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EVENTS AT SEA

"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2009

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2009, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.


Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines

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THE Comprehensive list of Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2009

Events at Sea Broken Down by Cruise Line and by Ship


Events at Sea Involving Ferries


Crewz Viewz -- Information for and from crew members
 

Safety Watch -- Passenger-Documented Safety Issues

Reported Cruise Industry Spending on Lobbying the US Congress, 1997-2008 (pdf)

Analysis of Reports of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault on cruise ships: Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises

 My Dream Is Shattered and My Attacker Goes Free -- Sexual Assault on NCL America

NewGetting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution - SummaryNew
Getting a Grip On Cruise Ship Pollution - Full Report
(A report by CruiseJunkie from Friends of the Earth)

NewPoorly Cleaned Public Cruise Ship Restrooms May Predict Norovirus OutbreaksNew

Swine Flu and Cruise Ships - Reported Cases and Issues

Legal Issues Relevant to Cruise Ships (A student's honors thesis)



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Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Type of Incident
December 31 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Radio Jamaica reports an employee on the cruise, which docked in Ocho Rios Wednesday, is now in police custody facing drug related charges.The man is a Costa Rican native. According to reports about 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Costa Rican was about to board the ship when he was stopped and searched by members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division. This is a normal occurrence where the police conducts random searches of crew and passengers. A quantity of crack cocaine was found concealed in the waistband of his pants. He was taken into custody and is to be interrogated later Thursday in the presence of his attorney. Drug arrest
December 31 Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Florida Today reports the Coast Guard is searching for a 23-year-old woman (the wife of an employee who had been hired by RCI but had not yet begun work) who reportedly went overboard near the Bahamas about 4 a.m. today. She went overboard from the 12th deck of the ship near Nassau, Bahamas. The ship is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. According to RCCL, The guest was last seen at 3:45 a.m. At that time, the ship was sailing from Nassau to Coco Cay, Bahamas. As soon as the guest was reported missing, various public announcements were made onboard and a complete search of the ship, as well of CocoCay, was initiated. Shipboard closed-circuit camera footage captured the guest going overboard on deck 11, portside at approximately 4:11 a.m. Government officials have reviewed the footage and determined that the guest jumped overboard. UPDATE: Times of India reports the woman's family has submitted a written complaint to police alleging that she had been physically and mentally tortured for dowry by her husband and in-laws. She was reported missing at 12:15AM by her husband, a manager onboard the ship. January 3: Press Trust of India reports police today lodged an FIR against the husband, his parents and his sister for dowry harassment, beating and criminal breach of trust. Pax overboard
December 31 Atlantic Vision
Marine Atlantic
CBC reports hundreds of passengerswho were stuck aboard the ship for 30 hours (on a 6.5 hour ferry crossing) because of bad weather disembarked at Port aux Basque (Newfoundland) this morning. Winds were 40 kts and the Captain decided to wait until winds subsided. At the same time Caribou, another ferry on the crossing from Nova Scotia docked at and embarked from Port aux Basque.
Delayed at sea 30 hrs
December 31 Poesia
MSC Cruises
The Caymanian Compass reports a 52–year–old woman died Wednesday, 30 December following a diving trip on Cayman Islands. About 3.55 p.m. Wednesday, the woman became unwell and lost consciousness during an organized dive in the north side of the island. The woman’s husband and staff from the operator, Resort Sports, undertook CPR and conveyed the woman to shore. She was immediately taken to George Town hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The woman, an experienced diver from Utah, was a cruise ship passenger visiting the Islands with several members of her family.
Death onshore
December 31 Torejas
Phillipine ferry
ABS-CBN News reports the ferry ran aground after being battered by strong waves in the waters of Sta. Cruz town in the island province of Marinduque before dawn Thursday. The ship was battered by big waves and pushed to Burabod Port around 2 a.m. Authorities said the ferry's 223 passengers were not hurt despite the vessel's ordeal while at sea. The ferry was fetched by its sistership, MV Vanessa and brought to its point of destination.
Aground
December 29 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
Fred Olsen Cruises has released a statement saying: the current Christmas cruise on board Boudicca has been affected by a gastro-enteritis type virus; and the decision has been taken to conclude this sailing one day early, on 4th January, to allow a most thorough deep cleaning of the vessel , including fumigation, between cruises. To ensure this task is as successful as possible it is also necessary to delay the departure of cruise D1001, Canary Islands, by 24hrs - now departing at 2000hrs, Wednesday 6th January. In effect this permits a three day deep clean exercise. 289 people reported ill on the cruise.

Illness

Itinerary change

December 29 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Taiwan News reports rough seas have led Puerto Rico to close the Bay of San Juan and change the itinerary of at least one cruise ship - Independence of the Seas will arrive on Thursday, two days late. Celebrity's Solstice was permitted to dock today. But otherwise the bay is off-limits to navigation. Officials will reopen it when conditions improve, perhaps tomorrow.
Port closure
December 28 Clelia II
Travel Dynamics International
It has been reported that the ship's Dec 29th cruise will be canceled. Apparently the ship's propeller has been damaged or broken (after hitting a rock off Petermann Island). One engine (or one propeler) is broken, and they are limping back to Ushuaia escorted by the Corinthian 2. The ship was originally scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia December 29th. Update: Merco Press carried a story about this event on January 6. It reports the next two cruises have been canceled as the ship undergoes repairs in Punta Arenas, Chile. The Dec. 29-Jan. 8 and Jan. 8-18 sailings were canceled. On Dec. 26, the ship's starboard propeller struck some rocks resulting in the shutdown of the starboard engine and the loss of electrical power aboard ship. The port engine, which remained operational throughout the incident, was used to drive Clelia II off the rocks to a position approximately one mile from shore, where the port engine was turned off for a full systems check. With the vessel stabilized, the bridge officers instructed the expedition staff to continue the passenger landing. Using power from the back-up generator, 53 passengers were landed. When Corinthian II arrived, a stern line was attached to the bow of Clelia II, and a full systems check was undertaken. An hour and a half after striking the rocks, the port engine was restarted and confirmed to be fully operational. Normal electrical power was restored. The line to Corinthian II was released. After passengers re-boarded, it was decided that Clelia II would proceed north with Corinthian II as an escort on the return to Ushuaia. Aboard Clelia II were 65 passengers and staff, and 65 officers and crew. Travel Dynamics International said there was no danger to passengers and crew during the incident. At the moment of impact to the starboard propeller, a trace amount of lubricating oil from the drive shaft leaked into the water. The vessel’s Zodiac drivers kept watch as the oil dissipated. Both vessels arrived back in Ushuaia on Dec. 30.
Cancelation
December 27 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was a passenger on the Carnival Pride. Incident occurred on Carnival Pride leaving Port of Baltimore on DEC 20 2009. On way to first port of call in Orlando we turned back off the cost of the Carolinas to dock at Norfolk to allow a critically injured or ill (???) female passenger to be transported by ambulance to the local hospital -- no further information was given as to the condition of the passenger) Cruise resumed but on Dec 25th 2009 while docked in Freeport the Captain made an announcement of the passing of a young passenger during the night then wished the passengers a Merry Christmas? No further information was provided for the duration of the cruise?  Rumors of the cause of the male teens death were numerous but none were confirmed. As of the 6th of January 2010 I have yet to read of this death or it's cause.
Interesting tidbits
December 27 Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Age (Australia) reports a woman who had to leave a cruise ship in Melbourne after her elderly mother fractured her skull says she felt she was escorted off the ship and dumped ''like a common criminal''. But the cruise company claims it took every step possible to help her. The woman was travelling with her 81 year old mother. On Wednesday they disembarked in Melbourne for lunch and her mother fell and fractured her skull. Her mother, accompanied by friends, was taken by ambulance to hospital and later suffered bleeding in the brain. The woman returned to the ship distraught. It was close to 4pm and the ship was due to sail at 5pm. She said a security guard introduced her to an administrative officer, who said: ''I'm too busy to deal with this.'' Ms Collard said another officer then rang the hospital, hung up and told Ms Collard: ''Your mother hasn't been seen yet. You have to leave the boat.'' ''I was escorted to my cabin and given 15 minutes to pack ... There were security guards all over the place. I was escorted off the boat and left there with two large bags and two small bags and no help whatsoever. There was no concern and no care for me whatsoever,'' she said. ''It was 'get rid of her'; that was the feeling I got.'' She said the cruise company told her she was not entitled to help because it was not an organised tour. ''But I think they have a duty of care; if not a legal one, then an ethical and moral one,'' she said. A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said yhe wpman had been helped ''every step of the way'' and was offered a taxi, a hotel and a trip to the hospital. The spokeswoman said Ms Collard ''just got up and left''. ''Every single step of the way, Royal Caribbean people have done absolutely everything they could possibly do,'' she said.
?Customer service?
December 27 Baleno 9
Phillipine ferry
BBC reports at least three people have died and 22 remain missing after a ferry sank in waters south of the Philippines capital, Manila, the coast guard says. The vessel was carrying 88 passengers and crew when it went down near Batangas City. Ships in the area rescued more than 60 people. The Inquirer reports as many as 44 people remain missing even though the passenger list indicates only 10 people should be unaccounted for.
Sank
December 25 Palm Beach Princess Casino WPBF-TV reports the ship's employees walked out after they didn't receive their paycheck on Christmas Day. This left more than 100 people on the dock with nowhere to go. The U.S. Coast Guard previously prohibited the vessel from sailing for more than a week because of engine problems (see December 3 below). UPDATE: The Palm Beach Post reports 25 of the 190 workers onboard the ship headed home to the Phillipines today. It appears the ship will not be sailing again soon.
Cruise canceled
December 24 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The ship was supposed to depart Malaga in the morning, but heavy rains and big winds forced it to stay put until evening. See here for an article on the weather.
Delayed departure
December 24 Island Escape
Thomson Cruises
The ship was supposed to depart Malaga, but heavy rains and big winds have forced it to stay put. It departed in the evening but then returned to port. See here for an article on the weather.
Delayed departure
December 24 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The ship was supposed to depart Malaga in the morning, but heavy rains and big winds forced it to stay put until evening.See here for an article on the weather.
Delayed departure
December 24 Catalyn B
Phillipine ferry
BBC reports at least 27 people are missing after a passenger ferry collided with a fishing boat and sank in the Philippines. The wooden-hulled ferry and the fishing boat were carrying at least 73 people between them, when they collided in Manila Bay in the early hours. Forty-six people had been rescued from the waters. There were no reports of bad weather conditions in the area and the cause of the collision is not yet clear. The passenger ferry was on its way to Lubang island southeast of Manila.
Collision and Sunk
December 22 Atlantic Vision
Marine Atlantic
CBC reports an accident this morning has forced the ferry service to remove one of the vessels that operates between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland so a puncture can be repaired. The ship was making its final approach to the dock in Port aux Basques at about 7:45 a.m. NT when high winds smashed the vessel against the dock's fender system causing a puncture in the stern about five metres above the waterline and minor scraping along the tailfin of the vessel. The hole is about the size of soccer ball. The ship has been removed from service while Transport Canada investigates, and a damage assessment is being done to determine how long the vessel will be out of service.
Collision with pier
December 22 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
BBC reports 50 passengers have reported ill with norovirus on a four day mini cruise from Portsmouth to Zeebrugge and Amsterdam that departed December 18th. This is the second cruise in a row with an illness outbreak.
Illness
December 21 Statendam
Holland America Line
The 10 day cruise ending today had a number of problems. According to a passenger, the cruise started out on a troubling note as we had a delayed departure due to mysterious "engine problems". We had a GI outbreak, which I guess you would call "code red". We were no longer allowed to help ourselves to food and had to be served, salt and pepper shakers were removed from tables, and so many of the crew got sick that other crew members who didn't normally work in the restaurants were now working in the restaurants. Luckily I didn't get sick. In addition, the call at Half Moon Cay was canceled because the captain said they had a big storm the night before which destroyed 70% of the beach, and Other ports throughout the cruise we arrived late, left late, and left early. The schedule was never stuck to and we were shorted many hours on each island. On top of this, the shore excursion had major bus problems, including one catching fire -- we had three buses with three different drivers for one tour.
Engine problems; shore excursion problems
December 18 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Portsmouth News reports up to 300 passengers are believed to have been struck by norovirus, which causes sickness and diarrhea. The sick passengers were kept on board while they recovered. A passenger said, 'It was a very serious outbreak of the novovirus bug, which broke out about four or five days into the cruise after we had left Portsmouth. Some people, many of them quite elderly, have been very sick." The ship left Portsmouth on Sunday 6 December on a 12 day cruise, calling at Madeira, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Lisbon. The BBC reports the number ill was 180 passengers and crew.
Illness
December 18 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: I was aboard the Carnival Pride on the 12/13 sailing out of Baltimore.  We missed our call at Freeport on Friday, December 18 due to high winds and rough seas.
Missed port
December 17 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship collided with the pier at Puerto Vallarta (see here for pics for damage to pier). According to a statement from Carnival, Yesterday morning, at approximately 7:40 a.m., while the Carnival Splendor was maneuvering in the Puerto Vallarta harbor, the ship’s stern struck the tender pier causing some damage to its stern and to that pier. All appropriate authorities were notified. The Carnival Splendor remained docked in Puerto Vallarta overnight while the repairs were completed. Unfortunately because of the delayed departure from Puerto Vallarta, today’s scheduled call at Matazlan has been cancelled. The vessel is now expected to depart Puerto Vallarta this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and will proceed to its next scheduled port of call, Cabo San Lucas, tomorrow.
Collision with pier
December 16 Reef Escape
Captain Cook Cruises
The Fiji Times reports monster waves and strong winds from Cyclone Mick barrelled the cruise ship Reef Escape onto a beach on the southern end of Naviti, in the Yasawa Group. The ship was on a three-day cruise of southern Yasawa. The ship had departed Denarau on Saturday. The ship was rescued at 9.30am Tuesday. Then it was another six hour of rough sea travel before they were offloaded at Denarau.
Ran aground
December 15 Summit
Celebrity Cruises
Posters at Cruise Critic ask: Anyone know how many people were ill with Gastro-intestinal illnesses, norovirus, food poisoning etc on board Summit's transatlantic sailing (November 28th)? Figures heard on board varied from 20 to 157. It'd be interesting to know the actual number. Another person says: According to the info we were given on the Solstice it was high enough to go to "Code Red". If that helps. Note: Code Red normally means 3% of passengers reported ill (more than 60). Given the ship had left from a non-U.S. port, the outbreak may not be reported to the CDC (unless its port of disembarkation is in the U.S., or is within 15 days of arriving at a U.S. port).
Illness
December 14 Deutschland
Peter Deilmann Cruises
USA Today reports the ship skipped its port call at Galveston because of dense fog. Skipped port call
December 14 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
Florida Today reports a car crashed into a bus carrying 43 passengers and crew members on Merritt Island near Port Canaveral at 2:00 PM. A person in the car was killed and seven people on the bus were injured. Most were crew members, possibly headed to the mall or Walmart on Merritt Island for a shopping trip. All the crew members were Filipino nationals. Car-bus accident ashore
December 14 Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship was unable to dock in Mobile today to disembark cruise passengers from a four-night cruise and embark new guests on a five-night sailing. The ship will now arrive, at the earliest, tomorrow morning. Those booked on the upcoming cruise (now four nights rather than five) may cancel for a future cruise credit in the amount of the fare paid. Those sailing will receive a one-day prorated refund of the fare paid, and a $20 per-person onboard credit as a refund of the government fees for the port of Calica, which has been canceled. UPDATE: The ship arrived and departed Tuesday morning. Delayed departure / itinerary change
December 14

Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines

KHOU-TV News reports the ship, stranded since Sunday by fog, left Galveston this afternoon. The planned stop at Roatan has been canceled. FROM A READER: Carnival Conquest sailed at about 2:20 Monday afternoon, but the fog quickly closed back in. Because the Conquest did not let their passengers off, they could go at a moment's notice. From another reader: We also missed our port of call at Freeport, Bahamas and were only refunded the port taxes as an on-board ship credit $20. We later arrived in Key West to a driving rain which caused street flooding and made even getting back to the ship by trolley an adventure. All the shore package tours were cancelled so all there was left to do was sit in the bars and try to stay dry. The water in the bathroom at the Hogs Breath Saloon was knee deep. Delayed departure / Canceled port call
December 14

Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

KHOU-TV News reports the ship has been stuck in port (Galveston) since Sunday, and likely until Tuesday, because of dense fog. FROM A READER: Voyager finally left the dock about 9:20 Tuesday morning. RCCL allowed any who wanted off to do so, by 11 last night, and allowed them a cruise credit for a full cruise, and apparently more than half the passengers took that offer. So the ship is less than half full. No word yet on if they allowed all the lower-class staterooms to move up to newly-vacated balconies. I did see a message indicating that RCCL gave a "refund" of what you spent for your cabin, rather than giving a cruise credit you could use on any 7-day cruise. Not sure what they did for airline reservations for those wanting to leave. From another reader: According to the cruise director's post on cruise critic, 2500 people are left on the ship so way less than 50% got off. Delayed departure / Canceled port call
December 14 Seven Seas Voyager
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
From a passenger: Aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Rio-Ft Lauderdale. Captain came on at 9 a.m. Monday, said we'd lost power in a pod overnight; power reduced and skipping port call in Antigua in order to reach San Juan as early as 9 a.m. Tuesday to investigate. We experienced a similar delay this time last year, and the ship had major pod damage last spring. UPDATE December 18: We limped into Port Everglades this morning at 7:45 on three pods. Ship was scheduled to turn around with a full load of 700 pax for a holiday cruise, departure scheduled for 5 p.m. but maybe later as weather has delayed flights all over the South. Bottom line, if the pod problem was identified in San Juan, it was not fixed. Propulsion problems
December 14 Inspiration
Carnival Cruise Lines

Bay News 9 reports heavy fog prevented at least seven ships in the Gulf of Mexico from entering the Port of Tampa, including Inspiration (the only cruise ship). The ships are waiting for the Tampa Bay pilot boats to guide the boats into the port. The Coast Guard said there are two issues: the narrow inlet into Tampa Bay under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and also the channel that leads into the port, which is also narrow and requires a pilot for guidance. A fog advisory is in effect for the Bay area until 4 p.m. Carnival doesn't believe the ship will dock until at least 2:30 p.m. It was supposed to arrive about 6 a.m.

Delayed embarkation / disembarkation
December 12 Sun Princess & Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
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
December 11 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

The Miami Herald reports the Coast Guard found a man who was missing at sea for about two hours after falling off the ship near Biscayne Bay on Friday morning -- at about 4:30 AM the ship issued a distress call stating crew member Robert Mado, 31 (an assistant purser), had gone overboard about five miles off the Fowey Rocks. Two hours later, authorities found Mado alive, but his health condition remains unknown. The ship was on its way to Miami from Key West.

Crew member overboard - rescued alive
December 11 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The St. Lucia Star reports that police in St. Lucia are investigating a robbery of 14 cruise passengers. At about 11am Wednesday, 14 tourists who had gone to the waterfall, were in the process of boarding a Safari Jeep, in preparation to return to Castries, when four masked men who were reportedly armed with firearms and cutlasses, approached them. Reports are the visitors were allegedly robbed of their jewelry and cash; the tour guide was reportedly injured in the incident. Robbery ashore
December 11 Bleu de France
Croisières de France
The company, owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited through Pullmantur Cruises, announced cancellation of the ship's Red Sea program, scheduled for Jan. 16 to March 20, citing ‘operational reasons.’ The ship was scheduled to sail the Red Sea from Egypt’s Sharm el Sheik after completing its current Eastern Mediterranean season. The cruise line started in May 2008 with Pullmantur’s former Holiday Dream, built in 1981 as Europa for Hapag-Lloyd. Cancellation
December 10 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Examiner reports guests were disappointed yesterday when the ship had to skip San Juan. It seems the ship was too big to dock at the available berths in the port. The available piers, built years ago, were not meant to handle a ship of the 130,0000 ton Dream's size. Upset passengers aboard the ship said, "Wouldn't you think the cruise line would have checked this out before their first call at the port?" The problem seems to be that a gigantic sculpture built several years ago, partially funded by rival line Royal Caribbean, prevented the ship from docking. The dove-shaped sculpture, located at the entrance to the pier actually blocks the docking of newer, larger ships. Canceled port call
December 9 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Daily Herald (St. Maarten) reports the ship, sailed into Crown Bay, St. Thomas Tuesday morning but its entry was not without some obstruction. Despite dredging, the ship, which has sixteen passenger decks, churned up quite some silt from the bottom of the bay and issues with the gangway kept passengers delayed on board for over an hour. The delay, which also caused onshore activities and tours to suffer some setbacks, was because the gangway needed a boost to fill the space between Deck Two where cruisers disembarked and the quay wall where the behemoth was docked. There were four other ships in St. Thomas, meaning approximately 17,000 cruise passengers were in town. Delayed disembarkation
December 9 Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
Independent Online (South Africa) reports "drunken revelry, debauchery and even vandalism by some passengers, allegedly characterized a three-day party on the luxury cruise liner MSC Sinfonia which ended in Durban yesterday. It was claimed that some passengers "went ape" at the Miller Rock the Boat Party on a cruise from Durban to Mozambique." According to a passenger, some of the young revelers "just went ape, openly bonking on the deck and throwing deck chairs into the sea". A crew member said: "It was unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it." A spokesman for MSC's sales agent Starlight Cruises said the 2 000 passengers had broken records for bar sales. Drunkenness / damage
December 5 Discovery
Voyages of Discovery
Cruise Critic reports the 40-night "Egypt, Arabia & the Orient" cruise was supposed to leave Barcelona on 28 November, but dry dock delays kept it in port until December 1 and rough seas caused further mayhem with the scheduled itinerary. Passengers boarded the ship on the 28th as planned, and lived onboard while it remained docked in Barcelona for a few extra days. The delay in departure resulted in the cancellation of a scheduled call in Valletta, Malta. When Discovery finally departed, rough seas further impacted the itinerary. Discovery is now spending December 1 to 4 at sea, which will result in a missed call in Alexandria, Egypt. Its visit to Port Said, Egypt, and Suez Canal transit will each be delayed by a day, and the ship will then skip its second day in Safaga to get back on schedule. Passengers on this voyage will receive a refund equal to the cost of two days of the cruise and a £50 per person shipboard credit. Delayed departure / itinerary change
December 4 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
From a passenger: Have just been informed by Cunard that the upcoming Winter Wonderland cruise next week will not be calling at Copenhagen, due to risks of on shore riots during the World Climate Change Conference. We shall be calling at Amsterdam instead. Itinerary change
December 4 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The Sunday Mail reports on a lawsuit in which a couple was awarded £60,000 as a result of disappointment on a cruise -- the metal floor underneath them began to flex loudly in high seas, creating an unbearable racket that kept them awake. The couple sailed from Southampton on the ship's 15-week maiden voyage in January 2009 and hit heavy seas in the Bay of Biscay when the floor began to flex loudly. They were offered an alternative cabin for the New York to Los Angeles leg then upgraded to a 'penthouse suite', complete with a butler. But they 'could not unpack' and relax as they didn't know when the couple who booked the suite would be joining the cruise, the court heard. They returned to their original cabin only to face the noise once more and were offered a mid-range suite which they rejected as it ' didn't feel right'. By now, the experience had left them feeling like 'gipsies' so they disembarked in Honolulu, Hawaii and spent six weeks in a luxury hotel before returning home on the Queen Elizabeth II. They were refunded £48,240 of the £59,052, cruise cost and pursued a damages case. A judge at Bradford county court awarded them £22,000, of which £15,000 was for 'distress and disappointment'. The cruise line said the award was likely to encourage speculative court action and the correct level was between £2,000 and £3,000. Judgment was reserved. Law suit
December 3 Palm Beach Princess Casino WPTB-TV reports All bets are off for the Palm Beach Princess Casino. The cruise ship is not sailing Wednesday night. Unnamed sources said that the ship's workers are on strike because they've been asked to take a 25% pay cut and no additional pay for new, expanded hours. The cruise ship offered another explanation. "This morning we relieved our captain of his duties and brought in a new captain. He was paid in full for the term of his contract. He is trying to organize a strike and right now the company is in talks with the crew, trying to get the situation rectified so that we can resume sailing," said marketing director Mark Simkins. Simkins did not provide a timeline for how long the labor dispute will go on. He did say that the ship will not be sailing Wednesday night. UPDATE December 4: Palm Beach Post reports the labour dispute has been resolved, but on Tuesday the ship could be dry-docked by the U.S. Coast Guard. The company that owns the ship has until then to repair its main engine, which failed about three months ago, or at least have a detailed repair plan. The company, which agreed to a Dec. 8 deadline to fix the engine, has been paying two tugboats to haul the 420-foot ship in and out of the Port of Palm Beach since the engine failure, as ordered by the Coast Guard. "We will either fix the current engine or buy a new ship," Princess spokesman Mark Simkins said Friday. If Princess officials solve the engine problem by Tuesday, the Coast Guard will inspect it, taking the ship for a test run in the inlet and possibly out to the Atlantic Ocean. If the engine is not fixed, the Coast Guard will require Princess managers to show ordered parts and repair contracts if they are to be granted an extension, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mario Teixeira. "It would take a very detailed repair plan to convince the Coast Guard to grant another extension," Teixeira said. Update December 9: The Palm Beach Princess gaming cruise to nowhere is banned from operating out of U.S. ports, after the ship failed to meet a deadline Tuesday to have its main engine repaired, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. Labour dispute / Engine problems / Banned by U.S.
December 3

