EVENTS AT SEA
"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


2011

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2011, 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 - 2010

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

Sexual Assaults at Sea, 2009 - 2011 (Only those publicly reported)

Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution - Summary
Getting a Grip On Cruise Ship Pollution - Full Report
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Poorly Cleaned Public Cruise Ship Restrooms May Predict Norovirus Outbreaks

Analysis of FBI Crime Data from Ships,
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Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Type of Incident
December 31 Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Cruise Line
The CDC reports reports 94 of 2409 passengers (3.90%) and 13 of 945 crew (1.38%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer boarded the ship on arrival in New Orleans, LA on December 25, 2011 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluated the outbreak and response activities. Ship crew completed a full comprehensive super-sanitation turn around between disembarking and embarking passengers. Stool specimens were sent to the CDC lab for testing, which revealed that this outbreak was caused by Norovirus.The ship is on a 7 day cruise ending December 25th.
Illness
December 31 Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The following message was sent on December 22 to passengers booked for the cruise from Galveston, 12/26/2011 to 01/02/2012: We are contacting you to provide you with important information regarding your sailing on Mariner of the Seas on Monday, December 26, 2011. During Mariner of the Seas' last sailing, a number of guests onboard experienced gastrointestinal illness.  In an abundance of caution, we are conducting enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Because of this additional sanitizing, the check in and boarding process is now anticipated to take place between 2:00 p.m and 5:00 pm.  We sincerely apologize for this delay. Due to the limited seating in the cruise terminal in Galveston, Texas, please do not arrive at the pier before 2:00 pm on Monday.   As a gesture of goodwill, and to thank our guests for their understanding and cooperation, Royal Caribbean will provide each guest with a $20 credit to their onboard account to cover lunch in Galveston and any incidental cost they might incur due to the delay in boarding.  
Illness
December 31 Eurodam
Holland America Line
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
December 30 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports around 25 passengers were showing symptoms of norovirus last night. Sick passengers are being told to isolate themselves in their rooms while a “comprehensive” disinfection programme is rolled out on the ship, which set sail from Southampton last week. Yesterday the vessel was on a day call in Tenerife ahead of the next leg of its 15-day voyage – a cruise to Gran Canaria. Aurora is due to return to Southampton on January 4.
Illness
December 28 DIsney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line
USA Today reports security has been increased at a German shipyard after a mysterious water-valve leak caused damage to the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy, under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. According to the shipyard, access to the ship was restricte after the incident, which occurred earlier this month. The damage will not impact delivery dates, officials said. While local media reported the ship had been damaged to the tune of $1.2 million, Disney spokeswoman Rebecca Peddle says that's an exaggeration. "There was some water damage that resulted in them having to replace some carpeting. It was not significant," she says. Peddle adds most of the damage has already been repaired. The ship nears completion; delivery is in February and the ship is set to debut from Port Canaveral in March.
Vandalism
December 27 Carnival Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
News 4 Jacksonville reports a woman is facing fatal charges in connection with a bomb treat made on a cruise ship set to arrive in Jacksonville. Linda Wilson, 44, is charged with reporting false information/hoax to law enforcement officials regarding a bomb aboard the Carnival Fascination in May 2010. According to the indictment, Wilson called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to say a bomb was going to explode when the ship arrived at he JAXPORT cruise terminal. Wilson was arrested on a federal warrant by local law enforcement and was scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison.
Bomb threat
December 27 Splendida
MSC Cruises
From a passenger: The ship missed Malta today (27 Dec) and sailed straight to Tunis. This was due to the port being closed as winds were reported at 40+ knots. Malta has been replaced with a call to Messina on the 28th. UPDATE Dec 29th: We are now missing Marseille (where I am scheduled to disembark) due to adverse weather and will now dock in Cannes and be shuttled via coach to Marseille.
Missed port - Itinerary change
December 27 Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Cruises
The Associated Press reports The U.S. Coast Guard says it has suspended a search for a 30-year-old female bartender who worked aboard a cruise ship and jumped overboard near Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard said in a statement late Monday that the Filipino woman was an employee with the Celebrity Summit cruise ship. Officials said she jumped late Sunday as the ship passed just northeast of the popular tourist island of Culebra. They did not identify the woman or say whether they had uncovered a possible motive for her action. The ship operated by Celebrity Cruises had just left Puerto Rico and was headed toward Barbados.
Crew overboard
December 27 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
A poster at Cruise Critic writes: Just off the Dec 18 to 26 Solstice Holiday cruise. It was a great cruise until December 25 evening when a family member developed severe GI problems. The nurse practitioner who visited our cabin informed us that multiple cases of GI distress had begun occurring that evening and that 3 medical teams were "swamped" dealing with the outbreak. Although the nurse practitioner thought the outbreak was due to Noro virus, I am suspicious that the outbreak may have been due to food poisoning, as no other family members (who shared close quarters), developed symptoms. Symptoms resolved after about 18 hours.
?Illness Outbreak?
December 27 Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
The Sun Sentinel reports At 1923 December 22, 2011, while at sea enroute to Port Everglades, the UPS1 of navigation systems failed and then all bridge equipment in main console powered down. Propulsion and steering were functioning properly but control of it could not be transferred to the stbd or port wings. Situation discussed (during approaching to Port Everglades) with the pilot and Master. Vessel maneuvered safely from the main console to Pier #18: no damages, injuries, etc. UPS partially repaired while in port. Faulty controller replaced on December 28, 2011. Note: Incident occurred in foreign waters.
Propulsion problems
December 24 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a Passenger: Saw medic carry a man off the private island, Great Stirup Cay, with CPR in progress yesterday. Being an EMT myself I assume he did not make it. I am not aware if it was a heart attack or a drowning. Nothing was mentioned about it on the ship. NOTE: It was subsequently confirmed that the patient had a heart attack and had died.
Medical emergency on private island
December 22 Maasdam
Holland America
From as Passenger: I just got off the Masdam yesterday after an 11 day cruise. They said there was a noro outbreak on board but I did not see any evidence of this. No gloves or not being able to self serve from the buffet. What I did notice was that after 3 days many many people were sick with a head cold symptoms, caughing, sore throats, ear aches etc. This continued to grow by the days. My wife and myself eventually got it too. Also at the terminal in St. Kitts 2 people fell in the same spot and suffered broken arms. We had 1 bright star emergency in St lucia and a passenger was rushed to the hospital by ambulance at docking.
Illness
December 22 Veendam
Holland America Line
A poster at Cruise Critic reports the sail away was scheduled for 9:00 pm and we were right on time. However, sailing out of the harbor, we had a little mishap. Seems that one of the container ships had a container derrick swung out over the channel and in squeezing between two container ships, the derrick managed to tear off about a 50 foot section of railing on our Deck 12—and crack a window in the Crows Nest…narrowly avoiding more serious damage. However because of the accident, once out of the immediate harbor area, we had to pull over into an anchorage area a few miles downstream and wait until the next morning for the Argentine Coast Guard to come aboard and inspect the damage as required by International Maritime Law (according to announcements on board). That required us to stay overnight unexpectedly and the inspection took much longer than anticipated..so we did not get underway again until about 11:00 am. All of that delay meant a major shakeup in our original schedule. The captain announced mid-afternoon that we were going into Montivedeo, Uruguay that evening, would stay overnight to do some preliminary repairs, refuel, and restock for the remainder of the trip. That necessitated adjusting our onward itinerary. The cruise line made a decision to SKIP the stop at Puerto Madryn, Argentina…and instead sail directly for Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. That would get us back on our original schedule—in the Falklands on Christmas Day. What impact it will have on our anticipated viewings remains to be seen.
Collision with crane
December 20 Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic UK reports soiled plates in the clean buffet stack, missing safety signage and more than 30 fruit flies, dead and alive, were recently discovered on Monarch of the Seas by inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those and dozens of other infractions earned the Royal Caribbean ship a failing score of 85 out of 100 on its November 18 vessel sanitation inspection. The CDC's stringent (and surprise) cruise ship cleanliness exam is conducted twice a year, with an 86 considered passing. In the detailed report, fruit flies were mentioned 11 times, having been found in bulkheads, by preparation counters, and in and around the buffet during live service. The ship also came under fire for not maintaining potentially hazardous foods at proper temperatures and/or not logging when said foods were refrigerated. Temperature checks at 8:45 a.m. in one of Monarch's walk-ins found shredded cheese, kidney beans, raw eggs and shredded deli ham all above the required level of 41 degrees F. The staff stated the ambient temperature log for the walk-in was checked at 5:45 a.m. -- but there were no food temperature checks recorded. All these foods were discarded. According to the 2011 version of the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program's (VSP) Operations Manual, "Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, potentially hazardous foods must be maintained at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above (roasts may be held at a temperature of 130 degrees), or 41 degrees Fahrenheit or less." The report further revealed that Monarch had not adopted new standards from the VSP's updated manual, which include carrying a test kit for measuring alkalinity in the swimming pools and posting poolside safety signs warning passengers not to use the facilities if they are "experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, or fever" and encouraging them to shower before entering the facility.
Failed health inspection
December 20 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
News Australia reportsthe ship's last cruise - a seven night cruise of the Pacific Islands - will depart Brisbane on July 1. P&O said travellers booked on Pacific Sun cruises after July 8 will be re-booked on equivalent or near equivalent cruises on other P&O Cruises ships or offered a choice of alternative cruises on other ships in the fleet where a near equivalent match is not possible. It will provided refunds to passengers for whom no alternative cruise choice is suitable. The ship is believed to have been purchased by a Chinese company, which is likely to launch new cruises out of China towards the end of next year.
Ship sold
December 19 Carnival Cruise Lines The Peoria Journal Star reports an Arkansas woman pleaded guilty Monday to making a bomb threat to a cruise ship in early June. She pleaded to one count of making a false bomb threat and faces up to 10 years in prison. The woman called Carnival Cruise Lines and told an operator there was a bomb on a ship headed to Cozumel, Mexico. Two ships, each with 3,000 people aboard, were notified immediately. No bomb was found, but police did obtain the phone number of the cellphone used to make the call as well as identify which cell tower was used. Within a day, authorities tracked her down, who initially denied making a threat. Later, she said she called Carnival and made a threat because she was angry a man she was living with in Little Rock took a cruise with some of his stepchildren but without her.
Bomb threat
December 18 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: The cruise ship missed it's port of Great Stirrup Cay on Dec. 14, 2011 due to choppy seas that would not allow tendering.
Missed port call
December 18 Sinfonia
MSC Cruises
The Saturday Star reports a Durban man claims South African courts cannot try him for allegedly raping a Joburg woman on a cruise ship – because the incident happened on international waters. Lawyers for Pinetown resident Sindhu Ramanandh Bhogal say he does not have a case to answer. Bhogal, a married man and a father of one, appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to face charges of raping Gauteng woman Anika Marks on board the MSC Sinfonia on November 28, 2009, after allegedly spiking her drink. After two years of legal arguments, the case now rests on whether the state’s legal team has jurisdiction to continue with the prosecution – a matter which Bhogal’s new advocate has challenged as the incident was alleged to have happened in international waters. Marks says she awoke two hours after the alleged rape. She accompanied her colleagues to Portuguese islands – one of the ship’s stops on the cruise – and only reported the matter to the ship’s manager, after confiding in a close friend, a day before it was due to dock in Durban harbour. Bhogal has denied the charge, and is out on R1 000 bail. Bhogal’s advocate, Ken McIntosh, citing Section 61 of the Criminal Procedures Act, said as the alleged crime occurred in international waters, the court could not proceed with the matter.
Sexual assault
December 16 Ryndam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports reports 69 of 1298 passengers (5.32%) and 6 of 574 crew (1.05%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship on arrival in Tampa on December 18, 2011, to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship is on a 7 day cruise ending December 18th.
Illness
December 16 Star Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Having left Gibraltar to begin our Atlantic crossing we were told that a young (23? Year old) dishwasher from India had taken his own life be jumping off the stern of the ship. His action was not discovered for about 5 or 6 hours but was confirmed by cameras on deck. We turned back and spent the next 12+ hours returning and searching before the captain was told to continue on the journey to Brazil.
Crew overboard
December 15 DIsney Magic
Disney Cruise Line
From a passenger: On Sunday December 4th at approximately 4 PM, there was a power outage. For around 5 to 10 minutes nothing works on the ship, no motor vibration, nothing...Scary. It was very windy and it was a rough sea. Electrical power was restored but no propulsion of any kind. More than 90 min past before the propulsion was restored. We were late to our first port of call St Marteen. After that, on Wednesday December 7th, first there was no condiment at the Pluto's Dog House (burger grill) like at the beginning of the cruise. We were not able to serve our self at the Topsider Buffet and there was no dip for the bread at all 3 main dining rooms for the rest of the trip. Our server said to us that there is an outbreak (illness) ... Many people were sick, even in the dining room...
Loss of power, adrift & ?Illness?
December 15 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: 12/11/11 sailing - Mexican Riviera - Cabin 1306: Wild, out-of-control alcohol-fueled domestic fight - starts at 9PM, escalates to most certainly a felony assault (or worse) by 3AM. All kinds of yelling, screaming, howling.  bjects (victim?) thrown against the walls.  Finally security responds; victim has blood streaming from her, multiple wounds; others report seeing multiple pools of blood in the room.  Around 3:45 AM, Carnival removes the "guests" and immediately starts the process of cleaning the room up, starting with the blood. NO attempt whatsoever to preserve the scene or the evidence. Staff members will not discuss what happened other than "it's under control" and "he won't be a problem".  Rumor is that the offender was removed from the ship in Puerto Vallarta.
Ugly scene - Pax on pax assault
December 14 Costa Cruises (Ship unknown) From a reader: A media outlet in Brazil reports a huge bed bug infection on Costa Cruises, from Italy to Brazil. No further details are available, other than the online video.
Bed bugs
December 13 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
CBS 12 reports the ship is back in Florida today after a fire on board forced the cruise liner to return to its home port in Riviera Beach. Hundreds of passengers were on board when a fire broke out in one of the generator rooms. The damage was kept to a miniumum. Passengers said the cruise line did a good job of accomodating passengers, but did a poor job of communicating what as happening. Cruise line President Charles Kinnear said the fire damaged wiring and knocked out the ship's air conditioning, making the cabins a little toasty for some. However that didn't stop passenger Nancy Martin from making the best of it. "That gives us something to talk about, for years and the stories to tell the grandchildren ... Paw paw and grammy spent the night on the deck!" she said. The fire happened Sunday as the ship was heading to the Bahamas, just 4 miles off the coast. About 600 people were aboard at the time. The crew performed a safety check while the boat was in the Bahamas before returning to Riviera Beach for repairs.
Fire
December 12 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: There was an outbreak of something vomiting and diarrhea starting on Tuesday of the cruise (4-11 Dec). My husband got sick on Thursday morning and was asked to stay in cabin on isolation. On Friday I came down with vomiting and diarrhea. We were told there were lots of people sick. We were basically left to fend for ourselves. It may have taken 2 to 3 hours to get a powerade. They sent up crackers one time. They did not even help us get off the ship with our luggage. This was our second trip on the Conquest and our last. They had half the staff they did on our first voyage. The Cezenne dining room was dirty most of the time with dirty tables. After 7 pm it was hard to find anything other than pizza. I talked to Carnival and they said they had cut back on dining times and menu. They said they were sorry we got sick. Another passenger writes: On our final day at sea suddenly all the crew was wearing gloves and none of the passengers were allowed to get their own plate or food at the buffet. Everything had to be served by the staff and they were constantly wiping down everything and making announcements about hygiene. We asked if something was going on and we were told no however by that night 3 of the seven people in our party were very sick and once we walked in on an employee in the bathroom vomiting very badly. A casino employee told us that night many of the crew and passengers were very sick. When we were getting off the boat Sunday we saw stacks and stacks of mattresses in plastic they were loading on the ship. We still have people from our group sick and I wish we had been told something. We received no information and since I was traveling with two children and my seventy year old father I continue to be concerned.
Illness outbreak
December 11 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: Heard from some friends who just returned on the Carnival Magic sailing departing on 12/04/2011. The ship returned back to Galveston about 3 hours after sailing to debark a sick or injured guest. I was able to confirm by checking the Galveston cruise/port camera. The ship was in port already at 9:28 pm. Then on Friday 12/09/2011, there was a report of a person who went overboard. Not sure of the exact time but I received a text at 8:25pm stating that the ship was conducting an emergency procedure in response.
Delayed / ?Person overboard?
December 9 Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: I just returned home. I did a 13 night that got into FLL on 12/3 from Barcelona and it was delayed boarding 5 hours because of a deep clean. The whole cruise was very different: no boarding drinks, no captain's club buffets, no brunches. The entire cruise everything including beverages were served. Not even napkins were available. Bleach ruined some of my clothes from the "deep clean" They were spraying bleach in every room with a steam machine after each event. The prior cruise Istanbul/ Turkey was so bad it was reported people got #2 at the buffet, and in the Solarium Jacuzzi!!! The men in orange suits arrived, but people continued to eat. :(
Illness
December 9 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: The ship cancelled its port call to Half Moon Cay on Dec 3rd. Approximately 5-10 minutes before the scheduled first tender to the island, the captain came on the PA to issue a general notice that due to high winds and concern for passengers and crew safety they would be unable to tender to the island and the ship would be turned around to head to its next destination (Fort Lauderdale). Holland America offered passengers an apology, refund for port tax, scheduled excursions and a glass of champagne.
Canceled port call
December 8 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports reports 118 of 2730 passengers (4.32%) and 9 of 1211 crew (0.72%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Three CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologists will board the ship on arrival in Fort Lauderdale on December 11, 2011, to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship is on a 14 day cruise ending December 11th.
Illness
December 5 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I went on a cruise November 26. There was a outbreak of an illness, on the 2nd day at sea. At the beginning of the day you couldn't walk into a bathroom unless you wanted to see people throwing up, and by the afternoon it got worse. You couldn't walk anywhere! there were people vomiting in hallways. I hid out in my teen club, i was the only one there.. Eventually i began to get hungry, so i decided i would venture to go get something from the buffet. As i leave the teen club, i notice the deck is empty. there is no one. It was 1pm, and I was all alone on the pool deck. I get to the buffet, and usually at this time there will be long lines to get food. but there were 5 other passengers in the buffet with me. It felt so empty. Later that day i was walking to one of the ships daily activities in the empty hallway, and see crew members taping barf bags to walls, and putting them in bathrooms. It was so weird feeling like the only passenger who wasn't sick. It was nice but eerie. Also the weather was so horrible that they closed the pool deck on the 3rd day for most of the cruise, because of high winds. I went out on the deck and i got pushed by the wind. it was bad.
Illness
December 5 Queen Mary
The Queen Mary Hotel
The Washington Post reports a woman appeared to be drunk when she climbed onto an upper-deck railing aboard the Queen Mary ocean liner and fell 75 feet to her death, authorities said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman, whose boyfriend jumped into the frigid water to save her, was heading from the fourth-floor deck toward an exit Monday night when she decided to climb up on the railing, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said. 0 Comments Weigh In Corrections? inShare She was pulled from Long Beach Harbor in critical condition and died a short time later at a hospital. Her name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Police concluded her death was an accident. Her boyfriend, who jumped about 15 feet, was hospitalized for hypothermia and expected to recover. Two police officers and a ship employee who also jumped into the harbor were treated at the scene. Several witnesses told police she appeared to be arguing with her boyfriend, but police concluded the boyfriend may have simply yelled loudly at her to get off the railing, Pratt said. “We did not determine there was any kind of heated argument,” Pratt told The Associated Press. Police said the woman and her 40-year-old boyfriend were from Long Beach. Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the coroner’s office said witnesses told authorities the woman had been drinking with her boyfriend shortly before the fall. The coroner’s office will determine the exact cause of death and whether alcohol played a role, she said.
Jump from ship - death
December 3 Carnival Inspiration
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: Everyone on the ship which returned this morning was talking about a man who jumped leaving a note behind. His name was called over the loud speaker numerous times. The first I heard of it and as I continued to hear it the story stayed the same without embellishment. His wife died recently but he took the cruise anyway and then did this.
Person overboard
December 1 Unknown Bermuda News reports in this morning’s [Dec.1] Supreme Court Monthly Arraignments two American women admitted conspiring to import over $400,000 worth of drugs into Bermuda. The initial charge was that between a date unknown and 8th October 2011, 23-year-old Alloah Releford and 28-year-old Latoya Powell conspired with others not before the Courts to import a quantity of cannabis resin into Bermuda. The Court was previously told that two women had arrived in Bermuda as passengers on a cruise ship, and the drugs were found strapped to the women’s bodies and that the total weight was 2.7 kgs [6lbs], with a street value said to be just over $400,000. The women will be sentenced at a later date, and were remanded in custody.
Drug bust - guilty plea
November 30 Freewinds
Church of Scientology
Gather News reports Valeska Paris has come forward with a claim that she was held prisoner aboard the Church of Scientology cruise ship "Freewinds"....for 12 years. Paris says that church leader David Miscavge put her on the ship when she was 18, because her mother had attacked the church, and Paris needed to be "disconnected" from her family. Paris' mother quit the church after her husband committed suicide because he blamed Scientology for taking his personal fortune of more than a million dollars. In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation "Lateline," Paris said, "I was basically hauled in and told that my mum had attacked the church and that I needed to disconnect from her because she was suppressive...He decided the ship, and I found out two hours before my plane left, I was woken up in the morning and I was sent to the ship for 'two weeks.'" The two weeks turned into 12 years of hard labor, claims Paris, who said she was never allowed to leave the ship without a Scientology escort. She said that she was forced to work in the engine room for as long as two days straight. "It's hot, it's extremely loud, it's smelly, it's not nice. I was sent down there at first for 48 hours straight on almost no sleep and I had to work by myself." So why didn't Paris just pick a Caribbean port she liked and walk off the Scientology cruise ship? "They take your passport when you go on the ship and you're in the middle of an island. So it's a bit hard [to escape] and by that time I was 18, I'd been in Scientology my whole life, it's not like I knew how to escape." The church released a statement that vehemently denies Paris' story, but won't make church officials available for interviews. They have also threatened "Lateline" with legal action involving their part in a breach of confidentiality between Paris and the church. Yahoo News reports that the statement released by the church calls the "Freewinds" a wonderful place, "...as even Valeska said on numerous occasions."
?Held hostage?
November 29 Multiple ships Cruise Critic reports that five ships canceled calls at Grand Cayman because of weather conditions: Carnival Legend, Carnival Valor, Disney Magic, Voyager of the Seas and Norwegian Sun, representing nearly 14,000 passengers at double occupancy, were scheduled to visit. Because Grand Cayman is a tender port -- there's no dock, so ships are required to anchor in the harbor -- weather conditions sometimes necessitate last-minute closures.
Missed port call
November 28 Dawn & Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
Otago Daily Times reports each ship missed a visit to Fiordland, and the latter (Sea Princess) also missed a post call to Napier. There have been inclement weather patterns with high winds around the country.
Missed port calls
November 28 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Hawkes Bay Today reports the ship was spotted a little closer than usual to Perfume Point in Ahuriri on Friday and the estimated 1900 passengers aboard had a good look at the Napier foreshore - which is all they got to see. For the second time in seven days high winds got the better of the local cruise industry. The previous Friday, the 77,499-tonne Sea Princess was forced to bypass the Port of Napier due to strong wind gusts. It was the same situation last Friday when 75km/h gusts were recorded at Hawke's Bay Airport about the time the Sun Princess was scheduled to tie up. It was the third non-arrival this season with the Dawn Princess having called off its visit on October 26 due to mechanical problems.
Missed port call
November 28 Safari Explorer
American Safari Cruises
The Maui News reports a Molokai protester said a cruise ship that he and others stopped from entering into Kaunakakai Harbor on Saturday "snuck back in" on Sunday. Walter Ritte said a vessel from American Safari Cruises made its way into the harbor Sunday despite a group opposing the stop by the cruise ship. The group Ritte is part of wants to sit down with company officials to discuss the business on the Friendly Isle, as they worry about the ship's impact on the island. Ritte said that on Saturday two boats and other protesters on surfboards met the Safari Explorer on the water near the harbor. The boat eventually turned away. On Sunday the yacht docked at the harbor without incident and was met by supporters on the pier. The company said Dan Blanchard, the CEO and principal of InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises, will have another community meeting on Molokai on Wednesday. Ritte said he heard Blanchard say on television Saturday that he wasn't going to go back to Molokai until things were worked out, but then the boat docked in the harbor on Sunday. "The trust has gone out the window with this guy," Ritte said when asked if he was going to Wednesday's meeting. Ritte said he and a group of protesters had held several demonstrations against the cruise ship. "We told him (Blanchard), you ask first, before you come to somebody's house."
Protest ashore delays disembarkation
November 27 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
NBC Miami reports dozens of peoplehad a gastrointestinal illness, but the ship was sanitized as has since set sail on another cruise, the company said. The ship completed the Caribbean trip on Saturday at Port Everglades. During the trip, 54 guests and 10 crew members fell ill with what was thought to be Norovirus, the company said in an email statement. The people were treated with over-the-counter medication aboard the ship. The crew sanitized the ship in the port to avoid spreading the illness, and the vessel left port again on Saturday and is on a seven-day cruise through the western Caribbean.
Illness
November 26 Victoria Cliiper
Clipper Vacations
KOMO news reports high waves forced the ship to turn back to port on Thanksgiving Day. The vessel had just left Victoria, British Columbia when it encountered waves as high as 7 feet. The crew then decided to turn back as a precaution. The company said it has arranged for alternate transportation for the 230 delayed passengers. The group, originally due in Seattle at 3 p.m., was expected to arrive around 9 p.m.
Ship turns back
November 26 Unknown The Scramento Bee reports a 16-year-old girl from New York state is in critical condition after a jet ski collided with the banana boat on which she was riding in the Cayman Islands. A police official who was not allowed to be named under department policy said Saturday that the unidentified girl will soon be airlifted to a hospital in Florida. Authorities said the banana boat that the teenager and a 24-year-old woman were riding on Thursday collided with a jet ski driven by a 17-year-old boy. The woman was released from the hospital. Police said all three involved in the collision were cruise ship passengers.
Injured ashore
November 25 Volendam
Holland America Line

New Zealand media reports The lack of a lifejacket and a rusty wire contributed to the death of a cruise ship worker in Christchurch's Lyttelton Harbour during a lifeboat exercise, a Transport Accident Investigation Commission report says. A 29-year-old Indonesian man drowned after a wire snapped as he was working on a lifeboat hanging over the side of the cruise ship Volendam in January. He was not wearing a lifejacket and could not swim, the report said. Despite search efforts, the man's body was not found until port authority divers searched the seabed that evening. The man was standing on top of one of the ship's lifeboats with another crew member, greasing the wires that attached it to the ship when a wire broke. The lifeboat fell bow down and was left dangling from its remaining wire. Both men were thrown 16 metres into the water. They had been wearing safety harnesses clipped to a safety line, but it was broken by the boat's fall. One man grabbed a floating bucket of grease to stay afloat and was rescued by the ship's crew. He was taken to Christchurch Hospital to be treated for mild hypothermia and minor bruising. The other man, who had been working on the Volendam for over four months, was briefly seen above the water in a "dazed state" but soon disappeared. A search was made by the vessel's rescue boat, the port authority, the coastguard and emergency services. It was four hours before the body was found. When the ship's lifeboat fittings were inspected after the accident, 10 wires were found to be corroded. The commission made urgent safety recommendations and encouraged owners of ships with the same model of fittings to do immediate inspections to prevent a similar incident. The report said a key lesson to learn was that a wire was only as good as its weakest part. "Wire ropes in a marine environment require frequent and thorough lubrication to prevent corrosion; otherwise other measures will need to be taken to prevent premature failure of the wire ropes." It also suggested crew should always wear lifejackets when working outside a ship's rail.

