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Events at Sea by Emerald Princess

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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.

The New York Post reports the four ships were delayed on arrival in St. Thomas on Tuesday because some harbor employees did not show up for work. The ships circled outside Charlotte Amalie harbor for as long as two and a half hours while the cruise lines and officials worked out a temporary solution. Missing from duty were crews manning boats used by harbor pilots to guide ships safely to port. Under the temporary agreement, the pilots were taken aboard the cruise ships to do their job instead of using their vessels. Shops and restaurants along Charlotte Amalie's waterfront said the delay cut into their business. "It hurt us quite a bit. There's no people. It definitely hurt our lunch business," said Dean Flowback, a chef at the Shipwreck Tavern. Flowback said on a busy cruise ship day his kitchen typically sells 300 lunches. On Tuesday, he said, they sold less than 100 meals. Subsequent reports indicate the employees not showing up for work was part of a "sick out" -- the day was the first five-ship day of the 2010-11 cruise season in St. Thomas.
Delayed docking
CBS4 News reports the ship left Port Everglades bound for an island in the Bahamas, apparently developing problems at around 6:30 PM, shortly after leaving the port, causing it to operate on half of its power and leaving passengers without air conditioning. Passengers onboard reported that conditions onboard are rough because the air conditioning is not working. The Coast Guard said a computer glitch is to blame. The ship's engines were knocked out momentarily. But the ship's chief engineer has been able to get at least two of those engines up and running, according to the Coast Guard's report. The engineer is working on getting the third engine powered up, officials said. UPDATE: CBS4 reports the problems was resolved by 11:00 PM. The ship skipped its port call at Princess Cays.
Engine problems - No A/C
From a reader: Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was delayed due to ship “inspections,” and Horizon (buffet) has mandatory servers. You know what that means.
Delayed embarkation - ?Illness?
The Antigua Sun reports the ship canceled its scheduled call to Antigua yesterday due to the weather conditions. The vessel had entered the entrance of the St. John’s Harbour channel when it decided to turn back because the ship’s captain became very concerned about the ground swells and the high winds. This forced him to cancel the call out of safety for his passengers and crew.The President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association said pilots at the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority tried to reassure the captain that they could have brought in the cruise ship safely. This was, however, not enough reassurance for the captain.
Canceled port call
30.11.08 Miami Herald reports that officials are checking cars leaving Port Everglades, looking for a fired cruise ship worker who slipped out of government custody. The worker, who is not a U.S. citizen, was fired by Princess Cruises and was being processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be sent back to his country when he ran off, said a spokeswoman for Port Everglades. It was believed that the man was hiding somewhere in the port. He was let go along with five other workers. Those five workers remained in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.
Fired worker
The port call at Basse-terre, St. Kitts was canceled for both ships because of high winds. An explanation is given in Caribbean Net Newspaper: “As we are all aware, the pier in St. Kitts lies in a north to south direction on the windward side of the island which means it is fully exposed to the winds out of the east. Ships the size of Crown and Emerald have a very large profile surface area. They also have a large number of balcony cabins providing pockets of further resistance to the wind,” said Nielsen, who added: “With winds in excess of 30 knots out of the east, it is nearly impossible to safely come alongside the berth and even more difficult to maneuver off the berth if the winds conditions do not improve at the time of sailing." Port call canceled (weather)

Illness Outbreaks at Sea by Emerald Princess

Reported Illness Outbreaks
Posters at Cruise Critic report an elevated number of illnesses (~50) attributed to norovirus, but the number does may not appear to be high enough (3% of passengers) to be considered an outbreak.

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