Wonderful Star
Robie Shipping

Safety at Sea International reports a ferry involved in a collision with a ro-ro in the Philippines is being towed to port today. The collision endangered 519 ferry passengers at Cebu late on Tuesday, but no serious injuries were reported. The Roble Shipping-operated ro-pax Wonderful Star and the Gothong Lines-owned, 15,439gt ro-ro Subic Bay 1 were both heading into the narrow Mactan channel, under the first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge when the 1,297gt ferry grounded. Collision
December 2 Lyubov Orlova
Quark Expeditions
A person has posted a video at YouTube showing the ship "slashing the Maruba container Asia during the approach to dock at the Port Ushuaia." Note the black smoke coming from the ship's smokestack -- this is what concerns environmentalists, especially given the ship's travel to Antarctica. Bump / Slash
November 30 Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: We sailed on the Nov 23 cruise. We were on deck 10 aft cabin. The area had a terrible odor that nauseated us and caused coughing attacks as well as headaches. After discussing this with Claudio an Ass't Guest Relations Manager he acknowledged that they were aware of the problem and that the Solstice was even was even worse. He claims that have resolved the problem with the Eclipse. Nauseous air quality
November 29 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
A poster at Cruise Critic says: We are nearing the end of our 1st sea day and we went down to Blue Lagoon for a light dinner. While sitting there with DW these two women sat down and were talking. All of a sudden they hollered out loudly "Dave" and this Dave character came flying up the stairs from the Crystal Centrum screaming and yelling expletives as these 2 ladies. The male slammed the one girls head against the window while punching the other woman in the face. He was screaming up a storm and pounding on these poor girls. Looking around for security or staff they were nowhere to be found. Myself and a few other patrons witnessed this attack. Obviously the guy was very drunk and kept screaming at them that he was going to come by later and finish them off. He was even menacing towards myself and my wife. When asked the staff basically acted like nothing happened. I spoke with security personnel who said they were looking into the matter. Can't even sit in peace onboard a cruise ship and have a dinner without some crazy idiot assaulting and battering passengers. This guy was not a crew member but just a passenger who needs to be tossed off the ship and arrested. Later on I overheard the ladies saying they didn't want to press charges. Hmm get your head bashed against a glass window and your face punched but they don't want to press charges. Called down to reception later after our dinner was basically ruined by this character and his unwarranted behavior and reception said that they weren't doing anything about it. So I guess now NCL thinks it's ok to be assaulted by other passenger's and witnessed by at least 6-10 other passengers including myself but they don't feel the need to locate this guy and put him off the ship. We will be in Samana in the Morning and hopefully they put this jerk off on a slow boat sit adrift in the open Atlantic. NOTE: It appears the discussion threat has been removed. The incident is now only mentioned as an aside at this URL. 2 female passengers assaulted
November 29 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
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
November 29 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL canceled today’s five-day Western Caribbean sailing from Miami after the ship experienced a power outage near San Juan on Friday night (see below). Passengers reported spending Friday night on deck because air conditioning did not function. After partial power was restored, Norwegian Dawn was able to reach San Juan on Saturday, where the ship remains. NCL chartered aircraft to return passengers to Miami during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The company is still looking into the cause of the engine problem. On Sunday morning, it was not known when the ship will be able to return to Miami. NCL is refunding the full fare for passengers booked on today’s canceled voyage and giving a 50% future cruise credit. UPDATE: The ship has been repaired (December 1) and will be in Miami for its cruise December 4th. Canceled cruise
November 27 Clelia II
Travel Dynamics International
There is a report the ship hit a rock in Possession Bay (Antarctica). Damage was minor; all onboard are safe and unharmed. UPDATE: The following was received in response to this report -- We became aware that you carried a report on your web site, Cruise Junkie, that the expedition cruise ship Clelia II hit a rock on November 27, 2009 in Possession Bay. We are the charterers and operators of the Clelia II, and would like to state categorically that the ship did not hit a rock in Possession Bay, which, by the way, is in South Georgia Island and not in Antarctica, as you wrote, or in any other place. We are really surprised that you would post information on your site without first checking the veracity of the report. We ask you that you retract your statement immediately and that you post an appropriate statement stating clearly that your earlier report was in error. If you do not post such a statement, we will take any and all legal actions against you to correct the record and seek appropriate damages. ?Hit rock?
November 27 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
Associated Press reports the ship temporarily lost power off the coast of Puerto Rico. A Norwegian Cruise Line news release says the ship lost power at 9 a.m. Friday about 95 miles off the north coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The United States Coast Guard and local authorities were notified immediately. The cruise line reports that all guests on board were safe and secure. Power was restored later Friday, and the ship was back under way. It was expected to arrive in Miami as scheduled on Sunday. The ship departed Miami last Friday, making stops throughout the Caribbean. UPDATE: Jackson NJ Online reports passengers on board say the ship completely lost all power and Coast Guard ships and helicopters were dispatched to the scene. All activities on board the ship were cancelled Friday and the ship is headed to the port of San Juan in Puerto Rico, not Miami, this morning. Passengers were told they would have to make accommodations to return to Miami, but were offered a 70% discount and credits of 50% on future cruises. NCL also offered to pay for hotel accommodations and airfare. During the power outage, the more than 2,000 passengers on the ship had no access to running water, electricity air conditioning or toilet services in the hot Caribbean. The current temperature in San Juan is partly cloudy 85 degrees with 67% humidity. Guests have been asked to conserve water because the ship has limited capacity to produce new fresh water. Engine failure / Loss of electrical power
November 26 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
The Sun Sentinel reports while in transit from St Thomas, USVI to the Bahamas with four of the five main diesel generators on line, the ship suffered a failure of the number one main diesel generator, more specifically, their was a short circuit in the alternator winding causing a shutdown of the number one generator and a release of internal combustion gas and smoke from the cylinder head relief valves. The voltage drop resulting from the shutdown of the number one generator caused under voltage shutdowns of the numbers two, four, and five main generators fuel pumps. The shutdown of the fuel pumps starved the two, four, and five generators of fuel subsequently causing a shutdown of those generators. The shutdown of the generators resulted in a loss of main electrical power and propulsion throughout the ship, a blackout, and the ship became adrift. The ships transitional power operated as designed and the emergency generator started automatically and supplied all emergency circuits while the other generators were brought back on line and main power and propulsion was restored. Of note, the ships voyage data recorder, an instrument designed and installed to help assist in post casualty analysis and investigation failed to operate on its back up power supply when the ship blacked out. Full power and propulsion was restored approximately 45 minutes after the casualty occurred and the ship resumed normal operation. The number one generator winding failure required rewinding of the generator at a cost of approximately $1,000,000. Loss of power and propulsion
November 25 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines

Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Posters at Cruise Critic say the Carnival ship bumped the RCI ship while maneuvering in Puerto Vallarta, denting the front of Radiance of the Seas. Collision - "Bump"
November 25 Barfleur
Brittany Ferries
The Guardian reports a suspected illegal immigrant sparked a five-hour air and sea search after jumping off a cross-Channel ferry in a desperate attempt to get into Britain. The apparent stowaway leapt into rough and freezing seas as the boat approached Poole harbour, in Dorset. Despite 65mph winds and 3-metre (10ft) waves, he made it 50 metres to shore on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula, wearing a wetsuit under his clothes to protect him from hypothermia. He was caught when he was spotted dripping wet while boarding a chain ferry that crosses the harbour. At first he told police through an interpreter that a second man also went overboard with him and two women colleagues were left on board. A huge search of the harbour was launched involving some 50 lifeboat personnel, coastguard and police officers, costing around £26,000. The operation was called off at 5.30am and although police continued to search the shoreline, they found no trace of anyone else involved. The man, aged in his 40s, was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and is being questioned by immigration officials in Poole. Pax jumps overboard - rescued
November 23 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season. Environmental
November 23 Ryndam
Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season. Environmental
November 23 Oosterdam
Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season. Environmental
November 23 Expedition
Gap Adventures
From a reader: GAP's Expedition (the ship they refurbished to replace the sunk Explorer) cancelled their two first trips of the season, and rumor has it they will cancel two more. I couldn't find any reliable source nor any news about it. Its not on their site. But the ship did not show up in Ushuaia when it was scheduled to. Cruises canceled
November 23 Silja Europa
Silja Line
Monsters and Critics reports the ferry with almost 1,700 people onboard was to be towed to the Finnish port city of Turku on Monday due to problems with its rudder system. The rudder system failure was detected Sunday when the ferry was en route from Stockholm to Turku. The ferry is currently in the archipelago of the Aland Islands, located in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. The ferry operator said the engines were working and the ship was maneuverable. The ferry's scheduled departures Monday and Tuesday were cancelled and tickets were refunded. UPDATE: It was subsequently announced that all departures have been canceled until at least December 1, while repairs are undertaken. Rudder system failure
November 22 Tallink Victoria
Tallink
Uutiset (Finland) reports a search and rescue operation for a man who fell off the ship off the coast of Hanko was called off Sunday morning. The man is now presumed drowned. Authorities said they did everything they could to find him, but to no avail. The ship was en route from Tallinn to Stockholm via Mariehamn. The man went overboard before ten p.m. on Saturday night. Nearby cargo vessels and three cruise ships joined Coast Guard helicopters and boats in the search for the man. "After hours of searching, the civilian vessels returned to their routes while the Coast Guard continued until four a.m. Generally, hypothermia sets in between half an hour to an hour if the water is six or seven degrees Celsius. Overboard - Missing
November 22 Silver Shadow
Silversea Cruises
The Miami Herald reports a Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued Ronald Shulman, 62, who went overboard the cruise ship around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. He was found swimming 20 miles southeast of Government Cut (near Miami) around 7:45 a.m. It is not known how Shulman, who was traveling alone, went overboard. Cruise operators noticed Shulman was missing and contacted the Coast Guard. A crew from Air Station Miami recovered the man, lowering a rescue swimmer from a helicopter. Shulman was back on the cruise ship Sunday morning, with a touch of hypothermia from his long night in the water, according to a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Overboard - Rescued alive
November 21 Navigator of the Seas & Disney Wonder
Royal Caribbean International
Disney Cruise Line
The Nassau Guardian reports two armed men ambushed and robbed a group of 17 tourists on tour in Nassau yesterday. According to police, the visitors were on tour at Earth Village, Dunmore Street, in Chippingham just before 1 p.m. with a tour guide when two men armed with shotguns accosted them. The Bahamian man leading the tour was tied up and the tourists were ordered to the ground and robbed of cash, passports, cell phones, credit cards and personal items, said police. While this group of visitors was being robbed, another group of tourists came on the scene and they too were robbed. Shortly after this incident, a 43-year-old Canadian man visiting downtown Nassau along with his brother had his wallet snatched while walking on Bay Street near Navy Lion Road. Three officers from the Tourism Patrol Unit gave chase and arrested the 49-year-old man police suspect was responsible for the theft. Pax robbed onshore
November 19 Carnival Liberty
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: 3 hours after leaving port in San Juan, the ship had to turn around to return due to a passenger being "very sick". It was reported later, "through the grapevine" that the passenger had been having serious breathing issues...possible heart attack. Due to the return to San Juan, the stop at Grand Turk on 11/19 had to be canceled. Being a passenger, I was a little disappointed about missing Grand Turk, but was thankful that Carnival cares about individual passengers and their health. Canceled port call
November 19 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
The BBC reports a 23 year old man and 20 year old woman from Surrey were detained by UK Border Agency officers as the man disembarked at Southampton docks. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said 1.5kg (3.3lb) of cocaine with an estimated street value of £70,000 was seized from a male passenger. Drug bust
November 18 Disney Magic
Disney Cruise Line,

Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: We have just returned from a Disney Cruise.  On our day in Cozumel, Nov 18th, five Disney employees, celebrating the end of their contracts from Animal Kingdom, rented a dune buggy or Jeep ( not part of a shore excursion)  and were in an accident.  Two were killed and three hospitalized.  The 6th person in their party had decided to take a cruise endorsed shore excursion. UPDATE: The incident was subsequently reported by Tampa media and discussed on a board focused on Cozumel. This what was said: There was a really bad accident on Thursday around 2:30 PM at the entrance to the San Gervasio ruins where a red and yellow Jeep Polar from Executive Car Rental collided and two people were killed. It appears that one vehicle, traveling at an undetermined speed was coming out of the ruins when it was hit by other other jeep which was reported to be traveling at 120 kilometers/hour (75 mph!) at the time of the crash. Because both jeeps were overloaded, some of the cruise passengers were hurled from the vehicles while others remained twisted in the wreckage. One 21 year old woman died at the scene and at least four were transported to nearby hospitals in grave condition and where one of them later died. The driver of the second car has been taken into custody. Pax deaths onshore
November 18 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports while vessel was inbound to the Port of Grand Turk, the primary motor unit (PMU) 1 tripped due to malfunction in the cycle converter (CC) 1 drive switch board causing the vessel to lose the port side engine. The US Cast Guard reports this as materuial failure. Loss of engine
November 15 Royal Caribbean International Jackson, NJ.com reports travelers leaving for sunny Caribbean vacations on RCI cruises from Bayonne (Cape Liberty) are returning home to find their cars have been permanently damaged. The culprit seems to be paint being used by the nearby dry dock to repair a U.S. Navy ship being restored. Both Royal Caribbean and the owners of the parking garage have known about the problem for several months and failed to warn customers of the dangers posed to their vehicles. Calls from the newspaper to Royal Caribbean were deferred to the Bayonne Dry dock Corporation. Calls to Central Parking (operator of the parking lot) were also not returned. Damage to parked cars (while on cruise)
November 15

Kapitan Khlebnikov
Quark Expeditions

The Guardian reports 80 British tourists on a journey to watch emperor penguins in the Antarctic have been stranded for a week after their cruise ship got stuck in the ice. The Kapitan Khlebnikov, a Russian icebreaker that takes people through the icebergs of the Weddell Sea and to Snow Hill Island rookery, set out on 3 November and was due to return tomorrow. But bad weather caused the sea-ice to compact, making it impossible for the ship, with its 105 passengers to break through. A passenger, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: "The first three days went according to plan, but then the weather started changing. Now we have to wait for winds to change." The passengers and crew are in no danger and it is expected that the ice will decompress enough over the weekend for the ship to navigate its way out and return to Ushuaia, Argentina.UPDATE November 17: ABC News reports the ship is still stuck in ice. The ship is waiting for a stronger wind to try to begin moving again -- it is about five miles from clear water near the Snow Hill Island in the Weddel Sea. Update November 20: Reports indicate the ship has now broken free of the ice. It is scheduled to arrive in Ushuaia November 22. Passengers on the next expedition, which was to have begun last Monday, will embark Sunday for an abbreviated itinerary. Stuck in ice
November 14 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: I was on the cruise that departed San Pedro, CA November 14th to Cabo San Lucas. The was one of three ships docked offshore. The water had moderate to strong chop with a swell of two to three feet. The wind was from the south at approximate 10 to 15 knots. The ship's tenders were providing ferry service in and out of Cabo that day. Other ships were using commercial tenders or water taxis that were larger and more stable. The trip to shore was more or less uneventful. However, on the trip back to the ship that afternoon, the tender lost an engine. The drived immediately cut the other engine. The tender was bobbing in the ocean under no power. It was rolling in heavy swells with a pitch of approximately 35 degrees, side to side. This was not pleasurable. The driver made a decision to go back to port and restarted the single functioning engine and started back. He was then instructed to go to the ship instead and made a u-turn, limping on one engine. He was barely able to make it back to the ship; at no time was anything said to passengers by the crew, and life jackets were not passed out. Once at the ship, there was no plan in place to get the tender under control. The driver could not control the tender with one engine. We bobbed and rolled and bounced off the ship several times. The shipboard crew had a large bale of ropes and were trying to get them untangled to toss a line. It was a Chinese fire drill, and no one spoke English. It was a totally unprofessional exhibition of how not to react in an emergency. We, the passengers, were all aghast at the total lack of seamanship of these inept crew members I have never seen anything like it. Tender nightmare
November 12 Ship unknown
Thomson Cruises
Bolton News (UK) reports a five-year-old boy who wears nappies because he has Down’s Syndrome was turned away from a children’s play area on a Thomspon ship. His parents claim staff told them he could not join in with fun sessions because he wore pull-up nappies. The mother said “I couldn’t believe it. Ethan is able to use the toilet but he does sometimes have accidents. If Ethan had an accident, it would not have affected the others because he had pull-ups on.“ The company apologized and said it would investigate. The chief executive of the Down’s Syndrome Association, said: “It does not make sense and does sound like discrimination. The situation with the nappies could have been got around and arrangements made allowing the child to play with other children.” Child turned away from child centre
November 11 Norwegian Cruise Line Received from a passenger: I recently took a NCL cruise. Unfortunately, I left my passport in California and was sailing out of Miami for a week long cruise to the Caribbean. Since I was unable to board the ship sans passport, I sent my friend ahead and told her I would meet her in the first port (Ship sailed on Saturday, first port was Samana on Monday)  I phoned my family to fed ex the passport to arrive on Monday. I phoned NCL "emergency airline" number and told what had happened and what my plans were.  I asked them if they could assist me in getting to Samana.  Upon looking up my booking number they said "We would be able to help you if you had purchased your entire package from NCL"  but since you only booked the cruise portion through us we are unable to help you.  (I had used frequent flyer miles to get to Florida to keep the cost of the trip at a minimum)  I told them that I wasn't looking for them to fly me there, I was planning on paying for my airfare - I just needed guidance - what airline flew there, what times, how long would the flight take, where was the port in connection to the airport etc.  The agent said he could not help me and suggested I contact the different carriers or use the internet.  I was aghast but thought, OK maybe the "emergency airline" number wasn't who I should have called, I will call corporate office and see if they can help me with logistics.  Same deal.  The person that answered the phone was unable to help (granted it was Saturday) when I asked who I should speak to. They had suggested I call back on Monday....after explaining that by then it would be too late.  I hung up frustrated. But, I didn't stop there.  My next call was the the NCL excursion desk (thinking that since it is one of their ports and they do excursions on the island, they would know the layout)  NOPE! I did my research and flew to Dominican Republic with American Airlines. I made the last tender by 1/2 hour.  The port is on the opposite side of the island from the airport and it takes a $200 taxi ride that is doubt 2hrs to get there. Once aboard the ship, the following day I was met by customs to explain why I boarded in Samana.  With me was one other person ( a gentleman from corporate offices of NCL) who had also boarded in Samana.  After explaining the lack of support I got from the 3 numbers I dialed, he suggested I write a letter - and I did, but have not heard back. I wanted to share this story with the readers because one thinks, that they will be taken care of as guests should be - but in this case I was not.
Customer dis-service
November 11 Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
According to a news report Cruise Holdings has alleged that manager V.Ships Leisure is to blame for “potential environmental law violations” aboard the ship.. According to a legal filing made public this week, V.Ships was hired on a one-year contract in 2008 to provide ship management for three Prestige-owned Regent cruise vessels. In March, Prestige instructed V.Ships to place Tonci Masle, a chief engineer at Prestige-owned Oceania Cruises, aboard the Navigator in preparation for Prestige’s takeover of Regent’s ship management in June. Prestige claimed that Masle found “numerous deficiencies” and “identified potential environmental law violations onboard the Seven Seas Navigator”. On 17 March, Prestige “instructed the crew of the Navigator that all bilge water be discharged to shoreside disposal facilities to avoid any further potential violations”. Prestige also turned itself in to the US Coast Guard and US attorney’s office. Prestige subsequently faced “legal fees relating to the US government’s investigation of environmental violations”. In addition to seeking damages from V.Ships and its president Roberto Giorgi, Prestige is also suing Italian class society RINA, which inspected the Seven Seas Navigator. Environmental
November 10 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
Travel Weekly reports the ship's inaugural cruise from New Orleans has been delayed by one day due to Tropical Storm Ida. The ship will operate a three-day cruise departing Nov. 11, instead of a four-day cruise departing Nov. 10. Passengers will get a 50% refund of their fare or can cancel for a full refund. Delayed cruise
November 10 Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
WHNT-TV (Mobile) reports the ship's inaugural cruise from Mobile has been delayed by one day due to Tropical Storm Ida. The ship's first cruise was supposed to depart Tuesday, but the cruise line announced that the cruise is being delayed until Wednesday. It will be shortened from six days to five days. Passengers can cancel and receive a full refund, or they can receive a prorated refund of the fare paid for the six-day cruise. The Alabama Cruise Terminal reports that that the Fantasy should arrive in port late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The Fantasy is replacing a smaller ship, the Holiday, which finished its last cruise Saturday. Delayed cruise
November 10 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
The company announced today that the ship's ‘Week Fantastique’ round cruise from Brisbane next Saturday has been cancelled. The ship has been delayed at the Forgacs Cairncross Dockyard on the Brisbane River where she has been undergoing routine maintenance. A replacement part for the propulsion system has to be custom-made and fitted before the ship is able to leave dry dock. Passengers will receive a full refund, plus a discount of 50% of their cancelled cruise fare for a future sailing. Pacific Sun is scheduled to operate another seven-night ‘Week Fantastique’ cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu from Brisbane on November 21. Cancelled cruise
November 9 Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Contra Costa Times reports three ambulances and about 20 paramedics and rescue personnel were sent to a cruise ship in the Port of Los Angeles Sunday to treat three people with serious injuries and medical complications, but the injuries were unrelated, a fire official said. The injuries were reported at 6:06 AM. A pregnant woman suffering possible complications and two passengers who had slipped and fallen on the ship were taken to San Pedro Peninsula Hospital with "serious" injuries. Two of the passengers were in the ship's infirmary when Los Angeles fire paramedics arrived. The other was in a state room onboard. Ship met by ambulances
November 8 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: Departure from Long Beach left 7  hours late... problem of some sort re a fire door not working and had to be repaired. Next day, ship had to change direction back towards san diego to allow a coast guard helicopter to pick up a seriously ill passenger. The ship managed to speed up and no major late  port arrivals took place. The captain kept us up to date on both situations and handled both situations in a professional manner. Delayed departure
November 8 Carnival Paradise
Carnival Cruise Lines
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 minutes, 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
November 6 Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Cruise Line
Associated Press reports a Danish tourist died Friday, two days after being shot by robbers who tried to steal his camera while he visited a cemetery. Police said two suspected gang members had been arrested. The cruise passenger died at a hospital in Guatemala City, where he was flown after being wounded in the port city of Santo Tomas de Castillo. He went with another tourist on a paid tour to a nearby town Wednesday. On the way back, they asked the driver to stop at the cemetery so they could take pictures. They were approached by two young men who tried to steal their cameras, and the passenger was shot in a scuffle. Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez said two men, thought to be gang members because of the tattoos on their faces, were arrested. Pax murdered on shore
November 6 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: I'm a passenger on Celebrity Solstice between Santorini and Naples. At 9PM local time tonight, a female passenger jumped purposefully from Deck 14. She has been identified by the crew but the name not released. The coast guard are conducting a search but she has not been found as yet. UPDATE November 7: Solstice searched in the darkness with spotlights for 10 hours assisted by at least one more cruise ship as well as at least one coast guard boat and an aircraft. Flares were deployed as well, but to no avail. She was not found. We continued on toward Naples and will arrive about an hour late. Pax overboard
November 6 Grand Voyager
Iberocruises
It has been reported that the ship left Funchal today, 21 hours later than scheduled. I was originally scheduled to depart yesterday evening. There have been no reports of the cause for the delay.
Delayed departure
November 6 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Hampton Roads dot com reports a convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after he admitted downloading child pornography. The thirty-two year old man was arrested in May after he debarked the ship at the Norfolk cruise ship terminal. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents pulled him from the line and searched his laptop, which contained 69 child pornography videos. The search was conducted under a new policy that allows agents to search any electronic device carried by international travelers.
Pax arrested with child porn
November 5 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Huddersfield Examiner reports a couple is suing their travel agent after contracting food poisoning while on aboard the ship. According to the article, the couple left Southampton in June for France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. During the first few nights they sent food back several times and also saw curdled milk and yogurts in faulty chiller cabinets. But it was two days before the end of their two-week holiday when they were hit by severe diarrhea, fever and headaches. Mr Wormald became so ill he lost 10.5lbs in weight ... Tests showed the couple had both contracted campylobacter – a common form of food poisoning which was treated with antibiotics.
Food poisoning
November 4 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) reports on a trial in which a passenger was found with 32 packages of marijuana in his cabin, with the intent to import into Bermuda. According to testimony, the passenger arrived on June 17. Police noticed him acting suspiciously after he disembarked in Dockyard. He was going from phone booth to phone booth in an apparent attempt to contact someone. After he re-boarded the ship, they searched his cabin and found 32 packages of cannabis in his suitcase and under his bed.
Drug bust
November 2

Science News reports on an article in the November 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled "Cruise Ship Environmental Hygiene and the Risk of Norovirus Infection Outbreaks: An Objective Assessment of 56 Vessels over 3 Years" (pp 1321-1317; Authors: P.C. Carling, L.A. Bruno-Murtha, and J.K. Griffiths). The article in Science is entitled "Poorly Cleaned Public Cruise Ship Restrooms May Predict Norovirus Outbreaks." Copied below is the abstract from the journal article:
Background. Norovirus infection outbreaks (NoVOs) occur frequently in closed populations, such as cruise ship passengers. Environmental contamination is believed to play an important role in NoVO propagation.
Methods. Trained health care professionals covertly evaluated the thoroughness of disinfection cleaning (TDC) of 6 standardized objects (toilet seat, flush handle or button, toilet stall inner handhold, stall inner door handle, restroom inner door handle, and baby changing table surfaces) with high potential for fecal contamination in cruise ship public restrooms, by means of a previously validated novel targeting method.
Results. Fifty-six cruise ships (∼30% of 180 vessels operated by 9 large cruise lines) were evaluated from July 2005 through August 2008. Overall, 37% (range, 4%–100%; 95% confidence interval, 29.2%–45.4%) of 8344 objects in 273 randomly selected public restrooms were cleaned daily. The TDC did not differ by cruise line and did not correlate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program inspection scores (r2, .002; P = .75). More than half the vessels had overall TDC scores <30%, although several of these low scoring ships had near-perfect CDC sanitation scores. The mean TDC of the 3 ships evaluated within 4 months before a NoVO (10.3%) was substantially less than the mean TDC of the 40 ships that did not experience NoVOs (40.4%) (P < .004).
Conclusions.
An objective evaluation of public restroom environmental hygiene on 56 cruise ships found that only 37% of selected toilet area objects were cleaned on a daily basis. Low TDC scores may predict subsequent NoVO-prone vessels. Enhanced public restroom cleaning may prevent or moderate NoVOs on cruise ships.