Rusted rope caused death
November 25 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
St. Kitts Nevis Observer reports A couple that arrived in St. Kitts aboard the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship on Wednesday (Nov. 23) have been arrested and charged with drug possession by local police. At about 8:35 that morning, ship security was alerted to the possibility of passengers having marijuana in their cabin. A search of the couple's quarters turned up a quantity of vegetable material suspected of being Cannabis. The local drug squad was called in, and carried out an investigation. The couple, William Donovan and Shari Hoffman, both from Los Angeles, were questioned and taken into police custody. The vegetable matter recovered from their cabin was tested and confirmed as Cannabis. According to police, the couple was charged and cautioned for possession and importation of Cannabis under the Drug Act. Both were also slapped with identical charges under the Customs and Excise Act. The couple went before the Basseterre Magistrate Court around 3:00 p.m., and Donovan pleaded guilty to the charges. According to credible reports, he admitted to purchasing the marijuana on a beach when the ship docked in St. Maarten the day before. Donovan was fined EC$5000 (~US$2000), which he reportedly paid immediately after the hearing. The charges against Hoffman were withdrawn. The Observer understands that Donovan and Hoffman were not allowed to get back on the ship in light of their violation of the cruise line’s drug policies. The couple spent the night in St. Kitts, and left the island Thursday afternoon via airlift.
Drug bust
November 24 Unknown 7 News Belize reports an American college student visiting Belize on a cruise ship was busted by Tourism Police after he was found in possession of marijuana. Twenty one year old Florida resident, William Moore, was fined One Thousand dollars today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he pleaded guilty to possession of 2.9 grams of cannabis. Magistrate Fraser ordered Moore to pay the fine forthwith, or in default serve one year in prison. The incident occurred around 4:30 P.M. yesterday at the Tourism Village. Police Constable Arana reported that he was on duty at the Village when he saw Moore running towards him while being pursued by another police officer. Arana said he stopped Moore, searched him, and found a black plastic bag containing cannabis in the left pocket of his shirt.
Drug bust
November 23 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Radio New Zealand reports the required assistance in Wellington after a storm on Wednesday. This followed a severe gale warning for the lower North Island from MetService on Wednesday as well as a heavy rain warning for the West Coast . A tug boat had to brace the cruise ship against the wharf in Wellington when the vessel was buffeted by strong winds. Harbourmaster Mike Pryce says the 260m vessel was undamaged and was able to leave.
Storm experienced
November 22 Carnival Liberty
Carnival Cruise Lines
Sun-Sentinel reports a shipboard employee has been charged with engaging in sexual acts with a minor, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern United States said in a release Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint filed, Kert Clyde Jordan, 35 of Grenada engaged in a sexual acts with a 14-year old while she was on vacation with her family aboard the Carnival Liberty. Jordan – a waiter on the ship – allegedly engaged in sexual acts in the bathroom with the victim while the ship was sailing in international waters on November 4 and 5, according to the release.
Child sexual assault
November 22 Veendam
Holland America Line
Terra News (Brazil) reports the ship arrive on Tuesday morning at Pier Maua in the center of Rio de Janeiro, and, according to initial information from the Municipal Health Department, some of the transatlantic passenger suffering a crisis of gastroenteritis. An American tourist died. The fatality was identified as Dorothy Mizzen Philips, 61. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Agents of the Federal Police (PF), with the support of city police officers were at Pier Maua early on Tuesday to receive the ship's passengers. Those who are feeling sick will be taken to the post of ANVISA at the International Airport Antonio Carlos Jobim (Galleon), on Governor's Island, north of the city.The New York Post subsequently reported at least 72 passengers and seven crew members were affected by an unspecified ailment on the journey from Chile. Anvisa officials who boarded the ship when it docked in Rio Tuesday found only two people still showed symptoms of intestinal discomfort, Azaro said. The Vancouver Sun subsequently reports that 79 passengers and 7 crew member reportedly became ill with gastrointestinal illness.
?Illness?
November 21 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: A passenger on the sailing out of Galveston on Nov 20,2011 dies at the Atlantis resort on November 25 in a jet ski accident at the Atlantis Resort Nassau. Good luck trying to find a report about this one. It is real I was there my dinner companions saw the hubbub on shore. I over heard crew members say a nice Indian family had many members on the cruise and the father went on the jet ski with his 14 year old son. Couldn’t swim. Squall force winds were blowing that day at Paradise Island Nassau Bahama
Death ashore - jet ski
November 20 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: My wife and I very seldom find fault with a cruise as we realize the crew and staff are handling in essence, a small town full of people, all different. However, in the past when we did have a minor complaint or problem we were handled with  professional and courteous response and concern. On this last cruise we had as usual no great problems or complaints except for two towards the end of the cruise:  the Cray/craw fish served one night was obviously not up to par and had a foul taste. A friendly exchange with the server and we forgot the matter. A while later he (the server) returned and in a loud and sarcastic manner informed us that all ‘the baby lobsters’ (which they were not) were alive and swimming. This accompanied by banging of dishes and body language showing his disdain for our humble opinion. We dared not tell him the soup was cold! In discussing this with other diners we came to the conclusion that for some reason complaints were not to be tolerated on this ship. We thought perhaps we were over-reacting to an unexpected response and put it behind us. However, the next episode brought us to the reality that perhaps crew and staff had been some pre-cruise orientation that had perhaps shaded their usual friendly and accommodating demeanor: we ended our evening, as usual, in the casino.On this evening we were playing a table game and the dealer had dealt herself four consecutive winning hands. My 78 year old wife noted to me that we perhaps should have a change of decks of cards. At about the same time she, my wife was dealt a winning hand. Immediately a voice from behind us boomed out ‘Misdeal’. We both turned and the one of ‘pit’ managers, repeated “Misdeal”. At which time my wife asked him what he was talking about. And he replied, and I quote: “I am the only boss here. We are on the high seas. What I say is the law. If you don’t like it I will call security.” My wife and I were stunned speechless as were the other players. My wife getting her wits about her asked again, “what ARE you talking about? What is wrong with you?” This ‘pit-boss’ so called again reminded us he was the “boss” and we were subject to his decisions.  As the play at the table came to a stand-still and six or seven people were staring at him with open mouths (including the dealer), he smiled and said…”better take your money before I change my mind”. May I say that this very tall gentleman with the heavy Slavic accent booming was very intimidating. I can only guess that he overheard my wife wondering if we should have a new deck of cards and this innocent remark somehow triggered his actions. We learned later that he had threatened other guests during the almost month long cruise.  We discussed this with a personal friend, one of the staff, and she replied that we would waste our time bringing this to the Princess’ staff as the casino was independent of the cruise line. In re-reading this review I find nothing serious had actually happened to us. It is a…’you had to be there’ situation to feel the shock at being spoken to in such a manner, especially if one is not accustomed to verbal abuse in his/her normal lifestyle. And especially shocking  to non-complainers such as we. Would like to know from anyone else who has had a strange experience with this very tall casino person with the Slavic accent. I personally feel he should not be in a position to deal with people. Perhaps they could find a job for him down in the laundry? From another passenger: We were also on this cruise. My wife did not see anything of interest to her on the daily evening dining room menus so she would order off the "always available" menu. About ten days into the cruise she asked the waiter if she could place an order for the following night. He said she would have to speak to the Head Waiter, as is usual. The waiter went and spoke to the Head Waiter, who was "Memo" from Mexico. The waiter then returned and told my wife the Head Waiter said she would have to use the "always available" menu. The next night I spoke to the Maitre'd and asked if there had been a change in Princess policy on making such a request and explained the circumstances. I was advised there was no change in policy. The next night my wife went to Horizon Court for more selection. While she was absent the Head Waiter came to our table (he never had in ten days) and told a bit about himself then upon leaving apologized to me and said "it was the heat of the moment". The next night when again my wife was not present he proposed three different items that would be considered, and which I knew would not be in her interests. I am a loyal Princess cruiser, but this head waiter was a disgrace to this cruise line. I say a disgrace because not only did he never speak to my wife, we eventually changed areas and, as with other cruises, the new head waiter regularly attended all tables in his area, and was always professional and courteous.
Poor customer relations (restaurant & casino)
November 19 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The cruise scheduled to end today in Venice was unable to dock because of fog. It has been diverted to Trieste. It is unclear at this point what this means for folks disembarking at the end of the current cruise, and how it will effect the cruise scheduled to embark today (e.g., itinerary changes etc). From a passenger: Confirmed what you published in the events section.  More to it: we were diverted to Trieste and docked close to midnight on 19th.  Buses were used to transport all back to Venice (164 km; 2+ hours travel time).  We have been caught by highwind in Alexandria, fogged out from Venice, missed the Katakolon port. The first buses didn't leave until after 2:00 AM and passengers saw nothing of Venice.
Change in port of debarkation and embarkation
November 18 Ryndam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports reports 148 of 1188 passengers (12.46%) and 11 of 732 crew (1.92%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and two epidemiologists boarded the ship on arrival in HAL's private island in the Bahamas on November 18, 2011, to conduct a comprehensive environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship is on a 14 day cruise ending November 20th.
Illness
November 17 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
From a passenger: We have just returned from cruise L1120, where we had a 6 hour delay in sailing from Hamburg after repairs were required to the oil pump in the main engine. This later turned into a requirement for a new bearing, which was delivered & installed. As a result of the delay, our call into Amsterdam was cancelled, and we headed straight to the next port (Antwerp in Belgium) arriving late afternoon thereby extending the call there from the planned half day to an overnight and half day.
Engione repairs - missed port
November 17 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
Virgin Islands Daily News reports Celebrity Cruises terminated parasailing excursions in the Caribbean after an accident one mile south of Water Island on Tuesday killed a cruise ship passenger and seriously injured her daughter. "All parasailing shore excursions in the Caribbean have been cancelled indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation," said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. Squalls and wind gusts Tuesday afternoon may have factored into the death of Bernice Kraftcheck, 60, and the serious injury of her daughter Danielle Haese, 34, who was hospitalized overnight at Schneider Hospital. Kraftcheck and Haese travelled aboard the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, which left Miami on Nov. 12 for a seven-night trip to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
Death on Shore Excursion (parasailing)
November 17 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Examiner reports the ship took an unexpected shore stop Wednesday and Thursday to make emergency repairs to the new ship. “We are experiencing a technical problem with one of our stern thrusters, side propellers on the aft that help the ship move sideways,” said Magic Captain Giovanni Cutugno. In order to have sufficient time to complete the necessary repairs, the ship’s scheduled visit to Costa Maya and one day at sea were replaced with an overnight call in Progreso, Mexico.
Propulsion problems
November 17 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports a maitre d' was assaulted Tuesday evening by one of the ship's dining room waiters. In a statement provided to Cruise Critic, Carnival said that "another employee witnessed the assault and held the dining room waiter until shipboard security arrived. The maitre d' is recovering and is expected to be back at work in the next day or two." The attack occurred in the main dining room during the late-seating dinner. The dining room waiter, who was not identified, has been fired. Who has been named is the victim. A post on the Cruise Critic message boards identified the injured staffer as Ken Byrnes, who goes by the moniker "The Singing Maitre D'." A passenger reports on Facebook, "Senior Maitre D' Ken Byrne was attacked by a disgruntled waiter with a heavy iron bar" ... He was struck on the back of the head twice nearly knocking him unconscious."
Crew on crew assault
November 16 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
From a passenger: The ship was delayed for 24 hours in port of Alexandria – the port closed and the ship couldn't leave although Boudica decided to leave the port Also now a outbreak of Norovirus on board. Missed the port of Katakolon and now heading for Corfu. UPDATE Nov 19: Now we are stuck in fog and unable to dock in Venice! Several hours later: We are now being diverted to trieste so not quite sure what will happen about onward travel
Missed port / Illness
November 16 Viking Spirit and Viking Neptune
Viking River Cruises
From a passenger: There was an outbreak of GI illness on the Viking Spirit (sail date Nov 6, 2011). The crew consulted physicians and distributed hand sanitizer and stopped serving uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables. They also closed the restrooms near the reception desk. Many of the passengers on the Spirit transferred to the Viking Neptune on Nov 13, and now people on the Neptune are getting sick too. The staff on the Neptune has not addressed the situation as far as I know. IMHO, cruise ship staff should advise guests to wash hands with soap before eating and after using the restroom and also to shower daily. They should avoid handshaking and touching handrails with ungloved hands. The crew should also stop serving food eaten with one's hands such as sandwiches. There must be scrupulous cleanliness in the galley and bathrooms. Passengers should be advised to avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes with their hands.
Illness
November 15 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
News 5 Belize reports eleven passengers were involved in a collision at the junction of the Boom Road and the bridge. The most seriously injured was fifty four year old U.S. national David Heim, who was taken by stretcher to Belize Medical Associates. Another U.S. national, Yvonne Thompson, who was carrying a toddler, was lucky to escape with only abrasions to her hand. Catherine Casimiro, the owner of the van they were travelling in, was returning to Belize City with eight American adults and three children when her taxi and a Toyota driven by thirty eight year old Chen Jian Chang collided. Travelling in Chang’s vehicle were Wing Hida Zhang and Senbo Wu. Wu was injured and taken to a hospital by BERT ambulance.
Pax injured ashore
November 14 Sergei Abramov
Russian riverboat
RiaNovosti reports a fire on a passenger vessel moored at a Moscow river port was finally extinguished after a thirteen hour struggle by firefighters on Monday evening. Four people on board were injured and one crewmember is still missing. “The fire was extinguished at 5.27 p.m Moscow time [13.27 GMT],” the source said, adding the boat is underwater at the stern but the burnt-out bow remains afloat. The three-deck river boat Sergei Abramov caught fire early on Monday. The fire quickly engulfed the vessel and caused it to list. Emergency crews will attempt to settle the vessel on the riverbed to prevent engine oil spilling into the river, the source said. According to a preliminary investigation, the fire might have been caused by defective electric wiring or fire-safety violations.
Fire - sunk
November 9 Seven Seas Navigator Regent Seven Seas Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
November 8 Amsterdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: At about 3:45am the quiet of the night was broken by the loud quick bursts of the fire alarm horn. Everyone was awake after the alarm but we had to wait about 5 minutes before the officer of the watch came on the PA system and said that there was apparently a fire in the incinerator room and fire fighting teams were on their way to take appropriate action. Some passengers were scurrying around getting valuables and warm clothing together in case abandon ship was necessary while others just went back to sleep. About 3:55am Captain Eversen came on the PA system and explained that a fire had been found in a hydraulic unit in the incinerator room. An automatic alarm had been set off by a remote sensor. At 4:20am the Captain announced that the fire was put out and we were all in the clear again.
Fire
November 7 Ocean Princess
Princess Cruises
A poster at Cruise Critic reports: We were all awakened last night around 12:45 or so with a broadcast announcement calling for an assessment team. Nothing else came over the PA system so settled back in to go to sleep, since we didn't hear any Sierra Papa code - but as you can imagine, rumors of all kinds ran rampant until the Captain made an extensive announcement at 9AM today explaining that there had been a small fire in one of the generators, quickly noted, responded to, contained without serious damage. He gave a lot more detail than that, but the upshot is that all is well, damage is minimal, and repairs are being done and the generator (one of four, we can get by on two) should be back online sometime during the day.
Fire
November 7 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
November 5 Inspiration
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: Just returned from Carnival Inspiration supposed itinerary Tampa-Grand Cayman-Cozumel-Tampa 10/31-11/5/11 Our Grand Cayman visit was cancelled due to a medical emergency and we diverted to Cozumel where we arrived 1:30am EST on Wednesday. The passenger was offloaded and “rumor” was that he had suffered a heart attack and expired in Cozumel. On Friday (sea day) we were diverted to within 90 miles off the coast of Key West for ANOTHER medical evacuation via US Coast Guard Helicopter at 3:45pm EST. In total we experienced two “Bright Star” pages. From another passenger: We booked 31OCT to 5NOV 2011: Itinerary was Grand Cayman on 2 NOV  and Cozumel 3 NOV. 31OCT – Ship departs Tampa at 4PM, 1 NOV Ship changed course early evening of 1 NOV to Cozumel to discharge seriously ill passenger. Later in the cruise it was rumored this passenger died, 2 NOV Arrived Cozumel 1:30am  2 NOV, 2 NOV  At this time, another passenger also left the ship ill in the early AM hours, 2 NOV  Ship departs Cozumel early evening heading south for Costa Maya, 3 NOV  Ship arrived Mahahual-Coasta Maya on morning of 3 NOV, 4 NOV Day at Sea – Late morning announcement we change course and head for Key West to rendezvous with a Coast Guard Helicopter so that a third passenger could be medivac from ship, 4 NOV   CG Helicopter arrives at about 3:30pm on 4 NOV, passenger taken off the deck of the ship in a basket, 5 NOV  8am ship arrives Port Tampa. Can’t seem to find ANYTHING on these events in the news, yet all of the crew we spoke to and many of the passengers never experienced any like this.
Itinerary change
November 5 Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic UK reports tidal conditions are forcing a delay of that ship on Monday into Jacksonville. The ship will arrive at 10 a.m. and boarding for the next cruise will take place from 1:30 - 5 p.m. No itinerary changes are anticipated.
Delayed debarkation & embarkation
November 5 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic UK reports bad weather is forcing the ship to delay its arrival into Baltimore after a Bahamas and Florida cruise. The late debarkation will mean the ship will set sail on its next cruise a day late, forcing an itinerary change. Because the captain has had to reduce cruising speed to accommodate the weather conditions, the ship cannot dock until Sunday evening. Passengers onboard the current cruise will be allowed to debark Sunday from 8 - 10 p.m. or Monday from 7 - 9 a.m., essentially giving travelers an extra day onboard. Embarkation for the November 6 Bermuda cruise will now take place on November 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The ship was scheduled to arrive in King's Wharf, Bermuda, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and spend two nights in port. The revised itinerary has the ship arriving Wednesday at 1 p.m. and departing Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Passengers on the impacted sailing will receive a one-day, pro-rated refund of their cruise fare (within the next two weeks); gratuities will be adjusted to account for the missed day; and any pre-purchased shore excursions for Tuesday will be refunded. Cruise Law News subsequently reporrted there had been flooding on the ship and a fire had broken out in the children's area.
Delayed debarkation & embarkation - Fire
November 4 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: Around the 29/30 of October noticed that additional cleaning was being undertaken, and there was a rumour that some people were ill on board. On the 31st Oct we received a letter from the Captain indicating a number of passengers had reported to the infirmary with ghastrointestinal illness - buffets became non self service, and all passengers were given gel to clean hands before eating. Numbers of passengers affected unknown, but the outbreak was professionally handled by all staff, and without this could have probably been much worse. From another passenger: As a passenger on this cruise I can confirm that there was an outbreak of Novo Virus during the cruise. A senior officer advised me that the source had been traced to a Celebrity tour operator who provided lunch as part of a ship organised tour to Kotor, Montenegro on Saturday 29th October. Another crew member said that the ship had been put on RED Alert, suggesting a high number of passengers had shown symptoms of the virus. The self service buffet facility was withdrawn and all food and drink was served by crew for the remainder of the cruise. They also undertook a strict programme of cleaning all areas of the ship in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
?Illness outbreak?
November 4 Pella
The Arab Bridge Company
ABC News reports a Jordanian man died while 1,246 other passengers and crew members, most of them Egyptians, were rescued following a fire Thursday aboard their ferry that was sailing on the Red Sea en route to Egypt's port of Nuweiba. The blaze had broken out earlier in the day in the ferry's cargo section during the voyage across the Gulf of Aqaba. As flames rose up into the sky, a Jordanian rescue ship reached the stricken vessel about 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the coast of Jordan. The rescuers managed to extinguish the blaze but an unidentified Jordanian man died after jumping into the water and fatally injuring himself. Twelve passengers suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to a Jordanian hospital. The remaining 1,230 passengers — all Egyptians — were placed aboard another ferry that subsequently sailed off to Egypt. The ship's passengers were mostly Egyptian expatriate workers returning home for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts on Sunday.
Fire - Evacuation
November 4 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Jamaica Observer reports the Trelawny police were up to press time last night unable to give the identity of a cruise passenger who died after allegedly jumping from the top deck of the cruise ship Norwegian Sun shortly after it pulled out of the Falmouth shipping pier late Wednesday. Head of the Falmouth Police Division Superintendent Andrew Lewis said he was informed that the cruise passenger was taken from the water by crew members of the vessel, which had turned around after an alarm was raised that the passenger had jumped. The police reported that the incident occurred 25 minutes after the vessel left the Falmouth cruise shipping pier about 6:00 pm, but Superintendent Lewis was unable to establish the circumstances which "led to the man falling in the water". Last night Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett expressed regret over the incident but said he was satisfied that the circumstances has nothing to do the destination.
Person overboard
November 3 Macau Success
Success Cruises
The Standard (Hong Kong) reports a man accused of murdering his former wife by throwing her off a cruise liner claimed he was only carrying out a "sea burial" after she had killed herself, the High Court was told yesterday. Wang Weilie, 49, a policy research officer at the Guangzhou Municipal Committee at the time, pleaded not guilty to murdering Yang Wenjuan, 43, on the ship on September 24 last year (see Sept 26, 2010 here). He offered to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter but this was rejected by the prosecution. The jury of seven heard the couple arrived in Hong Kong on the morning they boarded the floating casino. They were seen talking on the deck around 6am, with Yang's back to the railing of the vessel. A visitor from Guangzhou said he later saw Wang pushing Yang's head backwards towards the railings. He rushed to notify staff but on their return found the couple gone. There was blood on the deck. Wang was murmuring to himself when found by security staff. He told them he had a stomachache and locked himself in his room. Later, when he was washing his face, security guards saw bloodstains on his fingertips. When asked if he has seen Yang, he told them "she fell down." Wang told arresting officers his ex- wife was under extreme pressure at work and often said she wanted to commit suicide. "My wife said to me previously that in case she died, I was to dispose of her body at sea," he was quoted as saying. He said the injuries to his fist, chest and knee were caused during a struggle to prevent Yang from killing herself. However, she lost consciousness and when he could not feel a pulse he threw her overboard. A post-mortem examination found bruises, abrasions and a broken arm. A pathologist concluded Yang "died of drowning after sustaining significant but otherwise non-fatal injuries." The prosecution said Yang's younger sister, who is expected to testify today, told police she was an optimistic person and never mentioned what kind of funeral she would prefer. The trial continues today before High Court judge Peter Line.
Murder trial for throwing wife overboard
November 2 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
November 1 Oosterdam
Holland America Line
A reader reports the ship had to turn back to the Hawaiian islands to disembark 3 elderly guests with medical complications. Accoridng to news reports, "The Coast Guard is heading to a cruise ship 100 miles east of Hilo to medevac three elderly passengers. Two helicopters and a plane are en route Tuesday to the San Diego-bound cruise ship Oosterdam to take the passengers to Hilo Medical Center. Coast Guard Petty Officer Anthony Soto says an 86-year-old man appears to having a heart attack, an 82-year-old man has symptoms of internal bleeding and a 76-year-old woman is suffering from abdominal pains. A Coast Guard flight surgeon made the decision to medically evacuate the elderly passengers after hearing about their conditions from the ship's medical staff. The ship will now arrive a day late in San Diego, on Sunday morning. The subsequent cruise will be shortened to a 6 day sailing, going to Cabo San Lucas and PV. Guests who arrive on Saturday will be provided transportation to hotels that are available and brought back to the pier for Sunday's sailing.
3 medical emergencies & Itinerary change for next cruise
October 31 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
The Daily Echo reports a ship bar supervisor was jailed for eight years at Southampton Crown Court yesterday for attempting to smuggle more than £400,000 worth of cocaine into the country. Herman Spence, 46, was detained by customs officers after leaving the ship when it docked in Southampton on July 16. When they examined his small rucksack, they discovered a size 13 pair of trainers with raised insoles.Inside were packages containing the contraband. Two other packages were also discovered in the bag, said prosecutor James Kelham. Spence, who had worked in the cruise industry for 15 years, told investigators there had been "a dreadful mistake," explaining how he had given the trainers and packages in Gibraltar and once he stepped ashore in England, he would be contacted. He did not think he was doing anything illegal.When his cabin was searched, more than £16,000 in cash was also found.Spence, from Montego Bay, Jamaica, admitted smuggling 1.29 kilos of cocaine with a 100 per cent purity and having a street value of about £435,000. Passing sentence, Judge Peter Ralls QC dismissed his claim he had been doing so
Drug importer jailed
October 31 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: We were onboard the ship from Oct 23-30, 2011.  A female passenger was killed in Cozumel on Wednesday October 26, 2011 from a scooter accident.  Only thing that we know is that she was 48.  The ship left approximately 1.5 hours late. An ambulance delivered a passenger with her arm in a sling. Also some luggage was removed from the ship.  That is pretty much all we knew about it. Our itinerary was changed due to weather we didn’t get to go to Grand Caymens, Isla Roattan. They took us to Progresso instead which was no comparison.   We did spend from Thursday evening until Sunday morning at sea. Another passenger reports the woman was run over by a vehicle on the island and died--unknown if alcohol was involved.  They also report "on our stop to Progresso earlier in the week (which was not an originally intended port but substituted in because of the weather) a passenger was bitten by an animal (monkey or lemur type animal) and was not allowed to return to the ship due to potential disease transmittance.  Finally, we heard a Bright Star page (medical emergency) over the intercom and were later informed by a staff member it was in regards to a crew member who was badly burned in the kitchen. All in all...very eventful cruise." And another passenger wrote: Very sad to report there was a fatality in Cozumel.....confirmed by ship doctor directly to me. We all watched as time for departure came and went --from our balcony we could see a lot of ship crew & Mexican authority..many times I saw the cell phones pass between officers..then saw a packed suit case. We thought we leaving someone behind.
Someone called down how many are we waiting for the dock worker went one finger then 3 fingers. Later then we saw a a big medical van pull up really close to the dock. another van with one man 2 woman-- one of the woman was visable hurt shoulder.. then it seems a lot of paper was flying....... that night after the show I saw the ship doc and said i was so glad we didn't leave anyone hurt in a forgin country with a hurricane coming....He looked at me sadly and said thanks, it was an older couple married a long time and the wife passed on the island. (did not say how but all the rumors was a scooter) He was not leaving them there when there was a good possibility they would not be able to get home soon. Another crew member told us " it was the worst kind of accident"t
Death ashore & Itinerary change
October 29 Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I have just returned from Key West/Bahamas. I was told by another passenger that the very *Operation "Very-Nice-Name" in the Imagination Dining Room* I heard called on Tuesday Night (during the Captain's Dinner) was code for the medical emergency which resulted in a passenger death. I heard it was most likely a brain aneurysm as there significant bleeding from the nose and mouth. This was an eventful cruise as another passenger was apparently arrested, but I did not hear the charges. On Tuesday night, our ship was met by a boat with a blue flashing light. When we reached the port in Key West, an ambulance made its way down the dock to our ship. From another passenger: I was onboard the ship the night of the death—in fact sitting at the table next to the lady that passed away. The onboard page was a “Operation Bright Star” in the Imagination Dining Room. It was a poor response though from the doctor and nurse on the ship. It took them about 10 minutes to get the doctor and nurse there with the AED’s.  There were no AED’s, automatic defibs, anywhere in the dining halls. Although it would not have mattered in this case due to the nature of her passing away, it could have for somebody that had a cardiac emergency.
Death & an arrest
October 28 Westerdam
Holland America Line
The US Coast Guard reporrts the ship experienced a fire. Fire
October 28 Ventura
P&O Cruises
USA Today reports several UK news outlets today are reporting on a dramatic rescue of a man who plunged off a cruise ship in the Atlantic. The London Evening Standard says passengers on the ship were roused out of sleep before sunrise this morning by emergency horns and the launch of lifeboats as crew members searched for the unnamed person, who was pulled out of the ocean alive. The news outlet says the man was spotted by passengers. "It has all been very dramatic," one passenger on the ship told the Evening Standard. "It was pitch black. This guy is so, so lucky." There's no word on how the man went overboard or whether he was a passenger or a member of the ship's crew. The ship is on a 15-night voyage to the Caribbean out of Southampton, England. A reader provided the following: As far as we know he went from deck 16 which of course is above the balconies the highest (Lido at the front) are on deck 15. We could not envisage how he did that trick. One possibility, and it is only a guess, is that he climbed onto a cleaning platform. Another odd feature is that the person who called the MOB and subsequently kept the bridge informed did not give his name. Captain Burgess asked him to come forward but we don't know if he did. One rumour was certainly mental illness and that the 21 yr old was travelling with his parents. This is supported by his name being know early on and us not having to muster for a count. The broadcast was at 0530 local. I observed a flame float and a flaccon beacon being dropped at 0534 from the port side of the bridge. I suspect a similar, and posisbilty earlier, drop was made from the starboard side. At 0545 both fast rescue boats had been launched. I suspect the starboard launch went first as the crew were ony wearing life jackets. The Port crew were in full immersion suits. Only after both launches had gone did the Ventura begin her turn back. Given a speed of 20 kts and a turnback from 258 deg to 085 deg which was accomplished by 0600 we had travelled perhaps 5 miles. We continued the turn on to 117 degrees (a 30 degree intercept) to regain our reciprical track. We turned back to 085 at 0616. At 0620 the Captain said they knew who he was. Two minutes later he was sighted by the port side rescue launch and recovered by the starboard (downwind) launch at about 0633. He was back on board at 0640. The launches then began to recover buoys and markers etc but the Port launch suffered an engine failure and in a fine piece of seamanship the Ventura was manoeuvred to put her ports side to leeward and the starboard launch pushed the port one on to its falls. The ship then manoeuvred again to recover the starboard launch. At 0715 we resumed passage to Tortola. The MOB was about 26 degrees 09.87N 39 degrees 015.59W. Sea state was moderate with a 3-4 metre swell and dawn was at 0749.
Person overboard / rescued
October 28 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Boston Globe reports the deaths of two people aboard a cruise ship that docked this morning at Boston’s Black Falcon Terminal were unrelated and not the result of foul play, authorities have concluded. “The decedents were among separate parties and their deaths were not related to one another,” the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement. “In the absence of criminal charges, no further details will be released.” A 67-year-old woman from Tiverton, R.I., died early yesterday afternoon after “succumbing to a chronic illness,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. Authorities are investigating how a 23-year-old man from Littleton, N.H., died yesterday evening. The vessel was returning to Boston after a seven-day trip to Bermuda. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families during this difficult time,” the company said. Passengers disembarking the gigantic Norwegian Dawn cruise ship this morning at the terminal said they hadn’t heard about the deaths.
Two onboard deaths
October 27 Unknown Seven News Belize reports "Cruise Ship Tourist caught with weed in Belize": it's becoming a kind of tired story since we hear of it so often. But 49 year old American Douglas Magnusson had a different twist on it today. The Wisconsin Trucker - who was caught with 2.5 grammes - told the court that he used to be an alcoholic and does not smoke weed. But, he says he bought the cannabis for his buddies on the cruise ship. Still, he pleaded guilty to possession and was fined 250 dollars. He was busted yesterday afternoon when he was seen acting suspiciously at the tourism village. A search turned up 3 small bags of marijuana...
Drug bust
October 27 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Dominion Post reports Napier's tourism operators missed the boat yesterday when a mechanical problem on the ship meant 1950 passengers bypassed the Hawke's Bay port. The ship, which sailed out of Wellington three hours late about 9pm on Tuesday night headed straight for Tauranga. The cruise manager for the ship's agents ISS McKay, Douglas Colaco, said the late departure from Wellington had been caused by a "mechanical problem." He was unable to say exactly what the problem was. He also declined to comment on possible compensation for passengers on the 12-day return cruise out of Sydney. The Dawn Princess had visited Fiordland, Port Chalmers, Akaroa and Wellington on its cruise. It is also scheduled to visit Auckland and the Bay of Islands, but bypassed Napier to make up time after leaving Wellington late.
Missed port call
October 26 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: We were aboard the Carnival Triumph from Oct 15-20, 2011 on the Western Caribbean cruise to Progresso and Cozumel. We were interviewed by the ship's security staff on Oct 18th about an incident that reportedly happened in the cabin next to ours. We reported hearing loud voices and banging on the walls. We were told that 'something very bad had happened" but could not get any more info from the security staff. The room was closed with red tape stating "no admittance, forensic eviidence". We talked to the occupants of the cabin on the other side of the closed cabin and they were told again something "very bad happened" and that someone was stabbed. We have been unable to find out any other info. It was a very troublesome experience and we would like to know what happened. From another passenger: I was also on this ship where the stabbing occurred. My cabin was just down the hall from it. The following day there was an ambulance with a gurney ready sitting on the pier at Progreso, Mexico but they were waiting until everyone had debarked to go ashore. We saw the security detail and the "forensic evidence" tape, but never found out what had happened. We never saw either the man or woman again after Progreso. And from another: My Husband and I Took the Cruise from Galveston on the 15 to the 20th as well and when we docked back in Galveston we witnessed what looked to be 2 bodys being put into the back of a white van. They where coved with carnival Towels. We had heard rumor that something happened just don't know. My sister who was also on board was a few rooms down from the room that was taped off said there was alot of security and the captain outside the room at one point then the next thing they knew the room was taped and everyone was very hush mouthed about it.. It kinda creeps me out..
Onboard crime?
October 26 Tip Top III
Rolf Wittmer Company
From a passenger:There was a fire in the middle of the night requiring all passengers to evacuate the ship. All passengers, 2 guides and 1 crew member were off the ship in less than 30 minutes of the fire beginning. Within another 30-45 minutes, another cruise boat came to help. We boarded the ship The Letty and sat in their common area. It was very cold - most of us were still in pajamas and the boat had the air conditioning on. They served us coffee, water, and crackers. Around dawn, we were transferred to another boat, the Avenger I, which was a dive boat and which took us to our next destination. They were planning to stay in the same area as us. The host on the Avenger gave us coffee, tea, water, snacks, and thick blankets. We were finally warm and could sleep a little. In the morning, after a nice breakfast on the Avenger, we were taken out in the life boat to see the sites. After that excursion, we were taken back to the Tip Top III and told that they were going to sail back to Santa Cruz Island, where we had originally boarded, and exchange boats. The main problems with this plan were that we only had one engine, the boat still smelled like smoke, and since the electrical system had fried, there was no electricity. No electricity means no lights, no cooked food, and no working toilets. But you can sleep in your own bed! That was the benefit to us. It was another sleepless night. I wore my shoes and glasses to bed. We traveled at 5.3 knots per hour, a very gentle speed. It took about 14 hours to reach harbor on the broken vessel. We were then transferred to a sail boat, the MaryAnne. They took good care of us there for the remaining 2 nights of our trip. We essentially lost 2 nights sleep and 1 days activities on the further islands. The Rolf Wittmer Company that owns the Tip Top boats, declined to refund any of our money. Fire
October 26 Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Post and Courier reports the ship pulled into Charleston on Tuesday and has extended its stay. The Seven Seas Navigator has adjusted its itinerary and is now expected to sail around 10 PM Wednesday, the State Ports Authority said. Originally it was scheduled to leave around 8 p.m. Tuesday. From a passenger: WRT your report concerning Navigator extended stay in Charleston; due to shipping congestion at Savannah, our port visit there was cancelled and we were given a second day in Charleston. Two full days in Charleston were great.
Delayed departure - no reason given
October 25 Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
October 22 Celebrity Century
Celebrity Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "vessel maneuverability." Vessel maneuverability
October 19 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
FROM a passenger: The ship missed the port of Grand Cayman. Georgetownport was closed due to dangerous swells. Ship was moved to another port around the island from Georgetown. Also port was closed. Ship departed without port call.
Missed port
October 18 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Bermuda Daily Sun reports a tourist was today fined $1,000 after he admitted importing cannabis into the island. The court heard he was a passenger on board the ship, which arrived in Bermuda at 11:30am that day. Customs officers entered the ship to conduct searches with a sniffer dog. The officers entered the defendant’s cabin after being alerted by the dog. They found plantlike material in an eyeglass case in a safe in the closet. He was in the room and said it belonged to him. He was arrested and charged with the offence. In court, the 37-year-old apologised and said he couldn’t afford a conviction because he was due to start driving taxi when he returned home. “Right now, I have nothing on my record so now anything on my records would affect me.” He also told the court he wasn’t aware the drugs were in his luggage and when he found them, he placed them in the safe. He was fined $1,000 to be paid immediately.
Drug bust
October 18 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette reports a 58-year-old man was fined $10,000 in Magistrates’ Court this morning after he admitted importing 23.45g of cannabis on October 16. Customs and ship security found the drugs in his cabin after a K9 unit indicated towards the room. He admitted bringing the drugs onto the ship, but told the court that he only used the drugs to combat the pain of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome in his hand. He said the reason there was so much of the drug was that it was a two-week cruise and the cannabis was of poor quality.
Drug bust
October 17 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
Posters at Cruise Critic report the ship has twice gone "dead in the water" during its current transAtlantic cruise. There are no reports from the company and no indications that any passengers or the ship was in danger.
Dead in water
October 17 Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
WCIV-TV News reports the ship arrived in Charleston roughly an hour behind schedule on Monday. Carnival officials say it was due to a technical problem. The problem, officials said, affected the ship's sailing speed. A spokesman with the cruise line said the problem has since been repaired. The ship was due to arrive in Charleston on Monday at around 8 a.m. instead, it reached port on return from a 5-day cruise to the Bahamas at around 9 a.m. The US Coast Guard said the problem was with vessel maneuverability.
"Technical problem" - Vessel maneuverability
October 17 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
WTSP-TV News reports when Mark Coleman's parents set sail on a two-week vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line, he never thought they'd be stranded in Colombia. "I feel like they were playing hide and seek with my parents," he says. But while on the ship, his 79-year-old father became ill. On an online forum, other passengers say norovirus had come aboard and that the crew declared a code red. On Wednesday, he was dropped off at a clinic during their stop in Cartagena, Colombia. Even though their son was listed as their emergency contact, the first time he heard about any of this was two days later when his mother called him. "I couldn't locate her, she couldn't tell me exactly where she was at that time," Coleman recalls. Records show they bought trip protection, but they say it was never used. The parents maxed out their credit cards paying for medical treatment and airfare. "I still haven't heard a word from NCL in regards to their well-being," Coleman says. That's when he got the State Department involved. The agency located his parents and worked with the clinic to ensure they were flown back to Tampa. They arrived on Sunday evening. "I don't want anything from anybody. I just feel that NCL should have been above board," Coleman says. Calls to Norwegian Cruise Line have not been returned.
?Duty of care?
October 15 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
Florida Today reports the FBI picked up the investigation of a dead newborn found on a cruise ship that returned to Port Canaveral on Saturday. On Wednesday, a Carnival Dream employee discovered the deceased newborn in a guest cabin. The cruise line informed authorities in St. Maarten about the incident and the baby's mother, a 20-year-old female guest traveling on board was detained pending further investigation. The FBI said the baby's mother is a US passenger. "No one has been charged we are still working on getting facts and gathering any available evidence," said FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier. The baby's mother has not returned to the US, according to the FBI.
Newborn death
Octiber 15 Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "vessel maneuverability." Vessel maneuverability
October 12 Silver Whisper
Silversea Cruises
From a passenger: We were on Silver Whisper from Oct 1, 2011 until Oct 11. After leaving Quebec on the St. Laurence River we were advised that the weather ahead did not look good. About the time we reached St. Laurence Sound we were advised that the winds were going to be 65MPH and the seas 20 to 30 feet so that we were not going to reach Charlottetown or the next two ports. The skipper decided to turn around and proceed back up the river to a safe port where we spent a great night. The next morning we proceeded on our way down the St. Laurence once again following the storm that was ahead of us. We had an evening of fairly rough weather, but basically a following sea. The rest of the trip to Bar Harbor, Boston and and Newport were fantastic. Really congratulate the Captain on his decision which turned what could have been a terrible trip into a great one, with only minor disappointment on the missed ports. Much better decision than the Queen Mary...
Missed ports
October 12 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Royal Gazette reports Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner described it as “vexing” and “embarrassing” that tourists are charged for having small quantities of cannabis. He made his comments as he gave 28-year-old cruise ship worker Johnny Nunez a 12-month conditional discharge for possessing 5g of the drug. Duty counsel Saul Dismont had earlier argued that the quantity was just over the limit where a person would usually be let off with a caution. The court heard police were called to the ship by the ship’s security and directed to Nunez’s cabin on October 10. Officers found a clear bag containing plant material inside the cabin safe. The material was later confirmed to be 5g of cannabis. Nunez was arrested around 2.15pm that day. He told officers: “I’m really sorry.” Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to the offence. Mr Dismont argued that the defendant was a cruise ship worker who would be unduly affected by a conviction. He stressed that the drugs were in the cabin’s safe and that Nunez had at no point attempted to take the drugs off the ship. “Mr Nunez was not attempting to sell drugs. He was not attempting to import them,” Mr Dismont said. “It was locked in a safe in a ship. It effectively never reached Bermuda.” Due to the relatively small quantity of the drug and the impact a conviction would have on the defendant, a conditional discharge was the correct sentence, Mr Warner said.
Drug bust
October 12 Jiugang Shanghai Daily reports a 17 million yuan (US$2.68 million) luxury cruise sank in the Yellow River immediately after it was launched in Lanzhou in northwest China. The ship went down due to a mishandling error on September 29 and was salvaged three days later. No one was hurt in the accident, the Nanfang Daily reported yesterday. A picture posted on the Internet showed the stern of the ship submerged, with the bow tilted up at an angle of about 30 degrees. The ship was commissioned by the local Jiugang Group. The Lanzhou Transportation Bureau was in charge of its construction. The cruise ship is 32.4 meters long with a top speed of 22 kilometers per hour and can carry 80 passengers. A bureau official, surnamed Qiao, said the ship was built by a Sichuan Province company, but media reports said it was constructed in the city's Gaolan County. Qiao said the shipyard wrongly calculated the water level on the launch day.
Sank
October 10 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette reports hundreds of irate cruise ship passengers bound for Dockyard were left stranded at Hamilton’s ferry terminal this afternoon. Boston visitor Jim Clark was one of many rescued by the tender Bermudian around 5pm after more than an hour’s wait. He said: “We were told they had a delay with the ferries. I’ve been here since 3.30pm waiting to go back to Dockyard. The ferry guys told us two boats had broken down. It’s just been ridiculous.” Ferry terminal staff were unable to comment on what caused the delays. Bermudian, which rushed over from Dockyard after bringing tourists in from St George’s, has a top capacity of 750. A crowd of around 300 queued along the waterfront to meet it. “I think the buses have been bad, too,” said a woman visiting on the Norwegian Gem. She described the buses as “overly crowded, with cranky drivers”. Darren Keane, also visiting from Boston, said he had seen visitors earlier today taking taxis out of St George’s because of a lack of transport. “Bermuda’s a nice place, but it doesn’t seem to be able to hold the volume,” Mr Keane said, adding that not many St George’s bus connections seemed to be available from the West End. As the end of the queue drew near, some voiced fears they would be left behind, but crew members called for any extras to come aboard.
Transportation problems onshore
October 10 Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
First Coast News reports the ship was unable to return to its port in Jacksonville Monday morning to offload current passengers and pick up new ones. The ship finally docked around 1 p.m. Those who got off the ship said it was a rough ride. "The winds were 80-90 mph. It was just rough. The waves were bad. Everybody was throwing up," said Robin Hayes of North Carolina. Lines of people formed Monday afternoon with passengers trying to board and start their vacation. Those passengers were a little concerned about the future. "We're delayed. It's chaotic. It's an experience. You really don't know what is out there in the ocean. Some of the people who just got off the cruise said it was the worst cruise of their life and we are headed out into the storm. It's kind of scary," said Renetta Albea, from Tennessee. The cruise is expected to leave port after 8 tonight.
Late debarkation/ embarkation
October 10 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
USA Today reports the ship sustained minor damage Sunday night when departing Port Canaveral, Fla., the cruise line says. There were also some injuries, although the line says they were not serious. The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. when the vesse "experienced extreme wind and sea conditions, well beyond what was forecasted," the line said in a statement. The wind speed was more than three times what was forecast, it said. "At this time there have not been any serious injuries reported. The ship has sustained some damage to the public areas and guest staterooms, which in no way affect the sea-worthiness of the ship." The ship will continue on its regularly scheduled seven-night itinerary, which includes port calls to CocoCay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Phillipburg, St. Maarten. The ship was to arrive in Coco Cay this morning, as scheduled.
Ship damaged in wind
October 10 Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines

