||The Daily Mail reports the ship was turned away from St. Lucia today over worries the vessel was carrying the H1N1 swine flu virus. The line says another island, Antigua, also has told the ship not to visit as scheduled on Thursday. The islands' decisions came after the line reported two crew members and a passenger on the ship had been experiencing flu-like symptoms. The ship departed San Juan, Puerto Rico Sunday on a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise and has stopped only at Bridgetown, Barbados. It is scheduled to visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Croix, Virgin Islands later this week. There's no word yet on whether the two islands will allow the ship to dock.
|The ship had an
encounter with volcanic
ash from Montserrat. Information is available by clicking here.
||Encounter with Volcanic Ash
following was posted at "rec.travel.cruises" (the Usenet
newsgroup) and may be of interest to some:
RCCL seems to have a problem providing clean water to the
bathrooms in the cabins. The water in the sink was brown many times
during our cruise. We spoke to Guest Relations about it. They said it
should still be okay to drink. Oh really? So plan on brushing your
teeth with bottled water and you'll be fine.
Quality in Cabin
31 year old graphic artist somehow boarded the ship in
Phillipsburg and the
next day died while the ship is docked in St. Thomas. According
to The St. Thomas Source, "it is not known how he eluded security to
remain on board when the ship left port." According to the Toronto
Star, based on the autopsy report, police believe that when
pepper spray failed to subdue him, "...the crew members tried to hold
Persaud down, placing weight on his chest that suffocated him."
Security / Death