Norovirus
November 2 Statendam
Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of pH. Environmental
November 2 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on September 8 exceeded the allowable level of zinc, on September 16 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia, and on September 16 exceeded the allowable level of copper. Environmental
November 2 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 3 and September 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
November 2 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 4, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
November 2 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 7 and September 14 exceeded the allowable level of zinc. Environmental
November 2 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
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
October 31 Iranian cruise ship Press TV (Iran) reports a cruise ship has gone down off the port city of Genaveh in the Iranian southern province of Bushehr. The ship went down Friday afternoon after being hit by massive waves. It was en route from Khark Island -- in the vicinity of Iran's major port city in the Persian Gulf, Bushehr -- to Genaveh port city -- located on the Persian Gulf cost between Bushehr and Daylem port city. One life was lost and three others went missing in the incident. Twenty-one people were recovered by boats fishing at the site. Sank
October 30 Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Cruise Line
The CDC reports 9 of 965 (0.93%) crew and 73 of 1991 (3.66%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 16 day cruise ending November 8 in New Orleans. Illness
October 28 Norwegian Majesty
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Bermuda Sun reports a 72-year-old male passenger died of a suspected heart attack after a helmet-diving trip off the east end yesterday afternoon. He collapsed on board the boat after completing a helmet dive with Peppercorn Diving. Staff tried to revive the man, who was visiting with his wife, but to no avail. Death after shore excursion
October 25 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
Nova News reports: After weeks of planning and getting ready, the ship sailed by Shelburne (Nova Scotia) this morning to the disappointment of many. The ship and its 1,300 passengers were scheduled to spend the day in Shelburne, but the visit was cancelled Sunday morning as heavy rains and high winds hit the area. Skipped port call
October 24 Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Chronicle Herald reports an employee that visited Halifax on Friday was arrested after border agents allegedly found sexually explicit images of children on his cell phone. Menandro Lim Lanzar, 31, of the Philippines was arraigned in Halifax provincial court on a Customs Act charge of importing child pornography. Mr. Lanzar, quarter master on the Norwegian Jewel, was remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth until Tuesday, when he returns to court. Blair MacDonald, a criminal investigator with the Canada Border Services Agency, said Mr. Lanzar was inspected as he was getting off the ship at Pier 22. UPDATE: The Chronicle Herald reports the crew member has been sentenced to 100 days in jail and will then be deported. Child pornography arrest
October 24 Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The current cruise has experienced bad weather and other problems (see October 13). The latest from a passenger is: We were due to dock in Barcelona tomorrow morning - update 7pm tomorrow night. Weather was very rough last night hardly slept. So the plan is to use the ship as a hotel tomorrow night in Barcelona and the new cruise will lose a day. Weather now is clear and sunny but still bumpy. According to a poster at Cruise Critic: I'm scheduled with 7 others to cruise the Brilliance tomorrow, Sun. Just got off the phone with RCCL, here's the update, Boarding will be on Monday now at 7:00 PM, Anyone who has scheduled their air with RCCL will be met at the Barcelona airport and transferred to a hotel, courtesy of RCCL. Outside cabins will be given a $200pp OCB, Balcony cabins will be given $300PP OCB. I'm just glad I called, because nowhere on their site are these changes. There will be an extra sea day and they will be skipping Nice, and Florence. Needless to say am very disappointed, but I'm sure we will make the best of it. Any day away from work is a vacation.
Late disembarkation/ delayed embarkation
October 23 Hrossey
NorthLink
The Orcadian Daily News (Orkney Islands) reports that four passengers on NorthLink Ferry's northbound Hrossey sustained minor injuries in severe weather conditions on Thursday morning. The vessel encountered heavier than forecast south-easterly gales (force 10) off the Fair Isle, and, in very heavy seas, a sudden roll to port led to four passengers sustaining minor injuries. Additionally, a number of cars were slightly damaged and a plate glass panel was broken by a sofa. Speaking on Thursday morning, a NorthLink spokesman commented: "Four passengers sustained minor injuries when the vessel lurched unexpectedly during a particularly heavy roll — one who who sitting in the bar, one who was asleep in a bunk and a couple who were asleep on a sofa. "So far as I am aware, at the moment, hospitalization was not required." Injuries in rough seas
October 23 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 6, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc. Environmental
October 23 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
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
October 23 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and on August 11 and AUgust 25 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of biological oxygen demand. Environmental
October 23 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 16 and August 26 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
October 23 Pacific Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 3, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper. Environmental
October 23 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 3 exceeded the allowable level of chlorine and on August 3 and August 10 exceeded the allowable level of zinc. Environmental
October 23 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 14 and August 20 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
October 22 Zuiderdam
Holland America Line
Tico Times (Costa Rica) reports a dockworkers strike that began Tuesday has paralyzed Costa Rica's Caribbean port of Limón and prevented a 1,896-passenger cruise ship from docking. On Tuesday, workers began a protest for higher pay and proceeded to block three outgoing ships in Moín and two in Limón. The union's administration is trying to distance itself from the strike, calling it irresponsible and unjustified. The strike ended the following day. Missed port call
October 22 Noordam
Holland America Line
Gibraltar News from Panorama reports the ship sailed into Gibraltar yesterday with food poisoning onboard. The bug caused a stir with some tour guides and coach drivers, as the word got round of what some were saying was an outbreak of gastro-enteritis. A number of drivers/guides refused to work given the nature of the outbreak. What is regarded as surprising is that passengers were allowed to come ashore, when in other ports it is sometimes the case that passengers are barred to avoid the spread of a bug onboard the ship. Questioned by PANORAMA, ship agents Turner & Co confirmed that there had been "some food poisoning onboard, but contained, and confined to one part of the ship." UPDATE: The CDC reports 16 of 784 (2.04%) crew and 140 of 1826 (7.67%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 15 day cruise ending November 1 in Ft. Lauderdale. Illness
October 21 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
A passenger writes: I was a passenger on board the Black Watch on 21.10.09.  The pilot had been taken on board to guide the ship into La Coruna Harbour (Spain) at around 11.00 am.  Rough winds were battering the local coastline but the weather was otherwise fine and the approach into La Caruna was otherwise unremarkable.  Apparently, due to the pilot with the captain's permission misreading red and green marker buoys, and taking the wrong line into the harbour, the ship was steered into dangerous waters on its approach and in a very short space of time, ie 15 minutes, was unbalanced and listed severely resulting in passengers flying across the reception rooms on chairs, cabins and balcony doors/windows being damaged and the ship taking on water.   Severe list
October 21 Ship unknown
Carnival Cruise Lines
WPRI-TV reports a couple was left them stranded in the Bahamas. The passengers knew they only had a few hours on the island when their ship dropped them off. They say the itinerary said the ship left at 5:00. They were back to the dock by 3:30, but the ship was gone. It was only then that they learned the departure time had changed from 5:00 to 2:00. Their son, who did make it on the boat, says an announcement was made early that morning, when Neila and Carlos were asleep. Left stranded in port
October 20 Carnival Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." The Sun Sentinel reports the ship suffered a loss of one azipod while transiting in San Diego Bay. The casualty was a result of a failure with the electronic control system. No further incident occured as a result of this casualty. Material failure / loss of azipod
October 19 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
The Cape Breton Post reports ship cancelled its planned call in Sydney(Nova Scotia) today due to weather. The port authority said the ship was about an hour away from Sydney this morning when the decision was made to cancel the stop due to high winds off shore. Port skipped
October 18 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Daily Mail reports sixteen passengers on a Mediterranean cruise have been confined to their cabins after their ship was hit by the norovirus sickness bug. They were isolated after the ship left Venice yesterday with 850 passengers on board. The outbreak appeared to start last week when the ship’s doctor confined himself to his own quarters, suspecting he had the highly contagious bug which causes sickness and diarrhea. Update: Travel Weekly reports 57 passengers out of the 1,140 onboard Boudicca have so far been affected by gastroenteritis-like symptoms. Twenty-seven passengers remain in isolation, including six who are under observation. The ship, which is on a 21-night cruise of the Adriatic, departed Portsmouth on October 5 and is due to end in Portsmouth October 26. Norovirus
October 16 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports while at sea today en route from Halifax to New York, the encountered gale force winds that caused the ship to list. According to an official statement from the cruise line, there were no passenger injuries and only one minor crew injury; this crew member has already returned to work. The severity of the list in actual degrees is not yet known. Cruise Critic member JohnLauben was onboard and shares this post on the Princess forum: "Currently onboard, off the coast of New England. We're in a storm, with gale-force winds up to 70 knots. We listed a bit this morning ... several waiters in the Horizon Court fell, carrying trays of food or other dining supplies. A piano in the Explorer's Lounge slid off the stage, and was [totaled]. The galley and backstage tours were cancelled...." From a Reader: Seems there might be more Damage to the Caribbean Princess, last night [Oct 19] she left Boston late [9pm ish] due to inspections and possible repairs [report of DECK Damage / Cracked]. According to Sources at the port, Lloyds of London was there doing the inspection[s] as well.See here for more information. Storm damage
October 15 Discovery
Voyages of Discovery
The Cruising Forum reports: After all of the difficulties last year that ended up with Discovery missing ports and having more than the usual number of inspections...along with some very unhappy passengers and the eventual loss of the managing director, it appears that the gremlins have returned. Reports from various sources state that the ship has suffered another engine breakdown in September and that caused Lisbon to be missed. According to Paris MOU she was inspected in Venice on September 9th, 2009 and she again had deficiencies in her engine room, safety training & ancillary equipment departments. This sort of problem plagued her last year also. Engine problems
October 15 Grimaldi Lines The Daily Mail reports: A couple, from Terni near Perugia, had booked a three-day cruise last month from with Grimaldi Lines from Civitavecchia to the Spanish city of Barcelona. They had booked the holiday using loyalty points from a supermarket. But when they arrived at the port, they found the ship surrounded by TV crews covering the 'Revuelta gay cruise' - Italy's first all homosexual cruise. Lawyer Antonio Francesconi, who is representing them, said he had written to Grimaldi telling them he was taking them to court and asking for £2,800 compensation. He said: 'I have not yet received a response. It is not a question of discrimination but one of lost satisfaction because no-one had told them their holiday was at the same time as the gay cruise. 'When they booked the cruise, directly with the company, no-one told them it was also hosting the Revuelta event. They arrived at the port and saw the ship surrounded by the media.' They thought it was because someone famous was on board but it was in fact due to the event - the 1,500 passengers were all gay and there were numerous gay events during the three days. 'My clients were also left embarrassed because among the passengers were people they knew and had no idea that were gay, which was uncomfortable for all parties.' Note: There have been similar cases on mainstream cruise lines where large groups charter part of a vessel and passengers arrive un prepared for the lifestyle choice of the group. This speaks to the need for passengers to do their research and be informed about the cruise they book. Lawsuit
October 14 Carnival Glory
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Tribune (Nassau) reports eleven tourists from a cruise ship were on a taxi cab tour of the Nassau's historic sites when their pleasant visit turned to terror as they viewed the 66 steps. Two masked men approached on foot. One threatened the group with a handgun while the other stole cash and personal items from the visitors at around 11am. It was the first robbery in the area this year according to Superintendent Elsworth Moss, and taxi drivers say it happened because there were no police officers securing the site as usual. A taxi driver told The Tribune: "I am shocked it happened because usually the Commissioner of Police has a police presence there." The taxi drivers are very upset the robbery took place because their concern is the damaging effect it will have after the group returned to the ship and complained about it. "We don't like the fact that it will have such a tremendous impact on tourism." Like many visitors to Nassau, the group had been picked up from the port at Prince Charles Wharf downtown for a taxi tour of Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, the watertower and the Queen's Staircase when they were robbed. For more info see a followup story in The Tribune. Robbery ashore
October 13 Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: We're onboard the Brilliance of the Seas in Barcelona - we were due to depart tonight at 7pm but due to the ship arriving late after a storm ( number of windows in deck 3/4 broken ) - which can't be repaired until early afternoon tomorrow we're confined to port - The ship is in touch with Miami at the minute - we were due to be in Cannes tomorrow but its cancelled !! UPDATE: We're due to sail around noon -- crew worked throughout the night on the repairs - they have penciled Cannes in on one of our last sea days. According to Cruisecritic poster 35 cabins were damaged. Delay - damage in storm
October 12 Saga Ruby
Saga Holidays
The Daily Mirror reports the ship hit a concrete bollard while berthing in New York, and had to have emergency repairs to a hole in the bow before setting off back to the UK. When the incident happened, a pilot was on the bridge. The ship appeared to turn too fast into her own berth. Captain Philip Rentell threw the engines into reverse, but it was too late to avoid a collision. Saga issued a statement: "On Saturday at 07:43 hrs Saga Ruby was turning into Manhattan, west side, Pier 88 berth 1 and during the swing the stem touched the end of the pier shore bollard. This was a light touch so customers would not have been aware that the ship had touched the berth - so no injuries, just embarrassed pilots ! "Clipping the bollard caused some minor damage to the stem plate so we moved the ship to the Liberty Cruise terminal in Bayonne for repair. Passengers have enjoyed the extra day In New York and we plan to sail later today once the repair is inspected." Ruby's next scheduled voyage is a 14-night cruise to the Canaries, currently scheduled to leave Southampton on October 22. The itinerary will have to change, but Saga are waiting to see whether she will be one or two days late getting home before announcing changes. Collision with pier
October 10 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
The Courier Mail reports police boarded the ship when it docked in Brisbane after they were notified of an alleged sexual assault while the ship was cruising near Noumea last week. The alleged victim was believed to be a juvenile. A police spokeswoman said allegedly involved in the incident had been spoken to by officers, but no one had been arrested or charged. She refused to say how many people were involved in the incident, or where they were from. A spokeswoman for P&O said when officials on the ship became aware of the allegations on October 6, they immediately notified police. UPDATE October 18:The New Zealand Herald advises Kiwi cruisegoers have been warned to watch their backs after an alleged sexual assault on "New Zealand's favourite cruise ship". Detective Sergeant Andy King, who heads Auckland's adult sexual assault team, said cruise ship passengers needed to watch out for themselves. "The same rules apply as if they were going out drinking. Look after each other, take care of your drinks," he said. "Quite often cabins close by make it more convenient for people to get into situations that might be compromising. People should use their common sense. Where people are socialising and drinking, issues will always arise." Sexual assault of minor
October 2 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The Halifax Chronicle reports the captain abruptly ended a press conference when asked, “How environmentally friendly is this vessel?" The newspaper article says he literally went off the deep end.“I’m not even going to go there. No," he snapped. He muttered a few more words and walked off in a huff. A few metres away he turned and said with disdain, “You should know better than that!" In a flash he was gone. No explanation. No apology to the other media people taken off guard by the response and obviously somewhat embarrassed. The obvious question: what information did he not want to give? Environmental
October 2 Spirit of 98
Cruise West
Oregon Live Online reports the ship the lock at The Dalles Dam will remain closed to Columbia River traffic at least through Saturday. Consequently, the cruise ship has been stuck on the river since the lock was closed Tuesday afternoon. Passengers on the Spirit of ’98 cruise ship, anchored near The Dalles, are “sleeping on board," said Jerrol Golden, a spokeswoman for Cruise West, which operates the multi-day cruise. "There's plenty of food." Itinerary change
September 30

Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

USA Today reports the two ships collided in an incident that has left both vessels damaged. Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend had just untied from its berth at the popular Mexican resort town when it was caught by heavy winds and pushed into the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas. "Extremely strong winds pushed the vessel up against the side of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas," the line says in a statement to USA TODAY. "The (Royal Caribbean) ship was at dock when the incident occurred. The Carnival Legend sustained broken glass and other minor damage to some open deck areas." A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said the Enchantment suffered what appears to be minor damage to the stern of the ship and some railings. Spokespeople for both lines say they have received no reports of injuries on board their respective ships resulting from the incident, which occurred at about 6:15 pm central time. Both lines say the damage to the ships is not serious and the vessels will proceed with their current itineraries. The Enchantment of the Seas is on a five-night Caribbean cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. The Carnival Legend is on a seven-night Caribbean cruise out of Tampa. NOTE: Click here for two pictures of Enchantment of the Seas sent by a reader. Collision
September 30 Charaideo
Assam Bengal Navigation Company
The Telegraph India reports the luxury river boat got stuck on a sandbank near Kharguli in Kamrup (metro) district. Though the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, which runs the cruise, said it was not abnormal for ships to get stuck on sandbanks, police had to rush to the spot late last night to guard the foreigners. The ship, which was on its way to Orang National Park, left for its destination this morning. Jahnabi Phookan, an official of the company, said the tourists boarded the luxury ship around 2pm from Pandu ghat for a four-night-five-day tour, including a trip to the Orang Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The ship got stuck near the Khurguli area after sailing for about half-an-hour. A police official said they were informed about the incident around 10pm and by the time a patrol party reached the ship in the middle of the Brahmaputra, it was nearly 1.30am. “We found all the tourists safe and comfortable inside their respective cabins. We kept guard all night,” the police official said. Grounded
September 30 Kerala Tourist Development Corporation Outlook India reports 31 persons died (subsequently revised upward to 39) after a state-run double-deck boat carrying 74 tourists suddenly capsized in the famous Thekkady Lake in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Idukki district. Three persons were still feared missing after the boat pressed into service just one month back sank after cruising five km from the boarding point in Thekkady from where it had set out around 4 PM. Forty persons were either rescued or swam to safety. According to eyewitnesses, the tragedy occurred when the ill-fated boat 'Jalakanyaka' tilted after several tourists moved to one side on sighting elephants in the Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of the lake. Rescue efforts were hampered as darkness fell and also due to the cold waters. The boat was half submerged in the mishap. Also, no safety measures like life jackets were in place in the ill-fated boat. Tour boat capsizes
September 28 Zuiderdam
Holland America Line
KGW News (Portland) reports a woman who passed out hot-tubbing on the ship while passing through Tillamook Bay was evacuated and hospitalized. Tillamook Bay’s Coast Guard personnel were called near 11 a.m. Sunday to evacuate the woman, who was found unconscious in a hot tub. A lifeboat hauled the woman back to the Coast Guard station and she was then transported to Tillamook County General Hospital. Her condition was unknown. Unconscious in hot tub
September 28 Cruise Halong

The BBC reports five people drowned when a packed boat overturned in wild seas off Vietnam. The vessel capsized carrying 25 passengers and seven crew members. Survivors were treated in hospital for shock and hypothermia. The incident happened in the Halong Bay area, which is popular for its coral reefs and weathered limestone scenery. Reports said the boat was hit by heavy winds as it was returning to port on Thursday night. Sunny Bui, manager of Cruise Halong, which runs boat trips to Halong Bay, said: "There was no warning. [Tour operators] usually hear of typhoons and strong winds in the weather forecast, but this was a whirlwind that only lasted for 15 or 20 minutes and nobody knew about it."