DIsney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
USA Today reports both ships were scheduled to leave Port Canaveral Sunday night, but chose to overnight at the dock instead of risk the weather. The Sensation departed this morning at 8 a.m. without incident; Disney Dream delayed its Sunday evening departure until 4:30 a.m. Monday when the weather had calmed. The line said the ship will visit all its planned ports, but in a different order before returning as scheduled.
Delayed departure
October 8 Oosterdam
Holland America Line
The ship changed its itinerary due to Hurricane Jova (in the Pacific). Puerto Vallarta was dropped and Avalon (Claifornia) and Pichilingue-La Paz (Mexico) were added.
Itinerary change
October 7 All Princess Cruises has issued a health advisory to all passengers intending to visit the Bahamas. The advisory says: We would like to advise you of widespread activity of dengue fever reported throughout the Caribbean region. The disease is transmitted through mosquitoes which mainly bite during daytime hours. It is not transmitted from person to person. Symptoms of dengue typically develop 2-7 days after being bitten and include fever, headache, nausea/vomiting, and, in severe cases, bleeding problems. The Bahamas reports the greatest activity over the past two months. In response, health authorities have instituted control measures such as fogging and spraying to reduce mosquito breeding sites on the islands including Princess Cays which is located on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. You can reduce your risk of infection by protecting yourself from mosquito bites by: applying insect repellent which contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535 and wear loose, long-sleeved shirt and long pants when outdoors to minimize the likelihood of being bitten.
Health Advisory
October 6 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
Bermuda News reports a 62-year-old retired physician and American visitor pleaded guilty this morning [Oct.6] to possessing 8 grams of cannabis on 5th October 2011. The DPP Prosecutor told Magistrate Juan Wolffe that on Wednesday morning, Bermuda Customs visited the cruise ship. The attention of their canine unit was drawn to Cabin 9127 on board the cruise-ship. At the time, the cabin was unoccupied, and a Customs search turned up plant material in a plastic bag in the cabin safe; along with a pipe for use in smoking that material. Four hours later, at 2:00pm that day, the passenger appeared, admitted that the cabin was his, and that the items found in the safe belonged to him. He was arrested on suspicion of having an illegal drug in his possession; was taken to Somerset Police Station; and the plant material was taken away for analysis. Lawyer and duty counsel Mr Kamal Worrell said that the retired physician had purchased a herbal mixture in an open transaction in a shop operating legally in Colorado. Counsel said that he had purchased the mixture accepting and believing it to be a herbal mixture that was intended and successful at helping persons get over a nicotine addiction. Magistrate Juan Wolffe convicted Mr Reisen and then fined the cruise visitor $2,000 on the possession of drugs charge and ordered that the fine must be paid forthwith.
Drug bust
October 5 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
A post at Cruise Critic states: I have the following on very good authority as of 21:00 Oct 5, 2011: A gas carbine in the engine room of the QM2 caught on fire this evening. Cunard staff were given a 90 minute warning in order to prepare to deploy the lifeboats. Guests had their children dropped off and their animals picked up from the kennels. Apparently it is now under control, but people are understandably shaken up. They are currently in extremely rough seas and my source tells me that "things are flying all over the ship". In one instance a copier machine was ripped from its harnass and destroyed into 8 pieces. That's all I know at the moment. NOTE: The ship will arrive in New York City October 7th at the end of its Atlantic Canada cruise. UPDATE from Cruise Critic: I'm on the QM2 at the moment so will let you know what's being going on. Yesterday we sailed through a force 11 storm. The captain said that two other ships from Silversea and Celebrity had to turn back to safe harbour but we battled through it. It got really bad in the afternoon, plates were flying off tables and we could hear crashing crockery all over the place. I heard all the crystal in the shop smashed and a couple of windows too. I saw a couple of piles of vomit in the public areas. (lovely!). Then as we were getting ready for dinner there was the crew alarm for the crew to muster. The guests on first sitting all had to leave the dining room and guests were told to stay in their rooms. We were told later by the captain that there had been a small fire in the gas turbine rendering it useless. Everything returned to normal apart from our second sitting dinner being delayed by 15 minutes. We have been told that we will be delayed by 2 hours getting into NY tomorrow morning. A very exciting day but I heard some passengers were very upset and distraught. All ok now. From a passenger: Just got off the ship, the fire incident was a little scary,as we were outside of Halifax. We got the first notice to pickup your children from the evening care room and animals from the kennels abbot 7:45 pm. That notice kinda of sent chills up your spine.
Engine room fire
October 5 Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: We were on the ship last week and a man of age 25ish jumped from the 11th floor and died. Do you know any thing about this as it has been kept very much in the dark as we were on the side of the ship from where he jumped. Some say he had a disagreement with his girlfriend and some say he was sleep walking. This was on the 26th of Sept. NOTE: I asked for further details and received the following: He jump from the 11th floor and hit the life boat metal rigging gear, it took about 30mins to get to him but was dead at the scene. As he was from the USA the states were called as well as the FBI. As there was some mystery behind this, so yes it would be good to find out about it as the man that see him fall past his window was very upset because he made a call and it took so long for any one to get to were he had fallen.
Pax death
October 4 Maasdam
Holland America Line
CBC reports a 75-year-old man whose body was pulled from the Northumberland Strait near western P.E.I. He was reported missing by his wife shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday after the ship docked in Charlottetown. Crew on the ship, which left from Montreal on Saturday on a seven-day cruise, conducted a shipwide search but failed to locate the man. The Canadian Coast Guard and local law enforcement were contacted but a search of the ship's route did not locate the man. A lobster fisherman found a body, which was brought to a wharf in Abram-Village around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The cruise line Holland America issued a press release confirming the body was their passenger.
Pax overboard
October 3 Volendam
Holland America Line
ABC News (Australia) reports the ship was due to arrive off Eden's Twofold Bay about 7am (AESDT). It was hoped the 1,400 passengers would boost the town's economy. But Cruise Eden's Peter Stransfield says there was a sudden change of plans. “The Volendam was coming direct from Noumea to Eden before it headed off to Sydney,” He said. “But there's been some very bad weather between Australia and Noumea which meant that they would be very, very delayed. “They weren't going to get into Eden until 2pm if they continued so they decided in those conditions that they would go direct to Sydney.”
Canceled port call
October 3 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette reports a 45 year old man was in Plea Court today after being caught with cannabis in his cruise ship cabin. He pleaded guilty to possessing 8g of cannabis on October 2 on-board the ship. The court heard that on that day, customs officers were searching the ship with a K9 unit when the dog indicated towards the passenger's room. The passenger, who was in the area, told officers: “I know what you are looking for.” He then let the officers into the cabin and brought them to the cabin safe, where officers found the drugs. He was fined $2,000 and warned not to bring drugs back to the Island if he chooses to return.
Drug bust
September 30 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "vessel maneuverability." Vessel maneuverability
September 30 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The Portland Press Herald reports the cruise ship arrived in Portland (UK) at 9 a.m. Thursday and planned to leave at 6 p.m. that same day. But "electrical problems" stopped it from departing, according to passengers and city officials. The ship had planned to leave at 5 p.m. Friday, however it wasn't until 8:45PM before the ship was cleared to sail. The Harbormaster confirmed electrical issues caused the delay, but said he didn't have further details about the problem. Aurora officials didn't immediately respond to a message for comment.
Electrical problems - Delayed departure
September 29 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the departure of the ship was delayed for “enhanced sanitation” after dozens of passengers returning to Southampton at 5am yesterday morning from a 11-night eastern Mediterranean cruise had been struck down by the Norovirus. Sick passengers disembarking the cruise ship at the city's Ocean Terminal reported seeing “people walking around in Ghostbusters suits” ready to disinfect the vessel and the terminal. The ship's next cruise (16 day to Mediterranean and Adriatic) departed hours later than scheduled.
Illness - delayed departure
September 28 Imagination
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: We cruised on the cruise that left Miami on Sept 26, 2011.  When we woke up on Wednesday morning, Sept 28, 2011 the toilets would not flush.  When I called the front desk they said they were experiencing mechanical issues and were working to solve them.  At 10 am the captain announced that the toilets in all of the front and mid ship were out of order and there were 3 public toilets in the rear ship that were available to use that worked.  We went ashore in Mexico at 1pm and when we returned to the ship at 7pm the toilets on the entire ship were all working.  
Plumbing problems
September 28 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
The Portland Press Herald reports an astronomical low tide likely prompted a cruise ship captain to depart from Portland's new "megaberth" about three hours ahead of schedule Tuesday afternoon. The captain's decision to move out into Portland Harbor – he was uncomfortable with how shallow the water was getting at the berth – left an undetermined number of passengers on shore, said Nicole Clegg, the city's spokeswoman. Passengers eventually were ferried to the Caribbean Princess in motorboats.
Early departure
September 28 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship was expected to depart this afternoon after the ship was delayed due to a technical fault with a lifeboat. The Southampton-based ship was inspected by officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency yesterday who found the fault along with inconsistent record keeping of crew hours of rest, and subsequently detained the vessel. According to the latest shipping movements the Fred Olsen cruise ship was due to set sail for Lisbon this afternoon.
Ship detained
September 27 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Victoria Times Colonist reports four passengers from a cruise ship moored at Ogden Point were injured when a gust of wind shifted a 13-metre gangway. Three of the injured were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The fourth person was treated on board the vessel. Winds were gusting to 85 km/h at the time, said Curtis Grad of the Victoria Harbour Authority. FROM a passenger: The injured people in Victoria all returned to the ship and completed the cruise – the winds were so bad when i went ashore that it was two steps backwards and one step forward. There was quite a bit of discussion from the Americans on board when they heard that the woman with the broken arm was only charged $700.00 for all of her treatments There was also an incident at the terminal in Los Angeles where two people stumbled on the escalator – they appear to be shaken but okay. The incident you reported was one of at least five medical evacuation on this cruise – there was a boat evacuation just outside of the Port of Manzanillo – we weren`t scheduled to stop there – just got to within sight of the port where we were met with the medical boat. Another couple left the at Huatulco – this happened just before the ship departed. At Panama`s Miraflores lock we were stopped a long time – there a gentlemen who had a stroke was taken off the ship and into awaiting ambulance. At Key West – another ambulance was waiting for us to dock and took another person away. We also ended the cruise under a Code Red – it appears that the Noro came ashore in Puntarenas and spread throughout the ship – we were incident free up to that port. The night sailing from Victoria to Astoria – which was subsequently cancelled was the worst night I have had in over 150 nights on a cruise ship.
Pax injured on gangway
September 27 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Tribune Weekly Chronicle reports Sunday morning, during a random inspection of passengers arriving from St. Christopher – Nevis, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a passenger who was attempting to transport cocaine into the United States inside his back pack. His brother was also arrested on conspiracy charges. CBP Officers arrested a 27-year-old U.S. citizen after finding approximately 1,694 grams of cocaine inside a back pack that he was carrying. CBP Officers arrested Carl Peterkin, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, after finding approximately 1,694 grams of cocaine inside a back pack that he was carrying. His brother, Mr. Steven Peterkin, 23, was also arrested on conspiracy charges. The custody of both passengers was transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Drug bust
September 27 Westerdam
Holland America Line
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Daily Astorian reports the arrival of both ships in Astoria Monday was canceled because of bad weather and a high-wind warning posted by the National Weather Service. Today’s arrival of the Norwegian Star, another Norwegian Cruise Lines ship and the last cruise ship of the season, has also been canceled.
Skipped port call
September 27 Statendam
Holland America Line
The ship's planned stop in Victoria was canceled because of weather conditions. As a result some 50+ passengers could not embark their cruise. Instead, the cruise line sent those pax wanting to continue the cruise (others either canceled or were given monetary compensation) Seattle and then after an overnight flew them to San Diego to join the ship.
Missed embarkation port call
September 26 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship skipped its port call in Victoria on Saturday (Sept 24th) because of weather conditions.
Skipped port call
September 26 Carnival Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: Several friends and I were booked on the ship departing from Jacksonville on September 22 at 4:00 p.m..  After receiving our security clearances, we were informed that there had been a departure time change due to the fact that the previous cruise docked at a later time than normal.  Unfortunately that initial delay caused tidal problems for our scheduled departure time. We eventually left Jacksonville at 9:30 p.m. However, this departure change also affected changes in our itinerary as Friday’s Port Call (Freeport, Bahamas) was swapped with Sunday’s Day at Sea.  
Delayed departure
September 25 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
KHOU-TV reports authorities were searching for a man who jumped off a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said. The 39-year-old man, identified as Clint Wayne Markham from Forney, was seen jumping off the Carnival Conquest on Friday around 6:30 p.m., shortly after the ship left Cozumel, according to a statement from Carnival. Officials said the company alerted authorities and returned to the ship to where the man was last seen to begin searching for him. The cruise ship was later released from the search while Mexican authorities continued to look for him. “We’re sorry to say that at this time, the missing guest has not been located. However, the Mexican navy remains on site and continues with the search,” wrote the ship’s captain, Antonio Sammartano, in a letter given to passengers. An unconfirmed source says the guy was drunk and got into an argument with his female companion.  Allegedly he said, “If I jump do you think they’ll look for me?”  
Pax overboard
September 24 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was on the Carnival Victory that left out of San Juan on 9/18/11.  We failed to stop in St. Maarten on 9/24.  Even though Tropical Storm Ophelia was 400 miles away and the weather was beautiful, the captain thought that it was unsafe to dock because the swells were expected to increase during the course of the day making it unsafe for passengers who would be returning to the ship later in the day.
Skipped port
September 23 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
The Associated Press reports several dozen stranded cruise ship passengers found shelter and a ride from the state ferry Malaspina this week. Brenda Hewitt of the state transportation department says the Malaspina was docked in Haines after it couldn't make it to Skagway because of the strong winds. She says 68 tourists also were stranded there Wednesday since they couldn't make it back to their cruise ship in Skagway after traveling to Haines by water taxi. The Malaspina took them on board and brought them back to Juneau on the ferry Thursday morning.
Unexpected overnight in Haines
September 22 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette reports an American tourist was fined $1,000 today after cannabis was found in his cruise ship cabin. He pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to one count of possessing cannabis. The court heard that yesterday, Customs officers were carrying out a search of the ship when they entered the passenger’s cabin and a K9 unit indicated towards a red suitcase. Inside the suitcase, officers found a plastic bag containing cigarette materials and six grams of cannabis. The passenger was arrested when he returned to the cabin. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined the tourist $1,000, ordering that the entire amount must be paid today.
Drug arrest
September 19 Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Royal Gazette reports a 79-year-old passenger died on Sunday after slipping into an unresponsive state while snorkelling off the West End (Bermuda). The victim was part of a tour group and swimming approximately a mile offshore at the time of the incident. Police said the man was taken ashore and attended to by EMTs, but pronounced dead by a physician at 12.55pm. The circumstances are not considered suspicious, but an autopsy is expected. A tour boat operator yesterday called the incident a tragedy, but said he hadn't heard the details of what happened.
Death on shore excursion
September 15 Nordlys
Hurtigruten
Norway International Network reports two crew members were found dead on board a Hurtigruten vessel hit by fire in its engine room Thursday morning. Passengers and other crew on board the vessel were evacuated, many by lifeboat. The number of persons injured was set at 16. The MS Nordlys is one of the vessels in the Hurtigruten fleet that sails north and south along the coast of Norway. Hurtigruten officials said there were 262 persons on board the Nordlys including 207 passengers and a crew of 55. Around 100 passengers were evacuated in the vessel’s lifeboats before the vessel managed to make its way into the west coast city of Ålesund with assistance from emergency vessels. Other passengers and crew were taken off the vessel on improvised gangways from the vessel to the pier and later to a local hotel. UPDATE: The Washington Post reports salvage teams reported progress on Friday as they pumped water from the cruise liner in danger of capsizing, a day after a fire on board killed two crew members and forced the evacuation of 260 other people. The ship, which tilted critically at an angle of 21.7 degrees in the morning, had slowly righted itself and was listing at 16 degrees in the evening as additional pumps spewed water from the slanting ship’s bowels, officials said.
Fire - abandon ship
September 14 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Mirror reports passengers disembarking from cruise ship Balmoral in Southampton yesterday were questioned by police over the disappearance of an elderly man who is believed to have committed suicide by going overboard in the North Sea. Some were delayed by up to three hours at the end of their eight-day cruise to the Norwegian fjords. The man, who is believed to have been travelling alone, was last seen at dinner on Sunday, shortly after the 44,000-ton ship left Stavanger. He was reported missing the following morning when a stewardess found a note in his cabin. The ship was by then in the North Sea, to the east of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The man has not yet been named by police, but he was described by fellow passengers as a "pleasant elderly British gentleman." Passengers were shown pictures of him and were asked to inform the police if they thought they knew what had happened to him. A spokesperson for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said the company was cooperating fully with Coast guard and police.
Pax missing
September 12 Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Law News reports that according to the lawsuit papers, in October 2010, a crewmember employed as an assistant sales clerk working for a perfume concessionaire aboard the Celebrity Equinox, was raped on the cruise ship in the early morning hours after leaving the crew bar. "Jane Doe" awoke to find another crewmember sexually assaulting her. Celebrity Equinox Cruise ShipShe reported the incident to her supervisors and was examined and treated in the ship infirmary. Police in the next port of call in Israel interviewed her, and the assailant crew member was eventually terminated and sent home. Like most cruise ship sexual assault allegations, the assailant crew member was not arrested and there was no criminal prosecution. The ship doctor did not administer any anti-retroviral medications to Jane Doe. She was permitted four days off from work and thereafter returned to full time duty. Neither Celebrity Cruises not her employer, Harding Brothers which operates the perfume concession, provided her with a psychiatrist, psychologist or counselor despite her many requests for help dealing with the trauma. Jane Doe ended her employment on the cruise ship in February 2011. Jane Doe is from South Africa. She is unemployed. Neither Celebrity nor Harding Brothers have provided her with any medical treatment or assistance after she left the cruise ship as required by the doctrine of "maintenance and cure."
Rape
September 10 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports that the #10 Lifeboat was found to be not in it's stowed position and damaged on the Port Bow. #10 Lifeboat was found with the L/B Davit arms extended and the navigational lashings still secured. It was determined that an unkown party had attempted to launch the #10 Lifeboat without properly releasing the lashings. The #10 Lifeboat sustained damage to the port bow where the lashing is connected to the vessel hull. Damaged consisted of a hole in the vessel's fiberglass hull above the waterline. Hole is approximately 65cm X 75cm. #10 Lifeboat was offloaded in Port of Miami and will be towed to Ft. Lauderdale for repairs. Class has attended and issued a Short Term SOLAS Passenger Ship Safety Certificate, valid from 10SEP11 until 09OCT11. Passenger count has been reduced from 4470 to 4320 to account for the missing lifeboat.
Lifeboat damaged
September 7 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
Fairbanks Daily News reports two boats were swamped with water and a float dock was damaged by the wake of a cruise ship using more power in high winds to maneuver into Ketchikan's Casey Moran Harbor. Wind gusts of more than 30 mph early Tuesday prompted the ship to increase power. Port and harbors officials say a 20-foot boat was swamped with water, and the float it was attached to was damaged. Another metal skiff on another float was also swamped. Divers were expected to inspect the float Wednesday. Princess Cruises arranged for the submerged boats to be refloated. The windy conditions led the Holland America Line to cancel the Ketchikan port call of its ship Zaandam.
Damage in ship's wake
September 6 Princess Seaways
DFDS Ferries
BBC reports a woman has been rescued after falling overboard from a Newcastle passenger ferry bound for the Netherlands. She fell overboard at about 20:35 BST on Monday. The ferry then reversed course and rescued her off the coast of Flamborough Head, at about 21:00 BST. The woman, 23, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, was taken to Scarborough Hospital, where she was kept in overnight and then released. 'Reversing course' Mike Green, watch manager at Humber Coastguard said the water temperature would have been between 11C and 12C. He said he did not know how she fell off the vessel. Mr Green added: "We received a call about 20:45 last night from the Princess Seaways DFDS ferry out of Newcastle. They said they'd had a person overboard and they were reversing their course. "We alerted the RAF Sea King helicopter and put the Scarborough and Filey lifeboats on stand-by in case we had an extended search. "The crew of the DFDS ferry were very efficient with their man-overboard procedures, they managed to get a visual contact with the lady, launched their rescue craft and managed to get her on board the ferry."
Pax overboard - rescued alive
September 5 Avalon Tranquility
Avalon Waterways
Cruise Critic UK reports a Danube cruise has been abandoned after the vessel was struck by a cargo ship on Friday evening. The collision took place just north of Passau in Germany, the impact causing extensive damage to Avalon Tranquility's hull. According to a statement from the ship's operator, Avalon Waterways, the resulting two-foot hole was away from passenger areas but significant enough to flood the engine room. Nobody was hurt but the 157 passengers, from the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and 43 crewmembers were mustered on deck in their lifejackets. According to the company's press statement, passengers were given two options: to be flown home; or to continue with a land programme taking in the sites they were supposed to see on the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. As for the ship…According to the local paper, Vilshofener Anzeiger, divers made emergency repairs to the tear in the hull and the crippled Tranquility was moved on Sunday to Passau. Today, it will be towed to a shipyard in Linz; the engines are not working as there is still more than a foot of water in the engine room. Passengers' luggage has, however, been retrieved.
Collision - holed
August 26 Viking Danube
Viking River Cruises
The company has notified pax that the ship's propeller needs to be repaired and as a result the cruise scheduled to begin in Amsterdam on August 27 will now begin in Cologne a day or two later. Pax are advised: Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we will meet you at the airport and take you to the Mint Hotel in the city. If you booked the pre-extension with Viking, we will extend your stay for an additional night. However, if
you made your own pre-hotel arrangements, we are happy to extend your stay for you. If you did not arrange arrival transfers with Viking on August 27th, please let us know when you are arriving in Amsterdam so we can arrange your transfer from the airport to the hotel. 
Propulsion problems - itinerary change
August 25 Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
USA Today reports about 300 passengers were left behind in San Juan Sunday when approaching Hurricane Irene forced the ship to depart the island early. But unlike Royal Caribbean, which faced a similar problem, Carnival put all the passengers up in hotels and offered to fly them to the next port. In both cases, the cruise lines learned early Sunday afternoon that due to the approaching storm, harbor traffic would be limited. Two ships, Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas and Carnival's Victory, were scheduled to start seven-day cruises that evening, and officials decided to leave early. Serenade of the Seas left at 5:30 p.m., three hours early. Victory left at 6 p.m., four hours early. Carnival provided hotel rooms for two nights to all the guests left behind, and offered to fly them to the next port, Barbados, on Wednesday. About half of the passengers took them up on the offer. Most of the others didn't have a passport and couldn't continue because the next port was in a foreign country. Although cruise lines urge passengers to bring passports, they are not required for sailing from Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
300 pax left ashore
August 25 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
USA Today reports 145 passengers missed their cruise Sunday night when the ship left San Juan, Puerto Rico, early to avoid Hurricane Irene. The ship was scheduled to depart at 8:30 p.m., but the cruise line says port officials began to limit harbor traffic at 12:30 p.m. that day, forcing the vessel to leave three hours early. Of the 145 guests left behind, 15 of them had purchased their airfare through the cruise line and were given hotel accommodations Sunday and Monday night, and flown to Aruba on Tuesday to catch up with their seven-day cruise. The other 130 were left on their own. "Independent guests were advised of hotel availability in the area, but the expense was on them given that it was a weather-related event," Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in a statement.
145 pax stranded ashore
August 23 Finnish Ferry All Headline News reports a Finnish ferry ran aground after the captain got locked in the ship's bathroom. The coast guard reported that the tourist ferry crashed into a rock near the shore of Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Officials said the captain got stuck in the bathroom after the lock jammed. He yelled for help and was rescued, but not in time to prevent the accident. A crew member was able to slow the vessel, but the island cruising ship still crashed. There were no reports of any serious injuries, but some of the 54 passengers onboard did suffer minor bruises. The name of the cruise line has not been released.
Aground
August 21 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
August 21 Discovery Sun
Discovery Cruises
The Examiner reports as a result of a bomb scare, the ship spent five listless hours Friday night, bobbing in the ocean eighteen miles off of Ft. Lauderdale. To add insult to injury, Discovery Cruise Line is scheduled to "go out of business" on September 6, right after Labor Day. The ship departed from Lucayan Harbor at Grand Bahama Island at 5pm with nearly 900 passengers, en route back to Port Everglades with a 10:30pm arrival time. When the ship was notified of the bomb scare, passengers were restricted to their cabins or a few designated public areas. As US Coast Guard and bomb squad technicians boarded the ship around midnight, the main lobby was off-limits. After the initial search turned up nothing, the ship was allowed to return to Port Everglades around 4am. A spokesman for the Broward Sheriff’s office said that at about 9pm, the Miami Dade police department received a 911 call warning that there was a man aboard the ship with a gun and a bomb. None was subsequently found.
Bomb scare
August 20 Panorama
Avalon Waterways
Cruise Critic UK reports the ship suffered a propeller malfunction Wednesday evening, forcing the new river ship to continue its Danube cruise by bus. Avalon Waterways spokeswoman Melanie Gravdal tells Cruise Critic that Panorama was able to continue the cruise with limited top speed until Friday, when the ship went into a dry dock in Linz to replace the faulty propeller. Instead of canceling the sailing, as big-ship lines might do in similar circumstances, Avalon temporarily put passengers up in hotels in Vienna, from which the original itinerary continued by bus.
Propulsion problems
August 19 Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: A man on our cruise ship drowned yesterday while on a shore excursion in Cozumel. I know he was with a group of 8, but the other 7 took a break to go shopping. They didn't know about his death until their cards were flagged upon reboarding. He was 32, and he died while snorkeling.
Death ashore
August 19 Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Cruises
The Bermuda Sun reports a 48-year-old US tourist was today fined $1,000 after admitting having six grams of cannabis in his cruise ship cabin. The court heard Customs officers searched the passenger's cabin on August 17 after receiving a tip-off. The passenger was present during the search and admitted to Customs officers he had some cannabis in the cabin safe “for personal use”. Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered that the passenger, who has no previous convictions in his homeland, pay the fine immediately.
Drug bust
August 19 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The Sun Sentinel reports an alarm on the ships turbine oil system, causing the vessel master to anchor and complete troubleshooting. 19 August 2011: It was determined after troubleshooting that the turbine had small metal particles within the lube oil system indicating an internal failure. Turbine was secured and vessel switched to diesel electric (main propulsion) and continued voyage.
Engine problems
August 19 Veendam
Holland America Line
The Bermuda Sun reports a crewmember appeared in court today charged with drugs offences. It is alleged Dhimas Pradiptar conspired with others between a date unknown and August 16 to bring about 340g of cannabis to the island. Mr. Pradiptar, 23, originally from Indonesia, is further charged with having cannabis with intent to supply in Pembroke on August 16. He pleaded not guilty to both offences and was released on $15,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear at Magistrates’ Court on November 17.
Drug arrest
August 14 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
The Sun Sentinel a fault alarm sounded on the port propulsion motor.
Engine problems
August 12 Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Bermuda Sun reports two New York women were fined $1,000 each after the admitted bringing cannabis into the island on a cruise ship. Lisa Donitz, 54 and Carolyn Hampton, 50, were charged with possession of eight grams of cannabis on August 10 in Sandy’s. The court heard both women came to Bermuda on board the Norwegian Jade cruise ship and were sharing a room. At 12:28pm that day, officers were making checks on various cabins and had reason to search the defendants cabin. During the search, Donitz and Hampton were not there. Customs officers found a plastic bag containing plantlike material and two small film containers with plantlike material. When the defendants arrived at the cabin, they were both arrested after admitting the drugs belonged to them.
Drug bust
August 12 ???? of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Bermuda Sun reports two cruise ship workers appeared in Magistrate’s Court today in connection with $52,625 of cocaine. Delroy Duncan, 36, and Clarence James, 35, were both charged with conspiring with others not before the courts to import the controlled drug cannabis between a date unknown and August 8. They were also charged with importing 219 grams of cocaine. The court heard the drugs were found in the soles of black sneakers worn by Mr James when he exited the ship. He told police officers the shoes were given to him by Mr Duncan but didn’t know if anything was inside them.
Drug bust
August 8 Unknown The Daily Mail reports Outkast star Big Boi has been arrested for drug possession, it is being reported. The rapper, real name Antwan Patton, 36, was taken into custody in Miami today. He was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. TMZ are reporting that the controlled substances listed were ecstasy pills, MDMA powder and Viagra. The Corrections Department said all of the offences the artist has been charged with are felonies. Law enforcement sources told the site that he was caught by customs and border patrol dogs as he was leaving a cruise ship. He apparently did not have a prescription for the Viagra pills. Big Boi was booked into jail at 1.35pm ET and is being held on $16,000 bond.
Drug bust
August 3 Various The Antigua Observer reports The weather disturbances associated with Tropical Storm Emily has led to the postponement of at least one cruise ship scheduled to visit the island on Thursday. USA Today previously reported on delays and itinerary changes associated with tropical storm Emily.
Tropical storm delays
August 3 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

