|12.12.09||ABC News (Australia) reports hundreds of cruise ship passengers had their travels disrupted this afternoon while police investigated a suspicious package at Melbourne's Station Pier. The package was found just after 3:00pm (AEDT) and as a precaution the pier was closed to all pedestrians and vehicles. Operations resumed as normal several hours later after the bomb squad investigated. It is believed that package contained military uniforms.||Bomb scare|
|2.11.09||The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 15, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.||Environmental|
|23.10.09||The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 12 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and zinc.||Environmental|
|1.9.09||The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 29, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.||Environmental|
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 3 and June 17 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated
wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska
samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia.
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
||A 58 year old man was arrested in Long Beach after returning
from a cruise. He was suspected of molesting two 12 year old boys
in the ship's sauna. FBI agents interview the two alleged victims
when the ship pulled into port on October 7. Details are laid out
in the Long
Beach Press-Telegram. UPDATE
JUNE 11/06: Alleged
Molestation (Pax on Pax)
||FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED --
From a passenger
A passenger reported a compact 35mm camera was stolen while s/he was being cleared by security -- the details are here. The moral of the story is don't trust your valuables to those wearing a uniform onboard a ship -- vigilance should be maintained both on and off the ship.
ship left port late (3:30 AM Sunday morning) because of
inspection of damage caused by
the grounding/collision in Victoria. Because of the late
departure, and sailing at slower than normal speeds, both Juneau and
Victoria have been dropped from this weeks itinerary (although
there will be at least a technical stop at a Canadian port in order
to satisfy Cabotage laws).
winds pushed the ship into a pier at Victoria, BC, when
it tried to dock. "You could hear the scraping and crunching,"
said one witness. The ship aborted the docking operation until
winds subsided. Damage was minor, except for bent propeller blade
tips, and there were no injuries. The ship returned to Seattle
the next day, arriving six hours lite.
ship was 5 hours late in
its return to Los Angeles on the 3 - 10 April 2004 Mexican Riviera
cruise because of "technical difficulties.". The rumor onboard
was that the ship had blown an engine. On the cruise before this
one, there were three power failures (none longer than 5 minutes) and
there had been a water main break in a public washroom.
|16.6.09||News 8 reports norovirus has caused several people to not be allowed to leave their rooms for fear of spreading the virus. One passengers says the captain told them the highly contagious stomach illness norovirus is on board and people are cleaning the ship, hoping it will get better. She says, the group was told hundreds of people had norovirus. She says most people are being served food in their rooms to prevent others from getting sick at the buffet. Princess Cruises released a statement saying, "We have a small number of passengers with symptoms of norovirus -- nothing unusual or escalated." They also say people who are sick have been asked to stay in their rooms. Last fall, sources say 400 British passengers were quarantined in China after norovirus spread aboard the Diamond Princess.|
||The Sun (UK) and Shanghai Daily reports up to 400 passengers hit with a vomiting bug were confined to cabins (quarantined) for 48 hours by officials at Shanghai in China. Health and safety bosses were on the verge of forbidding the ship from even docking. But they eventually decided to let 2,000 healthy passengers ashore. However, other people, including 13 crew members, were holed up in their rooms to prevent the highly contagious norovirus spreading.The bug hit the ship on Sunday evening as it sailed from Japan.|
|1.5.08||The ship reported 5 (0.45%) crew and 92 (3.37%) passengers had reported ill on a 14 day cruise to/from Los Angeles.|
||Just got off the Diamond Princess cruise to Alaska - 9/2 - 9/9/06 .. ship was delayed on 9/2/06 by three hours due to the norovirus on the previous cruise. Before boarding we were given "Precaution Health Advisory Norovirus" letters - from Dr Grant Tarling, warning us of the illness and the precautionary measures we should take. We received another "Health Advisory Update" letter on Thursday, 9/7/06 stating that over the last 24 hours they had "noticed an increase in new cases strongly suggestive of Norovirus" and requested our continued support with their recommended health precautions. The CDC reports 4 of 1120 crew (0.36%) and 127 of 2643 passengers (4.81%) were reported as ill.|
||From a passenger: Norovirus was reported on Aug 27 and the ship's Doctor sent out several memos. Capt also mentioned hygienic precautions in at least one noontime report from the bridge. Cruise director also came down with it and spent 2 days in his cabin. Each dining room had a list of cabin numbers in quarantine. You had to give your cabin number to enter the dining room. I got a peek at the list and there were three pages of probably 20 entries per page. Would estimate minimum of 60 cases that were reported. Suspect there were many others who were sick but did not report because they did not want to be quarantined.|
||From a passenger on the cruise embarking August 19: Spike in GI incidence Thursday morning Aug. 24, 2006 (day 5)after being in port in Skagway day before. At noon hour staff in Horizon Court began serving all food & bread baskets no longer on table in dining room. Captain made an annoucement late afternoon advising of increased precautions & encouraging all pasenegers to use hand sanitizers. Masked, gloved crew members observed removing cabin linens into sealed plastic bags. Numbers affected unknown.|
||The Brisbane Courier-Mail reports that doctors are "battling to contain a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus among almost 4000 passengers and crew on the luxury cruise liner." The ship is on a 16-day cruise which began in Beijing on November 20. Passengers were given a health advisory about norovirus when they boarded the fully-booked ship; by day 4 they were advised that 37 cases have been reported and instructed to practice good personal hygiene. The number of ill was revised to 58 (of 2650 passengers) on November 30. A passenger aboard the previous cruise (November 8 -- Bankok to Beijing) reports that a number of people had norovirus symptoms -- "there was never an official notice but it was common knowledge ."|
||Several passengers posted messages at Cruise Critic
a significant number (a busload) of passengers experienced symptoms
consistent with norovirus during the cruise Jan 7 - 14 (ending in Los