Tour boat tragedy
September 27 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: Just came back from Carnival cruise on Splendor to Mexico Sept 20 to 27. While in Cabo san Lucas on Friday Sept 25, a storm came up and a person who was parasailing in the bay was thrown into some buildings when a sudden storm came up and the rope broke on the parasail.We were on  the  shore and heard that the person had been  a passenger on the ship, and that the person had died of injuries, and another person with them was injured after dropping into the bay. Nothing was said by any personnel after we returned to the boat. Some people who witnessed it were talking about it, but there was no information from the cruise authorities. I have no idea if the person was on the Splendor or if it was a rumor. All the tenders were suspended for about an hour, and the ship moved toward Los Arcos and put her back to the wind when the fiercest winds were blowing. When the storm was over the ship moved back to her regular spot and the tenders resumed. Pax in parasailing accident
September 26 Costa Allegra
Costa Crociere
It appears the ship's port call tomorrow at Manila has been cancelled because of Ketsama. The ship is traveling out into the sea to the west of the Philippines to cross the forecast track of Ketsama in calm seas. As to whether the rest of her itinerary will be affected remains to be seen. She is due into Kotakinabalu on Tuesday, Bandar Seri Begawan on Wednesday & Singapore on Friday. A couple of weeks ago the ship was hit by tropical storm Mujigae off Hainan Island and had some internal damage- ceiling in casino came down and minor damage elsewhere. Tropical storm
September 23 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
Vancouver Sun reports a search is underway for a 67-year-old American woman who boarded the ship in Alaska on Sunday but never got off in Vancouver when the ship docked at Canada Place on Wednesday morning. Crew members checked the woman's cabin where they found all her belongings. Rescue crews in three helicopters immediately started searching the waters between Comox and Vancouver on Wednesday, while Vancouver police have boarded the ship at Canada Place. It's not clear where the woman may have gone overboard or how long the search will take. UPDATE: Subsequent reports indicate the woman jumped overboard at 6:08 AM Tuesday morning based on video surveillance equipment. The ship was more than 200 miles south of Ketchikan. Earlier, the cruise line had said she went overboard Monday evening around 6 p.m. near Ketchikan, in southeast Alaska, and the Coast Guard had been searching in that area for two days. Missing Pax (suicide)
September 18 Aurora
P&O Cruises
From a passenger: Aurora suffered a loose starboard anchor during Atlantic crossing, night of Sept 3rd/4th, requiring ship to stop and haul it back up into its housing and securing. On the same cruise, while leaving New York berth, Sept. 8th, no. 2 bow thruster burned out, causing loss of power with tugs required to return ship to berth. Failed thruster was isolated by ships staff (1 of 3).  Lloyds assessor inspected and allowed ship to continue to Newport RI, 5 hours late. During homeward voyage the final port of St John's was missed due to high winds in the area south of Newfoundland. Aurora encountered force 12 winds for a time. Note: 4 of 17 planned port calls to St. John's, Newfoundland have been cancelled this year, ostensibly because of weather conditions (Eurodam August 22, Auror September 18, Crown Princess September 20, Norwegian Jewel September 26).
Mechanical problems - missed port
September 17 Costa Atlantica
Costa Crociere
Il Messaggero reports on November 5 that a 28 year old man, a second engineer, disappeared from the ship while enroute to Barcelona. His body was found the next day at dawn. "His death is a tragedy but it is also a mystery. He had just been promoted, was happy, the family rules out suicide. But how is it possible that an experienced sailor from falling into the sea from his ship and drown? A mystery for all, a tragedy for the parents and friends. And mysteries and tragedies of the cruise ships they could tell many, too many." Officer overboard
September 16 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The Gibraltar Chronicle reports some passengers were not amused yesterday when they found they had not docked as expected. Instead, the Independence of the Seas had docked. One Yorkshireman aboard called the Chronicle from his mobile and pointed to the fact that some elderly and disabled passengers were not able to come on shore aboard the tenders, especially with choppy seas. A spokesman for MH Bland, the agents, however, said that the ship had been given the option to dock alongside an inside section of the quay but had decided against this. Changed berthing
September 9 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
STV reports seventy-two passengers have been struck down by an outbreak of norovirus. The Balmoral is currently anchored off Portree, Skye – with severe gales preventing it from berthing in the harbour. The liner departed Invergordon on Monday night with a reported 18 cases of the bug among its 1,280 passengers and 516 crew. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have confirmed that those affected with the virus have been confined to their cabins. The Press and Journal puts the number of ill passengers at 78; other sources indicate 2 crew members have reported ill. UPDATE September 14: TTGLive reports the current cruise arrived in Dover a day early so the ship could undergo deep cleaning in advance of the next cruise - a 12 day cruise of the Baltic. The number of passengers ill is reported to have been about 100. Norovirus
September 8 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship suffered a problem with "material failure" Material failure
September 8 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Stabroek News reports six US passengers were detained by police in Antigua following an altercation with a taxi driver during the ship’s visit on Friday (September 4).The passengers were released today on bail pending a court hearing on Wednesday. The dispute arose when the passengers refused to pay the fare for a taxi tour because they felt they were being overcharged.The driver then took the group to a police station where a scuffle led to the alleged injury of two officers. The passengers face charges of malicious damage, assault and injuring the officers. Pax arrested ashore
September 4 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) reports an Indonesian crewman faces charges after customs officers allegedly found images of child pornography on his computer. Hendri Dharmawan, 29, an employee on the Carnival Triumph, was arrested Tuesday while the ship was docked at Pier 22 on the Halifax waterfront. He was arraigned in Halifax provincial court Wednesday on a Customs Act charge of smuggling child pornography into the country. On Friday, investigators added a Criminal Code charge of possession of child pornography. UPDATE - October 9: The Chronicle Herald reports the crewman is awaiting sentencing/ The newspaper article says: Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency conducted a routine search of Mr. Dharmawan as he and a couple of other crew members were going back on board the ship at Pier 22. After finding child pornography on Mr. Dharmawan’s iPhone, the border agents went to his living quarters on the ship and examined his laptop computer and an external hard drive. Altogether, officers found eight videos of child pornography on Mr. Dharmawan’s devices. The 135 minutes of footage depicted girls as young as eight and boys as young as 10 being abused. Child pornography arrest
September 4 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
PorEsto! (Cozumel) reports a 50-year old male passenger from Freedom of the Seas died after falling overboard from the vessel Island Shuttle as it docked at Cozumel. The ship was maneuvering to dock at the pier when the passenger was thrown overboard and was sucked into the engine foce, severing several body parts. Death while ashore
September 3 Costa Crociere According to US Department of Transportation Order 2009-9-3, the cruise line was fined $35,000 and ordered to cease and desist from advertising that failed to state the entire price to be paid be a passenger for certain air transportation. Fine for Deceptive Advertising
September 3 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Royal Gazette reports dozens of tourists were stranded in St. George's with their cruise ship leaving in mere hours after a ferry encountered technical problems. According to a statement from the Department of Marine and Ports, on Monday the 1 p.m. ferry scheduled to travel from St. Georges to Dockyard encountered a "mechanical problem," forcing it to return to the depot. Many tourists were reportedly concerned that they would not be able to return to the Explorer of the Seas, which was in port in Dockyard and scheduled to leave the Island at 5 p.m. A spokesperson for the department said yesterday: "The 3 p.m. ferry operated as regularly scheduled and all passengers were able to board and were transported to the Explorer of the Seas. There were no passengers left behind." While the Department of Marine and Ports say that the vehicles are still getting serviced on a regular schedule, at least one ferry-goer said that the ferries, some of which have been active since the spring of 2002, are looking worse every day. "The problems have been there a long time, and it's been getting progressively worse," said the businessman, who asked not to be identified. "More than one third of the seats are in need of repair. On one of the ferries both of the toilets are out of order and more than one of the ferries belches black smoke when the engines are revved." While locals often take to the lower level, which is better maintained, visitors more commonly take to the upper deck, which is more affected by the issues." Ferry troubles in Bermuda
September 3 Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines
WPTV West Pam Beach reports a 34-year old male passenger who went overboard has been rescued overnight by a nearby Disney cruise vessel. A mayday emergency signal was issued at about 11:30 PM. last night, asking for help from any boat or ship that could help try and locate the missing passenger. The Disney Wonder located the man at about 12:40 AM. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rescue took place approximately 28 nautical miles (32.4 miles) off the Port St. Lucie shoreline. Both cruise vessels were on journeys between Port Canaveral and The Bahamas. It is unclear if the passenger was injured and required any immediate medical attention. It is also unknown how the man went off the Carnival ship. The Sun Sentinel subsequently reports the jumper could be heard arguing with a woman on the final night of the cruise. "He threatened to jump, and she said, 'Go ahead,' and he did," said a fellow passenger. "Then we heard the man screaming, 'Help! Help!'" The Coast Guard sent out a helicopter and two boats, and the Sensation launched its own search. But it's attempts made little headway. According to passengers, the crew launched a rescue boat, but its sailors forgot to untie it from the cruise ship; the rescue boat tipped, filled with water, and never joined the search. A second rescue boat never launched, despite complaints of passengers. The ship's search lights were weak and crew members aimed flashlights at the water. For over an hour he was screaming for help and passengers shouted at him to hold on. Passenger overboard - rescued
September 3 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
The St. Petersburg Times reports on a passenger and his family who were forced to sign a "ban for life" on Carnival ships because of small scrapes on a dresser in their cabin. The ban was lifted after the passenger, an executive of an online travel insurance business, described the incident on his company's website which led to inquiries from the newspaper. According to the article, the passenger was forced to sign a letter stating that he had violated ship rules, interfered with the safety and/or enjoyment of other passengers or caused harm to Carnival. The morning the passenger had left their cabin and were waiting to leave the ship, they were summoned by crew members who pointed out the scratches and suggested someone used the edge of the dresser to open a beer bottle left in the room. Back home, the passenger found photos dated on the first and third day of the cruise that showed his son next to the dresser, the scratches clearly visible, belying the cruise line's contention that they had caused the damage on the last day of the cruise. On his company's website the passenger wrote, "When you get in the room, treat it like a rental car — take a few photos first. It seems like you shouldn't need to, but our experience says otherwise." Also see here for more information. Ban for life lifted
September 1 Ryndam
Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 21 and for the monthly average exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria. Environmental
September 1 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 7 exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria and on July 28 exceeded the allowable level of pH. Environmental
September 1 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
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
September 1 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 9, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
September 1 Pacific Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 6 and July 20 exceeded the allowable level of copper. Environmental
September 1 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on July 13, July 14, and July 28 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
September 1 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 27, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
September 1 Silver Shadow
Silversea Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 2 and July 24 exceeded the allowable level of copper. Environmental
September 1 Prinsendam
Holland America Line
Hurricanes and tropical storms have, in the past two weeks,caused changes of itineraries in the Caribbean, Atlantic Canada, and the Mexican Riviera. Now, as reported by BBC, the Prinsendam was prevented from stopping at Greencastle in Donegal because the captain felt it was too rough to disembark. The Harbourmaster at Londonderry Port said the ship had arrived too late for the tide. "You've got to have all the tidal conditions right for a vessel that size to get in. She's just at the limit of what we can do up in Lisahally. The ship traveled from Liverpool to near Derry as part of the 14-day itinerary of the Gaelic Legend cruise. Weather-effect itinerary change
August 31 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
A reader sent me a copy of a letter they sent to RCI regarding a pocket knife (measuring less than 3 inches) he had confiscated at embarkation, despite it being within limits stated in pre-boarding information. He points out the inconsistency between having 6-inch serrateed steak knives in the dining room and yet confiscating a dull pocket knife. Whether you agree with the passenger or with the cruise line, the letter gives some interesting insights and points to some security issues. RCI's response to the letter did not adequately address his concerns. Click here for a copy of the letter. Safety and security
August 28 Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Cruise Line
According to CBS-TV in Miami NCL has issued a statement that a passenger on the ship and his wife were walking on rocks by the shore on Great Stirrup Cay in a remote part of the island when he fell into the water yesterday. Following an extensive search, the man's body was recovered this morning. The ship's four-day Bahamas cruise departed Miami on August 24th and returned to Miami today. Pax dies on private island
August 26 Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Cruise Critic reports cruises have been canceled between November 8 and December 18 because the ship has been forced to reschedule dry docking originally scheduled for January 2010. Instead of being dry docked in South Carolina, the work will be done in Germany, thus requiring two transatlantic trips without passengers. Cancellations
August 26 Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
WPTV (Florida) reports a couple with the grandchildren were involuntarily left in Cayman Islands on the second day of the cruise after the ship's physician refused their return from shore because of a health condition of the grandmother. A physician at a Cayman hospital said she'd have to spend up to a month in hospital; her physician at home wrote demanding her release because she was fine. The family lost what they paid for the cruise and had to pay their own way home from Cayman. Family expelled from ship
August 25 Antarctic Dream SvalbardPosten (Norway) reports the ship, while coming alongside the quay in Longyearbyen this morning, collided with the smaller passenger vessel Langøysund. No persons were injured. While the crane operating the MOB boat on Langøysund was damaged, there were only minor signs on Antarctic Dream after the collision. According to Antarctic Dream’s captain the engine did not respond as it should when he tried to go astern. The Norwegian Maritime authorities are in Longyearbyen and will consider the damage on the vessels. They are unable to say whether Antarctic Dream can sail from Longyearbyen as planned at 1700 this afternoon, but most likely they will. Langøysund’s trip (daytrip) was cancelled today. Collision
August 24 Costa Classica
Costa Crociere
Shanghai Daily reports four Chinese tourists suffered cash thefts on the high seas - and there is little, if anything, they can do about it. As the crimes happened on a cruise ship, they come under international public law, a notorious legal minefield. One victim phoned Shanghai marine police early on Saturday as soon as the ship docked at Shanghai to end a week-long tour from China to Japan and South Korea. One passenger had US$700 and 10,000 yen (US$106) stolen from their cabin safe. He was the first victim to alert the ship's management and soon after two Beijing tourists and another from southern Guangdong Province also reported losses of cash. One Beijing tourist said US$300 was missing from his safe, while the others lost about 2,000 yuan (US$293) in cash from wallets left behind on their beds. The victims suspected a middle-aged Filipino, the cleaner of all four rooms hit by the thefts. Ship officials searched the man and his cabin but told the tourists they only found a small amount of cash. Shanghai marine police spent nearly four hours completing Customs steps before they were able to board the vessel about noon on Saturday. Not surprisingly, the marine police found inquiries difficult as the ship, packed with new tourists, set off on Saturday afternoon on a new cruise. NOTE: Carnival Cruise Lines reported to the FBI 76 onboard thefts between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008. About 75% of the thefts were involved passenger property taken from their in-room safe or from their cabin. Thefts
August 22 Princess Sophie

Novinite (Sofia News Agency) reports more than 150 passengers and crew have been safely rescued from a burning cruise ship near Novi Sad, Serbia. Bulgarian River Shipping Jsc said sailors on the Bulgarian vessel Nayden Kirov helped evacuate passengers from the river cruise ship that caught fire Friday night on the Danube River. The cruise vessel was anchored on the Serbian side of the Danube River when the fire began. The cause of the blaze was not reported. The sailors-turned-rescuers also helped Serbian firefighters extinguish the blaze as the Bulgarian vessel had to be used as a firefighting platform. No injuries were reported, but the rescued passengers reportedly received assistance from ambulance workers.

Fire
August 18 Zenith
Pullmantur Cruises
The Local (Sweden) reports all passengers were evacuated (two crew members were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation) when the ship had a major fire while docked at Stockholm. The newspaper reports some passengers jumped into the water from the ship. It is not known where the fire began (other than in the stern of the vessel) or the full extent of damages - one report says the fire was caused by a welding torch. There was considerable smoke coming from the ship even after the fire was extinguished. UPDATE: The ship sailed at 5:30 AM on August 19th (it had been scheduled to leave yesterday evening). One crewman was released from hospital this morning, and the other is expected to be released later today. The fire had been sparked by welding on a lower deck. Apart from smoke, there was no damage to the ship. UPDATE: Swedish morning newspaper Dagens Nyheter confirmed that the fire was started by two welders doing work at the front end of a lower deck. The two men unsuccessfully tried to bring the fire under control themselves and ended up going to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Fire
August 14 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 17, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
August 14 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were six violations. The ship's effluent on June 2, June 16, and June 30 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. On June 2 and June 30, it's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper. And on June 2 its effluent exceeded the allowable level of nickel. Environmental
August 14 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 11 and June 25 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. Environmental
August 14 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 1, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc. Environmental
August 14 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises

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.

Environmental
August 13 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
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 troopers searched the ship. The passengers reportedly were in rooms 9216 and 9218. Drug bust - delayed departure
August 13 Aida Vita
Aida Cruises
Kathimerini (Greece) reports a 29-year-old German woman who is a member of the crew was in stable condition at the Metropolitan Hospital in Athens after contracting swine flu. Swine flu
August 12 Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Kathimerini (Greece) reports that six people on board the ship, which docked in Piraeus, have been confined to their cabins after testing positive for swine flu. Three are crew members and the other three passengers. Swine flu
August 11 Marco Polo
Transocean Cruises
The Scotsman reports another passenger has been struck down by norovirus. Hilary Brown became ill on a trip on board the Marco Polo, which last month had to cut short a round-Britain voyage when holidaymakers and crew were hit by the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug. She boarded the ship less than a week after the vessel's visit outbreak in July. She said she and her husband were assured that the vessel was safe to travel on for a 12-day trip around the British Isles. However she suffered a severe stomach bug and needed injections and was on an intravenous drip as part of her treatment. She said: "I was worried about the reports of illness I had seen on the news so I took the precaution of calling the people I had booked with. I was told that everything was fine and that the Marco Polo would be the 'cleanest ship around'. I also checked with one of the members of crew as I boarded the vessel and was again told that everything was fine. "But then I began to suffer from symptoms of diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting and was given tablets to treat the diarrhea. I also had to have injections and was placed on a drip. I had no energy and this really spoilt the holiday." Illness
August 11 Festival
Caspi Cruises
YNetNews reports a group of Israeli tourists got into a squabble with some 20 locals while on the Greeks island of Rhodes. According to initial information, three Israelis touring the island apparently came across a group of 20 locals, believed to be of Greek or Arab origin. An altercation soon followed, and the locals reportedly mugged the Israelis. The three then returned to the ship they came aboard, gathered some of their friends and returned to the scene of the fight. They quickly located the locals who mugged them, started fighting with them again, and were able to reclaim some of their property. They then boarded the ship once more and left the island, en route to the Isle of Marmaris. Pax mugged ashore
August 6 Aqua
Aqua Expeditions
The Telegraph (UK) reports nine armed bandits bound the hands and feet of the 20 passengers on a small cruiser heading up the Ucayali River in the Peruvian Amazon to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The men boarded the vessel from a small speedboat at around 7am on Tuesday near a hamlet called Yucuruchi, close to the confluence of the Marañón, Ucayali and Amazon rivers. They took advantage of heavy rain and poor visibility to stage their raid. They are reported to have overcome two police officers guarding the ship after a similar attack nine days earlier before getting the holidaymakers out of their beds and forcing them to hand over their valuables at gunpoint. One of the officers received first aid for head injuries but the tourists were unharmed. Police reinforcements arrived after crew radioed for help. The robbers fled with cameras, cash, jewellery and designer clothes amid a shoot-out with police. Officers later recovered some of the holidaymakers' belongings after discovering them in the gang's jungle base camp, where they also confiscated guns and walkie-talkies the armed gang are believed to have used to coordinate their well-planned attack. Security in the area was stepped up in the aftermath of the raid, the second of its kind in the last fortnight. Robbery
August 6 Princess Ashika
Shipping Corporation of Polynesia
eTurboNews reports two bodies have been recovered and 46 people remain missing after a ferry sank last night in waters off Tonga. The ferry sank in waters north of the main island of Tongatapu last night. A passenger said the sea was rough and the waves went into the lower deck of the ferry where the crew were. The ferry rocked and he believed this caused the cargo to move to one side. The ferry then began to overturn and some passengers jumped off. The ferry was heading from Nuku'alofa to Ha'afeva, in the Nomuka Islands group, when it issued a mayday call just before 11pm. The first rescue boats to reach the scene pulled 42 people from liferafts - 17 passengers and 25 crew, including the captain. Another 11 were subsequently found safe and well this morning. Safety at Sea International reports hopes are fading today that up to 33 passengers will be found alive from the sinking of an inter-island ferry last night off Tonga in the South Pacific. Local authorities now believe the 1972-built Princess Ashika had up to 100 people aboard when it foundered 85km northeast of the Tongan capital of Nuku-alofa at about 2300 local time last night. Women and children were said to be sleeping when waves struck the ferry. A survivor told reporters in Tonga that seven of eight life rafts were filled with men, while a ninth drifted away empty. Many of the missing were believed to be women and children. Rescuers saved 53 people, and two bodies have been recovered. The ship, built as Olive Maru No 1, began its temporary Tongan deployment on 4 July, replacing Polynesia Shipping’s Olovaha (955gt and built in 1981). The accident is the second South Pacific ferry disaster in just a few weeks; a vessel sank near Kiribati last month with the loss of 33 lives. Sank
August 3 Zaandam
Holland America Line
Anchorage Daily News reports a 45-year-old woman has gone missing, presumed overboard, between Douglas Island and Glacier Bay National Park. The last known sighting of the woman was about 12:30 a.m., when she ordered room service while the ship was near Douglas Island. She was reported missing by a friend about 9 a.m., after the ship was already in the park. In a statement released Monday, Holland America said the ship's crew conducted a thorough search and was unable to find the woman, whose family has been notified of her disappearance. The ship sailed from Seattle Friday bound for Alaska on a seven-day cruise and departed Juneau bound for Glacier Bay on Sunday. The Coast Guard deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka and diverted the patrol boats Long Island and Liberty and launched two rescue boats from Station Juneau. The Civil Air Patrol is also assisting the search with two aircraft and the park service is combing the shoreline with multiple vessels, the Coast Guard said. They are focusing their search on Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal and Icy Strait. The water temperature in the area is about 57 degrees. UPDATE: About 4:30 p.m. a helicopter found a body washed up on the west side of Douglas Island. The tide had apparently carried the body to shore and left it high on the beach as it receded. The body was taken to Juneau to be positively identified. Pax Overboard
August 1 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
A passenger posted the following at Cruise Critic: Just disembarked the Crown Princess British Isles cruise yesterday morning, and there were a couple of instances of idiots being idiots. There were quite a few really, really rude people onboard but that wasn't the worst. As we were waiting to disembark, we learned that some idiot threw a glass at the pilot boat in one of the ports. Someone reported it and after reviewing the security tapes, the people were put off at the next port (which must have been either Ireland or France); because of the seriousness of this, the UK barred them from entering so they couldn't use their air tickets from Heathrow so they had to pay for all new airfare to get home. Also, during the last night before disembarkation, the elevators were vandalized and rendered unusable. They got one working among the aft elevators and a couple mid-ship (I don't know about the forward elevators) but it was chaos with only one working elevator in the aft of the ship with people trying to get up to the buffet or down to disembark. I was told that the security cameras would be reviewed and the culprits identified. I hope they throw the book at them. IMHO, this is a criminal act since it affected the safety of everyone on the ship, particularly those with limited mobility. Pax evicted / vandalism to elevators
July 31 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Independent reports an American school teacher cruising with his family was ejected from the ship. His compulsory expulsion came after he produced and distributed a one-page flier to fellow passengers at one of the champagne-fuelled art auction after he did an internet search of allegations made against Park West Galleries, which is facing a number of lawsuits accusing it of selling over-priced or fake prints on cruise ships for more than a decade. As a result, the passenger was told that he had broken RCCL’s guest conduct policy and would be ejected when it docked in Oslo July 26th. The dispute, which the passenger insists amounts to a breach of his right to freedom of expression, left him with a £450 ($750) bill for a hotel and air tickets back to London, where he was reunited with his wife and two children and his elderly parents, who had stayed on board to avoid the cost of extra flights. He told The Independent yesterday: "What happened to me was outrageous. All I did was distribute information. I overheard the claims being made for the art on sale at this auction and was curious about the company behind it." After a search on Google on my laptop I found the details of the various lawsuits and media reports that there have been about this company. I felt that people attending these auctions had a right to know that there were these claims just so they could make up their own minds. I went out of my way to say these were just allegations. "Royal Caribbean obviously took a different view. I was shocked that because we were in international waters, they were able summarily inform me I had to leave the ship. One minute I was playing table tennis with my son, the next I was being escorted away by the Oslo police." The passenger, who said he only became aware of the claims against Park West after boarding the ship, printed off 50 copies of his leaflet before distributing it to passengers shortly before one of the auctions began. Two hours later he was called to the ship’s administration offices and told complaints had been made against him by passengers concerning the flyer. Passenger ejected
July 31 Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Reuters reports there are dozens of victims of swine flu among the 5,000 passengers and crew docked in France Friday on its way from the Italian port city of Naples to Marseille. Sixty crew members were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, and 70 more crew members showed signs of the disease. People infected with swine flu are being treated and will stay on board the ship, which docked at Villefranche in southern France Friday morning and will resume its journey Friday evening. All other crew members will also stay on board, though the passengers -- 3,600 people -- will be allowed to go on land during the day. UPDATE: Press Association reports the crew members and two passengers who were suspected of having swine flu have tested negative for the virus. RCCL said 62 crew members and two passengers on the ship were immediately isolated after coming down with cold and flu-like symptoms. It said: "All crew members and the guests with symptoms tested negative for Influenza A but will remain in isolation until they are symptom free." The information contradicted comments by Alpes-Maritime regional spokeswoman Geraldine Soulier, who said about 60 crew members had been diagnosed with swine flu and confined to their cabins while the ship was in the French port of Villefranche-sur-Mer. She said 70 others were also suspected of having the illness and isolated. Ms Soulier said regional authorities had been informed of the diagnosis by Spain's health authorities. The 60 had been diagnosed with the A-H1N1 virus upon boarding the ship in Barcelona, Spain, on July 26 and immediately placed in isolation. She said she had no information to indicate that the Spanish authorities' diagnosis was incorrect. UPDATE August 1: AFP (France) reports when the ship arrived in Mraseille at 7:00 AM local authorities initially barred passengers from going ashore, but after a team of medics carried out an enquiry on board, the majority of passengers were given permission to disembark. Local official Philip Ramon said authorization to go ashore had been given because the risk was deemed "extremely marginal." Only one passenger, whose nationality was not given, was confirmed to have had swine flu and had now fully recovered, he said. About 150 people remained on board in isolation, he added. These included 62 members of the crew, who had presented symptoms of A(H1N1) flu, and another 60 people who had been in contact with them, five passengers and around 15 other passengers who had been in contact with them. Swine flu
July 30 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Sun Sentinel reports the vessel lost power to the emergency switchboard. The loss of power was due to a malfunctioning power inverter. The Chief Engineer used a by-pass connection to restore the power to the switchboard. This incident was isolated entirely to the emergency switchboard. All generators were operating correctly. The US Coast Guard lists this as loss of electrical power. Loss of power / Loss of electrical power
July 30 Oceanic
Peace Boat
Canadian media (here and here) reports the ship spilled fuel in Vancouver Harbour -- fuel was found blanketing the water around Canada Place in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet. The oil slick was reported Thursday around 5:00 a.m., but harbour master Yoss Leclerc said crews are still working to determine the severity of the spill. "We are in the middle of a rising tide," Leclerc said. "But we are trying to find the dimension of the slick and what kind of product we are dealing with." The ship has taken responsibility for the spill, according to the Vancouver Coast Guard. Port staff, with the help of coast guard and Transport Canada workers, began cleanup operations. Early indication is that the spill is not bunker oil, but light fuel oil, and that no animals have been harmed. Environmental
July 29 Atlantic Vision
Marine Atlantic
CBC reports a Marine Atlantic passenger ferry heading to Newfoundland returned to North Sydney, N.S. after a fire broke out on board. Fire was reported in the ship's thermal heating unit shortly after it set sail for Port-aux-Basques at 6 a.m. AT. It returned to port an hour later. The fire, which was confined to the boiler room, has since been put out. There have been no reports of injuries. The ferry will be out of service for at least 24 hours. Fire
July 28 Aqua
Aqua Expeditions
eTurbo News reports the riverboat was raided by armed bandits yesterday. Six bandits boarded the ship and robbed the 24 passengers of money and other valuable objects. No one was hurt during the incident. The ship had departed from Iquitos, Peru, on July 25 for a seven-night cruise on the Amazon River. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Nauta on Monday, and from there guests would be transferred back to Iquitos. Robbery
July 27 Volendam
Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on May 18 had 4800 fecal coliforms per 100 milliliters, while the limit is 43 in any one day. It had a monthly average for fecal coliform of 4800/100ml (effluent limit is 14/100ml) and was also cited for exceeding the allowable level of biological oxygen demand (44.1 mg/L (effluent limit is 30 mg/L). Environmental
July 27 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for zinc in May 2009. On May 11th the concentration of zinc was 0.250 mg/L (effluent limit is 0.23 mg/L); on May 18th the concentration of zinc was 0.290 mg/L. Environmental
July 27 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 27th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L). Environmental
July 27 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 19th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L. In addition, on May 19th as a result of a hose leak that resulted in 50 gallons of untreated graywater being released at dock, the ship was cited for one violation of pH, one violation of Biological oxygen demand, one violation of allowable total suspended solids, and one violation of allowable fecal coliform. Environmental
July 27 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia three times in May 2009. On May 14th the concentration of ammonia was 130 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L, and May 28th it was 160 mg/L. Environmental
July 27 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
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). Environmental
July 26 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The Sun Sentinel reports was underway northbound in Snow Passage when all propulsion was lost on the ship. The momentum carried the ship through the narrows with steerage and after 10-15 minutes, steering was restored. Inspection determined that the port main circuit breaker tripped, causing the port and starboard propulsion motors to shutdown, and resulting in the loss of propulsion. Crew reset the main circuit breaker and vessel propulsion was back on line. The incident occurred a second time while transiting northern Lynn Canal on 28 July 2009. Sector Juneau Inspections reported that the port auxiliary circuit was replaced but advised that possible problems may occur on the three sister vessels, and have conveyed this to the Chief Engineer for follow-up (two in Australia & one in Europe). -- Material failure Loss of propulsion
July 26 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
The Daily Mail reports the ship was briefly impounded by Italian authorities when it arrived today in Venice. Two additional people (passengers) have now been reported with swine flu. An official with the Maritime Health Agency in Venice said that three passengers, an American, a Mexican and a German had been confirmed while the other four were crew. He added that the Mexican and German would be taken off and treated ashore, while the American and the crew members were making good progress and would be allowed to remain on the ship -- about an hour delay. The ship is in Venice until Tuesday (July 28) when it leaves for Dubrovnik. (See July 24th below for more information.) Impounded briefly
July 26 Blue Water Princess
Blue Magic Ferries
News 24 (Philippines) reports twelve homemade bombs were found just before the ship left port with more than 300 passengers. The explosives were found in a trash can on the second deck in the port of Lucena City, 120 kilometres south-east of Manila. The bombs - 12 bottles attached to electrical wirings and packed with nails and scrap metal - were hidden in a jute sack placed in the trash can. Bomb-sniffing dogs found the explosives while inspecting the ferry before its departure. Bomb experts removed the bombs and defused them. (The ship previously sunk - see July 12, 2007) Bombs onboard
July 25 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
Vancouver Sun reports the ship arrived on its return from the Alaska run with a female whale firmly wedged in the bulbous bow. Lisa Spaven, a coordinator for the B.C. Marine Mammal Response Network, said it appears to be about a fin whale, a threatened species in Canada. Spaven estimated the whale is about 70 feet long. The whale's fin and part of its back is protruding from the water and tourists are snapping photos. According to information Spaven obtained she said the ship's captain wasn't aware of the whale until the ship docked at Canada Place. She believes in all likelihood the whale was struck north of Vancouver Island since fin whales are not normally found in Johnstone or Georgia Strait. This is the second time in the last 10 years that a cruise vessel has come into the Port of Vancouver with a whale caught on the bow. In that instance, in June of 1999, the Celebrity Cruise vessel MV Galaxy collided with an adult male fin whale, which likely happened as the ship transited the Hecate Strait north of Vancouver Island. However, there are many more whale strikes on Alaska-bound cruise ships, as well as cruise ships in other parts of the world (for example, see January 31, 2009 below). NOTE: In January 2007, Princess Cruises agreed to a plea bargain under which it paid a fine of $200,000 and restitution of $550,000 after criminal charges were filed -- the company was charged with failing to operate at a slow, safe speed while near humpback whales when in 2001 the Dawn Princess hit and killed a humpback. UPDATE: A necropsy determined the whale had been dead for up to a week before it was struck by the cruise ship. Whale strike
July 25 Unnamed German Cruise Ship GR Reporter (News from Greece) reports panic spread among the authorities in Greece when announcement came in, that a German luxury cruise line with 4500 people on board sailed away from Turkey to Pieria with three people on board, infected with the H1N1 virus. Only three doctors are working in Pieria port, who would not be able to manage treating possible patients. (The ship is likely operated by Aida Cruises) Swine flu
July 24 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
Earth Times reports five people (one passenger and four crew) discovered with swine flu aboard the ship have been put in quarantine by officials in Athens. "We have advised the four crew and passenger to remain in their cabins and to not disembark," said Health Ministry official Panagiotis Efstathiou, adding that all the other passengers have been allowed to leave the vessel. The captain had asked the Greek government to inspect the ship as soon as it arrived in the port of Piraeus from neighboring Turkey. The Ruby Princess is scheduled to leave for Venice, Italy on Friday evening. Swine flu
July 23 Avalon Tranquility
Avalon Waterways
Nachrichten reports the riverboat collided with the tall ship Schoenbrunn, a 1912-built paddlesteamer, while it was maneuvering in Linz on the Danube River in Austria. Damage to the Schoenbrunn was extensive -- it will be out of service for up to 12 months; damage to the riverboat was minimal. Collision
July 23

