|22.10.10||CBS News reports a 67-year-old woman received a $125,000 settlement in a lawsuit involving an injury sustained while on a cruise. In April, she got on the ship, which sailed to the Grand Cayman Island. Passengers need to board a tender boat to get to the dock. They are operated by another company. As the woman exited the tender, she fell. Her leg was caught between the boat and the dock. As she says, "The boat fell away from the dock and it was an open place, and I could see the water as my leg went down ... It has made me have nightmares about falling into this void that I can't get out of and drowning. When they said, it's just bruised, just walk it off, I thought maybe I could walk it off." But she couldn't. Her lower leg, her tibia, was fractured. She spent the rest of the cruise in a wheelchair. Upon returning home, she required bolts and pins and plates in her leg.||
|5.4.10||The Galveston Daily News reports passengers waited more than five hours Easter Sunday to get off the ship that already had been delayed making port by eight hours because of fog. Passengers blamed a lack of customs and immigration screeners at the terminal for the massive delay. The Conquest was due back in the Port of Galveston on Sunday morning after a seven-day cruise to Key West and the Bahamas. A thick fog bank delayed the ship’s arrival, and it didn’t make port until about 4 p.m. Once at the dock, though, the delays continued, One passenger said it was about 8:45 p.m. she and her family were able to get off the ship, only to stand in one of seven lines set up for customs and immigration screening. Port of Galveston police said that instead of letting everyone off the ship in groups, as is the normal procedure, Carnival cruise officials let everyone off at the same time. That overwhelmed the system. Meanwhile, passengers who were supposed to board the ship at 1 p.m. for a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean also were forced to wait, with little information as to when, or if, they would leave Galveston for their vacations. The ship finally departed at 1:30 AM on April 6.||
Delayed embarkation & debarkation
|14.12.09||KHOU-TV News reports the ship, stranded since Sunday by fog, left Galveston this afternoon. The planned stop at Roatan has been canceled. FROM A READER: Carnival Conquest sailed at about 2:20 Monday afternoon, but the fog quickly closed back in. Because the Conquest did not let their passengers off, they could go at a moment's notice. From another reader: We also missed our port of call at Freeport, Bahamas and were only refunded the port taxes as an on-board ship credit $20. We later arrived in Key West to a driving rain which caused street flooding and made even getting back to the ship by trolley an adventure. All the shore package tours were cancelled so all there was left to do was sit in the bars and try to stay dry. The water in the bathroom at the Hogs Breath Saloon was knee deep.||Delayed departure / Canceled port call|
Texas Record reports a lawsuit has been filed alleging a
13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted during a cruise last summer.
The girl was aboard the ship the afternoon of June 24 when a male
employee - a waiter at the ship's Lido Deck Buffet
- approached the teen as she went toward her cabin and made an
inappropriate pass at her, court papers say. "During the encounter in
the hallway, the Carnival employee made inappropriate and sexually
suggestive comments to the minor, grabbed her arm, and forcibly
attempted to pull her into an
elevator," the original petition says. The plaintiffs argue the waiter
also tried to kiss the girl's face and neck.
||Sexual assault of minor
||KHOU in Houston reports a Houston man needed 20 stitches after a bloody brawl aboard the ship. According to the news report, the Chapman family say they were having a good time in the cruise ship’s nightclub when a passenger started beating three members of the family with a metal baton. “He was just watching us, leaning by the bar by himself,” Brenda Chapman said. A Carnival spokesperson said the man was removed from the ship in Jamaica as a result. They confirmed the altercation happened and said the FBI is handling the investigation. Krystal Chapman said she wanted to fly home when they got to Jamaica but the family had to stay onboard the ship until Sunday, a full 7 days after the fight.||Pax on Pax altercation
||The port call at Montego Bay was cancelled -- the Captain
announced it was because of a medical emergency. The next scheduled
destination is Grand Cayman.
||Skipped port call
||The Jamaica Observer reports that two men held up 17 tourists from the ship who were visiting the Lethe Estate as part of a shore excursion. "Police say that approximately 11:15 am, the visitors were on a tour of the property when they were pounced upon by the gunmen who proceeded to rob them of their valuables. No one was, however, physically harmed during the incident. Hours later, the police - who were assisted by citizens in a search of the area for the armed men - said they recovered handbags, credit cards and other items believed to be discarded by the bandits in the bushes."||Robbery onshore
||A 42 year old man fell/jumped from his balcony at
11:00 PM. The ship
did search and rescue and then search and recovery for 4 hours and then
halted operations at 3:30 AM. Coast Guard helicoptors and several
vessels (including oil rig barges) aided in the search and were later
joined by a Coast
Guard cutter -- they continued the search witout success. The
ship resumed its course to Galveston, likely to arrive 3 or 4 hours
||From Cruise Critic: Around 3:00 PM we heard an announcement ... and then all of a sudden made a 90 degree turn on a dime. It was pretty scary, I called the pursers desk and they said that ... someone or something had fallen off the ship. I went out on our balcony to see what was going on and no one really knew. By this time, everyone on the ship was now hanging over the right side ... Come to find out later - (all speculation here) there was a young lady on 11 having an argument with her boyfriend. She was either sitting on the rail, or standing near the rail and was either pushed, fell over, or jumped off the backof the boat to her death. She missed the water and hit the balcony on level 6 landing on her back ... Speculation was that she jumped [but] no one really knows exactly what happened ... Click here for an account from Events Page readers and the Associated Press.||Passenger Death
||From a passenger: Carnival Conquest's departure was delayed for over 4 hours due to fog in Galveston. In Grand Cayman, we met up with passengers from Carnival Victory, who were told after they boarded their ship that they were not allowed to go to Cozumel. They were infuriated when they found out that Conquest was allowed to go.||Delay
||2005 and earlier
||Posters at Cruise Critic have reported a 60-year-old German
man committed suicide by throwing himself overboard and into the water
when the ship was in port at Georgetown, Cayman Islands.
25 year old man was charged with raping a 16 year old
female fellow passenger the night before the ship docked at New Orleans
on Sunday, July 27.
(Pax on Pax)
35 year old man fell from a 10th floor balcony between
midnight and 1 AM. Initial searches for
him were unsuccessful, but the body was found the morning of May 14th.
||The US Coast Guard plans to board the CARNIVAL CONQUEST to investigate a sharp roll made by the ship that sent passengers running for life vests, and glass crashing to decks. Many passengers believe the ship tilted abruptly from one side to the other early on the morning to avoid colliding with another vessel. Seven passengers reported to a newspaper in New Orleans that they saw the lights of another vessel silhouetted in thick fog less than 200 yards from the CONQUEST. Carnival Cruise Lines blamed the sudden list on a strong gust of wind that broadsided the ship as it turned into the shipping channel bound for Gulfport, Miss. (Source: Maritime Matters, March 16, 2003)||Near miss collision OR unexpected list
||Reported Illness Outbreaks
||Reported that 50 passengers and 30 crew were sickened by
Norwalk-like virus on this seven day Caribbean cruise ending in New
||Reported that 224 passengers and 39 crew were sickened by
Norwalk-like virus on this seven day Caribbean cruise ending in New