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Events at Sea by Paradise

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The events listed have been reported in the public domain or to cruisejunkie by passengers or crew members onboard.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  For that reason it is necessary to be cautious in drawing conclusions from the potentially limited data.  Keep in mind that some companies may be more transparent than others about things that go wrong; conversely, some companies may be better at concealing events and thereby project an appearance that is inaccurate.  With that said, the following list is still interesting, as are the patterns when viewed separately by ship.

8.3.10 The Press Telegram reports A 30-year-old cruise ship passenger who allegedly broke into the vessel's medical center and stole morphine and other drugs is set to be arraigned before a Los Angeles federal magistrate this morning. The manis charged with burglary involving controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance. He was held in the brig until the ship docked in Long Beach where he was interviewed and arrested by FBI agents, court records show. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent in support of the federal felony charges, a search of his cabin hours after the Valentine's Day break-in uncovered numerous syringes of the highly controlled painkillers morphine and Dilaudid, and hundreds of Percocet tablets.
Theft of drugs from infirmary
2009 and Earlier
8.11.09 From a passenger: While on Carnival Paradise Nov 6-9, 2009 from Long Beach to Ensenada and back, something serious happened. Early Sunday morning, 11/8, the announcement “ Operation Bright Start in E-22” came over the intercom.  My girlfriend looked out to find a man and a women in the hallway talking, and the man saying that there had been a “terrible accident”  We docked unscheduled that morning about 5:30 AM, for about 90 mintutes, in what one crew member said was San Clemente. After breakfast E-22 had been cleared of beds, and a workman was seen laying down new carpeting.  The crew members were all tight-lipped. Mystery
16.1.09 An elderly couple (aged 90 and 79) were reported missing, and cruise officials say they likely went overboard before the ship docked in Long Beach. Carnival says the couple's cabin door was double locked from the inside with a "do not disturb" sign on the  handle. The couple's personal belongings remained inside the cabin and the door leading from the cabin to the balcony was unlocked.
Passengers overboard
The ship's departure from Long Beach was delayed because the company had received an anonymous bomb threat at the reservation desk in Colorado Springs, CO.  The US Coast Guard was notified at 2:20 PM and a full sweep of the ship and reinspection of passenger luggage was undertaken.  Nothing was found and the ship departed at about 6PM.
Bomb threat
Disembarkation was delayed 6 hours until the ship was cleared by the FBI which was investigating a woman's death during the cruise (sometime Saturday, reportedly on R deck around room 145).  Many assumed it was drug-related since there was evidence of drug use on board, but this is just conjecture.  According to news reports, "authorities do not believe foul play was involved."  The cruise, running 14 - 17 October, was the Xingolati Groove Cruise of the Pacific.  Embarkation of the next cruise was also delayed.  The death was later ruled to be caused by “the toxic effects of methadone,” Death on Board
Though airlifts from cruise ships are not uncommon, it is unusual that three passengers would be airlifted the same day.  That was the case in San Diego.
A 78-year-old man who fell and broke his hip and a 64-year-old woman with a tear in her esophagus (reportedly after walking through a glass door at an onboard  shop) were airlifted Saturday night from Oosterdam; the following morning a 55-year-old woman suffering "severe internal pain" was airlifted from the Paradise.  These are reminders not to travel without adequate health insurance that will cover such emergencies.
Airlift ill pax
Two additional cruises were cancelled, after a cruise was halted as it left Miami because of problems with the propulsion system.
Propulsion porblems - Cancellaton
Passengers on the millennium cruise held a protest on the dockside ain Nassau after their itinery was changed from Tortola and the Eastern Caribbean to Bahamas and Mexico because of propulsion problems.
Propulsion problems

Illness Outbreaks at Sea by Paradise


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