M/S Gotland
HSC Gotlandia 2
Destination Gotland AB

Safety at Sea International reports the officers of two Swedish ferries that collided today near Stockholm harbour in thick fog are to be interviewed by police. The ships collided about 1100 local time. Rescuers said at least 12 people were injured, with five of them sent to a hospital; 1,338 passengers and 76 crew were aboard the larger M/S Gotland, which had a 30cm hole in its hull, according to passengers. The smaller HSC Gotlandia 2, with 532 passengers and 19 crew onboard, was reported seriously damaged, including a huge hole torn at the height of the passenger seating area. The vessel has been declared operationally safe and will be sent to a repair yard. A passenger aboard M/S Gotland told the newspaper: "The whole boat shuddered and we started swinging back and forth." Passengers on the smaller ferry reported a huge bang, quickly followed by sirens, then a din of falling and crushing structures all around them. A police officer said its starboard side was completely smashed. Reports from passengers on the smaller ferry indicated that it had been trying to avoid another large ship emerging from Nynäshamn in thick fog, which caused it to veer into the path of the oncoming M/S Gotland. See also The Local (Sweden's News in English). Collision
July 23 Thomson Spirit
Thomson Cruises
The Journal (UK) reports hundreds of passengers were afflicted with norovirus on a cruise in early May. A couple onboard are launching legal action after their holiday descended into chaos when the vomiting bug swept through the ship. Passengers had their boarding cards cancelled in a bid to contain the outbreak during the cruise in May. According to a passenger, “Hundreds of people were affected – the medical centre was inundated with people queuing for medical supplies and a large number of people were also confined to their cabins. It was absolutely horrendous. There was certainly a breakdown in hygiene standards. The ship in general was not clean, hot food at the buffet was cold, there were flies all over the food, toilets were not cleaned – the list was endless.”
Illness
July 22 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
Cruising Talk reports the ship broke mooring lines during gale force winds, which were said to reach force 10, at Zeebrugge yesterday. Three tugs were nearby and helped her in berthing again. The ship was reported as having some damage to her stern and was about four hours late in sailing, due to the damage, while a survey was carried out.
Breaks mooring lines
July 21 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The US Coast Guard reports the ship suffered a problem with "material failure." Material failure
July 21 Tahitian Princess
Princess Cruises
Newspapers in St. John's (Newfoundland) and Sydney (Nova Scotia) report unscheduled visits by the ship yesterday and today. The visit to St. John's was advanced one day because the ship's port calls to Greenland had been canceled (it sailed directly from Iceland); the visit to Sydney was apparently added. Ports canceled and added
July 21 Freewinds
Church of Scientology
Pacific Free Press reports the ship docked at Bonaire and offloaded wastewater that was dumped into trenches ashore. The effluent was tested and found to be acidic and to have an high level of ammonia. Other water quality tests are forthcoming. The ship was previously in the news for asbestos contamination (see May 11, 2008) Environmental
July 18

New Pacific
Quail Cruises

Cruising Talk reports the Italian Coast Guard has seized the ship against debts of US$14 million owed to the Genoa-based San Giorgio del Porto shipyard.
Ship seized
July 17 Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
Dutch News reports all 2,100 crew and passengers on the ship, currently moored in the Eemshaven in Groningen, are to be vaccinated against measles. Two members of the crew were diagnosed with the highly infectious disease earlier this week. Twenty crew members who were in close contact with the two sick people have been moved to a hotel in Delfzijl as a precautionary measure. The brand new ship, was due to leave for Southampton, England on Friday afternoon. Most of the passengers work in the travel industry and have come from all over the world.
Measles
July 16 Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
News 6 in San Diego reports FBI agents are aboard the ship investigating the apparent murder of a 55-year-old woman. The ship was on the last leg of the cruise Tuesday in Cabo San Lucas when a domestic dispute broke out between a husband and wife, according to the FBI.
Murder (Domestic violence)
July 16 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Chinese media report five passengers on board the ship were in isolation due to influenza A/H1N1 as the vessel is on a stop-over in the French Polynesian capital of Papeete. The health ministry said the five have been given Tamiflu, and there is an unspecified number of people who were in close contact with the five, Radio New Zealand International reported on Thursday. The ship is carrying nearly 2,000 passengers and almost 900 crew. It arrived from Samoa and will sail to Bora Bora before continuing its voyage to Hawaii and California. Swine flu
July 18 Costa Classica
Costa Crociere
Earth Times reports a Hong Kong mother and son disappeared while traveling between Hong Kong and Taijin, China. The pair were reported missing July 7. They apparently went missing the fourth day of the cruise while the ship was visiting ports in Japan. A source quoted in the Hong Kong Standard newspaper said three letters were found in their cabin outlining how their assets should be distributed in the event of their deaths. Investigators also found several plates of fruit indicating the pair might have conducted a ceremony. Missing Pax
July 12 Spirit of Adventure
Saga Holidays
Norway's biggest newspaper, VG Nett, reports the ship is leaking oil in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjorden on the western coast of Norway. On the pictures seen on VGs website, the ship is seen surrounded by lenses. Rescue boats, police, firemen and other teams rushed to the scene as the reports of the spill reached the officials. Norwegian environmental authorities also sent an airplane to provide aerial assessment of the possible damages caused by the spill. According to the newspaper, the leak was caused by an overflow, causing oil to spill into the fjord. The spill was reported at 8.45 AM, and officials are quoted saying the spill was of "significant amounts". There is no danger of the oil reaching the shores, Rita Berstad Maraak of Geiranger harbour says to VG. Environmental
July 8 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
Media in Finland report the ship docked in Helsinki this morning. Helsinki City health authorities have been notified that five people aboard the ship have contracted swine flu. On Tuesday Helsinki City Epidemiologist Hannele Kotilainen said any passengers or crew members who are infectious will not be allowed ashore while the vessel is in Finland. All in all, ten people have been quarantined. When the ship was last in Helsinki in late June (see July 2 below), Finnish officials were not informed that there were several people on board at the time who had contracted swine flu. The ship was in Finland on June 28th before sailing on to St. Petersburg. Cases of swine flu onboard had been confirmed by tests taken in Oslo four days earlier. The infections were reported to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control by Norwegian officials, but the information went unnoticed by Finnish authorities. The captain of the vessel was under obligation to report the infections before entering Helsinki harbour. Swine flu
July 7

Eurovoyager
TransEurope Ferries

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch issued a report on an incident November 3, 2008 where a crew member was crushed by a watertight door, resulting in serious injury. The report found that many of the doors were routinely left open at sea, which potentially compromised the vessel’s watertight integrity. It also lists other safety concerns related to the accident. Crew injury - Safety issue
July 6 Marco Polo
Transocean Cruises
BBC reports one man has died and 150 people have been taken ill from (it appears) norovirus on board the ship, which is berthed at Invergordon in Easter Ross (Scotland). NHS Highland said tests were under way to establish that the outbreak was caused by norovirus. The cruise line issued a statement that the man's death was not the result of norovirus. UPDATE July 7: The Daily Mail today reports 380 people (340 passengers, 40 crew) have reported ill (the ship has onboard 749 passengers and 340 crew) and that five have been treated in hospital.The present cruise, which began July 4, was terminated July 7 because of the outbreak. The Herald reports July 9 that there had been an illness outbreak on the previous cruise to Iceland (31 passengers; 2 crew). The ship's master faces possible legal action because the illness outbreak had not been reported when the ship disembarked/embarked passengers in London on July 4. Illness
July 6 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Press in Australia report Customs and Border Protection successfully prosecuted Princess Cruise Lines for allowing an unauthorized person to board a vessel while in port. The company was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay an additional $1000 in court costs. On 11 November 2007, the ship Princess was anchored at Funnel Bay in the Whitsunday Islands. While the ship was anchored, an unauthorized person boarded the vessel for a personal visit. The cruise ship had been granted permission under the Customs Act 1901 for the vessel to be brought into unproclaimed ports in Queensland subject to a number of conditions. One of these conditions stated that persons are not permitted to visit the vessel except for work-related situations and detailed advice must be relayed to Customs and Border Protection if this is to occur. Fine (Border protection)
July 2 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
Copenhagen Post reports doctors at Copenhagen hospitals are awaiting the arrival the cruise ship due to dock in Copenhagen on Saturday that has 14 crew members on board infected with the Influenza A H1N1 virus (see June 29, below). Princess Cruises confirmed to the Cruise Critic website that some of the crew on board its Emerald Princess cruise liner had tested positive and are now in isolation and being treated with anti-viral medication. The ship has already called at ports in Finland, Russia and Sweden, prior to its expected arrival in Denmark this weekend. There are 4,400 passengers and crew on board, but Danish health authorities have not yet decided if passengers will be allowed off the ship when it reaches Copenhagen. ‘The hospitals have been advised that there could be a number of passengers or others who have to be admitted,’ said health inspector Arne Scheel Thomsen. ‘So the system is ready to deal with the situation.’ Swine flu
July 1 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Associated Press reports an amphibious tour bus veered off a road Wednesday, injuring about 30 cruise ship passengers who were taking a shore excursion in the US Virgin Islands. The Duckaneer, which has a boat-like hull for traveling in water and wheels for moving on land, was carrying 47 passengers from the ship when it went off the road in St. Thomas and crashed into bushes. About 30 people were treated at nearby Schneider Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, hospital spokesman Sam Topp said. One passenger suffered a broken ankle and was expected to be kept overnight for observation, he said. Injuries on shore excursion
June 29 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
RIANOVOSTI reports the ship, with 14 A/H1N1-infected people onboard, arrived in St. Petersburg on Monday. Swine flu was confirmed in 13 crew members and one passenger. The ship sailed from the Finnish capital, Helsinki. The infected have been quarantined in their cabins and are being treated with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. The first case of the highly pathogenic virus was confirmed in several crew members on June 18. When the vessel arrived to St. Petersburg, 16 people had already recovered and tested negative for the virus. Swine flu
June 29 San Ramon de Bohol
Lite Shipping Corp
Philippine Daily Inquirer reports ore than 200 passengers and crewmen have been stranded at sea for five hours now after one of the ferry's navigation wheels (timon) got stuck, one of the ship's owners said. The ferry left Cebu City port at 10 p.m. Sunday and was expected to arrive here at 3 a.m. Monday.Te ship was is seven nautical miles off the coast of Carcar, Cebu and Cabilao Island, Bohol. The shipping line has decided to call up one of its ferries, Lite Ferry 1, from Siquijor to rescue the passengers, but it has to pass by the Cebu City port to load food for the stranded passengers and crew. Passengers are expected to arrive in Tagbilaran by noon. Stranded at sea (ferry)
June 27 Oceanic
Peace Boat
The New York Post reports the ship (with 848 passengers) was detained after Coast Guard inspectors found a small hole in the ship's hull during a routine safety inspection. About a gallon of water per hour was coming into the ship, according to the Coast Guard. An additional 16 safety violations were cited. The ship arrived from Iceland and is due to leave tomorrow for Venezuela. Repairs are expected to be completed by then. Update June 28: Newsday reports the ship is expected to be taken to a New Jersey dry dock for repairs; the ship's passengers will be taken to Atlantic City hotels. The cruise is expected o resume July 1.Update: The ship left Bayonne July 2nd. Detained - Hole in Hull
June 24 Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
PR-Inside reports two women (58-year old American and 34-year-old Italian) were quarantined during a port call in Barcelona; both tested positive for swine flu. The women will remain on the ship and it will leave as scheduled Wednesday night for Palma, on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. There doctors will examine them again. The cruise ship began its trip in Italy and stopped off in France before arriving in Barcelona. Passengers quarantined
June 23 Ocean Village
Ocean Village Cruise Holidays
A poster at Cruise Critic reports a crew member fell to his death in Palma on Tuesday, round about lunchtime. We heard the call Man Overboard, Muster, but as it was called out in a low key tone we thought nothing more of it. But then some of us went up to top deck and leaned over the balcony and watched as the tender came in with what looked like a model in the back. We thought it was a practice but a passenger stated (having been told by someone) that it was indeed for real, that a workman had fallen from the ship and wasn't breathing. We saw the medics on board the tender, taking photos and feeling his limbs, then were all moved away from the railing. The Majorca Daily Bulletin says the body of the 42 year old Indian man was 42 was spotted floating in the sea at about midday. Crewmember overboard
June 22 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
Fiji Times reports five passenger that arrived in the Northern Division yesterday were not allowed ashore on the orders of health officials. Officials who are part of the quarantine team at Savusavu port requested that the five remain in their cabins after they showed symptoms of seasonal flu. Health inspectors from the Savusavu Hospital awaited the arrival of the cruise liner to check passengers. A health official said the team had already known of the five cases before the cruise liner docked. Ministry of Health spokesman Iliesa Tora said a team was at the port in the morning to carry out necessary inspection on the 1600 passengers that disembarked. Passengers quarantined
June 21 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
You Tube has a video from a cruise about a month ago. It was called to my attention by the following email: A friend went on this cruise and told me about the water in her cabin, and in the cabins of several people she spoke with on the cruise. It was brown in color and smelled badly. Comments with the video include another passenger who says they had the same problem in their cabin. Unpalatable water
June 21 Pacific Star
P&O Australia
Fiji Village reports all arriving passengers were screened for swine flu. Health Ministry officials looked for any symptoms of Influenza A H1N1 amongst the 1,600 passengers of the Pacific Star which docked at the Savusavu wharf at around 8:30 this morning. Passengers screened
June 20

Crown Princess
Princess Cruises

From a reader: My friend is on board the Crown Princess Mediterranean Explorer itinerary.  She emailed me this morning with the following information: "Yep- we heard it from the head of passenger services - there was a fire on board this morning. We heard an announcement that said "immediate containment in room---" Later we were  in the Sky Walker lounge and the head of passenger services was there to chit chat again and he volunteered the information. Story is- woman smoking in her room was collecting her ashes in a napkin and wrapping them up to put in the trash can. Destroyed her room. She is being escorted off tomorrow and charged for the repair of the room. He then told us about the sensors to pick up candles and then smoke!! The sprinklers do more damage than fire." Note - This clarification was offered by another reader: I was disturbed to read the last sentence. Being a firefighter, sprinklers SAVE LIVES, and protect property. When a sprinkler is activated, it contains the fire until firefighters arrive, then the sprinklers must be turned off at a reasonable timeframe, usually when the firefighters with hoses have contained the blaze. So the sentence, they cause more damage is just wrong! Note: Many cruise ships have fog nozzles rather than sprinklers in the main crew/passenger areas. These are just as effective, but cause less damage should they be activated.
Fire
June 20 Ocean Dream
Pullmantur Cruises
Radio Jamaica reports health authorities in Aruba have been checking passengers and crew from the cruise ship for signs of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus. The Dutch territory's health ministry said the tests were a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus. The ship arrived back in Aruba late Monday. The passengers' Caribbean trip was cut short after three crew members tested positive for the H1N1 virus while eleven others showed symptoms. Authorities in Aruba have not ruled out some of the passengers spending more time on the vessel. The people on board were said to be calm but frustrated by the long wait and lack of information. UPDATE: Taiwan News reports all but one passenger disembarked Saturday (June 20) and 400 crew members will disembark Tuesday. The single passenger and three crew members tested positive and are under quarantine onboard the ship. Swine flu
June 18 Carnival Corporation

Seatrade Insider reports Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison said that 20 of 23 Caribbean governments where the company operates ships have agreed not to ban calls due to concerns about swine flu. ‘Over-reaction in some locations is a problem,’ Arison said during today’s Carnival earnings call. He told analysts the company is trying to deal with the issue on a port by port, country by country basis. He said it’s a matter of educating destinations about the facts. Cruise ships have rigorous sanitation protocols and practices that include the immediate isolation of passengers or crew who exhibit flu-like symptoms. These measures minimize the chance swine flu could spread from ship to shore. NOTE: His comments are interesting in the context of Carnival's over-reaction in stopping all port calls to Mexico when swine flu first appeared (especially given that most of those ill were not in Mexico's ports).

Corporate pressure on ports
June 18 Royal Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports a fire broke out in the engine room at 8:10 p.m. local time on Thursday as the ship was departing from Port Said, Egypt. A statement from Princess says that passengers aboard were called to their muster stations and fire teams were deployed. All 733 passengers and 393 crew members have been accounted for, and there have been no resulting injuries onboard the ship, which is currently in the middle of a 12-night Holy Land sailing from Rome to Athens. Royal Princess is currently anchored off the coast of Port Said. Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy said there is no word yet on whether the incident will delay any of the ship's remaining calls in Ashdod (Jerusalem), Haifa, Kusadasi or Patmos Island. The ship is due in Athens on the 25th. UPDATE: Princess Cruises released the following statement: In order to fully assess the impact of the engine fire that occurred earlier this evening, we plan to bring Royal Princess back into Port Said, Egypt tomorrow. The assessment process includes flying various technical experts and regulatory authorities to the ship for a complete inspection, and they should be arriving onboard by tomorrow evening. So while our own assessment will occur throughout the day tomorrow, we expect the full assessment to be complete on Saturday. This means Royal Princess will be spending Friday and Saturday in Port Said. UPDATE June 19: Princess reports that the current cruise and the next cruise (June 25) will be cancelled because damage is greater than initially thought. Passengers on both voyages will receive a full refund of their fare, plus a future cruise credit equal to 25% of the cruise fare paid for these sailings. Fire
June 18 Ocean Dream
Pullmantur Cruises
BBC News reportsVenezuela has quarantined the ship following an outbreak of swine flu on board. More than 1,200 passengers and crew will be kept on board the vessel, which has docked at the Venezuelan island of Margarita. They were stopped from disembarking at previous stops in Barbados and Grenada after three crew members were diagnosed with the flu virus. Eleven more crew members are reported to have symptoms. "The virus was detected in three crew members and the boat must now stay in quarantine until June 24," said Venezuelan health official Jorge Alchaer. UPDATE June 19: Safety at Sea International reports the ship is headed for Aruba today after 342 Venezuelan passengers went ashore. The cruise line issued a statement today denying that Venezuela quarantined the ship until 24 June, as Caracas had earlier said. "The ship is continuing its itinerary to Aruba, where the rest of passengers and affected crew members will disembark in strict accordance with security measures established by Aruba's health authorities," Pullmantur added. Ocean Dream left Isla de Margarita off Venezuela, carrying 198 Spanish passengers and 151 Colombians, said the company, which added three crew members infected with swine flu and 11 others with flu symptoms were all improving. Swine flu
June 18 Ocean Dream
Pullmantur Cruises
Reuters India reports the ship was refused entry to Bridgetown, Barbados because of reports of flu-like symptoms among its occupants, shipping agents in Bridgetown said. Swine flu
June 17 Crystal Serenity
Crystal Cruises

The Croatian Times reports the ship has been fined 62,000 kunas or 8,524 Euros because it dumped ashes into the sea. The Dubrovnik harbour-master’s office imposed the fine today. The incident occurred last weekend near Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik when the ship was leaving. A local beach was left covered by ashes.

Environmental
June 16 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
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. Illness
June 16 Oriana
P&O Cruises
From a passenger: More cases of novovirus on oriana on cruise starting after previous cruise with 50 confirmed cases (see May 31 below). New passengers were not informed of outbreak before sailing on June 1st. When returned to Southampton on June 15th outbreak still ongoing. Illness
June 16 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
The West Australian reports ill passengers aboard the cruise ship have been tested for swine flu before docking in Fremantle tomorrow. The ship, which departed from Sydney on May 2 for an Indian Ocean cruise. is the first international cruise ship to arrive in Perth since the outbreak of the A/H1N1 virus. It is due to dock at Fremantle Port at 7am tomorrow and is expected to leave at 4pm. A Princess Cruises spokesman said he did not know how many swabs had been taken from passengers for testing at a WA health laboratory but confirmed the ship’s doctor had sent swabs to for testing as precaution. He said during the 46 night cruise, which made stops in Asia, South Africa, India and Mauritius, only seven people had shown flu-like symptoms of which five were confirmed to have contracted influenza A. In line with national protocols, all passengers will be required to fill out health declaration cards before being allowed off the ship. All sick passengers will be assessed by WA health communicable disease control staff and people sharing the same cabin will be offered Tamiflu as a precaution if appropriate. Swine flu
June 16 Ocean Dream
Pullmantur Cruises
Grenada Broadcasting Network reports the ship, which was scheduled to visit Grenada on Monday, was turned away by health authorities. Passengers were prohibited from coming ashore by the Ministry of Health because some crew members were exhibiting flu like symptoms. Geo. F. Huggins & Co. (G'da) ltd; local agents for the ship, confirm that the company was informed by the vessel that approximately forty (40) crew members onboard were found to be exhibiting flu-like symptoms. As a precautionary measure, the Ministry of Health prohibited the disembarkation of any passenger or crew member. Swine flu
June 16 Carnival Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
CNN reports a search is underway for a passenger (50 year old woman) who apparently disappeared from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship, which sailed from Mobile, Alabama, was stopped about a third of the way to Cozumel, Mexico, and passengers were told to return to their cabins for a head count. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said the count was initiated because a crew member had heard a loud splash near the vessel. The ship appeared to be circling in Gulf waters Tuesday. Passengers were told in an audio message Tuesday that the ship would proceed to Cozumel when the Coast Guard released it, but the ship's arrival to the Mexican city would be delayed. The passenger is believed to have fallen about 10:30 p.m. CT Monday, and boats were launched from the cruise ship to search nearby waters.The FBI said its violent crimes unit is investigating Vilborg's disappearance. FBI Agent Tim White said agents are looking at every possible angle. UPDATE: See follow-up article quoting woman's husband here. Person overboard
June 15 Carnival Inspiration
Carnival Cruise Lines
Sun Coast News reports crew members from a pilot vessel rescued a 46 year old man clinging to a buoy at about 6:50 a.m., about one mile southeast of Mullet Key, in Fort Desoto, in St. Petersburg. He went overboard at 4AM when he slipped after climbing up on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat. The ship was returning from a four-day cruise. Person overboard - rescued
June 13 Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: My wife and I were on the cruise from Seward AK to Vancouver BC and I experienced Norovirus.  Was terribly sick for 24 hours; ships doc arrived 13 hours after my request to see him.  Was isolated for a second day, as well as my wife to ensure she did not have it.  Celebrity seemed to respond very well, requiring staff to dispense water, juices, coffee, etc., and even removing salt/pepper shakers from tables.  Those who were isolated were asked to gather at special place on ship to disembark in advance of all other passengers (as required by Canadian health authorities, or so we were told).  40 of us were in that group (including spouses/travel companions who may not have contracted the virus, so at least 20 of the ~2000 passengers had been infected). Celebrity compensated us for our "lost days" (2 for me; 1 for my wife) - total of $1,200, which, as I am told, is far more than most cruiselines would do. Illness
June 11 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
News7 Belize reports that disembarkation was delayed for more than four hours because of a swine flu scare. Six of the ship's crew had flu symptoms and were quarantined on the ship. As a precaution, passengers weren’t allowed to de-board until a Ministry of Health team checked out the ship. The okay was given at mid-day and the passengers filed off the ship. The TV station reported that most passengers were unaware that there was an onboard H1N1 scare. Swine flu
June 10 Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
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. Swine flu
June 8 Zaandam
Holland America Line
Associated Press reports at least three crew members tested positive for swine flu. The seven-night, round-trip cruise had departed Seattle on May 29 and returned Friday. It visited Ketchikan on Wednesday. A medical epidemiologist with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, said her department was informed Tuesday that three crew members were affected. More were reported with symptoms Wednesday. Specimens were collected and sent to the department's lab in Fairbanks for analysis. Swine flu was confirmed Thursday. None of the officials had an exact number of cases available. Subsequent reports from Agenece France Presse put the number at five crew members confirmed ill with swine flu. Swine flu
June 8 Coco Explorer 2
7107 Islands Cruise
The Manila Standard reports the ship was seized from its owner who imported the vessel two years ago but did not pay P19.8 million in taxes on it. The ship, formerly named Coco Explorer 2, entered the Port of Batangas on Sept. 4, 2007, supposedly for repairs, but officials said it was actually brought in to be delivered to its owner, Esteban Tajanlangit. The ship had been operating on the Coron-Puerto Galera-Boracay route and is said to offer 137 rooms that can accommodate 400 guests “in five-star luxury.” The owner had tried to avoid paying duties on the ship by registering it with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. The Zone Authority said it did not grant the owner an import permit for the ship, and that it registered with it only last September after the vessel had already been subject to forfeiture proceedings. Customs seized the ship in Manila on May 30, a Friday, just as its passengers and crew were having a party. Ship seized
June 4 Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Cayman Compass reports a 62 year old woman died while swimming off 7 mile beach. Police said that the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from a member of the public at around 11.45 am on Wednesday reporting that a swimmer had been brought to shore unconscious in the vicinity of Royal Palms. Police and medics responded to the scene and the 62-year old woman was taken to hospital where she was unfortunately pronounced dead. Detectives have been told that the woman had been swimming with her husband when she got into difficulty. Her husband sought assistance from another cruise ship passenger who was in the area on a jet-ski and she was brought to shore. Pax death ashore
June 2 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
Posted at Cruise Critic: I was attacked by fellow passenger on the Destiny! Just returned from the 5-28-09 sailing and on the 1st night I had walked up to get some pizza at about 3:30 AM for my wife and myself. While I was waiting fro the pizza and bread to bake I had drink at the back pool bar after about 10 - 15 min pizza was ready and I was returning to my room and I walked up on 3 young mid 20's drunk men 1 of which was urinating on the wall outside of my room. I will not go into many details here but lets just say they where not happy that someone challenged them on what they were doing and that I was going to call security on them. That is when I was Physically assaulted, they must of thought they could scare me off before security arrived, well they were wrong I was not going anywhere! After a few mins they realized maybe they bit off more that they could chew they ran off to their room which was great for me I knew just where they went. Security finally showed up went to both rooms took statements and pictures I did end up with a good shiner but the other guy ended getting removed from the ship on his very 1st morning plus at least a $300.00 fine for not stopping at a foreign port.

