Marine Accident Investigation Branch (UK)



Environmental Issues

Why care?  Here's what a crew member wrote in February 2006: 
Both RC ships I worked on (Voyager and Radiance) dragged oil through the waters while their azipods were messed up, and I don't believe they ever reported it. Radiance won "Environmental Ship of the year" from RCCL for the same year I personally witnessed a freaking oil slick while tendered in Juneau in June 2003.

A Passenger's View of Royal Caribbean's Private Island

Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines, 1992-2013

Large Environmental Fines ($100,000+), 1992 - 2011

Violations and Fines in Alaska, 1999 - 2011

Northwest Cruiseship Association pulls out of MOU with State of Hawai'i

The First Year of the MOU: Known Violations under Hawai'i's Memoradum of Understanding, October 2002 - October 2003

The First Year of the MOU: Known Violations under Washington State's Memoradum of Understanding, 2004 -- 2 ships account for 3 violations


For environmental reports, see International Centre for Cruise Reserach, Miscellaneous Reports (Environmental)


Organizations Concerned Abount Cruise Ship Pollution

Save Our Spit (Gold Coast of Australia)

Bluewater Network / Friends of the Earth

Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters

Friends of Casco Bay

KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance

Livable Oldtown (Key West)

Oceana  (Cruise Ship Pollution Campaign)

The Ocean Conservancy

Planeta.Com -- Global Journal of Practical Ecotourism

Reef Relief -- Protect Living Coral


Labour Issues

Crewz Viewz -- Information for and from Crew

International Commission on Shipping
See:    ICONS Inquiry into Ship Safety:   Ships, Slaves, and Competition  (Full Report)   (Executive Summary)

International Transport Workers' Federation
See:   Flags of Convenience Campaign

North American Maritime Ministry Association

War on Want
See: 
Sweatships Camapign    Sweatships Report (*.pdf)



Essays and Reports by CruiseJunkie

Cruise Junkie's Testimony Before the US Senate Committee on Commer, Science, and Technology, July 24, 2013

Treacherous Waters: The Latest Bad Publicity for the Global Cruise Industry is Just the Tip of the Iceberg, from Foreign Policy Online

Cruise Junkie's Testimony Before the US Senate Ccmmittee on Commerce, Science, and Technology, March 1, 2012

The Cost of Cruising, Vancouver Observer, April 13, 2010

Getting a Grip On Cruise Ship Pollution (A report by CruiseJunkie from Friends of the Earth)

Cruising without a Bruising: Cruise Tourism and the Maritimes (A report by CruiseJunkie from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Cruise Junkie's Testimony Before the US Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, June 19, 2008

The Politics of Environmental Activism: A Case Study of the Cruise Industry and the Environmental Movement,” Sociological Research Online, 12:2 (March), 2007

Cruise Junkie's Testimony at Congressional Hearings on Crimes Against Americans on Cruise Ships, March 28, 2007

Attack of the Oversized Playpen, Briarpatch Magazine 35:7 (November), pp. 14 -17, 2006

Troubled Seas: Social Activism and the Cruise Industry, Cruise Ship Tourism: Issues, Impacts, Cases (ed. Ross K. Dowling), Oxfordshire , England : CABI Publishing, pp. 377 - 388.  2006

Turning Water Into Money: The Economics of the Cruise Industry, Cruise Ship Tourism: Is sue s, Impacts, Cases (ed. Ross K. Dowling), Oxfordshire , England : CABI Publishing, pp. 261 - 269.  2006


Cruise Ship Blues: A Cruise "Junkie" Exposes the Industry's Darkside, Shared Vision Magazine, November 2002 -- Vancouver;  Conscious Choice Magazine, February 2003 -- Chicago;  Whole Life Times, March 2003 -- Southern California;  The New Times, July 2003 -- Seattle

High Seas, Low Pay: Working on Cruise Ships 
(Reprinted from Our Times: Canada's Independent Labour Magazine, December 2001/January 2002)

Cruising Attitude: How About a Miami or LA Cruise on Your Next Long Weekend? (Reprinted from Doctor's Review, October 2001)

Jumping Ship: A Cruise Junkie Explains Why Doctors Should Think Twice Before Booking That Week at Sea  (Reprinted from Doctor’s Review, April 2001 )


Books by Cruise Junkie

Paradise Lost at Sea: Rethinking Cruise Vacations, Fernwood Books, 2008

Cruise Ship Sqeeze: The New Pirates of the Seven Seas, New Society Publishers, 2005

Cruise Ship Blues: The Underside of the Cruise Industry, New Society Publishers, 2002

Death by Chocolate: What You Must Know Before Taking a Cruise, Breakwater Books, 2001




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