||Associated Press reports Colombian maritime authorities searched Sunday for an Italian chef believed to have gone overboard from the ship while off Colombia's Caribbean coast. The 31 year old man was last seen in the galley at about 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 25 while he was working the dinner shift while the ship was sailing between Aruba and Cartagena, Colombia. His family was alerted Thursday that he had been reported missing and that a life preserver was also missing, with its nighttime illumination flares torn off and left aboard the ship. His sister said, "He surely didn't jump off. It wasn't suicide. We think there was an accident or a homicide." The ship left Miami on Nov. 23 and is currently en route from Panama to Acapulco, Mexico; it is due to dock in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, at which point the FBI is expected to join the investigation.
||Crew member missing
||The ship was cited for one air quality violation in
Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
||According to a passenger, four people were ejected from
the ship in Juneau for smoking pot onboard. The ship was held for many
hours up to midnight while C.B.P. and state troppers searched the ship.
The passengers reportedly were in rooms 9216 and 9218.
||Drug bust - delayed departure
|| The Juneau
Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality
Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 21 the concentration of
ammonia was 91 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L).
||From a passenger: During a 3 day repositioning cruise on the Coral Princess from L.A. to Vancouver at 10:30 am in the Lotus Pool on deck 14, a young woman was severely injured while swimming. At 2:30 pm, the Captain ordered all upper decks cleared as well as many staterooms on the port side, as a Coast Guard rescue helicopter was on its way from San Francisco to initiate an emergency evacuation of the young woman. They announced over the P.A. system, that no photography or video cameras were allowed during the procedure. At 3:00 PM the rescue team arrived and hovered over the Coral Princess mid ship pool during the evacuation procedure that lasted until 4:00 pm.
||Swimming pool injury
||Posted at www.cruise.co.uk: Just be aware we are currently on this cruise & have been
just told that the ships turbo is broken & we cant go as fast !! We
have to miss Colombia, but the Captain is aiming to get us to Aruba.If
your on this cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale next Monday Good Luck !!
Angeles Times (and Associated Press)
reports a dining room headwaiter (a 38-year-old Portuguese national who
has worked for Princess for 18 years) was
today on suspicion
of sexually assaulting a 42-year-old female passenger. The crew member
into custody after the Federal Bureau of Investigation received the
complaint about the assault and dispatched investigators and an
evidence response team to the ship, which docked in Los Angeles this
morning. The ship was on 14-day cruise through the Panama Canal,
between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Los Angeles.
|The port call at Punta Arenas (Costa Rica) was cancelled
after industrial fishing boats blocked entrance to the port in protest
at shark finning regulations.
|Cancelation of port call
|Passengers were met with a protest by local independent
transport operators when the ship arrived at Punta Arenas (Costa Rica).
independent transport operators were protesting the decision by the
cruise line not to use transport services unless contracted by them
(services for which the cruise line likely gets a commission or cut).
The protest was quickly disbanded when members of the Fuerza
Pública (police) and Tránsito (traffic police) arrived on
Empire reports the ships violated its
wastewater discharge permit in May, June
and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater
samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted effluent limits on
|2007 and earlier
|Rescue at sea -- a passenger's
pics of 16 Cuban refugees who were rescued off the coast of Cuba.
He writes: When our ship sent
a small rescue craft over to tow them to the cruise ship, it appeared
that some of the men were waving the rescue boat away. We have
since learned that Cubans refugees found at sea are returned to Cuba;
if they had made it to land, they would have been able to stay.
|Rescue of Refugees
|Many ships had their itineraries impacted by Hurricane
Wilma, including the port of embarkation and de-barkation changing
without proper notice. I received many e-mails, including from
the Coral Princess and Volendam. The latter two were interesting
because passengers complained about the lack of information and the
giving of false information by folks on the phones prior to the
cruise. There were also complaints about confusing information
onboard. As one person recommended to cruise lines: This is not
the only time this is going to happen -- learn some lessons and develop
measures to ensure customer support and satisfaction for the next
time. Interestingly, a passenger on the Coral Princess reported
that passengers on the shortened sailing received a refund of 33%; a
passenger on the Volendam reported receiving an onboard credit of 78
cents and a free cocktail.
|The FBI is investigating a stabbing that took place two days
earlier. Two workers reportedly got into an argument and one stabbed
the other. The wounded man was transferred to hospital in stable
Crew on Crew
cruise passenger called a
San Francisco television station to report that the Coral Princess
struck a whale near Golden Gate Bridge while leaving San Francisco
harbour enroute to Vancouver. The incident was reported by KNTV,
|A kitchen assistant (new employee) jumped overboard and
committed suicide shortly after the ship left Cozumel. According
to an officer onboard: he was
a new guy, had only been on the ship a short time and he said he missed
home a lot. People remembered him being very miserable and lonely. Our
Captain was very sympathetic and held two memorial services for him so
that many of the crew could attend.
that the ship's
inaugural voyage will be further delayed because the ship isn't ready
yet. The December 24 and January 3 sailings have now been
that the inaugural sailing scheduled for December
14, 2002 is being cancelled because of delays in the delivery of the
ship by the shipyard.