|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.
||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
||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.