Pax on Pax assault
June 2 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
ABC News reports the ship has been turned away from Lifou, New Caledonia amid fears of swine flu after up to five people on board started showing flu-like symptoms. Swabs have been taken from the sick passengers and sent to Sydney for testing. The cruise left Sydney May 24 for a 13-day South Pacific cruise (previous port calls at Vanuatu and Fiji) and is now heading back to Sydney and will arrive on Friday. Swine flu
May 31

Oriana
P&O Cruises

Posters at P&O Cruises Community indicate there is a norovirus outbreak on the current cruise. Passengers were first notified on Friday (May 29) -- one passenger writes: We have just sailed away from Madeira and the Captain has announced it is with regret that we have a norovirus outbreak onboard. All usual emergency procedures are now in place, anyone else coming down with it to ring 999 switchboard and stay in cabin, no self service allowed, so waiters will serve our food by tongs from now on, and a reminder to wash hands for 20 seconds when using the loo etc. Another writes today: We have not been told how many people have noro onboard, but it is enough to put out emergency procedures onboard, so enough to declare publicly we have a problem. There were 2 new cases yesterday and 2 more today the Captain said in his announcement at 12.15pm , 1/2 hr ago. On June 1, a passenger says there were 50 confirmed cases. Illness
May 30 Amsterdam
Holland America Line
The ship reported 8 of 587 (1.37%) crew and 101 of 1546 (6.53%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 7 day cruise ending today. Illness
May 29 Vicenzo Florio
Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA

The ferry, traveling from Naples to Palermo, was 25 miles from the Sicilian capital when a fire broke out in the car hold early today. The 526 passengers used lifeboats to reach another ferry and a Coast Guard ship that came to the rescue. Initially, most of the 35 crew members stayed aboard to help firefighters extinguish the blaze, however the captain later ordered a complete evacuation because the flames were spreading. The ship is being towed and was expected to reach Palermo later today.

Fire
May 27 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The Anchorage Daily News reports a gastrointestinal illness outbreak on Sunday sickened 108 of its 2,000 passengers and seven crew members. The ship arrived in Whittier on Monday shortly after noon and was scrubbed down before taking on a new load of passengers that evening. The CDC subsequently reported 121 of 2001 (6.05) passengers and 7 0f 914 (0.77%) crew report ill. From a passenger: The first shipboard announcement was on the 23rd. Announcements suggested people use the toilets in their cabins, and to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Only change to shipboard routine we saw was at the buffet line: waiters served food to each person as they walked by, rather than allowing people to take their own food. Routines in the regular dining rooms remained unchanged. A man in the cabin next to us said his wife was quarantined to her cabin and would disembark through a different route than the other passengers. Illness
May 27 Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
The Australian reports the ship will be quarantined off Willis Island, east of Cairns, tomorrow after three crew members tested positive for swine flu. The crew have been isolated and medical samples will be sent to Brisbane laboratories for testing. The ship has missed scheduled stops in the Whitsundays. It had been cleared Monday by NSW Health to sail on a scheduled 10-night cruise to Queensland, but today NSW announced it would treat all cruise ships arriving in NSW waters as if swine flu were onboard. Eighteen cases of infection have now been recorded from the cruise ship. Three crew members on the present cruise have been confirmed to have the illness. UPDATE: The ship's port call at Cairns and Port Douglas have been cancelled by the government in its effort to prevent spread of swine flu. The ship will call at Brisbane Saturday and return to Sydney Monday (three days ahead of schedule). UPDATE: Bloomberg News reports 53 passengers and crew have tested positive for the H1N1 virus after two voyages. Most were diagnosed after they disembarked in Sydney May 25. Cases among people on board the ship have been found in Canberra and the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, the nation’s health department said by e-mail today. The infections contributed to a more than twofold increase in Australia’s swine flu tally to 164 since early yesterday. Swine flu
May 25 Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
WWL News reports the Coast Guard is searching for an 18 year old man who fell overboard (some sources say he jumped) from a cruise ship Sunday at around 9:45 p.m., about 150 miles southwest of Tampa. The ship left port in New Orleans and was en-route to Key West when the incident occurred. A search-and-rescue mission was launched by the Coast Guard out of Miami, but the man has not been found. Passenger overboard
May 25 Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
The Daily Telegraph reports a second case of swine flu outbreak. The paper said Monday that Sydney Harbour was in lock down with two children aboard the cruise ship believed to have tested positive for swine flu. The two passengers have been quarantined in their cabins. Test on four suspected cases came back positive at 6pm revealing two passengers were infected with the H1N1 virus (another 170 passengers show flu-like symptoms). Passengers were apparently allowed to disembark, however asked to remain locked indoors at home. The two children (confirmed cases) were isolated on board the cruise ship two days after it left Sydney for the South Pacific on May 16 with what they thought was the influenza A virus. Swine flu
May 23 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
The Melbourne Herald Sun reports ship was quarantined for several hours on arrival in Sydney at the end of a 35 night cruise of the Pacific amid a swine flu scare. Almost 2000 passengers, and another 900 crew, were kept on the ship for more than five hours while another 2000 passengers waiting to board were left to wait on the dock. The ship arrived at Darling Harbour at about 12pm (AEST) today, hours late due to poor weather conditions. Then, health officials were called out and the ship was locked down because four passengers with mild influenza-like symptoms were suspected to have swine flu - they underwent tests. All passengers and crew were subsequently allowed to leave the ship but told to remain in isolation in Sydney until the test results are known. Swine flu
May 22 Maasdam
Holland America Line
Posters at Cruise Critic report the ship tilted sharply to the starboard side while on the St. Lawrence Seaway at about 9:45 PM. Things in my stateroom slid and crashed. I understand the china and glasses in the dining room ended up on the floor (just as they were serving the baked Alaska). Another poster says s/he was with an officer that night and was told that his department was heavily damaged. He said it was caused by the pilot error and the captain was on the bridge at the time and took command of his ship. The captain saw a sand bar coming on the sonar and took action to avoid a mishap. We saw much damage in the dining room and heard the bars had some damage. I hear a bill will be sent to the pilot and hope they have good insurance. Now a few minutes later we did pass by a cargo ship very closely and wonder who was driving that evening on the river. Severe list
May 21 Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship missed its port call at Freeport (Bahamas) because of rough weather. Also, a passenger reports that on its return to Mobile the ship ran into a storm with high winds, causing the ship to roll heavily to one side which resulted in dishes and other stuff sliding off tables and furniture in staterooms. Missed port
May 20 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
Grimsby Telegraph reports a norovirus outbreak on a cruise ending in Montego Bay (thus it will not be reported to the CDC). According to the newspaper, the day the cruise was to end the captain announced there was an outbreak of Norovirus, An elderly couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary were struck with the illness and moved by the cruise line to the Altamont Hotel in Montego Bay, described by the husband as "cheap and small, situated on the Hip Strip, with police patrolling up and down the promenade in pairs." They say they were not allowed to leave the hotel for 48 hours, and claim to have received no information from the Princess Cruises, which organized the trip. Eventually, 10 more couples who were affected by the outbreak joined the pair in the hotel. Princess Cruises confirmed the norovirus outbreak. Illness
May 18 P&O Express
P&O Ferries
The BBC reports a man with a psychiatric condition was seen jumping from the Larne to Troon ferry on Sunday evening. The boat, which was traveling at about 30 knots, turned around to look for him. It launched its onboard fast rescue craft and a helicopter from Prestwick and a RNLI lifeboat from Girvan joined the search. The man was winched to safety and taken to hospital after the vessel docked at Troon. Person overboard - rescued
May 16 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports while underway from Freeport Bahamas to Baltimore Maryland, a fire started onboard the vessel in the battery room. The fire was extinguished and a re-flash watch was set. The Safety Officer reported that the area is clear of smoke and the temperature dropped down to acceptable values. The vessel representative notified the COTP by email expressing his concerns of the fire. He also stated that the battery room supported non essential safety equipment onboard the vessel such as internet services. The vessel docked at South Locust Point terminal with no further incident occurring and they refilled all 35 fire extinguishers used during the fire. Fire
May 16

Coral Princess
Princess Cruises

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
May 14 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Safety at Sea International Newsletter reports concerns over swine flu have impeded disembarkation in Barbados Wednesday, but the cruise line disputed a report that the ship had been quarantined. Barbados Port CEO Everton Walters said the ship had been quarantined and the cruise port had been closed. Carnival said a female crew member exhibiting flu-like symptoms was recently placed in isolation and upon the ship’s arrival in Barbados this morning, this information was provided to local authorities. Carnival said, “In response to the information, local authorities in Barbados are requiring that all guests disembarking the vessel there be given a screening questionnaire. The process is somewhat delaying debarkation. The ship will extend its port call in Barbados until 1930 to provide additional time in port.” The female crew member was quarantined shortly after the ship left Roseau, Dominica. See Jamaica Observer and The Dominican. Swine flu
May 12 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Daily Mail reports an email identifying passengers who opted out of a pre-paid tip to staff was found pinned to a wall in crew quarters by a passenger on a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship. The company claims this is not standard procedure. Non-tippers identified
May 9 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
While cruise ships have dropped port calls in Mexico to avoid swine flu, the first cases of swine flu on cruise ships were identified on a cruise ship in Alaska. KTUU in Alaska reports state health officials say a female crew member (dining room waiter) tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus, and that ship is now in Alaska waters. The ship was en route to Sitka on Sunday, traveling in the Icy Strait on a 14-night cruise from the Caribbean to Canada. "(Saturday) we received reports of a probable case of the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, also called swine flu," said Dr. Jay Butler, the state's chief medical officer. Royal Caribbean said in a statement that two crew members experienced flu-like symptoms about a week ago. Both crew members were immediately isolated. The illness was subsequently confirmed to be swine flu. Swine flu
May 8 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Two passengers apparently had an altercation during the muster drill at the start of the cruise -- enough to draw blood. Both were offloaded from the ship when it arrived at Nassau. The incident was taped and available on You Tube (but has since been taken offline). Pax on pax assault
May 8 Zenith
Pullmantur Cruises
Cruising Talk reports the ship went aground on the approach to Copenhagen having cruised too close to a wind farm of twenty four turbines on Saturday in the Oresund Strait. Local reports have said that the ships captain has been fined as a result of the incident. She is at present operating seven day cruises, departing on a Saturday, from Copenhagen or Helsinki with calls at Gdynia, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Tallin. She was about 24 hours late when she sailed at 18.45 hrs. tonight from Copenhagen. Aground
May 8 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
Gibraltar Chronicle reports a British Airways plane aborted its landing after the ship strayed into its flight path as it sailed from Gibraltar. “By the time we did the final turn, it was obvious to me that we would not clear the ship,” one passenger told the Chronicle. The exact position of the cruise ship is not clear but admiralty rules establish an exclusion zone at either end of the runway. Plane aborts landing
May 6 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship reported 7 of 894 (0.56%) crew and 100 of 1954 (5.12%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 14 day cruise ending May 7. Illness
May 4

Diana

The Local (Sweden) reports passengers were evacuated to safety after the vessel, plying the trans-Sweden Göta Canal, ran aground near Oxelösund in eastern Sweden. Passengers were woken with a start when the mayday was sounded. "The boat was listing badly and a large number of people were unable to stand on the deck due to the boat's gradient," Göran Johansson at the Swedish sea rescue service said to news agency TT. Four boats and a helicopter participated in the rescue. All 53 passengers were evacuated to safety. Grounded
April 30 Unnamed (but picture looks like Melody, MSC Cruises) The Telegraph reports Spanish police have smashed a drug trafficking ring that used pensioners to smuggle cocaine into Europe on luxury trans-Atlantic cruise ships. The senior citizens posed as tourists taking cruise holidays around South America to pick up packages of the drug to bring back to Spain. Two women in their sixties, who were chosen as "drug mules" because they were less likely to arouse the suspicion of authorities, were arrested as they prepared to disembark from a cruise ship when it docked in the port of Cadiz, south-western Spain. Police found 27 kilos (59 lbs) of pure cocaine hidden in their cabin. It is thought the drug was collected when the cruise ship stopped in Brazil Another seven members of the ring were also arrested, including two who were to collect the drugs from the women when their ship docked in Spain, and the alleged leader of the operation who attempted to flee to Brazil. Drug bust
April 30 SunCruz WDBO News reports an 18-year-old man jumped off a gambling cruise ship near Port Canaveral on a $15 dare and swam to Jetty Park. The man jumped off the ship after accepting the dare from his friends. He was not injured and had not been drinking. Jump overboard
April 29 Carnival Liberty
Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship reported 57 of 1163 (4.9%) crew and 208 of 3253 (6.39%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 7 day Caribbean cruise ending in Miami April 25. Illness
April 27 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
KFMB Radio in San Diego reports the ship arrived at 7 a.m. but passengers didn't get to leave the ship until three hours later (missing flights home). That's because the passenger count didn't match with the number of people on the ship -- about five or six people were missing. The cruise started on the U.S. East Coast with stops in Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas before arriving in San Diego. Delayed disembarkation
April 23 Amsterdam
Holland America Line
The ship reported 19 of 600 (3.17%) crew and 119 of 1318 (9.03%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 22 day Panama Canal cruise ending in Vancouver April 24.UPDATE April 28: CDC has revised the numbers to 25 crew (4.17%) and 135 passengers (10.24%). The cause of the illness is Cyclospora cayetanensis. Illness
April 19 Sea Cloud
Sea CLoud Cruises
Panorama News (Gibraltar) reports there was a fire onboard a cruise sailing ship at the weekend, as the ship sailed out of Gibraltar. There were 96 passengers on the 'Sea Cloud', which had the fire extinguished by the fire brigade before returning back to the Rock. Fire
April 19 Un-named Riverboat Dutch News reports a cruise ship with 155 American tourists on board collided with two other cargo barges on the Waal river, a tributary of the Rhine, close to Nijmegen. No-one was injured and although the cruise ship was badly damaged, it was declared safe to sail on to Dordrecht. The cruise ship crashed into an oncoming tanker carrying 2,400 tonnes of aircraft fuel during a manoeuvre to overtake another barge. Collision
April 18 Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Miami Herald reports the Coast Guard is searching early Saturday for a 39-year-old man who went overboard the cruise ship Norwegian Sky around 3 a.m. about 60 miles north of the Nassau, Bahamas. The ship left Miami for a three-day cruise, and was headed to its first port of call, Nassau. The name of the passenger was not released. Fellow passengers saw him go overboard. Also assisting in the search were The Royal Bahamas Defense Force, the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas cruise ship crew, the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship crew and Disney cruise line smallboat crews. The search was called off at nightfall. Passenger overboard
April 17 Star Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: My sister and I were on a 10 day cruise from San Francisco to the Mexican Rivera. At midnight, after leaving port, we learned our luggage was missing. We filled out and filed a report with the passenger service desk. We were offered toiletries items and nothing else. We called in the AM and told the luggage was still missing.  Since we are both on scooters we had no carry-on or any clothes except what we had on our backs.  We were not offered any help with shipboard credits for clothing even though we were at sea for 4 days and still no luggage. We were questioned at one time if we were sure we brought luggage and could we show them airline claim check for the luggage (ironically, the Princess agent assisted us with our luggage because we relied on scooters). Now not only did we not have luggage we were now called liars.  Late Saturday afternoon they offered to wash and dry our clothes but they would not be returned for 24 hours.  Being those were the only clothes we had we declined. I instead went to the laundrymat and did the clothes myself in a Princess robe.  Sunday still no luggage I called my travel agent from the ship to arrange a flight home on Tuesday from Acapulco.  We had to pay for this flight home even though we had one for the end of the cruise. Still no compensation from Princess Cruise on board; our travel agent call the headquarters and since we are on board only the on board staff could help us.  Very late Sunday our luggage was found.  It had been left in the bus with 5 other pieces.  The assistant purser called and told us this and also said they could not get our luggage to us in Acapulco. I asked if he would arrange transportation for us on Tuesday to go to the airport in Acapulco and he said he would. On Tuesday at noon when we docked there was no ride waiting for us.  We finally found the taxi and left for the airport. During the trip to the airport my sister asked if this was paid for by the cruise line and was told no we needed to pay and it cost $70.00. UPDATE: We have heard back from Princess -- given a $75.00 shipboard credit. despite leaving the 10 day cruise on the 4th day.

Missing luggage

April 14 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

From a passenger: The June 11 sailing from Bayonne has changed its itinerary. It now arrives in St. Marteen at 2:00 and leaves at 10:00 PM (Was 12:00-9:00). But the worst is San Juan - it arrives at 10:00 pm and leaves 11:30 AM Docked (Was 7AM - 2PM one day). These are minor changes but it really effects the shore excursions. Many passengers are upset because RCCI announced the change right after the final payment was due without an explanation. From a Reader: The April 11 post about RCCL's change in itinerary is not the only change, my sailing on May 28 th has been changed also, to the one you have posted for june 11, in fact, if you go to their web page and look at the 6 or so sailings planned, they have all been changed to the  the June  11  trip as posted.

Itinerary change
April 14 Super Star Virgo
Star Cruises
The Star/Asia News reports from George Town, Malaysia, that a 49-year-old man went missing while his wife was rescued after they accidentally fell from a cruise ship about 15 nautical miles south of Pulau Kendi. The woman and her husband fell about 20m into the sea at 10am yesterday. Investigators are trying to determine how they fell from the ship, which was from Singapore. 2 passengers overboard - one rescued
April 12 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: The cruise running March 29 to April 5 had 100 cabins hits with norovirus outbreak. I was on next sailing  starting April 5 which had "code red" situation. Lasted first 3 days. Extensive cleaning, sanitizing etc. Seem to have worked. Didn't hear about any new cases. Breathing bleach, chlorine and purel all day  can't be to healthy. Illness
April 11 Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the shgip suffered a problem with "material failure." Material failure
April 10 Carnival Valor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I just returned from the 7-day cruise April 5-12, 2009. On the morning of April 10th, we were supposed to be docking at Progresso.  At about the time we should have been docking, the Captain made an announcement that we were not going Progresso because of excessive winds (30+ kn).  He told us that the long channel they had to navigate through would not be safe due to the winds.  He went on to say that the safety of the vessel and the passengers is most important and it wasn't worth the risk.  We were also told that we would now be spending 2 days at sea instead of the scheduled 1 day.  Although disappointing, it was nice to actually hear the Captain convey the news versus the cruise director.  We were then told that Carnival was going to give each passenger an on-board credit of $25.  Ten minutes later, we were told that the credit would only be $20 per person. About an hour later, the Captain made another announcement regarding his decision to skip Progresso.  He reiterated his safety concerns and happily informed us that we would be having an at-sea day and then we would spend Saturday, April 11th at Key West.  Eventually, a letter magically appeared in our stateroom telling us that there would not be any credits since we were now going to visit Key West and they had to pay dock fees, etc.  
Itinerary change
April 8 Greenlines
Dong Song Xanh Joint Stock Company

VOV News reports the cruise liner suddenly collided with a mooring buoy during its voyage from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City. The incident left the ship with a huge gash in the buoy but all 79 passengers were evacuated safely. The ship was carrying 79 passengers, including a number of foreign tourists and 5 crew.

Collision
April 7 Discovery
Discovery Cruise Line
The Bahamas Weekly reports the cruise line, which offers cruise service between South Florida and Grand Bahama Island every day of the week except Wednesdays, announced the cancellations of sailings through April 12. According to Hanns J. Hahn, General Manager of Discovery, “Due to urgent repairs to the port main engine, cruises to and from Grand Bahama Island have been cancelled until April 13.” Cancellation
April 2

Indian Ocean Explorer
Aquatours

The Associated Press reports that tourist yacht and its crew of seven was hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles islands off Africa's east coast yesterday. The yacht, which can carry up to 14 passengers, had just dropped off its contingent of tourists before it was seized. The British Navy suspects the boat would be taken to Harardhere, a pirate stronghold north of Mogadishu, and would be held about three months. All seven crew members are from the Seychelles. Tourist boat seized by pirates
April 1 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas Cruises The company announced today that the cruises scheduled for April 18 and May 8 have been cancelled so repairs can be made to one of the pod propulsion units (see March 22 below). Guests who joined the cruise in Dubai have been told, if they choose to remain on the ship, that all port call en route to Rome have been cancelled except for Muscat, Safaga, and Aqaba (Safaga and Aqaba notably have high priced shore excursions that yield considerable revenue for the company). According to a passenger: Shortly after checking in at the hotel on Monday, I met a UK couple who showed me the letter they had received from their travel agent early Saturday morning explaining the situation as it seemed then and offering three options for everyone cruising from Dubai to Istanbul: Full refund + $500 future cruise credit; switch to Mariner in Asia a week or two later at no additional charge; continue on with a somewhat curtailed (miss four ports) cruise with a $400 shipboard credit + 25% refund for that segment + 25% future cruise credit. Ha! And that's how things stood until Tuesday night when word began to spread that things were worse than they appeared. Wednesday we were to check out of the hotel and proceed to the ship at 1PM. Once there, we boarded and were shown into the conference and card rooms, and greeted by the captain and various mid-level staff to explain our revised options: Voyager has bigger problems than previously thought. No Istanbul. Only ports will be Muscat, Safage overnight and Aqaba, then onward to Roma for 3-4 weeks of drydock.  Grosso problemo.  Our choices are:  Full refund and they would do their best to rebook air home in same class, tho' it might be 2-3 days before we could get out of Dubai; Mariner in Asia; stay on ship & get 50% refund for 18 days on board + 100% refund for additional days unused + flight home from Rome in same class you came over on + refund of travel insurance premium as future cruise credit.  Plus I may be able to get something back from insurance company for cruise interruption (doubtful). Oh, and we have until 3PM -- less than two hours -- to decide. So it began. Everyone has different situations. We explain our situations to EVP vessel operations who confers with CEO, who is limited by what insurance company will pay line, but he has some wiggle room. He is very nice, but can only go so far. So I chose #3, the best of three bad choices, I guess. So, off we go limping along with one pod. Everyone wants to see Luxor and Petra, and if they announce that they have to cancel one or the other, there will be mutiny. Or at least real lawsuits. Short of the ship actually sinking, it could not be worse. From bad to worse to horrible
March 28 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The Daily Telegraph reports passengers have staged a revolt after visiting only two ports in 22 days. This is in the aftermath of problems reports below on March 3. A protest group – dubbed the Aurora Committee – is now threatening legal action to compensate for the cruise, which some passengers had saved for 20 years to afford. Passenger revolt
March 25 Norwegian Majesty
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: On March 20th at approximately 14:45 off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, following a boom or rumble like sound, large chunks of rusty iron matter jettisoned out from ship's funnel raining down on guests on aft sundecks 10 & 8. This was followed by a spray of an oily substance and black soot that showered the entire aft section. Passengers were literally coated with this residue permanently damaging clothing and personal belongings. Crew members who witnessed just pointed and laughed. Ship staff tried to smooth over by offering free laundry and free wine + compensation for damaged clothing through NCL Corporate. The ship and NCL themselves have yet to provide any detail as to cause and/or health implications to those affected. See photos here.

Sooty mess from smokestack

March 24 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line

A man filed a lawsuit against NCL after being assaulted during a vacation cruise on the Norwegian Star in March 2008. He alleges that while traveling with his family, three men violently attacked him with beer bottles and punched and kicked him in the face. His parents asked NCL to identify the attackers and provide a copy of the tapes from the cruise ship's surveillance system which recorded the incident, but the request was denied. They hired a lawyer for the purpose of obtaining the names of the assailants so that the crime could be reported to the FBI, but NCL responded by blocking all e-mails from the lawyer. They have now filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Miami. See press release here.