The Royal Gazette reports an American cruise ship passenger who landed a $3,000 fine after 13 spliffs were found in his cabin admitted: “I made a big mistake.” Richard Battistella, 39, from New Jersey, pleaded guilty at Magistrates’ Court to importing cannabis to Bermuda. Prosecutor Larissa Burgess told the court customs officers conducted a search of the ship at Dockyard. A sniffer dog led them to Battistella’s cabin and a bedside drawer, where they found 13 hand-rolled cigarettes containing plant material. She said: “Later that day, the defendant returned to his cabin and was subsequently detained. Police arrived and took possession of the cigarettes.”

Drug bust
July 31 Swallow (riverboat) The Moscow Times reports aAn overloaded boat, apparently carrying a group of partyers, rammed into a moored barge near Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium early Sunday, sinking on the spot and killing nine people. The Moscow River accident is the second of its kind in less than a month after the Bulgaria riverboat sank in the Volga River, killing 122. An investigation was ongoing Sunday, but investigators said they were inclined to blame the motorboat’s owner, with a reputation for giving rides to celebrities and ignoring navigation rules. He died in the accident. The boat, identified in some news reports as the Swallow, collided with the Oka-5 barge around 1 a.m. It was carrying 16 people despite a maximum capacity of 12.
Sunk
July 27 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Sun Sentinel reports during inbound transit of Chesapeake Bay enroute to Baltimore, the ship experienced a port side rudder steering gear pump failure on pump #4. Upon investigation, engineers discovered that the electrical control panel for the steering gear pump had become dismounted from the bulkhead due to stress on the rubber mount used to secure the cabinet to the bulkhead. The pump failure was a result of loose electrical connections after the cabinet fell and hit the deck. The remaining pump, #3 was not affected by the fall of the control panel. At the time of the incident, the vessel was operating the port and starboard side rudders with all four pumps on as a safety precaution during the transit. While redundancy of the steering gear system was lost with the failure of pump #4, there was not a loss of steering and the vessel was able to complete its transit safely. The control panel was remounted to the bulkhead using a sturdier mounting bracket and electrical repairs were carried out by the crew to the satisfaction of the attending class surveyor
Steering problems
July 27 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Gazette reports an American tourist was fined yesterday after customs officers discovered cannabis in his cruise ship cabin. Roderick Johnson, 42, pleaded guilty to importing the drug, which he told Magistrates’ Court that he used to help him sleep. According to Crown counsel Robert Welling, on Monday police were alerted by customs officers that a passenger on the ship had been arrested on suspicion of importing a controlled substance. During a routine search of the ship with a K9 unit, officers discovered a plant-like material in the defendant’s cabin. The material was tested and found to be nine grams of the controlled drug cannabis. Appearing in custody in Magistrates’ Court, Johnson pleaded guilty to the offence and apologised. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Johnson $1,000 for the offence, ordering him to pay immediately. NOTE: Thanks to a reader who correctly pointed out that the ship was the Enchantment OTS and not the Explorer OTS as stated in the Royal Gazette.
Drug bust
July 27 Carnival Fantasy & Imagination
Carnival Cruise Lines
Associated Press reports the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how two cruise ships bumped into each other in the Port of Key West. Officials say the Carnival Imagination was already berthed and the Carnival Fantasy was in the process of mooring Tuesday morning when the vessels struck stern to stern. Both vessels sustained minor cosmetic damage. The Coast Guard says no injuries, pollution or structural damage occurred during the collision. In accordance with Coast Guard policy, ship personnel in safety-sensitive positions were being tested for drug and alcohol use. A Carnival Cruise Lines statement confirmed the incident. The company reports that the Carnival Fantasy was on a six-day cruise from Charleston, S.C., and the Carnival Imagination was on a four-day cruise from Miami.
Bump - Collision
July 26 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: On Sunday, July 17, 2011, we were sailing out of Tampa. About three hours after departure, we noticed the ship had stopped. The cruise director informed everybody that a crew member was injured and we were standing by for the coast guard to retrieve him. About a half hour later, the ship turned around and started back to Tampa. The cruise director informed us we had to meet the coast guard closer to port, and it would take a half hour. After we met the coast guard and the crew member was transferred, we were back under way. Fortunately we were able to make our ports on time, but we never heard anything more on the injured crew member.
Return to port
July 26 Carnival Imagination
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports the ship collided with the CARNIVAL IMAGINATION while the vessel was attempting to moor. As the CARNIVAL FANTASY passed by the CARNIVAL IMAGINATION, which was already moored, the starboard aft corner tip of the # 9 deck on both vessels made contact causing minimal cosmetic damage to both vessels. The Safety Officer, who was positioned on deck #4, was in charge of providing clearance measurements during mooring evolutions and had failed to account for the additional distance deck # 9 protruded from the vessel when he provided his measurement to the MASTER.
Collision
July 25 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
July 24 Regatta Oceania Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
July 23 Oosterdam
Holland America Line
The Alaska Daily News reports a 20 year old California man may have gone overboard somewhere between Sitka and Ketchikan. The man is believed to have disappeared into the water between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday while the vessel was sailing to Ketchikan. HAL subsequently issue the following statement: During the July 17 seven-day Alaska sailing of ms Oosterdam, a 20-year old male guest was reported missing by his family at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time on July 22. He was last seen by his family between midnight and 1:00 a.m. that same day and the ship’s gangway records do not indicate that he went ashore in Ketchikan during the July 22 call. Per marine regulation and protocol, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and law enforcement authorities were contacted with all known information and the ship’s course. Following established procedures, the ship’s crew has also conducted a thorough search of the ship without locating the guest. The USCG has launched a search along the route the ship transited. We have offered full support and cooperation for the search conducted by the USCG. The current cruise will end in Seattle on Sunday, July 24. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Pax missing
July 22 Various There have been many news reports of disruption at Greek ports, including that many ships have not been able to stop in port. See here and here.
Skipped port calls
July 21 Ryndam
Holland America Line
Tampa Bay Online reports a 45 year old passenger from Thousand Oaks, Calif., readily admits he got drunk and broke into a control room aboard the MS Ryndam and deployed the ship's anchor early on the morning of Nov. 27, said lawyer Daniel L. Castillo. "I guess he thought it was a big joke." Castillo added, "He's got a lot of money. It was a silly thing to do. It's silly. He's not denying he did it." But is Ehlert guilty of a federal crime? Castillo says no. "He's guilty of felony stupidity, that he is," Castillo said. "But I don't think it should be a federal crime." The attorney filed a motion this afternoon to dismiss a three-count indictment against Ehlert, whom Castillo said is a wealthy Californian who owns an RV business. "An alcohol-induced reckless act does not necessarily equate to a violation of federal criminal statutes," Castillo wrote. The lawyer says the charges – part of federal antiterrorism legislation – carry a maximum possible prison term of 20 years, although prosecutors have told him they expect sentencing guidelines to call for probation. Castillo said he tried, without success, to have Ehlert admitted to a pretrial diversion program. The Holland America ship, which was sailing from Costa Maya, Mexico, to Tampa, wasn't damaged, but it could have been, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities say releasing an anchor on a moving cruise ship could damage the rudder and propeller, disabling the vessel's ability to maneuver. It could puncture the ship, causing it to flood or sink. Shortly after the anchor was released at 5:25 a.m., someone deployed a life buoy from Deck 11, the affidavit states. About 7:30 a.m., the ship's captain made an announcement asking passengers and crew to come forward with information about the buoy, the affidavit states. When no one stepped forward, the ship's emergency alarm was sounded, and all passengers and crew were mustered on deck. After about 40 minutes, with everyone accounted for, passengers were allowed to leave the deck. "Everybody was mad at him," Castillo said, but there was no damage to the ship and no one was hurt. "Where's the crime?"
Pax arrested
July 20 ??? of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Beaver County Times reportson a 72 year old man pleaded guilty to a charge of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He traveled to Florida for the voyage aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, FBI investigators said. A few days after the trip began, he got into a hot tub with a 6-year-old boy and touched the boy's genitals. Federal prosecutors said video surveillance showed the man getting into a Jacuzzi in a water-amusement area on the ship on Dec. 18 and placing a 6-year-old boy on his lap for about three minutes. He released the boy when other people approached, prosecutors said. The surveillance video also showed him approaching another young boy in a second Jacuzzi. On the video, the boy gets up and runs away after the man touches his lower back, prosecutors said. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Child sexual abuse
July 19 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
BBC reports a man from Jamaica has been charged with attempting to smuggle about £80,000 worth of cocaine into the UK through Southampton Docks. About 2kg of the class A drug was discovered in a pair of training shoes in a rucksack. Anthony Spence, 45, of Montego Bay, was arrested on Sunday after arriving on the MV Grand Princess cruise liner. He was remanded in custody until 18 August.
Drug bust
July 15 Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line
Travel Weekly reports Bill Cosby will perform two complimentary comedy shows on July 24, while the ship overnights in Seattle to undergo repairs to its propeller. The ship will depart July 25 on an Alaska cruise. Because of the delayed departure, the ship will bypass its call in Juneau. Guests also will be compensated with a $150 onboard credit per stateroom, as well as a future cruise credit of 10% of the cruise fare paid per guest. In addition to Cosby’s performances on Sunday night, guests will receive complimentary house wine with dinner, and 50% off on specialty restaurants' cover charges.
Delayed departure
July 12 Rio Haaretz reports 320 crew members on the cruise ship, anchored in Ashdod (Israel), have been refusing to disembark for nearly two weeks, even though they have practically no electricity or food. They're not leaving until they receive last month's salaries, they say. The ship is in receivership and the receivers said they do not have the money to pay the salaries right now. "People came from all over the world to work on the ship. There are people from India who paid $3,000 to get to the ship. Who will pay them back?" a crew member said. The crew member said the receivers offered them $200 in cash and plane tickets home, but the crew did not want to leave until they had been paid what they were owed. On July 4, the ship ran out of fuel, and the electricity, air conditioning and other systems went out. More fuel was delivered only a day later, and this too is now running out, crew members said. They are not running the air conditioning in order to conserve fuel, they said. A crew member said the staff includes 20 Israelis, 35 Egyptians, 66 Indians, 57 Filipinos, 63 Ukrainians, 16 Greeks, 15 Romanians, 14 Georgians, 2 Russians and 2 Turks. The ship's receivers, attorneys Ilan Orli and Eran Shellac, said they would be able to pay the crew's salaries soon. They plan to start looking to sell the ship.
Crew stranded
July 11

Bulgaria
Riverboat

RIA Novosti reports the twin-deck river boat sank on Sunday at 01:58 PM Moscow time (09:58 GMT) near the village of Syukeyevo in the Kansko-Ustinovsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan on the Volga River. The ship was carrying 196 people instead of the maximum 120 allowed by safety rules. A total of 79 people were rescued, while around 100 are still missing and nine, including a child, have been found dead, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Monday. Witnesses said the vessel rolled on its right side and sank in eight minutes. Rescuers say that the vessel could have been sunk by a large wave.
Sunk
July 6 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
A poster at Cruise Critic reports the itinerary for the July 9th cruise has changed from a Western itinerary to an Eastern. Carnival is saying the Dream has a propulsion problem and cannot make the ports on the Western itinerary. Apparently they gave notification of the change only 5 days in advance and are offering a $100 onboard credit as compensation.
Propulsion problems
July 6 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: We were on board the Carnival Freedom on 6/18 to 6/26. On the 3rd evening there was a report of a "gold star" on level 2. we learned the next day that apparently a man cruising with his wife and 2 kids had commited suicide. There were reports they took his body off in St Thomas and the family remained on the ship. As we came into port in Fort Lauderdale there were several vans with teams of people who came aboard. The vans all read "crime scene investigation"
?Suicide?
July 5 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: My wife and I were on the Norweigan Gem out of NYC to Bermuda on June 19th - 26th. On our first day in Bermuda, within the first 2 hours and within an hour of each other, 2 people fell off the pier and into the water in between the pier and ship. The first one happened while we were entering the main dining room for breakfast. We heard someone come on the ship PA system and announce "code oscar, port side." I ran to the deck and saw crew members running around outside on the pier. I went to breakfast and during the breakfast the captain came on the PA system and said a passenger had fallen in the water and was OK. After breakfast we were headed to disembark from the ship, when I saw several crew members running on the 6th floor port side deck. I went outside and saw someone in the water. Several crew members were running around and within seconds they came over the PA and announced "code oscar, port side mid ship."
Pax falls from pier
July 1 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
USA Today reports that after three earlier incidents, the Sea Princess experienced yet another outbreak of norovirus, prompting what Princess Cruises officials called a "prolonged and intensive sanitization" before the ship set sail this week from San Francisco on a 10-day Alaska sailing. The extensive cleaning delayed the departure of the ship by more than five hours on Wednesday. A spokeswoman said it was too soon to tell whether the illness had been contained; whether there were any sick passengers or crew on the ship's current sailing. A total of 53 (or 2.4%) of 2,196 passengers were affected by the gastrointestinal illness during the previous sailing, a 10-day cruise that had departed San Francisco on June 19 and returned on Wednesday. The Sea Princess' current norovirus issues began in May when 44 passengers were reported ill on the ship's May 10 sailing from San Francisco to Alaska.
Illness
June 29 AIDAluna
AIDA Cruises
Iceland Review Reports the ship as unable to anchor in Reykjavík’s Skarfabakki harbor due to strong winds. The cruise ship was scheduled to pick up 52 passengers arriving by air. Wind speed had reached 28 meters per second yesterday evening.
Canceled port call
June 27 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports a blackout due to generator failure. The cause was investigated and found to be due to sediments and/or other materials in the fuel oil. Corrective actions were as follows: Fuel oil filters were cleaned, fuel oil purifers were started and chemical treatment was added to the both service tanks. Vessel resumed transit and arrived in Port Everglades under her own propulsion and with no other complications.
Propulsion & generator problems
June 24 Unknown Bermuda Sun reports a 36 year old American tourist was fined $2,500 after he admitted bringing 10 grams of cannabis into the island on June 22. The court heard the defendant boarded a cruise ship in New York and came into the island. At 1:30pm on that day, officers heard a report of drugs being found in a room on the ship. When they arrived, customs officers handed over a clear plastic bag with plantlike material and partially smoked cigarettes. Police returned to the cruise ship later that day when the room’s occupants returned. The police arrested both people, who denied the drugs belonged to them. While at the Somerset Police Station, he admitted the drugs were his.
Drug bust
June 21 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
Maritime Law Blog reports a suit has been filed against NCL on behalf of a passenger who asserts she was raped and sexually assaulted in a public bathroom aboard the Norwegian Sun cruise ship. On April 11, 2011, the passenger (whose name is kept confidential due to the extreme nature of this lawsuit) was participating in an NCL organized "pub crawl" whereby crewmembers took her and other guests throughout the cruise ship stopping briefly to drink at various bars. The complaint alleges the bartenders aboard the ship encouraged passengers to drink above their limits. At one stop the passenger refused the drink offered, but the bartender insisted she drink, returned the beverage to her and stated "no wastee, no wastee." After the event, the passenger went to a public bathroom. While in a stall, she heard her name called. The next thing she knew, the door to the stall busted open, a man spun her around and raped her. The complaint filed in Miami, Florida Federal Court alleges NCL created an unreasonably dangerous condition by feeding the passenger high amounts of alcohol to the point where she became a target for a sexual predator and was unable to defend herself. The complaint also alleges NCL breached its duty to the passenger by not escorting her to her cabin after the event or otherwise protect her while in a vulnerable condition.
Sexual assault
June 21 Princess Cruises USA Today reports Princess has canceled calls in Puerto Vallarta for the rest of the year, citing safety concerns. The move comes three months after Princess and several other lines pulled out of nearby Mazatlan, Mexico, also over safety concerns. "As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and based on the continued violence in these areas, we've made the decision to cancel our calls to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan," Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy tells USA TODAY. While several lines have dropped calls in Mazatlan this year, Princess is the first major operator to cancel calls in Puerto Vallarta, and the move raises questions about the viability of the Mexican Riviera as a cruise destination
Canceled port calls
June 20 Regatta Oceania Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
June 20 Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Cruise Line
USA Today reports a passenger sailing out of New Orleans late Sunday was rescued after plunging from the vessel into the water. In a brief statement sent to USA TODAY, Norwegian Cruise Line says the incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. local time as the 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit was traveling down the Mississippi River toward the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel had just begun a seven-night voyage to the Western Caribbean three hours earlier. "The ship immediately deployed its rescue boat; the guest was recovered and returned safely back to the ship," the line says. Norwegian Cruise Line didn't say how the unidentified male passenger went overboard but indicated that he was injured in the plunge. "The medical team onboard attended to his injuries and arrangements were made to disembark the guest for further treatment," the statement says.
Overboard - rescued alive
June 19 Superstar Virgo
Star Cruises
Nation Multimedia reports about 100 passengers on a cruise from Singapore to Vietnam suffered food poisoning. Passengers became ill after the ship docked in Vietnam. Investigations were ongoing to find out the cause of the symptoms, which included vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever and chills. Passengers, contacted after the ship returned to Singapore on Friday, described the scene on the vessel as "chaotic," with crowds at its onboard clinic, the paper said. "We were quarantined in our rooms for the rest of the trip," said passenger Cynthia Lim, 22, who suffered cramps and had fever on Wednesday morning and was admitted to the ship's intensive care unit. "If we got food poisoning from a roadside stall we picked ourselves, it would have been our fault. But this was food given to us by Star Cruises," The Straits Times quoted Lim as saying.
Illness
June 17 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
Bermuda Sun reports a cruise passenger has been jailed for 30 months for bringing nearly $100,000 worth of cannabis resin into Bermuda. U.S. Citizen Carnell Jones brought the drugs onto the island in five hollowed out fibre glass hangers, which he hid in his luggage. Jones travelled to Bermuda with his friend Latrice Bell from Boston. The pair had previously met an unknown man at a hotel in Boston who handed them the hangers and told them to carry them to Bermuda. Jones and Bell arrived in Dockyard on June 12. Jones then received a phone call from another associate and organised to meet the man in the Botanical Gardens where the drugs were exchanged. The 39-year-old was paid $7,000 for completing the sale. He then went to Western Union and tried to transfer the cash to his wife. However staff became suspicious due to the amount of cash he wanted to transfer and so asked him for proof that it was a legitimate income. He was unable to provide such documentation and so took the cash back to the cruise ship and stashed it in the safe. Customs officers then raided their cabin on June 13 and found the cash and the broken hangers which contained drug residue. In interview Jones admitted bringing the drugs into Bermuda and passing them on to another man in the Botanical Gardens. He said he had done it to pay off a drug debt his brother had racked up in Bermuda. His brother is currently in prison on the island.
Drug bust
June 15 Sea Lion
Lindblad Expeditions
The CDC reports 17 of 61 passengers (28.87%) and 6 of 24 crew (25%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on the cruise from May 21 - 28. There was a relatively high percentage of passengers who became ill on subsequent cruises: 5/28/2011 – 6/3/2011: 2 of 63 passengers (3.2%), 1 of 24 crew (4.2%); 6/4/2011 – 6/11/2011: 4 of 66 passengers (6.1%); 6/11/2011 – 6/18-2011: 2 of 62 passengers (3.2%).
Illness
June 14 Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
NBC in Miami reports a judge ruledthat Royal Caribbean Cruises demonstrated "a gross indifference to the life and health" of passengers by continuing to cruise with a ship "that allowed poison gas exposure to its passengers." The ruling is in a lawsuit involving a leak of hydrogen sulfide that killed three crew members and injured 19 others during a 2005 cruise. Marc Schumacher, of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, wrote in the ruling that the evidence provided "a reasonsable basis" to find that the cruise line's conduct was "was either intentional or constituted gross negligence." The company "failed to take reasonable measures to prevent exposure" to the poison gas, Shumacher wrote in the ruling permitting Bjoern Eidiseen, who was staff captain at the time, to seek punitive damages. Photos taken during a U.S. Coast Guard investigation of the incident document the "extensive corrosion" they say they found in engine room pipes where the leak originated. The Coast Guard report concludes: "early signs… of hazardous H2S gas …were missed." Eidiseen told NBC LA that he saw the holes in the engine room pipes. Despite patches that were applied over the holes, he felt the ship was unsafe and warned his superiors." Eidissen claims he was fired after the deadly accident for complaining about the conditions. Royal Caribbean says he injured himself by going into the engine room without protective gear. The cruise line has tried to dismiss the lawsuit, insisting the claims are baseless. But according to the new court ruling, Eidissen can allege a claim punitive damages against Royal Caribbean because he has presented enough evidence.
Court ruling - gross indifference
June 11 Regatta Oceania Cruises Cruise Law News reports on June 10th, a senior Federal District Court Judge in Miami rejected an attempt by a Miami-based cruise line to limit its potential liability at no more than $65,000 for alleged damages suffered by a minor raped on a cruise ship. The case arose out of a shipboard rape of a girl alleged against Oceania Cruises. According to the lawsuit papers, an Oceania Cruises crewmember sexually assaulted and raped a 13 year old girl during a cruise aboard the Regatta cruise ship in October 2009. Oceania Cruises filed a motion seeking to assert, as an affirmative defense, the terms and Oceania Cruises - Regatta Cruise Ship - Sexual Assault - Rapeconditions of the "Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea." This is an international treaty which applies when a cruise ship does not call on a U.S. port. It is commonly referred to as the "Athens Convention." The Athens Convention limits a cruise lines liability for injuries and deaths to 46,666 Special Drawing Right (SDR's) which is an international currency which has a conversion rate today of around U.S. $65,000.
Child sexual abuse
June 11 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Princess Chatter has a posting that the ship is operating on 3 engines. They put on engineers in Singapore, but problem not fixed. They have to wait until Dover. Heaven knows if the World Cruise will go on from there. Rumours abound on the ship of course. But they have reduced speed and itinerary changes leading up to Dover. One week earlier a passenger posted: They are running at half speed on 3 engines. Upon reaching Singapore it is likely the ship will be drydocked for a few days to enable engine repairs. Itinerary is to be adjusted and TBA by the Capt. at Singapore. I suppose hotel rooms will have to be found for 2000 pax. Maybe the crew will have to sweat it out on the ship with no A/C. What a way to start a world cruise ! Even a twin share inside cabin is $20,000 pp.
Propulsion problems
June 11 Unknown Bernews reports two American tourists were detained this morning after being found with 40 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Officials said as they determined the cruise ship visitors “inadvertently carried” the ammunition to Bermuda, they will not file charges. The tourists, a 26 year old man and a 29 year old female, were released from custody and departed the island this afternoon. The couple were searched by ship’s security officers as they returned aboard the ship when the ammunition was found in the man’s bag, and the police were called. The man says he had previously used the bag to lawfully carry ammunition to a shooting range in the U.S. He did not empty the bag before travelling to Bermuda and was unaware he was carrying any ammunition.
Ammunition confiscated
June 9 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Royal Gazette reports police are investigating the sudden death of a 52-year-old tourist who was helmet diving with her family and began experiencing breathing difficulties when she was in the Mangrove Bay area of Somerset just after midday on Tuesday. Helmet diving is said to work like a glass turned upside down in water - tThe diver’s head stays dry in a helmet and there is a constant supply of fresh air pumped from the boat with the excess bubbles flowing out the bottom of the helmet. CPR was given at the scene and the woman was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance. However, medics were unable to revive her and an on-call physician at the hospital pronounced her dead at about 1pm. A police spokesman said: “Police have commenced an investigation into the death of an American woman who was visiting the island as a cruise ship passenger. An autopsy will be performed on the deceased during the course of this week.” Bermuda Maritime Operations told The Royal Gazette on Tuesday evening that Ms Zapata had turned blue and had died of a suspected heart attack. Another tourist on a diving excursion also required medical attention and was treated on shore by the ambulance crew.
Death on shore excursion
June 9 Unknown The Royal Gazette reports three arrests have been made in connection with a brawl in Dockyard’s Snorkel Park that left three people injured. The fight, between two cruise ship staff and a local group, erupted in the early hours of Tuesday. Both cruise ship workers were hurt, with one taken for treatment to King Edward VII Memorial. He was yesterday released from care. A security guard at Snorkel Park was also assaulted while breaking up the fight.
Incident ashore
June 8 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The CDC reports 135 of 2128 passengers (6.3%) and 6 of 840 crew (0.7%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer will board the ship on arrival in San Francisco on June 09, 2011 to conduct a comprehensive environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. NOTE: Breaking Travel News reports it will be necessary for the ship to undergo a prolonged and additional disinfection in San Francisco on Thursday, June 9, 2011. As a consequence, embarkation will be delayed. Cruise check-in is now scheduled to begin at 5:30pm. All passengers must be onboard by 7:30pm. In addition, the delayed departure will require itinerary changes. The call to Juneau on June 12 has been cancelled and replaced with a call to Sitka. The call to Haines on June 14 has also been cancelled and replaced with a call to Juneau.
Illness
June 7 Arcadia
P&O Cruises
The Telegraph reports a group of 2,000 elderly British cruise ship passengers docked at Los Angeles for a short stop-off during a five-star cruise around America it was, in the words of one of them, more like arriving at Guantanamo Bay. During their £10,000, two-and-a-half month “Alaska Adventure” tour from the Arctic to the Caribbean, the passengers on the luxury P&O liner Arcadia had become more than accustomed to passing US immigration with little formality. By the time they docked at Los Angeles on May 26, for a one-day visit it was their 10th stop on US soil. But when a handful of them questioned whether the lengthy security checks at the port were strictly necessary for a group of largely elderly travellers officials were not amused. Although they had already been given advance clearance for multiple entries to the country during their trip, all 2,000 passengers were made to go through full security checks in a process which took seven hours to complete. The fingerprints of both hands were taken as well as retina scans and a detailed check of the passport as well as questioning as to their background. Passengers claim that the extra checks were carried out in “revenge” for what had been a minor spat over allegedly overzealous security. They complain that they were “herded like animals” and made to stand for hours in temperatures up to 80F with no food or water or access to lavatories. Some are said to have passed out in the heat while others were left confused and bewildered. When one lady asked in desperation whether she could use a bathroom, one immigration official is said to have replied: “Do it over the side, we won’t mind.” To compound the situation, the officials' computer broke down and further delays resulted. The immigration delays forced P&O to extend the stay in LA by a day forcing it to cancel a later stop-off at Roatan, Honduras.
Customs and immigration nightmare
June 7 Zaandam
Holland America Line
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
June 6 Imagination
Carnival Cruise Lines
News Net 5 reports a West Chester, Ohio, man on a cruise in the Bahamas has been reported missing after an excursion from Paradise Island on a Jet Ski. The 32 year old was last seen when he drove off on a Jet Ski he hired from a vendor on Cabbage Beach around 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, according to The (Nassau) Tribune. Police told the Tribune that he arrived in Nassau on the Carnival Imagination Ship at around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, and was reported missing at 10.30 p.m. His jet ski was subsequently found late Sunday off the coast of Nassau, about an hour away from Paradise Island. (See also Nassau Tribune)
Pax missing ashore
June 2 Oriana
P&O Cruises
Media in Norway reports the ship has a sizeable dent in the stern after bashing into a solid stone quay at her last port of call, Kristiansand in Norway The vessel was leaving harbour at about 5.30 on Wednesday evening when the incident happened. A water pipe and an optical cable on the quay were damaged and the ship's stern was stoved in (see pics with news article). The ship proceeded on its voyage to Southampton after it was inspected and cleared.
Collision with pier
May 30 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CNN reports a fuel tank exploded on a pier in Gibraltar injuring 12 passengers on the ship as it was docked nearby. The ship retracted the gangway and immediately moved away from the doc. "Twelve guests sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment onboard. Two injuries have been reported on shore, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle. Two Independence of the Seas passengers were still on shore when the explosion happened. They were not injured, the cruise line said, and Royal Caribbean is assisting them with travel arrangements to rejoin the ship Thursday in France.
Explosion ashore
May 30 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The CDC reports 128 of 2053 passengers (6.23%) and 13 of 838 crew (1.55%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers boarded the ship on arrival in Juneau, AK on May 24, 2011 to conduct a limited, targeted environmental health assessment and evaluated the outbreak and response activities.
Illness
May 28 Unknown Associated Press reports a Naples hospital says a Puerto Rican tourist who was knocked to the ground by muggers trying to grab his Rolex has died, nine days after he was hospitalized with severe head injuries. Police said 66-year-old Oscar Antonio Mendoza was pushed to the ground by two muggers aboard a scooter after he resisted their attempt to grab his watch shortly after he arrived in Naples aboard a cruise ship on May 18. Dr. Maurizo Postiglione, head of intensive care at Loreto Mare hospital, told the AP by telephone that Mendoza never regained consciousness after suffering multiple cerebral contusions and despite brain surgery. Mendoza was strolling with his wife near Naples port when he was attacked.
Pax death ashore
May 27 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: On Friday, May 27, 2011, early in the morning at about 2:15 a.m., the Ruby Princess was sailing from Athens to Venice.  At about that time, the Captain came across the speaker stating that there was a man overboard and that the ship would be turning around to try to save him.  After about an hour and 45 minutes, the Captain announced that they located the man and had saved him.  The sea water was about 68 degrees and we heard the man was a crew member (cook) who had jumped.  
Crew member overboard (rescued)
May 27 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports reports 104 of 2058 passengers (5.1%) and 9 of 921 crew (0.98%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers boarded the ship on arrival in Juneau, AK on May 24, 2011 to conduct a limited, targeted environmental health assessment and evaluated the outbreak and response activities.
Illness
May 27 Opera
MSC Cruises
BBC reports the ship has been detained in Southampton following an inspection. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) staff visited the MSC Opera when it returned on Wednesday. The MCA said: "The ship was not fully compliant with international maritime safety regulations." The company said: "They are doing the checks now and the ship is supposed to leave this evening. This is just a rumour." The ship is due to sail from Southampton later for an eight-night cruise in the Norwegian fjords. The MCA statement said the vessel would be detained in Southampton until the owners were able to demonstrate compliance. UPDATE: MSNBC reports the ship left Southampton on time. (See USA Today for more details about reasons for the ship being detained.)
Detained for safety violations
May 27 Disvovery Sun Discovery Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "material failure." Material failure
May 26 Carnival Cruise Lines Miami New Times reports the family of the 14-year-old Carnival cruise ship passenger killed last year in a highly publicized shootout in St. Thomas is suing the line. The parents of Liz Marie Perez Chaparro of Puerto Rico filed the lawsuit this week, alleging Carnival should have known the violence was likely. Chaparro was struck by a bullet as she and her family were leaving Coki Point beach, a popular tourist area, in an open-air safari taxi. News accounts at the time said she was the unintended victim of a gang-related shootout in the area.
Lawsuit
May 23 Costa Deliziosa
Costa Cruises
BT.No reports on Saturday at 16.30 the ship ran from the dock, even though it was still moored. No people were injured, but the ship pulled 50 feet of the pier into the sea. The consequences are large. Now the Port Authority must find other berths to many of the cruise ships coming to Bergen this summer.
Damage to pier
May 22 Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
The Daily Mail reports a 31 year old Filipini crew member was seen on CCTV climbing over a railing and jumping from the ship at around 10.15pm on Friday. The ship was eight miles north of the French port of Cherbourg when the incident happened. The vessel was immediately turned around and headed back towards the spot from where the man had jumped. Colleagues alerted the French coastguard but no trace of him was found during an overnight search. Emergency workers called off the search-and-rescue mission yesterday. The ship was returning from a 14-night Italian Mediterranean cruise that left Southampton on May 7.
Crew member overboard
May 19 Polar Star
Polar Star Expeditions
The Chronicle Herald reports the ship had been seized by Spanish authorities in Las Palmas after its owner was unable to cover a $1.4-million repair bill linked to a grounding in the Antarctic in January (see below, February 1). The ship has been placed in receivership, however 27 crew members are stranded in SPain (where the ship was reparied), still being owed more than $250,000 in wages.
Crew stranded
May 19 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The CDC reports 64 of 1990 passengers (3.22%) and 3 of 873 crew (0.57%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in San Francinco today following a 15-day cruise that began 9n Ft. Lauderdale.
Illness
May 17 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: On May 17th, the ship sustained considerable damage to several lifeboats when a fuel loading barge collided with the side of the ship while in the port of St Petersburg, Russia. After inspection by authorities, it was determined  the ship still had enough passenger space in an emergency using inflatable life rafts, and the ship will continue on the planned itinerary. See attached photos here.
Collision
May 15 Opera
MSC Cruises
Italian media reports the ship suffedered a failure to an electric panel, causing an initial low power and afterwards a total loss while the ship was near Wisby in Baltic Sea. On board passengers suffer many inconvenience, especially in toilette. MSC offered a refund of 30% for a new cruise within 2012, but a passenger on board report that all cruisers will ask for a total refund. According to Swiss media, the ship spent much of Sunday adrift in the Baltic sea after an electrical failure. "It appears that there was a complete electrical failure. In that situation, the engines do not work," Birger Knutsson of the rescue centre told AFP. The cruise line said the ship would be towed to the port of Nynashamn near Stockholm overnight, where it would organise the repatriation of its 1,800 passengers. Travellers would be offered another cruise, valid until December 2012. The ship left Southampton on May 7 for a 10-night trip taking in Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Copenhagen, and was due to return to Southampton on Tuesday. It began drifting at about 11:00 am (0900 GMT) and by 1730 GMT was approximately 10 kilometres (six miles) from Visby, Gotland's main town.
Power loss - ship adrift
May 15 Carnival Glory
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced problems with "vessel maneuverability." Vessel maneuverability
May 14 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: The ship will be a couple of hours late getting in to Galveston, TX tomorrow because about an hour and a half after they left Cozumel, MX a passenger had a heart attack and the captain turned the ship around and returned to Cozumel.
Delayed arrival
May 13 Costa Fortuna
Costa Cruises
From a passenger: The ship was unable to dock in Katakolon (11 may) due to high winds so we tendered but delayed the vist by an hour. On the 12th in santorini strong winds delayed tendering for hours and was stopped many times. Some people were not able to get off until 1600 with a ships departure if 1800. This is the cruise that left Venice in the 9th.
Itinerary changes
May 12 Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Miami Herald reports a civil suit was filed in federal court on behalf of a 17-year-old who said she was raped by a musician employed by the cruise line. According to the lawsuit, the 17-year-old boarded the ship at Port Everglades on March 3. Two days later, when the ship was in international waters, she was listening to a band when the singer invited her to dance. Later, the man ordered her several alcoholic drinks at the bar. Neither the singer nor the bartender asked the girl her age, the suit says. The “extremely intoxicated and impaired” teen went with the singer to his room, according to the suit. Once there, he engaged in sexual activity with the girl, even after she “gained a slight level consciousness” and said she wanted to leave, the suit says. Another man was present and took photographs during the incident, the suit says. Once she was allowed to leave, the girl sat in a hallway crying, where an employee found her. She gave a statement and was taken to the medical center for examination. In a statement, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said the incident was immediately reported to the FBI and that a team from the company offered the passenger medical care and counseling. When the ship returned to Port Everglades, Martinez said, FBI agents boarded and investigated.
Sexual assault of minor
May 11 Westerdam
Holland America Line
The US Coast Guard reports it is investigating a collision between the ship and ice in the vicinity of Yakutat Bay, Alaska today. The ship was reportedly maneuvering through ice near Hubbard Glacier when it sustained damage approximately 15 feet below the water line. The hull was not breached and no injuries or pollution were reported. The ship continued to Sitka where it was met by Coast Guard officials.
Collision with ice
May 10 Grand and Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
The Royal Gazette reports the two vessels called on Bermuda to drop off passengers for medical treatment. A US male was brought ashore from Grand Princess Sunday morning; another male passenger was brought ashore from Crown Princess the next day. Both vessels were en route to the Azores from Fort Lauderdale, but the two incidents are not believed to be related.
Unplanned port call
May 10 Victorian Princess
Victorian Princess Cruise Lines
The Times News reports the 112-foot paddleboat that plies Lake Erie during the warm weather months was seriously damaged by a fire that broke out in the engine room while undergoing repairs. Wortkers were doing welding on the outside of the boat when heat from that transferred to the inside of the boat, where it hit some combustible materials.
Fire
May 9 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
A poster at Princess Chatter reports the ship's second visit to Santa Barbara was cut short because of sea conditions. White-capped waves made a bumpy ride as tenders ferried pax from the ship to shore. The ship arrived in San Francisco an hour late the next day because of the winds.
Early departure & late arrival
May 9 Unknown Viet Nam News reports a cruise ship was sunk by a water supply ship following a collision near the Sung Sot Cave Dock in northern Quang Ninh Province yesterday. Although water flooded the hold of the cruise ship immediately after the collision, all passengers were evacuated safely. The ship consisted of 14 luxury rooms, had around 40 passengers, including 28 foreign tourists and and Vietnamese sailors.
Sunk
May 9 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
The New York Daily News reports a Malaysian man smuggled illegal Chinese immigrants into Brooklyn aboard the ship. Five women and four men were taken into custoday last month after the ship arrived at the New Yrk Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. The immigrants boarded the ship in Dubai as passengers.
Illegal immigrants on ship
May 8 Carnival Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines
WFTV reports a 27 year old female cruise passenger was killed and another seriously injured in a jet ski crash in the Bahamas. The cruise line said the jet skis were independently rented. The ship left from Port Canaveral on Thursday and returned today.
Pax death ashore
May 6 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: I just got a note from my parents who are on the Emerald Princess 16-day transatlantic for the past week or so since 4/27. Apparently they put the ship on Red Alert today for sickness onboard as they have shut down all the self-serve areas of the buffets and are forcing everyone to use hand sanitizer. From a passenger onboard: We were told there were aound 50 cases among pax -- about 2% of pax. quoting from a leter from the Chie Medical Officer and announcement from Captain: "...I would like to advise you that unfortuantely over that last 24hours, we have seen an increase in the number of reported cases of gastrontestinal illness which are strongly suggestive of Norovirus. In order to interrups the sread of illness, we have proactively initiated an extensive santitation program ... You are liely to notice evidence of thee additional measures around the ship." UPDTATE May 10: Things have gotten worse - per captain's message tonight. Rumor is 400 pax sick, but I doubt those numbers. Regardless, they are acting as if we are at red alert. NOTE: Cruise ships are not required to report illness outbreaks when they do not stop at a US port - thus this outbreak will not be eported by th CDC.
Illness
May 4 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
The CDC reports 66 of 1507 passengers (4.38%) and 3 of 874 crew (0.34%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in Ft. Lauderdale today following a 10-day cruise that began April 24.
Illness
May 4 Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The Associated Press reports a 63 year old woman went missing from the cruise ship between Cabo and San Diego. Her absence was realized when the ship prepared to disembark in San Diego and she could not be found. The company subsequently said according to surveillance video the woman was seen jumping overboard. A search by the US Coast Guard was not fruitful.
Passenger overboard
May 4 Costa Concordia
Costa Cruises
French media report a 30 year old Russian male passenger went missing from the ship in the Mediterranean near Toulon. The ship was transitting between Barcelona and Savona when the man disappeared Monday (May 2) night. A search was undertaken but with no results.
Passeger overboard
May 1 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
Passenger cabin window broken out by "unfortunate wave." Cabin is flooded and pax moved.
Window breaks out
April 21 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
USA Today reports a 22-year-old resident of St. Thomas charged with killing a Carnival cruise ship passenger last summer (see July 13, 2010) has been convicted of murder. The man was found guilty on two counts of murder related to the much-publicized incident, which took place on July 12, 2010. The cruiser, 14-year-old Liz Marie Perez Chaparro of Puerto Rico, was struck by a bullet as she and her family were leaving Coki Point beach, a popular tourist area, in an open-air safari taxi. News accounts at the time said she was the unintended victim of a gang-related shootout in the area. Also killed during the incident was a local man, Shaheel Joseph, 18. He was shot in the back of the head and died in the street. Another cruise ship passenger sustained a minor injury during the shootout, the Associated Press reported at the time.
Found guilty
April 21 Unknown
Thomson Cruises
The Press Association of the UK reports a 63-year-old man has gone missing while on a cruise ship holiday in Egypt. A Thames Valley Police spokesman said officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of John Halford, of Greenleys, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Mr Halford left Luton Airport on March 31 to join the Thomson cruise but when it finished in Sharm El Sheikh on April 7, he was not on board. It is thought he went missing some time between 11.45pm on April 6 and 7.30am on April 7.
Pax missing
April 17 Crystal Symphony
Crystal Cruises
The Times Colonist reports major Victoria taxi companies boycotted the first cruise ship of the season Saturday as they seek a reduction in the annual charge to serve cruise lines at Ogden Point. When Crystal Symphony arrived at Ogden Point about 7: 45 a.m., independent taxi drivers, who have paid the $200 charge plus HST, scooped up one or two fares. Several limousines were also waiting. But the majority of passengers were led to waiting tour buses. Passengers on board were told about the taxi boycott and had also been advised that the downtown buses were free. On Friday, Kuldeep Singh, the president of a group representing the major taxi companies, said the boycott will continue until the group meets with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority on the issue, which has been a concern for several years. The Greater Victoria Taxi Association, which has more than 200 members, is fighting the annual charge levied per car to serve cruise lines at Ogden Point. Association members include Yellow Cab of Victoria, Victoria Taxi, Esquimalt Taxi and Bluebird Cabs.
Taxi Boycott
April 16 Ocean Star Pacific
Ocean Star Cruises
Associated Press reports a generator fire knocked out power to the ship, forcing the evacuation of nearly 800 passengers and crew Saturday. The fire was quickly controlled Saturday morning and there were no injuries; 522 passengers and 226 crew members were being evacuated by catamaran to the port of Huatulco and would then be flown to Mexico City. The ship is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) offshore and will be towed to Huatulco for repairs. The vessel was headed from Huatulco to Acapulco, resorts on Mexico's southern Pacific coast. Tthe ship has a capacity for 1,050 passengers.