Lawsuit filed
March 24 Westerdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: We just returned from a seven day cruise on the Holland Westerdam, March 15 thru March 22 2009. When we boarded the ship, we noticed that the crew was passing out the anti bacterial liquid on every floor. Three days in the cruise we noticed the employees were thinner than normal. Five days and the Captain of the ship announced that there was indeed some sick crew and passengers and they were trying to contain the GI Virus. We could not even get our own coffee or sugar. No salt and pepper shakers on table. It was a terrible cruise. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Illness
March 24 Eolos Kenderis 2 NEL Lines According to GR Reporter the ferry hit the breakwater at the Santorini port at the moment when the crew was trying to dock and to tie the rope to a post on the port. There were 26 passengers and 20 crew members on board and no serious injuries. There is a strong 7 Beaufort wind at the time. The incident, which happened around 09:30 pm, scratched the ship right under the water line. The ship is anchored outside the port and will be examined to determine whether it needs repairs or it could continue sailing. Collision with breakwater
March 22 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Just got back from a 14 day cruise to Hawaii. On Sunday March 22nd just before midnight the ship's main fire alarm sounded off. The assessment crew was sent to the engine room. The Captain came on the PA system and announced a reported fire in the main engine room. The crew was scurrying around with their life vests on. I went up to the top deck to see the smoke stacks. The ship had slowed down to less than half speed and there was a strange burning smell. About 20 minutes later the Captain came back on and announced that a turbocharger on one of the main engines had blown a seal, set off the smoke detectors and blinded the cameras. Within an hour we were back up to speed again. Also we aborted the port docking in Nawiliwili, Kauai. We were told this was due to high winds although they didn't seem all the high? Some of the crew members confessed that this port is missed about 1 out of 4 times?? Had I known this I might have thought twice about booking this cruise. Fire
March 22 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas Cruises According to reports from passengers on board the Voyager, one of the pods was caught in a fishing net.  Attempts to release the pod failed.  The ship is on it's way to Dubai at a speed of approximately 12-14 knots.  The manufacturer of the pod will be joining the ship shortly.  The ship is expected to be dry docked in Dubai to fix the pod.  In the meantime, many port cancellations have occurred (including Mumbai and Abu Dhabi).  There appears to be no media reports as yet on this story. NOTE: There was a similar incident November 26, 2008, when the ship was returning to Fort Lauderdale. It arrived in port a day late because of reduced speeds. Propulsion problems
March 21 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports the vessel's smoke and fire system on Deck B-A-1 was in fault and not operating properly. It was determined that the fault lied with the Bridge Monitoring Panel which was replaced. Following the repair, the system was restored to fully operational. This system is not Coast Guard approved. Material failure
March 21 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
A passenger writes that he and his wife were among 106 passengers refused boarding on January 31 for the 51 day circumnavigation of South America departing from Fort Lauderdale because they did not have visas for landing in Brazil. The passengers say neither Carnival or their travel agent told them about the need for a visa, even though they asked multiple times. Carnival says the travel agent is the passenger's representative, that they notified the travel agent, and that the passenger could have booked directly with Carnival instead. In any case, Carnival has refused to refund the passenger's fare even though they weren't allowed to board the cruise and the passenger is pursuing the matter in every way they can. The moral of the story: check out visa requirements whenever you travel outside your country -- the information is normally available on the web from each country's department of foreign affairs (or equivalent). Another passenger writes: The cruise went from bad to really, really bad. Most passengers caught the "cold" going around. If you were on the cruise for the three legs, you could get it three times. The dinning room refused to put gel dispensers outside the dining room. Many of the passengers asked for it. The crew was sick, the nurses were sick. They ran out of milk in cartons in Chile and put out uncovered pitchers of milk, sitting in ice. People were coughing and sneezing while in line for food. We went only to the dining room near the end of the cruise. Don't even ask about the disaster that was immigration in Long Beach. Carnival acted as if they had never been on a cruise before. This was my 8th cruise with Carnival, never, never again. From the way they treated the Visa people, to the way they handled complaints, to immigration, they were uncaring and incompetent. Thank goodness, the waiters, and stewards were really good. The captain was absent from most past cruisers cocktail parties. And another says: The ship ran out of medication,and we were were told to buy our own at ports. Only everything was in other languages therefore it was very difficult to do. Visa problems
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Illness
March 20 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: A friend and I are currently on the 10-day Panama cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and suspect a norovirus outbreak.  As of yesterday, passengers are not allowed to serve themselves in the buffet and dinner rolls in the restaurants are served by waiters, not in baskets where passengers help themselves. Staff are everywhere with antiseptic spray, wiping down everything all day long. Illness
March 19 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
From a passenger: We are currently on the QM2 World Cruise and the ship is in semi-lockdown with Norovirus. no idea of the numbers but the crew are going all out to contain it. Illness
March 19 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
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 !! Propulsion problems
March 18 Minerva
Swan Hellenic
The cruise ship was due to arrive in Tristan de Cunha (in the South Atlantic ocean) early morning but was delayed and arrived at 1500hrs. No passengers were allowed ashore, so the Post Office, and others selling Handicrafts went onboard the vessel. She stayed off the settlement until 1900hrs before collecting two passengers and departing for Cape Town. Late port call
March 17 Maasdam
Holland America Line
The Sun Sentinel reportsa fire on board C/S MAASDAM. Boarded vsl and determined source of fire to be in the crew galley. Fire started in a "tilt-pan." Tilt-pan looks very similar to a huge deep sink that is used to cook large quantities of food such as soups, boil large quantities of vegetables, etc. Mess cook poured canola oil into the empty/hot "tilt pan" which resulted in an immediate flash and fire. Crew immediately used dry-chem extinguisher to put out fire, vacated space, closed local FSDs, and notified bridge. Large quantities of smoke were noted and as a precautionary measure vsl engaged Gaylord system and discharged fixed CO2 system into ventilation ducts. Accessed space and noted no damage in area. Fire contained to metal tilt-pan. Vsl recharged fixed CO2 bottle in port and put back into service. Fire
March 12 Costa Victoria
Costa Cruises
The National (United Arab Emerites) reports a French tourist was run down and killed today while on a pedestrian crossing in the capital just 90 minutes after disembarking from his cruise ship. Witnesses said the man was hit and killed instantly in front of the Marina Cafe about 11.30am, as he crossed the street with his wife and a friend. The victim’s wife and the friend managed to jump out of the way, as the driver sped off. The driver, an Emirati, had abandoned his car, a BMW sports model, behind Marina Mall and fled on foot, but was arrested a short time later. A spokesman for Costa tours said it had arranged for a bus to take tourists to Marina Mall but why the victim, his wife and friend decided to walk was unknown. Pax death onshore
March 12 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
The ship reported 4 of 834 (0.48%) crew and 93 of 1862 (5.0%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 16 day circle cruise to Hawaii from San Diego. The cruise began February 28 and ends March 15. UPDATE March 13: CDC has revised the numbers to 6 crew (.72%) and 113 passengers (6.1%). Illness
March 10
Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a reader: In February, while on a cruise on the ship, I overheard two crew members discussing the fact that another crew member had discovered $2,000 and returned it to it's rightful owner through the proper channels.  Apparently, the money was discovered in a pair of pants belonging to a passenger who had sent them to the laundry to be cleaned. Upon discovery, the laundry attendant promptly reported the discovery to his superior and the money was returned to the owner.
Good news story
March 10
Choke Somboon 19
Dive Asia
Travel Blackboard reports seven people are missing after the Thai boat bound for Phuket capsized and sank after heavy rain and winds on Sunday night. The boat was traveling at speeds of eight to nine knots on its return journey when it sank from the Similan Islands to Phuket with 30 passengers and crew on board. 23 people were able to get into the life rafts and have safely returned to Phuket, but seven people are still missing and a search in the area was conducted [Monday] and continues on Tuesday. It is believed that the six-month old ship hit a vortex which had formed quickly, causing it to capsize. Local fisherman, who were nearby, raced to the scene and found the survivors adrift in an inflatable lifeboat.
Sunk
March 9
Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The itinerary on this cruise from Galveston was changed after a female passenger sustained a broken leg on one leg and a broken ankle on the other leg as a result of a fall down the stairs that go from the Royal Promenade down to the Casino and had to be airlifted for medical care. The Captain said due to the evacuation the should would be 4 hours late arriving at our first scheduled stop in Cozumel.  Therefore the itinerary was changed and the ship went directly  to the next scheduled ports of Roatan on Wednesday and Costa Maya on Thursday. The Cozumel stop would then be on Friday and return to Galveston as normal.
Itinerary change
March 9
Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The Los 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 arrested today on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 42-year-old female passenger. The crew member was taken 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.
Sexual assault
March 9
Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The cruise scheduled for March 15 (14 day from Auckland) has been cancelled because the ship requires dry docking to deal with a problem with a bearing on the propeller shaft. Passengers booked on the cruise will receive:  a full refund of all monies paid to Celebrity for the sailing; a future cruise credit in the amount of the cruise fare paid, which may be used for sailings that depart on or before 3/30/10 (can to be used on holiday or Celebrity Xpedition sailings); and up to $250 per person for airline change fees. The ship will end in Auckland March 15th, will sail to Sydney for repairs, and is scheduled to return to Auckland for is March 29th cruise. Source: See New Zealand Herald
Cancellation
March 9
Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Posters at Cruise Critic report a woman fell from the pier with her motorized wheel chair while the ship was docked at Cozumel this past week. One writes: We were walking back to this ship and we were just passed the security guard that is outside the boat when we heard a man yell for help. We saw the lady in the water. My husband and I ran up to the ship and told the crew members who were working (taking sea passes, etc) and they just looked at us. After yelling 3 times at them that someone had fallen in the water and they needed help, they finally took off running to help, but without any type of floatation device. Then the security guard came for the life preserver. He was in such a panic and rush that the rope from the preserver got caught in the queue stands and he knocked over everything. Finally a female crew member jumped in the water with the lady. It seemed like there was lots of confusion and that they weren't really prepared for a situation like this. There were lots of crew standing around outside on the pier, but no one was really doing anything. They were yelling at each other to get life jackets, etc. Although we did not see the lady actually be lifted out of the water, she was floating fine when we saw her. Reports from the crew (including the female crew member who jumped in with the lady) said that the lady was doing fine and was on the ship.
Fall from pier
March 9 Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the shgip suffered a problem with "material failure." Material failure
March 8
Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean Caught Infiltrating Review Sites With Viral Marketing Team -- See article here

March 5 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports a 63 year old male passenger was reported missing by his wife while the ship was off the coast of Chile as part of an 18-day South America voyage. The guest’s wife notified shipboard personnel at 9:30 a.m. this morning after she found a note that suggested a planned suicide. The missing guest was last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. The ship’s command immediately began a vessel-wide search for the individual and returned the vessel back to the area where the guest was last seen. All appropriate authorities were notified. The Carnival Splendor departed Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, March 3 on an 18-day South America cruise that ends in San Francisco March 21.
Passenger overboard?
March 5 Fantasia
MSC Cruises
Think Spain reports one person was injured early this afternoon when a gangway joining the ship to the passenger terminal in Palma harbour collapsed. Three crew members also ended up in the sea and had to be fished out by the rescue services. The accident occurred as a result of the strong winds affecting the Balearic Islands today. At about 2.30pm today, as the passengers were disembarking from the cruise ship, a strong gust of wind ripped several of the bow moorings off the bollards and the boat lurched away from the quay, causing the gangway, at some 15m above the sea, to collapse. The passenger who was crossing the gangway at the time fell into the water, hitting their head on the side of the ship on the way down, prompting three crew members to dive into the water to rescue him. All four have been treated for hypothermia and the injured passenger, whilst currently in the care of the cruise company's medical staff, might still be moved to a hospital in Palma. Click here for a video of the incident.
Gangway collapse
March 5
Costa Europa
Costa Cruises
The Telegraph reports angry passengers confronted the captain in protest at what they felt was an "unacceptable" offer of compensation after the ship became beset by engine problems. The two-week "Jewels of the Indian Ocean" cruise ending February 28 was beset with propulsion problems. The ship underwent repairs in the Kenyan port of Mombassa, before sailing towards Renunion, but passengers said the vessel’s speed remained "erratic," while others noticed black smoke coming from the engines. A scheduled stop on Reunion was then reduced to a short "technical stop," sparking further outrage before another confrontation allegedly took place between the crew and passengers. Passengers at one point staged a sit-in protest and began chanting for the captain, who finally showed up and apologized (according to passengers, admitting the cruise had been ‘ruined’. The company initially offered compensation of either an on-board credit of 300 euros or a 600-euro discount; it later offered both the on-board credit and discount. Some of the ship’s passengers have since set up a blog to catalogue the alleged problems that occurred during the voyage.
Propulsion problems
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Near mutiny
March 4
Unknown
The Cayman Compass reports a 57-year-old cruise passenger died after she got into difficulty while on a snorkeling trip. Witnesses on Seven Mile Beach early that afternoon saw a crew from Red Sail Sports bringing the woman into shore for medical assistance around 1:30pm. Police said the Red Sail crew tried to save the woman by performing CPR while she was being taken in to shore. The victim was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.The woman was on a trip aboard one of Red Sail Sports' catamarans.
Death on snorkeling trip
March 4 Prince Albert II
Silversea Cruises
The ships visit to Castro in Isla Chiloe (listed on the brochure as the trip's highlight) on its cruise of Antarctica to Chile was cancelled because of a 15 hour delay caused by a storm. However, the delay was caused not just by the storm. According to a blog from onboard, at 9:00 a.m., the Captain announced over the ship's public address system that last night's storm was considerably worse than anticipated, and a decision had been made to return south to the fjords to seek shelter. This decision was prompted, in part, due to a door being blown open at the front of the ship by the force of the seas in the early-morning hours. The Captain added that whilst this had been dealt with very quickly by the crew, it nonetheless led to approximately two tonnes of seawater entering the ship. The door had no alarm, so it was the fire patrol that found the door open and water spilling into the ship. Most damage was to private properties of the crew members who have their cabins under the forecastle. Some passenger cabins (including ours) had the carpet wet, but no damage to properties. Cancelled port
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Scary event
March 4
Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
Metro.co.uk reports the ship made emergency calls after encountering "suspicious" activity from two small craft in notorious waters off Somalia. Military sources involved in monitoring the protected zone of the Gulf of Aden said the incident yesterday was "a false alarm". But a spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said: "Balmoral encountered suspicious activity by two small craft, closing at high speed. The ship's master requested passengers to assemble in 'safe havens' as part of a pre-planned safety procedure. Aggressive maneuvering was implemented and contact was made with the EU Coalition Task Force." The ship is expected to arrive in Salalah tomorrow on schedule.
Pirate threat
March 4
Hrossay
Northlink Ferries
BBC reports a passenger and a crewman on sailing from Aberdeen to Shetland were taken to hospital after being thrown against bulkheads in rough seas. The men were hurt at about 0610 GMT, when the ship was hit by large waves and rolled twice in quick succession after it was caught up in severe gale-force winds. In January both of Northlink's  Shetland ferries were seriously damaged by large waves within a week of each other.
Injuries in high seas
March 3
Aurora
P&O Cruises
From a passenger: We broke down - 4 hours after leaving Sydney the Captain announced there was a major problem with the port propulsion system (the Port Shaft Thrust Bearing that has gone). We can only do 13/14 knots and will miss Wellington, Bay of Islands, and Napier, instead heading straight for Auckland. Instead of 2 days it will take 4 to get there. Experts are flying to Auckland as the repairs cannot be done at sea. There's a general downturn in the atmosphere... big difference in comparison to yesterday leaving Sydney after having 2 amazing weeks in Australia. Some staff on board are already aware that we are staying in port for at least 2 days.  Possibly longer.  No need for a dry dock or anything as the bearing can be replaced internally. UPDATE March 8 (Sunday): At 18:30 this evening the Captain came over the tannoy with some further bad news.  He said that whilst visually the repairs completed to date looked satisfactory, more detailed inspections with specialist equipment (probably NDT) have identified the need for further repairs.  As such, Aurora will not be leaving Auckland until Tuesday evening at the earliest. The news then got worse as he said the Aurora would not now be calling at Moorea or Tahiti, but would now be taking a more direct route to Honolulu.  However, he gave a glimmer of hope in that he said there was a possibility of making a Polynesian port of call, but this would not be known until the repairs had been completed and a departure time from Auckland was known. Compensation....he went on to say that a cheque would be sent to the lead passengers home address in late March, but the exact amount has not yet been decided by P&O's management. Update March 11: New Zealand Television reports the ship is scheduled to sail tonight (Wednesday). However the Port of Aukland website says the ship will depart March 12 (Thursday) at 5:05PM. The ship will arrive in Honolulu one day behind schedule -- the day will be made up near the end of the world cruise be dropping a port call at Madiera and stopping at Ponta Delgada in the Azores instead.
Major Propulsion problems
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Missed Ports
March 2
Azamara Quest
Azamara Cruises
From a reader: Reported from the ship's Hong Kong to Beijing leg: Passengers did not board Quest in Hong Kong yesterday until 6.00pm because the ship was being cleaned from top to bottom due to norovirus. They were taken to Disneyland for the afternoon. Their luggage wasn't delivered until 8.30pm.