Fire -

Loss of power

April 13 Viktoria The Associated Press reports a river cruise ship carrying more than 100 tourists, most of them from Germany, collided Wednesday with a cargo ship in a Danube River channel near the capital of Slovakia, though no injuries were reported officials said. A German cargo ship carrying corn was badly damaged in the collision early Wednesday south of Bratislava, fire department spokesman Ivan Petko said, but authorities managed to prevent it from sinking. Five crew members escaped unharmed. The 160 passengers from the Maltese cruise ship Viktoria, which was only slightly damaged, are being evacuated, he said. He said the captain was confident the ship could reach the port in Bratislava. The cause of the collision is being investigated. Jana Vadkertyova, spokeswoman for the State Navigation Administration, said the tourists were mostly elderly Germans heading for Passau, Germany. Vadkertyova identified the name of the cargo ship as Bavaria 52. Another ship was expected to arrive later Wednesday to pick up the tourists.
Collision
April 12 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) reports a 43-year-old tourist received a hefty fine for importation after cannabis was found in his cruise ship cabin. Edward John Molinari, from New York, admitted in Magistrates’ Court to the April 11 offence of importing drugs and drug possession. The court heard from Crown counsel Larissa Burgess that shortly before noon, after the ship from the US arrived at Dockyard, Bermuda customs and police searched Molinari’s cabin based on information they had received. A sniffer dog found seven homemade cigarettes in the room’s safe, plus a partially-smoked eighth, containing cannabis of an estimated street value of $178. Molinari asked Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner for leniency, saying the drugs had not belonged to him. He said: “I found it in the room. I have three little kids, and I locked it in the safe so they wouldn’t find it. I should have told the authorities.” Molinari added that cannabis had been in use “all over the boat”. Mr Warner fined him $3,000, to be paid immediately The Bermuda Sun also covered the story..
Drug bust
April 9 Port of Seattle NWCN News reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just finished a massive, multi-million dollar cleanup operation of discarded World War II-era munitions underneath Pier 91in Seattle. Specially trained divers from across the country found 11 discarded military munitions (DMM) and more than 200 other military munitions-related items. DMM is described as unfired military munitions, still capable of functioning, that were most likely dropped overboard or inappropriately discarded in the water. There is a low risk of the DMM exploding. “We are confident that the removal action conducted at Terminal 91 resulted in greatly reducing the potential safety risk from remaining military munitions,” said Col. Anthony O. Wright, Seattle District Corps of Engineers commander. “However, there are currently no technologies available that are 100 percent effective in detecting all military munitions.” The story broke last October when Port of Seattle divers doing routine underwater security sweeps had come upon old WWII-era ammo last spring and summer. The findings prompted a multi-agency response which began in January to survey the area to see what else could be below. Remotely operated vehicles accomplished much of the work. In addition, 550 dives were completed. The old ammunition was at the bottom of Puget Sound because the area was used as a military supply depot from World War II to 1971.Now that this first phase of the work is complete, the U.S. Coast Guard has given the green light for the Port of Seattle to begin the cruise season on schedule. The first ship comes into Pier 91 on May 7. All of the federal agencies involved as well as the Port of Seattle are confident the area is safe for cruise ship activity, although extra precautions will be in place. “The U.S. Coast Guard agrees that the risk to ships using Terminal 91, now that we have a much better understanding of what is below the surface, has been minimized,” said Capt. Scott Ferguson, Coast Guard commander of Sector Puget Sound. “Regardless, to add a further safety factor, we will keep appropriate operational controls in place for ships using these facilities as the longer term Formerly Used Defense Site project continues.” The next step is to formulate a long term plan to clean up what may still be underwater. There is a layer of hard sediment that may contain additional ammunition. The Pentagon will determine when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will draft and execute that plan.
Discarded munitions found at pier
April 9 Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship lost electrical power. Loss of electrical power
April 9 Unknown Tulsa World reports on a cruise passenger who ended up in jail in Cozumel during a port call. The man's troubles began March 15. He and his wife and four children, ages 17 to 25, rented a Jeep to explore beaches on the island. As he turned off the highway onto a beach about 1 p.m., he collided with a motorcycle he never saw coming. Two men flew off the motorcycle. Burleson comforted the men and waited for an ambulance. He was taken into custody by tourist police, who insisted his family members return to the cruise ship while he settled the matter. His son Boe refused to leave him. Insurance would pay medical costs and vehicle damage, police said, but he would have to pay cash for lost wages to settle with the injured men. He offered $2,000, but they demanded $10,000. After hours of confusion, negotiations, phone calls to the American consulate and wire money transfers, no settlement was reached and the man was taken to a small jail cell. The next day, the man's son found out where his father had been taken and came to the jail. He had to bribe the guards with $20 to bring a half-sandwich and a bottle of water to his father, his first food and drink in 24 hours. Late that afternoon, with help from U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's office and others, and after paying some $6,500 in fines, fees and bribes, the man was released. He subsequently learned that the two men he hit on the motorcycle have been in four other accidents involving American tourists.
Risk of renting a car in port
April 7 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was on the ship, which departed from the port of Long Beach, CA March 27, 2011 on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. The ship sailed, uneventfully, and my roommate and I went to dinner.  After dinner, we were both tired, took a walk and returned to our stateroom.  We noticed part of the ship, stern end, was blocked by the water doors being closed on deck 1.  People were talking about someone "being sick and taken care of" and noticed crew members walking towards the closed area with a portable fan. In the stateroom, my roommate turned on the tv, and asked me if we were supposed to be "going back",  I looked at the map to note that the ship appeared to be returning to Long Beach.  As I was standing by the door, I heard the captain on the PA system announcing that "a passenger has died, and we are returning to LB to disembark the pax and family."  I thought that odd, since it should not be announced that someone had expired over the public address system!  I did not stay up to watch when we returned to port, and my roommate stated that she stayed up and read for a while, not looking out the window. The next day, the captain announced that "a 12 y/o male had broken his leg, been successfully taken off the ship with his family, and was resting comfortably in the hospital."  Additionally, he stated, that since we had such a long delay, we would be unable to make Cabo San Lucas as scheduled, where we were to spend two days.  Instead, we would reach it one day later and only spend one day.  The itinerary had already been changed, excluding Mazatlan and spending two days in Cabo. Being the veteran of many Mexican Riviera cruises, I know that Cabo was usually the last stop, on Friday, then the ship would be in port in LA the next morning. In my opinion, the ship still could have reached Cabo, albeit later in the day, and still been able to disembark pax, to spend the much anticipated time there, as promised.   I believe that the cruise line did not wish to pay berthing and tender fees for two days in Cabo, due to the lost revenue in fuel, necessitated by the return to port for the "injured/deceased" passenger, whatever one choses to believe. Personally, I did not care about missing the extra day in Cabo, since I cruise to Mexico for the ship, not the ports.  However, many pax were upset, as were crew, who had reserved rooms, and planned to spend the night in Cabo.
Itinerary change
April 7 Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
WKRG - TV (Mobile) reports the U.S. Attorney's office in Mobile has arrested a19 year old man for abusing a minor. The incident happened in international waters onboard the ship. FBI agents arrested the man without incident. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama will prosecute this matter, which was investigated by the FBI, Mobile Division.
Sexual assault of minor
April 7 Ocean Countess Cruise and Maritime Voyages The Daily Mirror reports a dramatic medical evacuation from a cruise ship in the North Sea almost turned to tragedy when the stretcher carrying the passenger plunged into the water. The incident occurred last week when a woman suffering from internal bleeding was being transferred from the the ship to a Norwegian rescue vessel. The vessels, which hadn't been latched together, suddenly moved apart by several feet just as they were transferring her, which caused the rescue crews to drop the stretcher into the sea. The ship was on a cruise from Hull to Norway to see the Northern Lights. A spokesman for the company said: "On Tuesday 29 March a female British passenger on board the cruise ship Ocean Countess became ill and was in need of immediate medical disembarkation. "The vessel's position was about 20 nautical miles off the coast of the Norwegian and port of Bodo. The vessel contacted the local Norwegian emergency services and a Search and Rescue vessel was sent for the disembarkation of the passenger. "While the disembarkation was taking place about three miles from the shore the passenger unfortunately fell into the water. The crew of the Search and Rescue vessel picked up the passenger from the water and transferred her to hospital in Bodo. The passenger's condition is currently stable. Update: The woman subsequently died. It is unclear whether the dunk into the ocean was related to her death. (see here)
Bungled rescue attempt
April 7 Silver Spirit
Silversea Cruises
Travel Weekly reports nearly 200 taxi drivers blocked the entrance to Phuket’s cruise port on Wednesday, preventing passengers from boarding buses for shore excursions. The drivers were protesting the use of tour buses rather than their own services. After a reported four-hour standoff and negotiations with port officials, the taxi drivers agreed to transport 250 passengers out of the 475 who were planning excursions. But the ship, which had docked at 8 a.m., was due to leave Phuket at 2 p.m., so the port call was a lost opportunity for passengers. A Silversea spokesman said the cruise line had no advance warning that the taxi situation was going to occur.
Protest prevents disembarkation
April 6 Splendour of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: Cruise started in Lisbon, Portugal 4 April 2011 with it's first port of call as Gibraltar in April 6. After arrived in Gibraltar on time, the Captain decided not to allow passengers out due to high waves and safety reasons. Ship left port 3 hours later that day due to refueling problems.
Missed port call
April 5 Statendam
Holland America Line
The Sun Sentinel reports the Coast Guard was notified that on 1 April 2011, while in port at Port Everglades, FL, the ship had a 25 year old crewmember sustain a back injury for which he had to receive medical treatment beyond first aid. Drug and alcohol tests were conducted for the crewmember. Crewmember was disembarked from the ship to receive medical treatment in Jakarta.
Injured worker - sent to Jakarta
April 1 Windstar Cruises Cruise Critic reports Seattle-based Ambassadors International, the parent company of Windstar Cruises, has filed for bankruptcy. The cruise line, operator of three motorized sailing vessels that combine the best of cruise with small-ship luxury, issued a release Friday afternoon that said "Ambassadors and its U.S. subsidiaries today voluntarily filed a petition for reorganization under Chapter 11." Ambassadors, according to the release, says it's arranged to sell Windstar Cruises to a White Plains, New York-based investment firm called Whippoorwill Associates, Inc. The investment firm plans to provide $10 million in financing, which can be used to support Windstar's operations until the sale goes through in approximately 45 days (the investor has supplied funds to Windstar over the past two years).
File for bankruptcy protection
March 31 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Jamaica Observer reports Richardo Chin, the 22-year-old Flanker resident and cruise ship worker who was held with nearly 20lbs of cocaine in February (see February 24 below), will be sentenced today when he returns to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
Drug sentencing
March 31 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Orlando Sentinel reports the ship — which was stopped in Port Canaveral for a day-long port call during a seven-day cruise from Baltimore, Md. — was pulled from its moorings by a strong gust about 5:45 p.m. Spokesman Vance Gulliksen said crew and some guests were aboard the Pride when it was pulled from the port, but no one was injured and the ship was later returned to the dock. The cruise line said it had notified "appropriate authorities" of the incident. Late Wednesday, the ship was still at port and it was not clear when it would depart, Carnival said in a statement.
Blown from moorings
March 30 Opera
MSC Cruises
Safe Seas reports the ship collided twice with the pier as it was leaving Buenos Aires on March 25. According to a report from one of the crew members (in Portuguese), the two collisions caused damage to “2 or 3 cabins” on the decks 3 and 4, but nobody was hurt. As a result of the accident, the Argentine Maritime Authority reportedly held the ship in order to inspect her eventually allowing MSC Opera to continue her trip after repairs, approximately 10 hours later.
Collision with pier
March 30 Unknown The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) reports a 41-year-old Filipino national was yesterday acquitted of sexual assault charges in Magistrates’ Court. The cruise ship worker was accused of the offence by a 26-year-old female co-worker, also from the Philippines. The man, who was not named for legal reasons, had denied the offence. He was brought to the Island from Miami to face the charges as the vessel is Bermuda-registered. The complainant had become pregnant from a December 28 sexual encounter which she maintained had been forced on her, but which the defendant said had been consensual. At a March 11 court appearance, she said the pregnancy had since been terminated. In weighing the evidence yesterday, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner noted: “It was not until January 18, after discussing her pregnancy with him, that the defendant made a complaint of sexual assault.” He continued: “In all the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the complainant did not consent, and that the defendant did not have an honest and reasonable belief that it was consensual.”
?Sexual assault?
March 29 Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
USA Today reports Rapper Foxy Brown reportedly was kicked off a Royal Caribbean International cruise last week, allegedly for going "ballistic" over a missed manicure appointment. TMZ.com and MTV.com both report the rapper was booted from the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, an annual cruise held for listeners of Joyner's popular radio show. TMZ reports that Brown, one of the celebrity performers on the cruise, showed up three hours late for a nail appointment. "We're told the people at the salon couldn't accommodate her when she rolled around - and Foxy went completely ballistic," TMZ reports. Security allegedly removed Brown from the salon and sent her back to her room where she was supervised, TMZ reports, until the ship arrived in Grand Cayman, where authorities asked her to leave. A subsequent story in USA Today reports the rapper is fighting back rumors that she was thrown off a cruise ship after flipping out over a missed manicure. And the cruise line is backing up her story - mostly. She told the syndicated news program Inside Edition last night, "I am by far no angel, I'm not, and I don't ever profess to be. I've paid for my mistakes but I'm just not going to pay for Tom Joyner's lies." Brown said she had always planned to disembark in Grand Cayman, a fact confirmed by Royal Caribbean. "Ms. Brown disembarked the ship at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, early on March 23 as originally scheduled," the cruise line said in a statement. Brown also told Inside Edition that there was no incident at the ship's salon, which her publicist confirmed: "Foxy Brown did not have an altercation with the nail salon staff ... She did receive a service on the boat and it was to her satisfaction." Royal Caribbean stated that "there was a situation in the spa. ... Ms. Brown was late to her spa appointment twice and was not happy to have to be rescheduled each time. However the staff were eventually able to accommodate her and completed the service she needed." Joyner has also admitted that Brown was not kicked off the ship, but did say she had "some problems" while onboard and at the nail salon. "She did not get put off," he said on his morning show. "That was incorrect. She was scheduled to get off when she got off but she did have some problems while she was on. That much was right."
Rapper booted from ship
March 24 Unknown News7 in Belize reports 19 year old Steven Dean Weber, an American student from San Diego who came to Belize City yesterday on a cruise ship, was charged with possession of 1.6 ( one point six) grams of cannabis when he appeared today in Magistrate's Court. Weber pleaded guilty to the charge. Because he had no previous conviction and he saved the court's time by pleading guilty, Magistrate Roberto Ordonez fined him $250 and ordered him to pay forthwith, in default 3 months imprisonment. Weber paid the fine and he was released. Weber was busted around 3:55 pm yesterday. The police reported that they were on an operation in the Tourist Village yesterday when they saw Weber and decided to search him. The search resulted in the discovery of a small plastic bag which contained the cannabis.
Drug bust
March 24 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
From a crew member: Two days ago one of the youth activities counselors apparently went over board. It was at 3 am. They are still searching the ship without any news about her. The disappearance was subsequently reported by News in Orlando. They report the crew member is believed to have gone missing Tuesday from the cruise ship, which is in the middle of a 7-day cruise. On Tuesday the ship was at sea. UPDATE: BBC News reports the 24 year old woman's parents theard from her the day befoe she went missing. They say "She sent me a message on the Monday and she was going to ring me on the Tuesday, and that's when she disappeared."
Crew member overboard
March 22 Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Law News reports Indian crew member Anthony Rodriguez went overboard on March 10, 2011. Mr. Fernandes was a 19 year employee of the cruise line. His family members in Mumbai were not notified for two days and were not given an explanation for him going overboard.
Crew member overboard
March 20 Prince Albert II
Silversea Cruises
A website from Tristan da Cunha reports crew from the ship helped transfer 10 crew members from the crippled cargo ship to a fishing vessel, MV Edinburgh. The ship (MS Oliva) became crippled when it grounded off the shore of Nightengale Island (St. Helena) on March 16. It subsequently broke apart on March 18th, with serious concern about environmental implications on sea life and environment (including Northern Rockhopper penguins).
Rescue from sinking ship
March 21 Star Princess
Princess Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
March 19 Navigator of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
March 18 Ship unknown Princess Cruises The Spalding Guardian reports a “world class” cruise ship captain from Donington has been jailed for nine months for sex offences against a 14-year-old girl while she slept in her cabin. Lincoln Crown Court heard on Thursday how Peter Russell (64), of Bicker Road, performed a sex act on a teenage girl while she was asleep in her bunk. The victim thought she had dreamt the incident but it later came to light when Russell chatted to her on the internet on MSN Messenger and made obscene suggestions. Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, said Russell made comments about the girl’s breasts and urged her to perform a sex act while chatting to him over the internet. Russell went on to request that the girl take a photograph of herself naked and send it to him. The incidents came to an end when the girl broke down in front of her dad and showed him the records of her online conversations she had with Russell. Russell admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity together with sexual activity in the presence of a child and a further charge of sexual activity with a child. Judge Sean Morris jailed Russell for nine months and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
Sexual assault of minor
March 16 Unknown 7 News Belize reports a 32 year old American salesman who came to Belize City today on a cruise ship, pleaded guilty to possession of .08 grams of cocaine when he appeared in the #4 Magistrate's court. Magistrate Roberto Ordonez fined him $500 or 5 months in prison. He paid the fine and was subsequently released. He was caught when a Special Constable, acting on information received, stopped the man in front of the Commercial Center on Regent Street and told him he would be searched. The man took a transparent plastic bag containing a white substance from his pants pocket, and gave it to the officer.
Drug bust
March 15 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
Media in Curacao report a 47 year old Filipino male crew member went missing between Aruba and Curacao. A search was conducted but the man was not found.
Crew member missing/ overboard
March 15 Marina
Oceania Cruises
The CDC reports 39 of 1126 passengers (3.46%) and 29 of 789 crew (3.68%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in Miami today following an 18-day cruise that began February 26.
Illness
March 15 Veendam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: Buenos Aires was grand, beautiful, all that's been said. THAT said... We sailed from BA a couple of hours late on the 12th due to traffic in in Rio de la Plata channel. Almost immediately it was announced that the call at Punta del Este (Uruguay) would be skipped due to heavy winds that would make it impossible to dock. Yesterday we were informed that the call at Paranagua, Brazil would be cancelled due to flooding. Instead, we are now holding off Itajai, Brazil, waiting for a container ship to clear the dock. This may give us five hours ashore. No one imagines there will be a lot to do or see. I'm only on for a week, leaving the ship in Rio on the 18th, so this is disappointing. Pax on for the ca-54-day cruise ending in Florida are probably taking it more in stride, heavy winds, grey skies and all.
Canceled ports
March 12 Unknown Cayman 27 reports Police have charged one of three cruise ship workers arrested last Saturday during a cocaine seizure in George Town. An estimated two kilos of cocaine was recovered. A 41-year-old man from Saint Vincent has been formally charged with importing cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to supply and possession of cocaine. He was expected to appear in court sometime today (Friday, 11 March). Police told Cayman 27 News the other two men arrested –another Saint Vincent national and a Jamaican national were released from custody.
Drug bust ashore
March 7 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports A horrific crime occurred in Nassau involving a twenty-four year old Canadian woman cruising to the Bahamas. "Jane Doe" (whose name is being withheld to protect her confidentiality) cruised from Miami, leaving February 21st. Jane Doe sailed with her father and friends. The cruise ship docked in Nassau on February 23rd. While ashore the group ended up at Senor Frog's, a popular local bar, early in the evening. Senor Frogs is located at the end of a promenade called the "Woods Rogers Walk," near the Straw Market, close to the wharf where the cruise ships dock. After leaving the bar to head back to the cruise ship, the young woman was viciously attacked and sustained physical injuries. Looking for help, Jane Doe was then sexually assaulted by a second man (pretending to be a good samaritan) who raped her. She treated in a local hospital in Nassau and then eventually flew home to Canada to recover.
Sexual assault ashore
March 6 Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
ABC News (Australia) reports the ship cancelled a visit to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, because of security concerns. Disappointed locals say it will undermine their efforts to promote PNG as a tourist destination and further cement the country's undeserved reputation. Our PNG correspondent Liam Fox reports: Tour operator Daniel Wakra had spent the last year preparing for the arrival of the cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas. He'd organised 80 buses with drivers and tour guides to ferry 1300 visitors to Gabba Gabba village outside Port Moresby for a cultural display. Several dance troupes had been flown in from around the country and the villagers had built shelters to keep the guests out of the sun. But last week, three days before it was due to dock, Mr Wakra got a call from the ship saying the visit had been cancelled because of social unrest. Disappointed and thousands of dollars out of pocket, Mr Wakra is mystified by the cancellation. DANIEL WAKRA: I lived and work in Port Moresby for 15 years and no person, no tourist that I heard in my lifetime taking tours around in Port Moresby have been rolled or have been attacked or been murdered. There's nothing, nothing in Port Moresby. Royal Caribbean International says the latest visit was cancelled "in an abundance of caution". In a statement it says Port Moresby has recently been experiencing high levels of violent crime which had the potential to disrupt their guests' experience. The ship has gone to Bali instead. There's no denying crime is a problem in Port Moresby. In the weeks before the ship was due to visit there were two significant clashes between different ethnic groups that left several people dead. One forced the temporary closure of the popular Gordon’s market. But locals like Mr Wakra will tell you that's nothing out of the ordinary and that the vast majority of criminal activity is directed towards Papua New Guineans not foreigners.
Skipped port
March 3 Unknown 7News Belize reports a cruise visitor, 24 year old Nicholas Bergen, a massage therapist who came to Belize yesterday on a cruise ship, pleaded guilty to marijuana possession today. Bergen was caught yesterday when he was walking in the tourism village and a police officer saw him acting suspiciously. The officer searched his knapsack and found 17.5 grams of marijuana. He was taken to court today where he pleaded guilty to possession and was fined $750.00.
Drug bust ashore
February 28 Pacific Sun
P&O Australia
The ship, which is currently positioned in Newcastle, is heading back to her home port from a 14-night ‘White Cloud Wonders’ voyage to New Zealand after missing a call at Dunedin and also missing Fiordland National Park because of a "technical fault" with an engine. The company has announced the ship is operating safely, but at a reduced speed which is further hampered by a northerly swell in the Tasman Sea and is now due to arrive in Newcastle around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Her late arrival, combined with the need to complete the engine repair, will delay the departure of a scheduled four-night cruise to Melbourne by 24 hours. Instead, she will make a three-night coastal cruise. Passengers will receive a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit if they do not choose to take the revised cruise. Update March 1: The Newcastle Herald reports the ship has been delayed 24 hours despite leaving New Zealand ahead of schedule to return to Newcastle on time. Pacific Sun is now expected to dock in Newcastle Harbour at 7am on Thursday. The ship left New Zealand ahead of schedule, missing two destinations, after a ‘‘technical fault in one engine’’ was found.
Engine problems
February 27 Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The ship is arriving late into Galveston this morning after fog closed the ship channel for the second weekend in a row. A Royal Caribbean International spokeswoman said the shp is now expected to arrive at 10 a.m. today, so embarkation for the next cruise is delayed to approximately 3 p.m.
Delayed departure
February 27 Carnival Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
February 27 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship is arriving late into Galveston this morning after fog closed the ship channel for the second weekend in a row. The ship is late arriving this morning, a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman said. It will presumably depart in the late afternoon or evening.
Delayed departure
February 26 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
February 25 Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
USA Today reports for the second straight week the ship has been delayed from sailing out of Galveston due to heavy fog and near zero visibility. It was scheduled to sail yesterday afternoon but due to the fog remained docked at the cruise terminal overnight and departed at 10 AM this morning. As a result, Carnival said the ship's four-day cruise to Cozumel was abbreviated to a three-day cruise to Cozumel. Carnival said passengers on the sailing have the option to debark the ship and receive a full refund or for those who opt to sail on the modified three-day cruise, receive a 25% refund of their cruise fare and a 25% discount towards a future two- to five-day Carnival cruise.
Delayed departure
February 24 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
Citing the shooting of two men in a hotel parking lot, NCL announced it is dropping calls at Mazatlan through the remainder of its season, which ends with the April 30 sailing. Instead, the ship will make two visits at Cabo San Lucas.
Dropped port call - change itinerary
February 24 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines dropped today’s visit following the shooting of two men in a hotel parking lot on Tuesday. The victims were not tourists, according to the Associated Press, which reported they were shot and killed inside their vehicle when they stopped at a staff entrance to the hotel. Carnival Splendor will spend an extra day at Cabo San Lucas during its week-long Mexican Riviera cruise from Long Beach. The ship just re-entered service after three months for repairs to a disabling engine room fire. Carnival Cruise Lines said it is gathering information on the incident in Mazatlán. ‘Until we are able to obtain all of the facts and fully assess the situation, no decision has been made regarding future calls,’ the company said in statement.
Dropped port call - change itinerary
February 24 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Jamaica Observer reports authorities in Jamaica have detained two crew members after they were found with cocaine when the ship was docked in Montego Bay. Customs officers found 18 kilograms (40 pounds) of the drug on one of the crewmen and 15 kilograms (33 pounds) in the cabin of another. The ship had just arrived from Cartagena, Colombia, yesterday. Both crew members are Jamaican.
Drug bust
February 21 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
ABC News (Nightline) has a story tonight about a rape of a 14 year old female passenger by a crew member in 2009. According to the story, after having trouble falling asleep one night during their 2009 Carnival cruise, the teenage girl said she left her parents' cabin and went alone to an upper deck of the ship to write in her journal. It was there, she said, that Heri Krispiyanto, a 30-year-old Carnival cruise line employee from Indonesia who waited on the family during meals, found her and then raped her. "He pulled me into an employee-only room," she said. "I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he was going to take care of me. "He raped me, I kept saying, 'No,' but he didn't care," she said of the alleged rape. "He told me not to tell my parents, and he just unlocked the door and let me go." After it was over, she said she was shaken and afraid as she returned to her parents' cabin, but she didn't tell them what had happened. "It's hard to say it," she said through tears. "My dad's birthday was the next day. It's too hard to say." Having no idea what had happened to their daughter, Darla and Enoch continued to enjoy their vacation, as the girl said she lived with the nightmare in secret. "At that point, I just really wanted to die," she said. "I was angry about that, that had happened to me. We're supposed to be on vacation. We're not supposed to have to worry about somebody trying to murder us or rape us." Even after returning home to Oklahoma, she kept the incident a secret from her parents for the next three months until she became severely depressed. "I had some thoughts about suicide," she said. "So I decided to tell my mom because I needed help."
Sexual assault of minor
February 21 Unknown Australian News Network reports the media has been blamed after a luxury cruise ship headed for Papua New Guinea was diverted to Indonesia at the weekend. The ship, carrying around 1,000 tourists, was to berth in Port Moresby on Monday and then sail to one or two other ports in PNG, including Rabaul. A Post Courier report says the decision not to go to PNG was made by the shipping company because it believes the country is at present too dangerous for tourists. It says recent media reports about attacks on Australian aid workers in Port Moresby and Madang were behind the decision to divert the ship to Bali. PNG Tourism chief executive Peter Vincent is angry the Post Courier ran the story and told Radio Australia the cruise ship will now arrive in the country on Thursday.
Skipped port
February 21 Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
USA Today reports the ship's departure was delayed a day by fog (as referenced in the item below).
Delayed departure
February 21 Carnival Conquest & Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
KHOU TV reports thousands of passengers were frustrated after being stuck at the Port of Galveston for days waiting to board three cruise ships, but their toiling ended as the final ship left the port Monday around noon. One Royal Caribbean and two Carnival cruise ships, the Ecstasy and the Conquest, came into the port Saturday, but had to remain in a holding pattern until the fog cleared. Customers said even when the ships docked, they were still unable to board and were forced to wait in limbo. Angry customers called their experience a nightmare and said the cruise lines did not offer much sympathy, provisions or information about their trips. Some passengers stayed at hotels in the area, while others slept on air mattresses at the Galveston Convention Center. Passengers were allowed to board the ships early Monday morning and the Conquest finally departed shortly before 9 a.m. The Ecstasy left around noon. Carnival said the weather was beyond their control and issued the following statement: The ship has been delayed due to severe fog and near zero visibility at the Port of Galveston. The ship was not able to enter the Port of Galveston from its previous cruise until yesterday afternoon, approximately one day later than scheduled because of the severe fog. It has been waiting for the fog to clear to depart on its next voyage. Because of its delayed arrival and subsequent delayed departure, Carnival Ecstasy will now sail on a modified three-day cruise with no port calls and will return on Thursday, Feb. 24 (originally, the ship was scheduled to sail on a five-day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso operating Saturday to Thursday). Guests have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund, a 25 percent discount off a future two- to five-day voyage and a $45 per person meal allowance. Guests who opt to sail on the modified three-day cruise will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare, a 50 percent discount on a future two- to five-day cruise, and $45 per person meal allowance in the form of a shipboard credit.
Delayed departure
February 21 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun-Sentinel and US Coast Guard report the ship had an allision with the vessel Windward. Allision
February 20 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
There have been several reports of a person overboard. Two media sources (here and here) have accounts of an Indonsian crew member overboard, although a reader indicates a Code Oscar was called because a passenger went overboard. In any case, the common theme is that a person disappeared from the ship while it was off the coast of Aruba on February 18, and details have not been given by the cruise line.
Crew member overboard
February 19 Deutschland
Peter Deilmann Cruises
The Dominion Post (New Zealand) reports a cruise ship passenger became the latest pedestrian to be hit by a bus in central Wellington yesterday. The German tourist, believed to be in his 50s, was struck as he crossed Lambton Quay about 4.30pm yesterday. He flew five metres through the air and cracked his head on the road, a witness said. Although he was bleeding from his injuries, fellow tourists asked that an ambulance not be called before helping him on to a bus bound for cruise ship. An ambulance spokesman said the man sustained only minor injuries and planned to be treated by a doctor on the ship.
Passenger injured ashore
February 17 Truong Hai Voice of Viet Nam News reports 12 bodies have been found and all the passengers, including both the saved and the dead (except for one) have been identified. A cruise boat named Truong Hai, coded QN 5198, carrying 21 visitors and six sailors sank at 5:am (local time) on the morning of February 17 off the Ti Top island in Ha Long Bay. Among the total of 21 tourists on board, there were two Vietnamese people and 19 foreigners coming from Russia (2), the UK (1), Denmark (2), Germany (1), Italy (2), the US (3), Japan (1), Australia (1), France (2), Sweden (2) and Switzerland (2). Initial findings point to a leak in the engine room as the cause of the accident. By noon of the same day, search and rescue workers saved nine foreigners, one captain and four sailors. At 11:45 am, 12 bodies were salvaged.
Ship sinks - 12 die
February 16 Ocean Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: We were recently aboard the ship for a Southeast Asia cruise from Jan 23, 2011 to Feb 9, 2011. They were very lax in their disease prevention procedures. There was no hand sanitizer entering the main dining room. When I asked for one I was told to go to the washroom and wash my hands. There was only one sanitizer in the buffet room and it was hidden against a corner wall where no one saw it or used it. A large number of passengers became ill with chest infection, congestion and cough. Two of the members of our table of 8 went to the ship's Dr. My husband and I went immediately to our doctor when we got off the plane returning home. We have been on antibiotics and inhalers for over a week. The inhaler is something I have never had to use before. The passengers were talking among themselves about the "cruise cough" being like a "kennel cough" that dogs get when being boarded. They were also complaining about the "sticky" handrails. Although the eating tables were wiped I never smelled the odor of bleach like I have on other ships. I feel that Princess definitely needs to improve their disease prevention procedures on this ship and they are largely responsible for the large number of ill passengers.
Illness
February 16 Carnival Glory
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was on the ship from 1/29 - 2/6 2011. On the last day at sea, word spread quickly that someone had been punched in the ship's Club O2 teen club on Feb 4th sometime in the evening. The next day, I was in Club O2 (I'm 16), and I talked to the kid who was punched. He said he was sitting in the club when a drunk man wandered in and sat next to him. The drunk man made comments about how the kid was looking at him, and he "just started slapping me," said the kid. The night after it happened (the 5th) (the same night I was talking the kid who got slapped), the same drunk guy was reportedly following the kid around. Security was called by the Club O2 director, and that's the last I heard.
Physical assault of minor
February 15 Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
According to USA Today a huge fire in Nassau Monday morning delayed cruise ship passengers from disembarking, but did not otherwise impact operations. According to the Nassau Guardian, the blaze destroyed about seven buildings in downtown Nassau on Bay Street, very close to the cruise port, shutting down the city center. The report said no injuries had been reported due to the fire. Disney Cruise Line said the ship would stay in Nassau later than scheduled Monday evening after debarkation that morning was delayed due to the fire. The cruise line said it it postponed debarkation until local authorities deemed the fire to be under control. Disney said it has not made any changes to future itineraries. Carnival Cruise Lines also said that the Carnival Glory's debarkation was delayed for "a short while" due to the fire, but that guests were able to otherwise debark normally.
Delayed debarkation
February 11 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Washington Post reports a cruise ship passenger from California has been arrested for allegedly selling drugs to fellow passengers on a Caribbean cruise. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quniones says 51-year-old Steven Barry Krumholz of West Hollywood was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Allure of the Seas had come from the Bahamas on a charter billed as the "world's largest gay cruise." Court records show that customs agents boarded the ship Wednesday in St. Thomas and found drugs on one passenger. The passenger told agents he bought the drugs from Krumholz. A search of Krumholz's cabin yielded more than 140 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine and $51,000 in cash. Update November 2: The Washington Post reports a judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands has sentenced the man to 21 months in prison for dealing drugs on board a cruise ship. He faced as much as 20 years in prison.
Drug bust
February 11 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports A Rochester man was sentenced to 46 months in prison for abusive sexual contact, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced today. The 25 year old man admitted that on Jan. 1, 2007, while on the ship leaving Port Canaveral, Fla., to the Caribbean, he knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a 13-year-old. He placed the minor in fear that she would be subjected to serious bodily injury. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,667 for abusive sexual contact on the high seas. The minor and her family boarded the ship on Dec. 31, 2006. That evening, the minor went to the ship’s teen club with some other youngsters she met. After the club closed, the man approached them and ordered them to return to their rooms. He told the victim to follow him and she did, believing him to be a security officer with the cruise ship. After the defendant led her to the rear of the ship, where no other people were around, he engaged in sexual contact with the minor.
Sentenced for sexual assault of minor
February 9 Unknown 7 Belize News reports a cruise ship tourist accompanied by his wife and three friends taking in the sights and sounds of Belize City today, got more than he bargained for. Sometime around 11 this morning on Southern Foreshore just near the Magistrate's court, a man rode up on a bicycle from behind the group of unsuspecting tourists, and snatched the camera of 55 year old Koos Klijbroek, a Dutch national. Klijbroek yelled out for help, and two police officers who were in front of the Magistrate's court building, responded by setting chase after the culprit. The unidentified man managed to elude the officers at the junction of Regent Street and the Supreme Court. Klijbroek said the Nikon Digital camera is valued at One Thousand Euros or just under Three thousand Belize dollars. A police report has been filed by Klijbroek, and the cops are said to be searching for the suspect.
Robbery ashore
February 9 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Bermuda Sun reports the mastermind of an operation to smuggle cocaine into Bermuda on a cruise ship has been jailed for 15 years. Ricardo Stewart was at the heart of the smuggling ring that was blown open last June when a huge stash of the drug was found hidden on board the ship as she sailed towards the island. The 32-year-old waiter was arrested after police searched the vessel and found $4,900 in cash hidden at the bottom of a washing detergent box in his cabin. CCTV on board showed another cruise employee, Adrian Morris, moving the bag of drugs around the ship. The bag contained nearly 4kg of cocaine with a street value of $735,000. Morris, who comes from Jamaica, was quizzed about his involvement in the plot and confessed to moving the drugs. But he told officers that Stewart was in charge of the smuggling operation and had offered him money to become involved. Stewart denied being part of the drugs ring throughout and went on trial earlier this year. Morris took the stand against his ex-colleague and told the jury that it was Stewart who masterminded the operation. Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy to import drugs at the end of the trial. Today at Supreme Court the Jamaican national was jailed for 15 years by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons. Morris had previously been jailed for six years after admitting his involvement at Magistrate’s Court.
Drug conviction
February 8 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
Independent Online reports the ship left Durban harbour two hours late because a group of about 21 to 29 people from the ship had disembarked in Cape Town, and had gone on an overland tour that ended in Nelspruit. They had planned to catch a flight to Durban at about 3.10pm yesterday, but their plane was delayed, and they only arrived at 5.45pm. The passengers arrived at the harbour an hour later, and still had to go through immigration before the ship sailed at about 7.40pm. Passengers on board lined the decks and clapped and cheered when ropes were released and the ship finally began making its way to its next port of call, Mauritius.
Delayed departure
February 8 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Otago Daily Times reports the ship's visit yesterday was cancelled after the vessel encountered rough seas across the Tasman. Dunedin City Council Visitor Centre team leader Louise Van De Vlierd said she had been advised on Saturday the Princess Cruises vessel would not be arriving. The early notice was welcomed by those in the tourism industry, she said. It was the second weather-related incident to hit the Dawn Princess while en route to New Zealand. The ship arrived five hours later than scheduled on Christmas Day after poor weather hampered its departure from Sydney.
Skipped port call
February 7 Ship unknown
Tallink-Sija Line
The Baltic Times reports a Latvian man who fell overboard while travelling on a Tallink cruise liner from Stockholm to Riga has still not been found, rescue workers say. The man fell overboard at appoximately 2:45 in the morning. A search involving numerous boats and helicopters ensued, but rescuers were unable to locate the man by the time the search was called off at about 8 am. Medics say it is unlikely that the man would be able to survive for more than a few minutes in the frigid waters.
Pax overboard
February 6 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Associated Press reports a 32 year old female crew member was found dead in the Mexican resort island of Cozumel, possibly the victim of a violent crime. Her body was recovered from the ocean off the southern part of the island Saturday. An autopsy determined the cause of death was drowning but she also suffered a blow to the head. Police are investigating whether her death was a homicide. The Polish woman worked as a musician aboard the ship. UPDATE and Clarification: The Latin American Herald Tribune reports authorities are investigating the deaths of two women who arrived at Cozumel on the cruise ship Allure of The Seas, state Attorney General Francisco Alor said Tuesday. In an interview with Efe, the official explained that so far authorities have found no link between the deaths. The case began last Friday when, shortly before leaving Mexican waters, personnel on the Allure of The Seas reported that a Polish musician who worked on the ship and a U.S. tourist had not returned on board after visiting the island. On Saturday morning, the body of a woman was found floating near the seashore in Cozumel. The victim had the marks of blows on different parts of her body and at first it was thought that it was missing crew member Monika Markiewicz. Meanwhile, at a private hospital in nearby Cancun a woman was receiving emergency treatment after she swallowed a metal brooch in an apparent suicide attempt, Alor said. When she had entered the hospital, the woman had given the name of Monika Markiewicz, but later she said her name was Monica Warshal. When she could not guarantee the private hospital payment for its services, the institution sent her to Cancun’s General Hospital, which is public, where as per standard procedure hospital authorities notified the Quintana Roo AG’s office and the INM immigration agency that she had been admitted. Thus, authorities were able to rule out that the body that had been found on the Cozumel beach was that of the missing Polish musician, and it was determined that that body belonged to the missing U.S. tourist, Samantha Page Thomas. An autopsy determined that the tourist died from asphyxiation by submersion, and it found that the blows on the woman’s face occurred after her death. “We’re working with the cruise ship people. They have asked for videos, photographs and records to establish what happened to Samantha Page Thomas. For now, we cannot say if this was a murder or if she fell into the sea accidentally,” Alor said. Meanwhile, Markiewicz died Monday night in the Cancun hospital from lesions caused by the metallic brooch – about 5 centimeters (2 inches) in diameter – that she swallowed. UPDATE: A 24 year old bartender in Cozumel has been charged with Markiewicz's murder. The two reportedly had been casually acquainted for several months. UPDATE: There appears to be many different, conflicting accounts about what happened suggesting reliable information is lacking. There is no dispute about the two deaths, but confusion about other facts. WHat is reported here is based on media reports.
Crew member and passenger death ashore
February 5 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
WFTV reports no bomb was found on the ship after several hours of security sweeps and searches. Law enforcement from the Coast Guard, Port Canaveral police, and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office spent most of the day Saturday investigating a bomb threat at Port Canaveral. About 1,800 passengers were on board the cruise ship when the call came in before nine Saturday morning. An anonymous person called an employee on the ship and said there was a bomb on the 11th deck. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office bomb squad, the FBI and Coast Guard crews quickly evacuated passengers. Travelers trying to start their vacation got caught in the middle of the chaos. "All we know is they received a bomb treat and they're having to search the whole ship before anyone could get on," said Gloria Carins who just arrived at the port with her husband to board the ship. The bomb squad searched the ship for two hours but never found a bomb. Passengers were eventually allowed to board the ship around 2 p.m.
Bomb scare
February 4 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a loss of electrical power Loss of electrical power
February 4 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
The Bermuda Sun reports a crew member has been accused of a sex attack on a woman on the cruise ship. The 40-year-old Filipino was charged with sexual assault in Magistrates’ Court today. He is accused of attacking the woman on board the Caribbean Princess, a Bermuda-registered vessel. The sailor was brought to Bermuda from Miami by the Bermuda Police Service to face the charges. Kenrick James represents the defendant. He was given $5000 bail and his trial will begin on March 7.
Sexual assault
February 3 Pacific Jewel
P&O Australia
Otago Daily Times reports it was to have been the biggest week on Dunedin's cruise ship calendar, but the late cancellation yesterday has left a tourism operator reeling. The 2000 passengers were scheduled to arrive at Port Chalmers yesterday morning, but strong gusty winds at the entrance to Otago Harbour prevented the ship entering the harbour for its scheduled 6.45am berthing. The visit was cancelled at 10.30am. The cancellation could not have come at a worse time for an already struggling tourism industry, Taieri Gorge Railway chief executive Murray Bond said. A Taieri Gorge excursion train was scheduled to pick up 350 passengers, but its cancellation cost the company "tens of thousands of dollars". "We will take a massive hit from this," he said. In addition to cancelling catering orders, dozens of volunteers were sent home early, he said. Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours owner-operator John Milburn said one pre-booked vessel had to be cancelled, during what is traditionally the busiest month for tourists. "The down-side is that we had to turn other business away for the scheduled cruise ship trip." Larnach Castle marketing manager Deborah Price said the company was "disappointed" by the cancellation, which impacted on revenue and made it difficult for staff and management. "We hate it when this happens." P&O Cruises spokesman David Jones said the Port Chalmers visit was called off solely because of the strong prevailing winds. The vessel's management, in consultation with the Port Otago pilot, made the decision to cancel after facing 30-knot winds, with gusts between 40 and 50 knots. A 25-knot maximum was the safest level a vessel could enter the harbour, he said.
Canceled port call
February 3 Pacific Pearl
P&O Australia
The New Zealand Herald reports broken toilets, faulty latches on cabin doors and leaky ceilings are among new complaints by passengers on the ship. Walter Florussen said he was appalled by the facilities on the P&O ship - which recently underwent a $100 million refurbishment - during a three-night trip with his wife, Jeanette, that left Auckland last Thursday. He said that for five hours there was no running water in their suite or in the public areas after the ship encountered stormy weather on the third day of the cruise. The water failure followed a night when toilets were not working. "No information was forthcoming from any staff member." Mr Florussen said they were not offered drinking water and could not have a coffee at the cafe because water reserves had been used up and it was impossible to refill the coffee machine. The bad weather also caused water to leak through ceilings in their suite and in the ship's main stairwell. He said he understood weather was out of P&O's control but the poor quality of facilities and their inability to stand up to the elements was unacceptable. The latch on the balcony door of their cabin was also broken and would stay open only if a chair was jammed up against it. "Our travel agent explained that despite the fact the ship was 25 years old, the suites had undergone a major refurbishment. Obviously I'm unhappy with what should have been a wonderful travel experience," said Mr Florussen. P&O spokesman David Jones said the company had investigated complaints of toilet blockages and found cases where objects such as paper towels, tampons and hand towels had been flushed. "When a blockage such as this happens, it can have a knock-on effect elsewhere on the ship." Mr Jones said it was unlikely bad weather caused the toilet failures.
Lack of running water and more
February 3 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Critic reports some two months after their troubled seven-night cruise came to an end, a number of passengers continue to voice displeasure with NCL's response to the matter. During the December 4 voyage, problems with the starboard propulsion motor limited the ship's top speed; the reduced propulsion meant that Sun could no longer reach St. Thomas and St. Maarten as originally planned. Instead, the ship visited Samana, in the Dominican Republic, and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private resort island. For some, the port swap was a less than blockbuster deal. "We paid a lot of money to visit St. Maarten and St. Thomas, but we never made it there," wrote the Rev. Bill Shoneman in an e-mail last week to Cruise Critic. "On top of that, the captain and some senior managers were unapologetic and extremely unprofessional. We were told at one point to 'stop complaining,'" he said. "This change in itinerary really upset a lot of the passengers that had been planning on doing their Christmas shopping at St. Thomas," wrote G8R62 in her Cruise Critic member review. The crux of many passengers' issue with Samana was its lack of infrastructure compared with the major tourist areas St. Thomas and St. Maarten. After the initial announcement, passengers showed their disapproval by amassing in the atrium and theater, where they tried to plead their case. Pictures of the meetings have been posted on the Web, including a selection taken by passenger Bob Hind. Hind noted that passengers were frustrated at the captain's lack of responsiveness. NCL declined to comment on the meetings. To assuage the ire, NCL told Cruise Critic via a press release that it offered a $100-per-cabin onboard credit, wine with dinner one night, rum punch one afternoon, free photos from the onboard gallery, free use of the Great Stirrup Cay's Hippo Slide (one of the world's largest inflatable water slides; regularly $5 per ride, $20 for unlimited) and a credit, equal to 30 percent of the cruise fare paid, to be used on a future cruise. Port taxes and fees for the missed ports were also refunded. The compensation wasn't nearly enough for some Sun passengers, however. "Our hope is that NCL will take this more seriously and issue a refund check to us," said Roger and Georgia Pilgrim via e-mail. "Norwegian Cruise Line has shown nothing but a total lack of caring that we did not get what we paid for . . . .getting to St. Thomas and St. Maarten." Others mentioned not knowing about the perks until it was too late to use them. "With the exception of the photos, they didn't do a great job of letting the passengers know about them ahead of time," posted IsetVB on the message boards. "It was like they were tossing these things one at a time and waiting for a reaction to each." Once back onshore, one passenger was so frustrated by the experience that he/she created a Web site, mybadcruise.com, with the goal of "ensuring that NCL is held accountable to those people for its inaction and inability to uphold its end of travel contract." Mybadcruise is also proposing a refund, but it's unclear if the request is for full or partial recompense. In addition to showcasing 10 complaints from cruisers, the site suggests boycotting NCL, calls for an investigation by Congress and asks impacted cruisers to lodge a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, the government organization tasked with protecting consumers. The hope is that if enough complaints are submitted, the FTC will take notice and investigate.
Propulsion problems / Itinerary change
February 2 Pacific Pearl
P&O Australia
The New Zealand Herald reports the ship's owner is investigating how a large chandelier fell three storeys into a cafe area on a cruise last week. The 3m-wide chandelier fell through the ship's open atrium at 2.30am last Thursday, crashing onto tables. No one was injured, but just hours earlier the room had hosted guests at a champagne waterfall event. Passengers commenting on online forums said it was lucky no one was killed. "There are a lot of risks in life, and a few risks in cruising. I didn't expect falling chandeliers to make the list. A very lucky escape for P&O," said one. P&O spokesman David Jones said the company was investigating how the chandelier broke from the ceiling. "The reassuring thing is that there were no passengers or crew anywhere near it when it happened." The chandelier was installed during the Pacific Pearl's recent multi-million-dollar refit. It previously sailed as Ocean Village.
Chandelier falls 3 storeys
February 2 Polar Star
Polar Star Expeditions
The ship's February 6 cruise has been canceled - see details below, February 1. UPDATE February 8: Following a damage assessment by a team of divers, Polar Star’s three remaining Antarctica cruises are canceled as the ship is headed to drydock for repairs. Once repairs are completed and approved, Polar Star is expected to resume its normal schedule starting May 3 with the ‘Islands of the Edge’ program, cruising the UK, Ireland and Scotland. The ship arrived safely in Ushuaia Sunday after deadheading back from the South Shetland Islands, where it had transferred passengers to other vessels for the Drake Passage crossing. All arrived in Ushuaia and have been returning home.
Cancelation
February 2 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
According to a letter sent to travel agents by Celebrity Cruises, We are writing to provide you with important information regarding your clients booked on the February 6, sailing of Celebrity Solstice. Please provide this information, as soon as possible, to your clients booked on this sailing. During Celebrity Solstice’s last sailing, a small number of guests onboard experienced a gastrointestinal illness, thought to be a norovirus. In an abundance of caution, we are conducting some enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, to help prevent any illness from affecting your client’s cruise. Because of this additional sanitizing, check in and boarding is now anticipated to begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. We apologize for this delay to your client’s boarding. Since parking and seating at the cruise terminal is very limited, we ask that guests arrive at the terminal between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m From a reader: While I was not onboard that ship in particular, I personally spoke with 5 other passengers who disembarked on Feb 6 (I was on a Carnival ship) and they reported that by Feb 2, the ship was experiencing extreme measures to combat the spread of the virus, such as mandatory use of sani gel, removal of all table items (salt/pepper shakers, etc) and limiting movement on the ship. I was told a number of passengers were very ill but none of those I spoke with had any symptoms themselves. One passenger had heard an entire floor had been quarantined, but none of the other passengers I spoke with could confirm that. However, one couple had a stateroom next door to an elderly couple, of which the man had developed illness that seemed related to a norovirus. He subsequently passed away around mid-day on Feb 5. I don’t know any further details nor can I confirm any of the information. I will note that none of the passengers I spoke with were connected with one another and the conversations happened at different times in different locations in the Ft Lauderdale airport and on our flight to DFW. UPDATE: The CDC reports 118 of 2839 passengers (4.16%) and 10 of 1227 crew (0.819%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness.
Illness & Delayed departure
February 2 Ryndam
Holland America Line
7 News in Belize reports a cruise tourist suffered a tragic death in Belize's waters today. Reports are that sometime around two this afternoon, a 60 year old woman from the US was snorkeling at Goff's Caye when she got caught in the boat's propeller - which cut her up - and then her head was slammed against the vessel. She was very badly injured and rushed to Belize Medical Associates where she succumbed to her injuries. She was on a snorkel tour when she was caught in the propeller. According to a late police report, she had a large cut wound to her right leg and two small cut wounds to the right side of the face. The report further states that she and her husband were aboard a 65 foot catamaran, captained by Martin Manuel Pariente. Police say she was in the water snorkeling with three other tourists when she went under the boat and received the mentioned injuries from the boat's propeller. This is a highly irregular accident because usually boats are turned off while snorkelers are in the water - and at Goff's caye, the snorkelers usually go to the back of the island while the boats are parked at the front. But some sort of grave error or deviation from standard procedure occurred, and it has cost the life of a tourist.
Passenger death on shore excursion
February 1 Polar Star
Polar Star Expeditions
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators reports after sustaining a minor breach to its outer hull by grounding on a rock near Antarctica’s Detaille Island, the double-bottom ship was cleared to sail and is making its way northward. There are no reports of injury to any of the 80 passengers and 35 crew aboard the ship following Monday’s incident and no evidence of fuel oil leakage. After assessments, the ship, operated by Halifax-based Polar Star Expeditions, received permission from its Barbados flag state and classification society Det Norske Veritas to depart its location near Detaille Island. The ship sailed at 9 p.m. Monday and is now proceeding north along the Antarctic Peninsula, with the intention to return to Ushuaia under its own power with all passengers and crew aboard. The ship is currently heading north-northeast at approximately 10 knots toward Arctowski Station, the Polish research facility on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. There, as an added precaution, station divers will make an underwater inspection to confirm the vessel is fit to return to Ushuaia. Further assessments of damage and repairs will be made. UPDATE February 2: Polar Star Expeditions reports that following an underwater inspection of the ship’s outer hull, it has decided to disembark the ship’s 80 passengers at King George Island in the South Shetland Islands as a precautionary measure before crossing the Drake Passage and returning to Ushuaia, Argentina. The company is currently arranging alternative transportation for its passengers via other IAATO vessels back to Ushuaia, where the MV Polar Star was originally scheduled to return on February 6. The Halifax-based company also announced that the February 6 Antarctica cruise aboard MV Polar Star would be canceled. Martin Karlsen, president of Polar Star Expeditions, stated that the double-hulled vessel traveled uneventfully and at normal cruising speed from Detaille Island to the Polish Arctowski Station on King George Island. The ship arrived on schedule at 0900 local time this morning at Arctowski, where station divers assessed the damage to the outer hull. Following discussions with the captain and DNV officials – Det Norske Veritas, the MV Polar Star’s classification society – the company made the precautionary decision not to cross the Drake Passage with passengers aboard. Once passengers have been transferred and temporary repairs made, the ship will proceed to Ushuaia with its 35 officers and crew. Polar Star Expeditions is notifying relevant maritime rescue coordination centers and Ushuaia port authorities of the new plan. Karlsen noted that estimated time of arrival of passengers in Ushuaia, and which ships they will be aboard, should be announced tomorrow, 3 February.
Grounded
February 1 Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Courier (UK) reports a Dunfermline taxi driver is suing a cruise liner company following his wife's death, claiming that the ship should not have sailed in a storm that he believes ultimately led to her death. John Davey (61) and his wife Barbara had set sail from Barcelona on December 5, but their holiday turned into a nightmare when the ship was hit by 45-foot waves and 70-knot winds two days after it left Rhodes, bound for Alexandria in Egypt. Mrs Davey went into a coma, was flown back and taken to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh but died on January 7, when the cause of death was given as a brain haemorrhage. Her husband believes the 56-year-old former hairdresser suffered a series of strokes due to the ship being buffeted by the waves, and puts the blame for her death at Royal Caribbean's door. He has instructed specialist maritime solicitors to sue the firm, stressing that the cruise liner should not have left the port of Rhodes prior to the storm. Mr Davey said the liner's captain admitted via the PA system that he had turned off the ship's wave stabilisers, which would have limited the impact of the waves if activated. "I was sleeping in my cabin when suddenly I was thrown completely clear of my bed by the impact of a huge wave on the boat," he said. "When I got up to look out of our cabin window I saw another giant wave hurtling towards us. It must have been at least 45 feet tall-Barbara was screaming and we both thought that we were going to die, right then. "When the wave hit us the boat lurched around 30 degrees and it seemed that the wall was becoming the floor. Outside I could see the propellers of the ship being lifted clean out of the ocean." Mr Davey said his room was "effectively turned upside down" by the storm, adding, "The ship was a wreck, all the glass was smashed, doors and windows were broken, and everything that hadn't been bolted down was gone. "People were leaving the ship with arms in slings and broken legs in bandages-it looked like a war zone." Mrs Davey awoke vomiting that night. Hospital medics induced a coma and operated to relieve pressure on her brain. She was airlifted to Edinburgh three weeks later, where Mr Davey made the agonising decision to switch off her life support machine. "I went on holiday to spend time with my beautiful wife and now I have had to say goodbye to her forever," he said. "It was the worst moment of my life. I just can't believe that because of the foolhardy and irresponsible behaviour of this company I have been forced through hell and lost my soulmate."
Sailing through severe weather - passenger death
January 27 Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a reader: The ship, homeported in Tampa, FL is currently operating under USCG Captain of The Port Order (COTP) due to one of two main propulsion azipods being inoperative for maneuver and requires a tractor tug tethered escort every arrival & departure from Tampa Bay to insure safe transit should the one remaining azipod propulsion fail. Royal Caribbean fails to make timely repairs and instead will let the ship limp along at sea operating on one azipod until next overhaul shipyard period scheduled Fall 2011. Yes, that's correct Fall 2011 before Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will effect repairs to the damaged azipod !! Please make this information available on your website for the general safety of the cruising public. Radiance of the Seas is only operating on one azipod - a precarious situation and disaster waiting to happen. We all know what just happened to the Carnival Splendor a few months ago having a generator fire in the engine room which resulted in total loss of main propulsion vessel had to be towed back to California.
Propulsion problems - Safety concerns
January 27 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Found on Facebook: ''There was an accident at the staging area with one of the compressed oxygen air tanks and chief security got his leg broken and one of the Fillipino mobile unit got hit in the head with it and was rushed to hospital in Cozumel where they spent all day operating on him.... very very sad ..... ''  Another person responded: Yeh that is I think they should scrap boatdrills dangerous man.yeh very very sad.crew members are dropping like flies so that'll be 3 since we set sail then. The US Coast Guard reports this as a case of "material failure."
Crew memer seriously injured
January 27 Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
UPI reports a YouTube post showed a Disney cruise ship drifting close to another ship in Orlando, FL.. Disney Cruise Lines officials said their ship was never in danger of hitting the Royal Caribbean ship on Jan. 17. "Yes, we are aware of the incident. Monarch of the Seas was anchored and the Disney ship casted off and drifted close to our vessel," said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. Disney officials said the ships never were closer together than between 20 and 30 feet, but a Royal Caribbean crew member said the Disney ship missed hitting the Monarch by only a couple of feet.
Near miss?
January 27 Discovery Sun Discovery Cruises The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
January 27 Pride of America Norwegian Cruise Line The US Coast Guard reports the ship experienced a problem with "material failure." Material failure
January 25 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
Concerns about security in Mazatlán following three street-crime incidents near the cruise terminal have prompted Disney Wonder to drop calls through April, the end of its season, and Oosterdam to skip this week’s visit, accoridng to port general director Alfonso Gil Díaz. More cruise cancellations may be in store.
Canceling port calls
January 25 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: The Captain has ordered an noro virus alert aboard our ship. Passengers are not allowed to touch any of the plastic serving handles in the buffet, etc etc. He said that U.S. Authorities have been notified. We are at sea today and tomorrow and will dock in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
Illness?
January 24 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Between 4 and 5 pm today in the port of Kralendijk, Bonaire, a Canadian couple in cabin R740 disembarked the ship. When they didn't return by 6:30 pm, the required time to be back on the ship, the captain had their cabin searched and no passports were found. At that point they were repeatedly paged throughout the ship with no response. Then the Captain blew the ship's horn in hopes that they would hear it ashore and even held the ship's departure up for nearly one hour. When they still didn't show up the Captain, reluctantly, was forced to leave them behind and sail on to Aruba. As it turned pout, they turned up before the ship left and were permitted back onboard -- they thought the ship was leaving at 7:30PM. NOTE: This is a reminder to always double-check the departure time when leaving a ship -- you don't want to be left behind.
Almost left behind
January 23 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: On ship Jan 16-23rd. Guy started shaking and dropped to ground. They called security and performed cpr for about 10 minutes.... the guy never came to. Word is he was 46...and suffered a massive heart attack. Was there with wife and kids. Supposedly put him in morgue until we got back to USA.
Passenger death
January 21 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Personal Finance Bulletin reports a Jamaican national failed to prove that he was not involved in the importation of cocaine into Bermuda in the Supreme Court yesterday. Ricardo Stewart who worked as a waiter on the cruise ship was standing trial for conspiracy with Adrian Morris to import cocaine worth $750,000 by using his position on the ship. In the course of the investigation video showed Morris hiding the drugs in the disco on the ship. Morris admitted that he was involved and told investigators that Stewart was behind the scheme. Stewart did not admit his involvement. Another employee on the same ship also arrested during the investigation stated that it was passengers who would carry the drugs between the ship and shore while crew members would then hide the drugs between ports of call. He said that Stewart was the one who liaised between the passengers and crew. Even though there was no physical evidence, fingerprints, DNA or other, to link Stewart to the drugs, the prosecutor pointed out that it was Stewart that Morris went to as soon as he knew that the drugs had been discovered. The defence for Stewart put forward that Morris could have lied to try to play down his involvement to get a shorter prison sentence. The defence also pointed out various differences in statements given by Morris particularly in the amount he said he was going to be paid for his part in the plot. The jury took two hours to decide by a majority that Stewart was guilty as charged. He will be detained until he is sentenced.
Drug smuggling
January 20 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a reader: On Jan 15, 2011, my husband and I embarked on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were enjoying our cruise, but when we came back from an excursion we discovered (despite several trys) our "pin code" would NOT open our cabin safe. The Pursers Office sent up a special "maintenance crew" member, who used a single key to open the safe. After signing a confirmation sheet, I discovered $60 (three $20 bills) missing from the $300 cash that was in the wallet. I immediately went down to file a complaint. To add insult to injury, I was told it was procedure for the ship's security guards to perform a search of our cabin (to be sure we hadn't misplaced the money). The next afternoon, I decided to put the "do not disturb" sign on my door knob and take a noon siesta. I soon woke up to several knocks at the door. This upset me, because I knew my husband took his key card. I eventually got up and opened the door to find our cabin steward with the sign in his hand and his access key card already pushed into the lock slot! His eyes almost popped out his skull when he saw my face! He stumbled to get the words out his mouth and eventually stated he thought we wanted our room clean. Later that evening my husband and I ascertained that our trusty cabin steward was coming back to grab more cash, stealing a little at a time so that we wouldn't notice. To say I am utterly perturbed is an understatement!! Instead of enjoying the remainder of my cruise, I am preparing my letters of complaint! Please spread the word to innocent cruise ship passengers regarding this matter. NOTE: Thefts from room safes are not unheard of. Between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008, the FBI received reports of more than 100 thefts, many from passenger cabins (see here for data). It is also important to note that many sexual assaults on passengers (often involving minors) occur when a crew member enters a guest's room without permission -- see here for one such case. Data on sexual assaults can be found here, here, and here.
Theft / Unauthorized entry into stateroom
January 18 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Sun Sentinel reports Coast Guard was notified that on 18 January 2011, while conducting an annual life saving appliances inspection, CARNIVAL MIRACLE's tender #3's aft wire rope stands began to fail. Tender was hoisted and secured. Both fore and aft wire ropes were replaced and the brake tested. Tender #3 reported as fully operational. No injuries resulted from this failure. The US Coast Guard label this as "material failure" Lifeboat failure / material failure
January 17 Thomson Dream
Thomson Cruises
A review posted at Cruise.Co.UK reports there was a starboard engine fire early in the cruise that departed Barbados on December 30. Despite rumours of it being serious, there is no indication at this point that it impacted the itinerary and no reported injuries.
Fire
January 17 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
7 News Belize reports the ship has cancelled a call on Belize tomorrow - reportedly because satisfactory tender arrangements cannot be worked out. That's after some upheaval in the local tenders association which saw former point man Stanley Longsworth resign on Friday. Today we received a release saying that Jason Marin is the new designate for the association. That group issued a lengthy release today explaining that what Longsworth called the moving of the goalposts continues - despite an intervention by the Prime Minister late last week. The PM had gotten confirmation from senior Carnival Executives that the arrangement with the local tenders would stand until October 21st. But according to the association, on Friday January 14th, they were told that only vessels with passenger capacity of 150 and more will be required to service Carnival ships that arrive this week. That later increased to tenders with a capacity of 200 passengers. Today's release, says, quote: "The Association continues to be misled….by the continuous changing and adjusting of requests for the Tendering needs, making the Association have doubts about Carnival's intentions to have a working relationship with the local boat operators." In fact the release goes a step further, it says that the local operators are, quote "being deliberately railroaded" to ensure that a deal between them and Carnival will not be attainable. They add that they are unclear as to "who is making the calls on behalf of Carnival and what their exact needs are." To try and find a way forward, meetings were held this morning with the Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and there are reports that a delegation will be travelling to Miami on Friday to speak directly with Carnival executives. The Prime Minister previously made such a trip a week ago and the agreement reportedly reached has been apparently breached by Carnival.
Missed port / Carnival's predatory behaviour
January 15 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: We just got off the Carnival Dream and we missed two ports, Roatan and Costa Maya. Roatan became another sea day but Costa Maya turned to Cozumel for a second time. Carnival really stepped up to the plate though. First of all it could not be helped, it was very windy and they tried to get into port at Roatan for quite some time. We ALL got 20% off a future cruise. Wasn't that nice of them?
Missed port
January 15 Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: Just returned from cruise that sailed Jan 2. Major outbreaks of both gastro and upper respiratory amongst staff and passengers. Major infection control issues aboard. Ship was initally denying the outbreak but by 2nd day/3rd day of the 10 night cruise they restricted the bufffet to have sick (coughing ) staff serving you, and not allowing any take out food. Salt & pepper shakers removed after it was witnessed a child was licking them in the erestaurant. Sick staff continued to work spreading  infections. Approx 30% off staff and at least that  number or more of passengers affected. They removed all water ,ice & coffee from cabins. Denial by ship staff-top directors except hotel hospitality director himself was sick in cabin unablae to work. Lack of education and proper infection control procedures is rampant.
?Illness?
January 13 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Fox TV reports the ship, which made headlines when it caught fire and kept thousands of passengers adrift at sea for several days in November, was towed to the San Francisco port for repair. The ship will spend about four weeks on the city's southern waterfront. It's scheduled to re-enter service on Feb. 20.
Move to dry dock
January 13 Spirit of Adventure
Saga Holidays
The Daily Telegraph reports guests were ordered to take shelter below deck as a speed boat carrying men thought to be pirates drew alongside. The incident took place as the vessel travelled from Madagascar to Zanzibar. The ship, carrying 350 passengers, was able to outpace the pirates. Naval authorities were alerted. A Saga spokesman said: "The Spirit of Adventure was followed by a suspect vessel for about an hour this evening. After guests were moved down to the middle of the ship the captain sped up to full speed and the vessel went away. We think it was scouting out the ship. Usually pirates are not interested in passenger ships but in cargo ones which have a higher value. There are well rehearsed procedures that are put in place for this sort of incident." The ship was due to arrive at a Zanzibar port this morning. It will then stop in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and then Mombassa where the cruise finishes on January 17.
Threat by pirates
January 13 Island Princess
Princess Cruises
LA Weekly reports a female passenger files a lawsuit earlier this week in Los Angles Superior Court against the cruise line. It was the wee hours of the morning last January,the woman claims, when a man who worked aboard the ship, cruising from Acapulco to Florida, grabbed her and pulled her against him. She says the man began groping her and tried to kiss her, before forcing her toward a deserted part of the ship. She tried to ward off her assailant and slip away, but he physically prevented her from escaping. Once the crew member, whose name is unknown, according to the lawsuit, pulled her into a secluded area, he allegedly held her against a counter top, hiked up her skirt and touched her private parts. She says she was then able push the crew member off of her and run away. The woman claims not only that she was sexually attacked, but that the man had a "prior, similar incident of misconduct" while employed aboard one of Princess' ships.
Sexual assault
January 13 Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Press Register reports the ship is scheduled to arrive on time in Mobile Saturday, despite a technical problem that has slowed the ship’s speed. A problem with the ship’s propulsion system forced the ship to cancel one of its scheduled stops in Calica. The Elation was able to stop in Cozumel. The ship is currently on a five-day cruise that departed Mobile on Monday. Pax were refunded port charges for the missed port and offered a 20% discount on a future cruise.
Propulsion problems
January 11 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Baltimore Sun reports eeeks after three employees were charged with trying to smuggle cocaine and heroin on board a Baltimore-bound cruise ship, officials found more drugs hidden on the same vessel. More heroin and cocaine — worth around $94,000 — were found on Saturday in a locker in an area largely limited to employees. The ship had returned that day from a 12-night trip to ports in the Caribbean, including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. The drugs were sniffed out by a dog trained to detect narcotics, and were found hidden in a room accessible to any of the ship's hundreds of employees. No arrests have been made in connection with the latest find.
Drug bust
January 10 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a reader: I just got back from a 9 day cruise to the SE Caribbean from 12/31/2010 through 01/09/2011 out of Miami.   There were five of us in our travel party.  We all got sick, one by one.  Some of us had upper respiratory symptoms, some lower GI symptoms.  The illness was starting to come around again to us all by the time we got off the ship. Aside from the sporadically placed hand sanitizers around the ship and despite someone standing guard in the buffet room spraying our hands as we entered there was still illness.  By the time we got to our home port, lots of people were coughing and we heard rumor of someone getting airlifted out of St. Kitts with a severe GI problem. In observing sanitation measures while onboard, it was apparent that many passengers hadn’t a clue on hygiene so there is a number one source of illness.  Plus we think the buffet is a hotbed of germs as passengers were able to self-serve until two days before the cruise ended when the crew began serving the passengers. NOTE: What is described here sounds like a typical seasonal flu, not norovirus. However, it reminds us of the importance of good hygiene (frequent hand washing, etc) in order to avoid contracting illness, whether it be a flu or norovirus (which is not an influenza).
?Illness?
January 8 Costa Fortuna
Costa Cruises
A reader reports his brother, a worker on the ship, was reported by the cruise line to have committed suicide. However, he subsequently reported that a person on board said the man's brother had been murdered by another worker (following an argument with another worker) and it was made to appear to be a suicide. NOTE: I initially had a more detailed account of this incident, but I was subsequently asked to remove it from this web page.
Cew member death - suicide or murder?
January 8 Volendam
Holland America Line