Illness
February 27 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passengers: I just returned from a 2 week Southern Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. Staff had colds the first day, including our waiter. By the second week every other person was sneezing and coughing. Nothing was done to contain this and no announcement was made. Not sure if they even realized how many people were sick! Illness
February 27
Oosterdam
Holland America Line
KFMB-TV in San Diego reports 84 passengers have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness, likely caused by norovirus. The ship returns to San Diego tomorrow and according to the cruise line will be sanitized. Update March 2: eFluxMedia reports the numbers are now 106 passengers and 4 crew reporting ill. NOTE: Is it a coincidence that this cruise began the day after the Zaandam cruise (below) ended or is it possible a crew member from Zaandam brought the illness with him/her onto Oosterdam? UPDATE: CDC reports the numbers ill at 110 of 1840 (5.98%) passengers and 10 of 786 (1.27%) crew members. Illness
February 26
Unknown
The Miami New Times reports a man got aboard a cruise ship this past November at the Port of Miami -- he had three hours to kill before the ship took off. So, through some fancy web setup and a wireless card, he was able to watch about two and a half hours of a Chicago Bears game. Afterwards, the ship took off. When he got back home, he found a $28,067.31 cell phone bill! Seems AT&T was charging him international rates of two cents per kb. He called AT&T to straighten out that he was actually in the US, but the best they could do for him was a $6,000 bill. The Chicago Sun-Times got on the case, and found his wireless card was picking up signals it shouldn't have. AT&T credited $27,776.66 to his bill.
Beware cell phone charges
February 26
Costa Romatica
Costa Cruises
Merco Press reports the ship is anchored seven miles off the Uruguayan sea resort of Punta del Este after having suffered last night a brief blackout caused by a fire in the generators room. It was traveling from Rio do Janeiro where it left February 23 and was expected to reach Buenos Aires early morning today. According to a release from Costa Cruises the blaze was rapidly contained with no risk for passengers, crew or the vessel. Travelers were immediately informed of the incident and electricity was immediately restored with emergency equipment. A team of Uruguayan experts with the support from the local Coast Guard are currently assessing the extent of the damages and helping with the repairs. The vessel is expected to resume its schedule this evening. Most passengers on board are Brazilian, Argentines, Chileans and Mexicans. Update: The Earth Times reports  1,429 passengers and 590 crew members were evacuated after efforts to repair the generator were unsuccessful. Those on board were evacuated in boats to the resort town of Punta del Esta about 13 kilometres from where the ship had anchored and about 120 kilometres east of Uruguayan capital Montevideo. They were then transferred to Buenos Aires for flights home. Update: The cruise scheduled to depart February 26 has been canceled given the need for repairs. As reported at Cruising Talk, passengers on that cruise were put up in hotels paid for by Costa which is in the process of arranging an alternate vacation at a land-based resort through March 12, when the cruise would have ended. Those who do not want to take the resort option will receive a refund of the amount paid and full assistance with their onward travels, whether they booked their original air arrangements on their own or with Costa. All guests on the canceled sailing will also receive a credit equivalent to 50 percent of the fare paid (for the cruise only) valid toward a future Costa cruise through December 31, 2010.
Fire -- Ship evacuated
February 26 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Sun Sentinel the ship temporarily lost two of its four main engines en route into Tampa Bay. The vessel normally operates with two main engines at sea and three main engines when transiting the port as a precautionary measure. The ship was able to maintain 12 knots with only two engines operating, utilizing two tug assists to moor safely at the Cruise Ship Terminal #3 without further incident. The #1 and #3 main diesel electric engines shutdown as a result of excess condensation collected in the crankcase vent piping system. The condensation made its way into the crankcase and vaporized causing the crankcase photoelectric cell (mist detection system) to alarm automatically shutting down both engines. Loss of two engines / Material failure
February 25
Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Island Star
Island Cruises
The Antigua Sun reports a cruise passenger from SotS reportedly fell into a manhole on Nevis Street in St. John's (Antigua). She was taken to the ship for medical attention -- she sustained injuries to her legs. One day earlier, a passenger from Island Star suffered the same fate, falling into a manhole at the corner of High and Thames Street. The uncovered holes are expected to be repaired by the Public Works Department in the city.
Injuries onshore
February 23
Summit
Celebrity Cruises
Sixteen passengers were injured when their  bus apparently lost control and drove into a ditch while it was returning to  the ship from a shore excursion. The accident happened outside Roseau, Dominica; some of the injured were flown to Miami for treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The passengers sustained injuries, including broken bones, bumps,  bruises and lacerations, however, three people were more seriously injured; five of the 16 injured were treated and released  from the hospital in Dominica. The passengers were returning from a  Caribbean Cooking Adventure shore excursion, in which they joined local  culinary experts to learn how to prepare and present traditional Caribbean  dishes. The three-and-a-half hour excursion concluded with a scenic drive  through Roseau before returning to the pier. The ship is sailing a seven-night Caribbean cruise that departed San Juan on February 21.
Shore excursion accident
February 23
Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
Ventura
P&O Cruises
Caribbean Net News reports strong winds prevented two of the four scheduled cruise ships from docking at Port Zante (St. Kitts) over the weekend. While Island Star and Carnival Victory were able to berth, Ventura aborted efforts on Saturday, after trying to berth in winds up to 32 knots. On Sunday, unusually strong winds gusting as high as 45 knots forced Grand Princess to turn away. Unrelated missed ports: In other news, several cruise ships skipped port calls at Guadeloupe and Martinique because of labour unrest on the islands. Silversea's Silver WInd skipped Sri Lanka because of civil unrest.
Missed port calls
February 22
Galaxy
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: Just came back from an 11 night cruise on the Galaxy. We had cockroaches in our Royal Suite 1024. The ship had propulsion problems while in port in St Lucia that delayed the ship for about 4 hours. The sewer flooded in our cabin.
Propulsion problems
February 20
Multiple ships
The Antigua Sun reports passengers/crew on four ships were robbed while in Antigua yesterday. The robberies allegedly took place between Sand Haven and Millers by the Sea. There were four cruise ships on island and passengers from all of the vessels were reportedly robbed. The ships were the Caribbean Princess, Azamar, Costa Atlantica and Thompson Destiny. The police have reportedly managed to arrest a few persons in connection with the robberies. They responded to a 911 call of a robbery in progress at Fort James beach, where three youths, two 17 years old and one 19 from the Golden Grove and Villa Area were arrested as they attempted to rob a crew member of a cruise ship.
Robberies ashore
February 19
Oceanic Discoverer
Coral Princess Cruises
The Sydney Morning Herald reports a 34 year old Australian crewman is in a critical condition after being crushed by a hydraulic door during a fire drill while the ship was moored in Hawkes Bay. He is in a critical condition in Hawkes Bay hospital's intensive care unit. The ship is on a 12-day cruise off New Zealand's coastline, starting in Auckland and ending at Milford Sound. UPDATE March 10: The man has subsequently died from his injuries.
Critical injury
February 17
Ocean Nova
Quark Expeditions
Jeanne Leblanc's blog and Associated Press report the ship, with 64 passengers and 41 crew members aboard, ran aground about one mile (two kilometers) from the San Martin base (Antarctica), pushed by "extremely high winds" into craggy rocks. An initial assessment of damage indicated that there was no imminent danger and no threat to lives and there is no sign of leakage of any kind from the vessel. The ship was on its eighth day of a nearly two-week expedition exploring the polar circle that embarked from Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost city. The company says the ship should be able to break free on its own as the tide rises. UPDATE: The Telegraph reports the ship was unable to free itself and that passengers will be evacuated to other ships. Update February 23: The company canceled today’s sailing from Ushuaia so the ship can undergo an estimated three days of repairs. Passengers were rebooked on Polar Star Expeditions' Polar Star’s Feb. 24 sailing, with Quark providing hotel accommodations tonight and rearranging return flights. NOTE: Non official sources on the Ocean Nova reports that the engine was shut off and some maintenance was being done in the engine room (assume it was a regular maintenance), but that is why they could not start the engine immediately when the winds picked up. They had to put together whatever it was that they had disassembled. Aground
February 15
Zaandam
Holland America Line
From a reader: My mother and her husband are sailing aboard Holland America’s Zaandam, which departed San Diego for Hawaii on February 5. Several days ago, she called, saying passengers were reporting bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Sick passengers were being isolated in their rooms for 36-48 hours. According to her, self-serve buffets had been converted to staff-served and regular cleaning crews had been replaced with special personnel. Extra hand sanitizer had been placed in her room. Tonight, she called again, saying she and her husband had been sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and a neck rash for four days. UPDATE: The CDC reports 21 of 590 (3.6%) crew and 74 of 1408 (5.3) passengers have reported ill. The cruise ends in San Diego on February 20.
Illness
February 15
Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 28th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. Environmental
February 15
Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Juneau Empire reports the ships was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On May 27th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. Environmental
February 15 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for two air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On May 27th and September 2nd the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Environmental
February 15 Oosterdam
Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 24th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. It also had an air opacity incident on July 2nd, but a notice of violation was not issued.
Environmental
February 15 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 11th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. It also had air opacity incidents on July 3rd and July 17th, but a notice of violation was not issued. Environmental
February 15 Clipper Pacific
International Shipping Partners
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 20th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. Environmental
February 15 Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for an air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 28th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Environmental
February 15 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ships was twice cited for air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 23rd and August 11th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Environmental
February 13
Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: Aboard the Explorer of the Seas Feb 13 voyage from Bayonne, NJ.   At boarding we were informed that since the ship is unable to cruise at 22 Knots, and will, instead, make only 20 Knots, the schedule has been adjusted slightly.  The most significant change is in San Juan where the ship will be in port from 7AM until 11:30AM. No details or further explanations have been given.
Propulsion problems
February 13
Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
From Cruise Critic: At 2:30am I got a wake up call that I did not request....I woke up to the fire alarms going off. I got up and immediately smelled smoke, I heard yelling in the hall. I opened my cabin door which was E189 on the Empress Deck and there was a lady in her undies yelling that the ship was on fire and for us to evacuate. I got dressed, grabbed my purse, sail and sign card and my life jacket. There was NO crew members anywhere to be seen! No one telling us if the fire was up or down, forward or aft. All I knew was that the Deck was hazy with smoke and that the smell was horrible. I ended up following others up to the Atlantic Deck to our muster station. Still no crew. It was more then 15 minutes after arriving at the Starlight that the first crew member showed up. She just told us basically to shut up and sit down. An elderly lady was injured during the movement and another had an asthma attack due to all the smoke. I called Carnival and spoke with a sup. I was told that it was a small fire (how small I don't know, it did cause quite a bit of smoke and several cabins on that deck were not available to their occupants for at least 3 hours and at least one passenger had to be moved - I was in line behind her at the pursers desk - and one couple in line to disembark were not allowed back into their cabin right away and their carpet was soaking wet). Carnival is stating that they are trying to keep it quiet. I suppose it would be bad publicity. So I suppose that is why there are not any reports about it. Finally the crew started showing up with medical help. I do not know for sure who or what started the fire, but I was told that some guy set towels afire in his cabin. I did see someone (a male) being arrested before debarkation and being led away in hand cuffs off the ship by Customs agents. According to the Sun Sentinel, while underway to the cruise terminal berth in Galveston, had a fire alarm sound in the passageway of the main deck on the aft starboard side near guest cabin M217. The fire was extinguished by the ship's sprinkler system. All guests in the vicinity of the fire were evacuated to their muster stations. The area was inspected and two laundry bags set in the passageway outside of cabin M217 were found burned and melted. Five guests and two crewmembers suffered minor smoke inhalation, and were cleared by the ship's doctor. Clean up was conducted and normal operations resumed. Although not fully proved, the cause of the fire was most likely the two laundry bags getting hot while inadvertently resting against the hot part of the passageway lighting fixture. The fixtures are to be replaced with a new design during the vessel's next yard period.
Fire
February 12
Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
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
February 11
Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship reported 10 of 885 (1.13%) crew and 164 of 1996 (8.22%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 10 day Caribbean/Panama Canal cruise (Fort Lauderdale return) that February 3 and ends February 13. UPDATE February 13: Numbers have been revised to 19 of 885 (2.1%) crew and 252 of 1996 (12.6%) passengers. Illness
February 9
Legend of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
A poster at Cruise Critic reports the ship pulled in to Key West this morning due to a faulty azipod. The azipod was leaking oil into the water and was ordered into port by the Captain of the Port. She is moored in Key West with a boom around her. Repairs were completed by the evening and the ship was again on its way.
Oil leak from azipod
February 9 Aurora Expeditions A passenger just returning from a cruise of the Ross Sea (Antarctica) posted a review at TripAdvisor. She cautions that the expedition cruise is not, as advertised, suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. She cites a fellow traveler in her 80s who was tossed across her cabin in the rough weather and seriously injured. She was stretchered ashore on our arrival in NZ, and put into a waiting ambulance. She also tells (which is of greater concern) about a boatload of passengers left alone on an ice floe while the group expedition leader motored off in his zodiac because, as he said, he was “busting for a pee”. During his absence several ice floes came together in the current and, by the time he returned 15-20 minutes later, his zodiac access was blocked. The stranded passengers were only half-joking when they wrote HELP in the surface snow to attract the attention of the ship’s helicopters flying overhead Pax left on ice floe
February 8
Seven Seas Voyager
Regent Seven Seas
From a reader: A friend of mine called from the ship and told me they are experiencing very rough seas in the Tasmanian Sea.  She is a very experienced cruiser and she said these are the roughest seas she has ever experienced. Passengers are not allowed on deck, waves are crashing into the balconies and dishes are breaking and crashing in the dining rooms. The ship is scheduled to reach Sydney on the 13th. From a passenger: Utter nonsense. I am on board the Voyager. Was it rough - yes, it is the Tasman Sea. There were signs posted asking us not to go out on decks 5 and 6 - for our own safety. I am on deck 7 and would not have been stupid enough to go out on my balcony but we were not "forbidden". Hardly the catastrophe the poster led the readers to believe . . . we're in Sydney today - cool and overcast.
Very rough seas
February 8
Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
ABC (Australia) reports that passengers will be forced to disembark at a buoy in the middle of Sydney Harbour on Tuesday (Feb 10) because all other shipping berths are being used. They are full and the ship will instead anchor at a harbour buoy and its passengers taken to land by a smaller boat. This is a first for Sydney Harbour.
Strange disembarkation
February 6
Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
WWLP-TV in Mobile reports the ship's cruise ending yesterday dropped the port call at Progreso due to technical problems. Passengers said Carnival knew about the problems before they even got on board. Carnival handed the boarding passengers a letter letting them know there was a problem with the cruising speed so they'd only be stopping at Cozumel. Some passengers said even the locals in Cozumel knew the boat was having problems weeks ago. "All the locals telling me, don't get on that boat, the boat broke," said one passenger. "I said the boat is broke? How long has it been broke? They said for about three or four weeks," he said. The ship arrived late (12:30 PM) in Mobile; as a result the following cruise left late (9:30 PM). It, too, dropped its port call at Progreso.
Propulsion problems
February 6
Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Daily Express and BBC reports more than 230 people (about 13%) on board an 18-day cruise of the Canary Islands and west Africa have been taken ill after an outbreak of norovirus on their ship. About 50 passengers remain confined to their cabins by the bug. The cruise operator said the liner was refused entry the Cape Verde Islands following the outbreak. The ship was now heading for the Canary Islands. Illness
February 6
Athena
Classic International
The Adelaide Advertiser reports the ship delayed its departure from Outer Harbor by more than four hours tonight, frustrating passengers who had paid more than $500 for a weekend cruise to Kangaroo Island. Passengers arrived for the three-day cruise at 5pm, as the temperature reached it's peak of 43.9 degrees. A short time later they were informed that the cruise would depart at 10.30 pm - more than four hours after its scheduled departure time of 6pm. One passenger, who did not want to be named, said he had hoped the cruise would follow the coastline at sunset, but that it would now leave well after dark.
Delayed departure
February 6
Carnival Cruise Lines WPTV reports a passenger was robbed on a Carnival cruise. She had locked up her wedding ring, her engagement ring and other gold pieces in her stateroom safe so they could go to Atlantis (Bahamas) for the day. When she returned, she couldn't open the safe, and she called security who opened it with a master key. She saw her jewelry box and thought nothing of it...until she got home and says four thousand dollars in jewelry was gone. The passenger wrote to Carnival several times, to which they responded saying their employees are honest, courteous and professional. Carnival Cruise Lines told WPTV there is little they can do because the passenger didn't realize the jewelry was missing until she got home. NOTE: The cruise industry reported to the FBI 128 robberies between April 1, 2007 and April 30, 2008.
Theft
onboard
(Alleged)
February 5
Unknown
The Antigua Sun reports that two cruise ship passengers were reportedly assaulted yesterday during an attempted robbery in the tourist area and popular business district of Redcliffe Quay. The passengers, male and female, were walking in Redcliffe Quay area when a man allegedly grabbed the woman’s handbag, after putting up a short fight with her. Her male companion reportedly tried to fight back but the robber still managed to wrestle the bag away. The woman’s screams, however, alerted the private security staff of Redcliffe Quay who immediately went to her rescue. The security officer began chasing the robber, who eventually dropped the bag and made good his escape.
Robbery ashore
February 5
Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Miami Herald reports the ship was leaving Samana, Dominican Republic, on January 29 when a propeller on one of the ship's engines struck an unidentified object and was bent. The 11-day cruise skipped its last port call in Labadee, Haiti, and returned to Cape Liberty, N.J., on February 1. The present cruise skipped its port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is now en route to St. Thomas, where divers will repair the propeller today. The St. Thomas port call has been extended six hours to 11 p.m. Thursday. From a passenger: The incident occurred at dinner time and vibration was noted by several people. We were well within the buoyed channel. We were compensated $ 100 per person by the line and extra activities were planned by the crew.  On the 30th, the ship stopped near Turks and Caicos and allowed to drift for over an hour while divers were sent down. They inspected and photographed the propeller and then came back on board. I am a radio enthusiast and heard them say there was damage to the blades. We then proceeded home at reduced speed.
Damaged propeller
February 4
Volendam
Holland America Line
Passengers were notified that the ship's call to Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka), Russia on May 10, 2009 has been cancelled and has been replaced with a call to Aomori, Japan. Passengers booking shore excursion received full refunds. Shore excursions in Aomori will be available in time.
Itinerary change
February 2
Athena
Classic International
The Islander (Australia) report two of the ship's tenders ran aground off Kangaroo Island. The ship was docked at Outer Harbor in Adelaide yesterday. One tender ran aground with about 50 passengers and crew aboard. The other, with three crewmen aboard, went to its aid and also ran aground. Passengers were transported from the tender by a third tender as the Cooinda charter vessel stood by and three helicopters, including police, hovered in the area. Many more passengers were left stranded at the wharf as one tender began the slow process of bringing them all back to the cruise ship. The Cooinda tried to drag one tender to deeper water about 4pm but decided it would have to wait until the tide was higher, with high tide expected at 9pm. Local fisherman and boaties were perplexed about why the ship had anchored where it was instead of further into the bay where tenders would have a straighter run to the jetty.
Aground
Jan/Feb (exact date unknown) Hanseatic
Hapag Lloyd
I have heard about two accidents with zodiac drivers this Antarctic season, but I found absolutely no news about them. For one I have no details except that the driver hurt his arm and cannot drive zodiacs anymore. He fell from the Zodiac while the engine was running and his arm was hurt by the outboard engine propeller. The second accident involved one of the ships officers. Many of the officers of the Hanseatic used to drive the outboard engines sitting on them with the accelerator stick between the legs. Drivers who got trained in the "old school", by an experienced driver from an expedition ship, will always drive standing up, by the side of the accelerator, holding it with one hand against one of the legs. Most stand to the left of the engine holding it with their right hands, a few to the right of the engine and hold the accelerator with the left hand. This is safer and gives more freedom of movements. Many mechanics have complained that sitting on the engine can damage the case and eventually the engine. The driver has no balance, as he is leaning against the engine. Well this driver used to sit on the engine, and as he "mounted" his engine, the accelerator got caught on his pants, accelerated the engine and he fell in water. The moving propeller cut his scalp open, and lots of blood fell in the water. The boat drew a big circle and came back to the sidegate, where people were able to jump aboard and rescue the officer. It is said that it was luck together with the cold Antarctic water that saved him. Most people who were watching thought he was dead instantly, but the propeller did not break the skull, just the scalp. Crew injuries
January 31
Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
El Mercurio (Chile) reports that the ship arrived yesterday in Puerto Montt with a 12 meter long dead humpback whale entangled on the bow. The Navy undertook an inspection but was unable to determine whether the whale was alive when it was struck. The remains of the animal were removed by a fishing vessel and transported to the open sea. The two thousand passengers on the cruise did not know of the whale strike when it happened, but could see the whale on the bow when they tendered ashore from the ship.
Whale strike
January 31
Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: In the port at Fort Lauderdale there was an incident at the port terminal. Boarding passengers were evacuated from the terminal while the port was closed. The Broward County Sheriff's Department, the bomb squad, dogs and and finally robots searched through the terminal and luggage for many hours. I had been able to board the ship early on and observed from the deck what I have just described. After I spoke via cell phone with my friends who had been evacuated to another terminal during the search, I approached a ship's officer immediately after he exited the bridge and asked him what was occurring in the terminal. He said he did not know for sure, but it was surmised by the ship's officers that a bomb threat had been called in, perhaps by one of the 100+ disgruntled passengers not allowed to board the ship due to lack of Brazilian visas. The ship departure was
delayed about 6 hours. The Splendor's captain never provided any information about the cause of the delay, nor did he attend any
function on board where he could be asked directly what had happened. The ship was beginning a 49-day circumnavigation of South America.
Delayed departure
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?Bomb threat?
January 29
Stena Voyager
Stena Line
The Herald (Scotland) reports 156 passengers and 23 crew members were stranded onboard after a lorry broke free and burst through the cruise ferry's rear door shortly after it set off from Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway. The ship was forced to head back to port with the lorry hanging out of the back. But passengers and crew were not able to disembark because the ferry could not berth, leaving them stuck on board for a whole day. They were subsequently removed from the ship to shore one-by-one by a fire service cherry picker. The lorry was later lifted from the vessel, finally allowing the ferry to dock at the harbour and the other vehicles to be removed. The lorry was a tanker carrying non-hazardous ferrous sulphate powder and none of the substance had leaked.
Accident
January 29 Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
According to the Sun Sentinel, at approximately 2100, the M/V FANTASY was entering Lower Mississippi River in the vicinity of South West Pass Sea Buoy, when it experienced an equipment failure in it's steering system. No damage, injuries or pollution resulted from this incident. Material failure. Loss of steering
January 28
Ocean Dream
Pullmantur Cruises
Grenadine police say they are investigating how a 38-year-old Colombian woman went missing after she disembarked the ship. The employee disembarked the vessel on an early Tuesday port call to the island but did not return.
Crew member missing
January 27 Bremen
Hapag Lloyd
Otago Daily Times reports a 40 year old Filipino crewman, whose arm was crushed in a self-closing watertight door, was winched from the ship in 6 metre swells by a New Zealand rescue helicopter about 815 km south of Invercargill. The crewman's worked in the laundry, and as the laundry is on its own separate water-tight compartment, it is possible that he had opened the water-tight door when it was closed. This is not recommended, but its a common practice. The ships normally navigate with the water-tight doors open, but when crossing ice fields, close to rocks, or under heavy weather, the doors are normally closed. But as crewmembers would have to go up and down stairs to move on the same floor, it is common that people will open the doors no move from one compartment to the other. Crewman seriously injured
January 27
Vacancier
CTMA
CTV reports the 300-passenger ship is stuck in the ice of the St. Lawrence River since yesterday. It is trapped in a massive blanket of ice that has frozen the ship's progress. The passengers were en route to a week-long cross-country ski trip in the Chic-Choc mountains. Those plans came to a grinding halt when the ice closed in around the ship near Matane, Que. UPDATE: The ship was freed after being stuck for 30 hours.
Stuck in ice
January 26
Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
O Globo reports the cruise following the outbreak reported January 8 (below) had 46 passengers (approximately 3%) report ill. That was on a cruise between Rio and Buenos Aires.
Illness
January 24
Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship's port call at Otago (New Zealand) was delayed because of dense fog. Rather than arriving at 8:30 AM, the ship set anchor and finally entered the habour at 11 AM. Its departure from Otago was delayed for two hours, but some shore excursions had still been disrupted.
Fog-caused delay
January 24 Pride of America
NCL America
Snooper News Blogspot reports the NCL reported a norovirus outbreak on a cruise in Hawaiian Waters: more than 67 of the 1,837 passengers aboard the "Pride of America" between January 17th and the 24th were stricken by the virus. In addition, 14 employees reported ill. Illness
January 22
Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
Associated Press reports that a commercial fishing vessel nearly collided with the cruise ship in Los Angeles harbor's main channel. A Coast Guard spokesperson said a 31-foot-long fishing vessel "erratically" crossed within about 30 feet of the front of the cruise ship as it entered the harbor. The incident is under investigation. Federal law prohibits vessels from coming within 200 yards in front and 100 yards behind or to the sides of a cruise ship that is moving.
Near collision
January 20 Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the shgip suffered a problem with "material failure." Material failure
January 20
Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
BBC reports that two passengers have been taken to hospital with broken bones after the ship was hit by 50ft waves and winds of 60 mph in the Bay of Biscay. The ship docked in the Spanish port of La Coruna after setting sail from Dover January 17; it is due back in Dover on 27 January.
Injuries in high seas
January 19
Tahitian Princess
Princess Cruises
A blogger onboard reports: At approximately 4.30 PM there was an announcement by the Captain over the speaker system on the ship, broadcasting not only in the public areas but also into the cabins (this indicated something of great importance) to say that there had been an outbreak of the 'Norwalk Virus' on board and that a number of people had been confined to their cabins and the remainder of us should take extra care with hand washing etc., in order to eradicate the problem. NOTE: Because the ship is cruising to South America, the number of passengers becoming ill will not be reported to or by the Centres for Disease Control. However, it has been reported that 86 passengers were ill. Illness
January 19
Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
Posters at Cruise Critic report that ship is having propulsion problems -- one person says the ship had been operating on half power since Friday. It arrived late at Galveston today and there is speculation the problem may influence the itinerary on the cruise departing today.
Propulsion problems
January 16
Paradise
Carnival Cruise Lines
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.
Passengers overboard
January 15
Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship was anchored offshore from Lahaina (Maui) and unable to disembark passengers because of rough seas and weather conditions. The ship was scheduled to allow passengers to go onshore at Lahaina Harbor, but the captain feared the weather conditions would deteriorate Thursday afternoon, making it unsafe for passengers who would need to use a tender to get back to the ship. He was concerned about having a large number of passengers onshore during the one-day stop before going on to Ensenada, Mexico. If they were unable to reboard, they would have to be flown to Ensenada.
Canceled port call
January 15
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Southeast Texas Record reports a lawsuit has been filed alleging a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted during a cruise last summer. The girl was aboard the ship the afternoon of June 24 when a male employee - a waiter at the ship's Lido Deck Buffet - approached the teen as she went toward her cabin and made an inappropriate pass at her, court papers say. "During the encounter in the hallway, the Carnival employee made inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments to the minor, grabbed her arm, and forcibly attempted to pull her into an elevator," the original petition says. The plaintiffs argue the waiter also tried to kiss the girl's face and neck.
Sexual assault of minor
January 15
Oceania
P&O Cruises
Holiday Insiders reports police are investigating how a male passenger died during a planned scuba diving trip during the  ship's  stop in Tortola. The company said “Onboard sales of that particular excursion have been suspended pending an investigation. The dive was for PADI certified and experienced divers only and was operated in full cooperation with PADI best practice and procedures.
Death on shore excursion
January 14
MV Barranda (Tourist Yacht) -
Ecuador
News Agency Trend News reports a yacht carrying 15 tourists caught fire near Ecuador's national park on the Galapagos Islands but caused no injuries. The fire broke out at about 1:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Bartolome Island of the Galapagos Archipelago. All 15 tourists aboard were immediately evacuated by another two tourist ships near the scene. UPDATE: The Telegraph reports passengers had to go into the water and wait 30 minutes to be rescued. Shortly before the evacuation they had been told the waters were known to be shark-infested.
Fire
January 13
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a 22 year old man has been rescued after jumping from the ship when it was 20  miles off Vila, Vanuatu at about 5am. The man, who had been in a restricted area, was seen by a staff member who raised the alarm. A life buoy and smoke flares were deployed. He was rescued within 45 minutes. A P&O spokesman said the ship "was traveling at half-speed, about 12 knots, and able to stop and then use the bow thrusters to turn around, without having to do a Williamson maneuver [which would have required the ship to complete a circular loop to turn around].'' Some reports say the man was drunk following an all night party.
Person overboard - rescued
January 13 Zaandam
Holland America Line
According to the Sun Sentinel, the ship suffered a loss of propulsion. The vessel is powered by electric generators. Location - N 20-38-7 W 157-00-3 approx 5nm due south of Palaoa Pt, Lanai. A current transformer in the alternator of the #5 generator exploded causing the main switchboard to ground out. The vessels emergency generator started 43 seconds after the loss of power. No injuries, fire or further damage was discovered. The vessel regained power generation and safely arrived at Lahaina. After the #5 generator was isolated the electrical generation plant satisfactorily demonstrated operation and passed auto start process for simulated generator failures. Loss of propulsion / Fire
January 11
Ventura
P&O Cruises
The Sunday Times (London) reports on a holiday cruise, ending in Barbados, that has been described by some as a cruise from hell. The article states: "Cruising etiquette went overboard with the new breed of cut-price passengers, who tried to reserve sun beds all day by draping towels over them and allegedly sent their underage children to the ship’s 12 bars to stock up on alcohol. A brawl between two families from Manchester apparently broke out over who was drinking the better champagne. Children threw food at stewards and abused the ship’s officers when asked to stop. Even the captain was booed when he tried to count down to midnight on New Year’s Eve. And bad weather meant the ship missed three of the six islands on its itinerary. Instead, it made an unscheduled stop at St. Vincent to put ashore two youths (and their guardian) who were behaving badly.
Cruise from hell
January 11
Teratai Prima
Indonesian ferry
BBC reports that a search operation is under way after the ferry, carrying about 250 passengers and 17 crew, sank in a storm ( a tropical cyclone caused waves of 5 - 6 metres) in central Indonesia. A transport agency spokesman earlier said 18 people were known to have survived -- it was not immediately clear if the authorities expected to find more survivors. The ferry was traveling from Pare Pare in South Sulawesi to Samarinda in East Kalimantan when it went down. UPDATE: As of January 12, 245 people are still missing.
Sunk
January 10
Summit
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship's January 31 cruise, originally a seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan, has been shortened by a day -- the port call at Tobago has ben cancelled. The cruise will now end on Friday, February 6 (instead of the 7th). The ship will then immediately head into dry dock to undergo repairs for what the line describes as "an electrical problem." The dry dock is expected to last four days. The next cruise aboard Celebrity Summit is on scheduled to depart from San Juan on February 14; it was chartered -- and therefore not open to the public for booking -- for its February 7 departure; that cruise has been canceled.
Cancellation
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Altered itinerary
January 9 Orchestra
MSC Cruises
Passengers on the Jam Cruise (see http://jamcruise.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8925) report an outbreak of an influenza-type illness that affect hundreds of passengers. The CDC investigated the outbreak, but because it wasn't a gastro intestinal illness it was not reported at their web site. Illness
January 9
Maasdam
Holland America Line
From a Passenger: There was an outbreak of what the cruise ship's medical staff was diagnosing as a gastrointestinal virus on the January 2-9, 2009 sailing.  Five of our family's seven members on board, in three separate cabins, were affected and spent multiple days in isolation. I was told by my treating nurse that he was brought over from the Noordam to assist due to the number of sick passengers. I have not seen any reports of this anywhere yet. The passenger also said he was told that more than 60 passengers had been treated for gastrointestinal illness. The CDC subsequently reported 8 of 561 (1.4%) crew and 79 of 1402 (5.6%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Illness
January 9
Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
The ship reported 3 of 859 (0.3%) crew and 86 of 1842 (4.7%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 14 day Panama Canal cruise (San Diego to Fort Lauderdale) that began January 3 and ends January 17. Update January 13: Numbers have been revised to 5 of 859 (0.6%) crew and 127 of 1842 (6.9%) passengers.  Update January 17: Numbers have been revised to 7 of 859 (0.81%) crew and 150 of 1842 (8.14%) passengers.
Illness
January 8
Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
The Associated Press reports that more than 340 passengers were stricken with severe vomiting and diarrhea.  The Brazilian National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance said in a statement that an inspection found problems with the amount of chlorine in the ship's drinking water and with the storage of some perishable food items, notably mayonnaise. But officials said they would not know what caused the illness until they wrap up their investigation. The health agency said the outbreak was under control, and the victims were being interviewed and treated on board the ship. Most fell ill on Monday and Tuesday. UPDATE: O Globo reports the illness outbreak affected 380 people and is attributed to norovirus. Estadao reports: The analysis of water was negative for all viruses and bacteria. In the analysis of food, were found traces of the bacterium Escherichia coli (known as E.coli) in samples of raw meat. Illness
January 8
Pacific Dawn
P&O Australia
From a reader: The ship was due in Sydney this morning (around 7am, Sydney time) however it is experiencing engine trouble and will not arrive in Sydney until at least 5pm ... some ten hours late.  The next cruise was due to depart Sydney at 4pm,  however passengers are being told to not turn up at the wharf until 9pm.
Engine problems
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Delayed debarkation
January 8 M/V Explorer The ship reported 9 (3.95%) crew and 25 (3.40%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a circle ending today in Fort Lauderdale. Illness
January 7
Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Hawke's Bay Today reports three passengers (one a seven-year-old boy who needed cut on his head stitched) needed medical care following a traffic accident when a car crossed into the path of their tour bus with 26 passengers. The accident, which occurred in Napier (New Zealand) brought residents out to comfort the 26 shocked passengers with tea and biscuits while ambulance officers checked them over.
Accident on Shore Excursion
January 6
Richard With
Hurtigruten
Cruise Business Review reports that the ship ran aground at the port of Trondheim on the west coast of Norway at 0757 this morning. It suffered propeller damage and took on board water through a leak in a seal and the 153 passengers on board have been evacuated. The ship was so close to the pier that the rescue operation could be conducted by the local emergency services from land. The vessel is now sitting on a mud bank and divers have been sent to investigate damage to the hull. No damage to the hull had been detected, but it is expected that the ship will have to enter dry dock for repairs and inspection.
Grounded
January 4
Arcadia
P&O Cruises
Cruising Talk reports that the ship had an extended stay in Barcelona due to a mechanical problem during the current cruise. One report said it was the pods and another her stand-by generator. Her call at Vigo was cancelled and passengers have received £100.00 in compensation. She is due to arrive in Southampton about 06.00 hrs on the 5th January 2009 and expected to sail for Palma at 17.00 hrs. UPDATE: The ship arrived in Southampton early, however its departure was delayed. This Is Hampshire reports that a problem had developed with the vessel's emergency electrical back-up system forcing the ship to stay in port. The spare parts are being flown to Southampton from Italy. P&O Cruises says, "The situation is still being assessed but it is hoped that the ship will leave later today."
Engine problems
January 3
Holiday
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: The ship's arrival and debarkation at Mobile (after a five night cruise) was delayed due to dense fog, preventing the pilot vessel from dropping off the pilot until 11AM.  The ship finally arrived in port at 2:45 PM.  Passengers were given food/restaurant seating at regular lunch time and Sign & Sail cards re-activated until arrival. Debarkation went very quickly after arrival.
Delayed debarkation / embarkation
January 2 Regal Empress Regal Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship suffered a fire. Fire
January 1
Corinthians 2
Polar Cruises
The ship was supposed to leave Ushuaia tonight, but it is having some trouble with fuel and will stay in Ushuaia tomorrow, and offer a catamaran trip to their passengers.
Delayed departure
January 1
Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines
The United States Coast Guard received a report that an employee fell overboard approximately 20 miles off the coast of Vero Beach. Friends saw the 26 year old man from California fall around 82 feet below into the water at about 12:50AM, threw him a life ring and notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has launched a helicopter unit to search for the man. The ship's docking in Port Canaveral was delayed until 9:30AM while it participated in the search. Carnival said in a statement that the man, a  singer with a band that had performed on the top deck, was not on duty at the time and that six other crew members saw him fall. He was reportedly trying to take a picture when he went overboard. Crew overboard

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