Otaga Daily Times reports a lifeboat is still dangling off the side of a cruise ship, moored at Christchurch's Port Lyttelton, after a cable broke sending two crew members into the water, with one of the men presumed drowned. Divers are searching the water for the 29-year-old Indonesian man who fell overboard this afternoon around 2PM. The other crew member managed to use a bucket to stay afloat and was rescued. Both men were wearing heavy clothing, overalls and boots but no lifejackets: "It appears that one of the cables has let go at one end...it (the lifeboat) is dangling there by one cable at the moment." According to one report, the accident occured during a lifeboat training exercise. The man's body was subsequently recovered. Police are investigating the incident.

Tragic accident - one crew member dead
January 7 Carnival Pride
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was a passenger on the 1/2/11 sailing. On day 5 we were scheduled to dock in Freeport, but we missed it due to high winds. According to fellow passengers and our cruise director Kirk (who woke us up in our cabin on the intercom), the captain attempted several times to dock.  
Missed port call
January 7 Orchestra
MSC Cruises
Kent Online reports seven Eastern Europeans who smuggled over £4m of cocaine into Dover concealed in body suits on board the ship have been sentenced to up to 20 years. The five men and three women from Bulgaria and Lithuania were arrested after UKBA officials boarded the ship in May and searched luggage in four of the cabins. They found specially made shorts which would reach from waist to knee. Stitched into each were packets of cocaine along with either each defendant's name or nickname. Total pure weight of the cocaine was 27.2kg with a street value of between £4.1 and £5.1m. Prosecutor Patrick Maggs said the bookings had all been made in Amsterdam and paid for in cash. The ship had sailed from Brazil and called at The Canaries, Madeira, Portugal and Spain before Dover. Handing down sentences ranging from 20 to 12 years, Judge James O'Mahony described the importation as ingenious and akin to an Army or Naval exercise. "It was planned to the last detail and no expense spared." He said the operation had the most sophisticated cover of a luxury cruise with adjacent cabins and all the defendants eating together.
Drug sentencing
January 7 Poesia
MSC Cruises
The Orlando Sentinel reports before the ship set sail with music fans on its Jam Fest cruise around the western Caribbean, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it raided the ship for illegal drugs and contraband while it was docked at Port Everglades. The Jan. 4 operation resulted in 15 seizures of Marijuana; LSD; mushrooms, hash oil; Ecstasy; prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia in mostly small quantities. Agents and K-9 officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the U.S.Marshals Service; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff's Office participated in the raid.
Drug bust
January 7 Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The CDC reports 153 of 2336 passengers (6.42%) and 3 of 861 crew (0.35%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in Tampa, Florida January 8th following a five-day cruise that began January 3. The following cruise on January 8th will leave 5 hours later than scheduled in order to accommodate sanizing the ship.
Illness
January 5 Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
News 7 in Belize reports a 21 year old man either jumped or fell to his death from the 12th. level of the ship. His family noticed that he was missing around 9:00 this morning and when he couldn't be found on the ship the crew reviewed video from the security cameras. That showed him jumping - or falling - from the twelfth deck of the ship at 3:25 am. The deck is over a hundred feet above the sea. It is estimated to have happened 6 miles west off Maaga Caye Lighthouse at Turneffe Island - which is out in the blue where the depth of the sea is in the hundreds of feet. That's still in Belizean waters and today the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Port Authority carried out searches but up to late this evening they hadn't found anything.
Pax overboard
January 4 Costa Atlantica
Costa Cruises
The Sun Sentinel reports a cruise ship worker who drowned at Port Everglades earlier this week committed suicide, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Ramakrishan Balasubramanian, 25, of India, was found unresponsive in the water along the left side of the docked Costa Atlantica at about 8 p.m. Sunday. He was an assistant waiter on the ship. A uniform keeper on the ship told police he was on the third deck when he heard a splashing noise. He said he looked over the rail, saw Balasubramanian in the water, and threw a floatable life ring. Balasubramanian seemed unable to put on the floatation device, the uniform keeper said, according to the report. Coast Guard rescuers arrived soon after and found Balasubramanian face down in the water. He was rushed to Broward General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Balasubramanian was the subject of an internal investigation following an allegation he had sexually harassed someone.

Crew overboard
?Suicide?

January 4 Consellation
Celebrity Cruises
Sign on San Diego reports a computer that had been given away at an estate sale led to the arrest of a cruise-ship audiovisual manager who was taken into custody on child-pornography charges after arriving at the Port of San Diego. The 31 year old man was arrested Sunday by FBI agents and is accused in a federal criminal complaint of receiving and possessing child pornography. The investigation, conducted by the FBI’s Sacramento division, began last summer when a citizen told a sheriff’s deputy in the northern Sacramento Valley that a computer that he had been given by a woman holding an estate sale in Chico contained images of child pornography on the hard drive. The citizen, a technician, said that the woman had thought the computer was broken. The abandoned computer, which the citizen repaired, was turned over to law-enforcement officials. It contained 450 still-image files and about 250 video files of child pornography portraying a total of 44 different victims. An investigation linked Hernandez to the computer and to the address of the estate sale. According to the federal complaint the man was an audiovisual manager. In documented online chats he had bragged that he had bought young boys for sex in Mexico, the complaint said.
Child pornography seized
January 3 Le Boreal
Abercrombie & Kent
The ship’s Jan. 4 Antarctica cruise, a charter by Abercrombie & Kent, has been canceled after technicians on the ship found ‘signs of wear and suggested some parts be replaced and that additional tests be run.’ Neither A&K nor shipowner Compagnie du Ponant specified the issue, but in a statement Ponant said: ‘If the ship had been sailing in any other part of the world, the parts would have been readily available and the work could easily have been done during its cruise.’ Ponant added that it made the decision to replace the parts in Ushuaia ‘prior to any problems arising while in the remote Antarctic region.’ The ship is currently returning to Ushuaia as scheduled from A&K’s Antarctica holiday cruise.
Cancelation

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