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


The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2013, 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 - 2013

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, 1997-2012 (pdf)

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

Analysis of FBI Crime Data from Ships,
ct 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008

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

Sexual Assaults at Sea, 2009 - 2012 (Only those publicly reported)

Report of Investigation into the Fire Onboard the Carnival Splendor which Occurred in the Pacific Ocean Off the Coast of Mexico on November 8, 2010, which Resulted in Complete Loss of Power

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

Poorly Cleaned Public Cruise Ship Restrooms May Predict Norovirus Outbreaks

Two Useful Resources from Judge Thomas A Dickerson:

Cruise Passengers' Rights and Remedies

Travel Abroad, Sue at Home

Travel Law 2013: Summer Travel Tips

Travel Accidents Abroad 2013:Avoiding Dangerous Vacations

Cruise Junkie's Testimony Before the US Senate Committee on Commer, Science, and Technology, July 24, 2013

Essay by CruiseJunkie: Treacherous Waters: The Latest Bad Publicity for the Global Cruise Industry is Just the Tip of the Iceberg, from Foreign Policy Online

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Cruise Line
Type of Incident
January 1 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
ABC22 reports Cayman Islands authorities are searching for a passenger who has gone missing from a cruise ship. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Force says a cruise line passenger was reported missing Tuesday morning and search operations are underway. The 65 year old man's wife notified crew of her husband's disappearance before the ship arrived in the Cayman Islands. Company spokeswoman Tracy Quan says the person was last seen entering his room just before midnight. The missing passenger's identity and nationality was not disclosed by the company or police. The ship is on a six-night Caribbean cruise that departed from Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. Pax missing/ Overboard?
December 30 Orchestra
MSC Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a Facebook page focusing on the rights of Brazilians working on cruise ships reports today of a serious accident aboard a MSC cruise ship resulting in serious injuries to three crew members. The page is entitled Direito Do Trabalhador Brasileiro Em Navios Cruzeiros (Law Of Brazilian Workers On Cruise Ships). It states that an accident occurred on the MSC Orchestra involving three crew members who were working without proper equipment. The cruise line is alleged to have provided the correct equipment. They were cleaning a tank when gas escaped and an explosion occurred. One crew member was hospitalized and the two other men remain in serious condition in the cruise ship's infirmary.  Explosion - crew workers injured
December 30 Unnamed
MSC Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a story about a MSC cruise ship dumping garbage bags into the sea off of the coast of Brazil. The story is based on a cruise passenger's account. You can see what appears to be black bags being thrown out of the ship from what a lower deck. The ship had sailed from Italy and the dumping seems to have occurred after the ship made its transatlantic voyage and before it arrived in Brazil. A news article from Brazil states that the disposal was close to the natural sanctuary of Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of Pernambuco. Here's the translation: "A passenger on the MSC cruise, which left Genoa, Italy, captured on video the moment official liner trash bags dumped at sea. According to international standards, the waste of these vessels should be treated and separated before being dispensed. According to the passenger, businessman Sergio de Oliveira, the staff of the ship began to throw the trash bags in the sea when the ship entered the Brazilian coast. The man also claims that one of the sites chosen for the drop was close to the natural sanctuary of Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of Pernambuco. The businessman lodged the complaint to the prosecutor in Apucarana." Environmental
December 29 Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CTV News reports the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Canadian man who reportedly went overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship headed to Puerto Rico. Canadian Tien Phuoc Nguyen, 26, was last seen by other passengers at approximately 8:46 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said in a statement released Sunday. He is reported to have jumped overboard. The cruise ship was approximately 15 nautical miles east of Puerto Rico’s Mona Island when the incident occurred. Nguyen was on the final night of a seven-day cruise with his family. Royal Caribbean said in its own statement Sunday that as soon as the ship’s captain was alerted, the vessel was stopped, turned around, and authorities were contacted. The location of the ship at the time of the incident was recorded by its onboard GPS system, and the incident was also captured on surveillance cameras, Royal Caribbean said. The Coast Guard says MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and a patrol boat are being used in the search effort and the FBI is investigating why the man may have jumped overboard. After the Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the search, the ship continued toward its final destination of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Overboard
December 28 King Seaways
DFDS Seaways
Daily Mail reports two men have been arrested after a fire broke out on a ferry in the North Sea. A 26-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray, police confirmed this morning. Both are currently helping officers with enquiries. More than 1,000 people were aboard the King Seaways service which left North Shields, near Newcastle, at 5pm and was heading for Ijmuiden near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The blaze broke out at around 10pm last night. Six people were airlifted to hospital and around 17 more treated for smoke inhalation.
December 28 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports that several passsengers became sick with gastrointestinal symptoms including severe nausea, diarrhea and vomiting on the last cruise. The cruise line has not disclosed how many passengers or crew experienced symptoms like this yet, and there is no indication whether the illnesses are in fact due to norovirus or some other virus. Royal Caribbean sent passengers embarking today on the Oasis the following: "Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding your Saturday, December 28, sailing onboard Oasis of the Seas out of Port Everglades, Florida. During the ship's last sailing, a number of guests experienced a gastrointestinal illness. We will conduct enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Therefore, your check-in and boarding will be delayed. Because space and seating in the terminal is limited, we ask that you not arrive to the port before 1:30 PM. Check in will take place between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you onboard." ?Illness?
December 27 Costa Serena
Costa Cruises
From a reader:The ship shifted its port of embarkation/disembarkation from Savona to Genoa because of severe weather. The distance between the two ports is 55 kilometers by car. But the cruise terminal in Genova was closed for Christmas holiday. The passengers for embarkation and disembarkation were alone in a closed cruise terminal in Genova. (see this in Italian media) Port change (embark / disembark)
December 26 Akademic Shokalskiy Sydney Morning Herald reports a cruise ship is trapped by ice in Antarctica. Early on Wednesday morning, MV Akademic Shokalskiy, a tourist ship recreating Sir Douglas Mawson’s 100-year-old Australasian Antarctic Expedition signalled it was stuck in heavy pack ice. While ships often get surrounded by pack ice around Antarctica, the Russian Shokalskiy, a medium-sized vessel with about 74 crew and passengers, was in danger of being hit by a large iceberg. Just before 5am the Rescue Co-ordination Centre, part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, ordered three ships, a Chinese and French vessel and the Aurora Australis, to lend assistance (which is located 1500 miles south of Hobart). The ship left from New Zealand for a 28-day Australasian Antarctic Expedition on 1 December. An AMSA spokeswoman told the AAP that it would take at least two days for the nearest rescue ship to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy and the vessel wasn’t in any immediate danger. Distress Call - Trapped in ice
December 21 Rhapsopdy of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Sydney Morning Herald reports aman's body has been recovered from the ocean after falling overboard at 2:00 AM this morning. The ship was about 300 nautical miles east of Brisbane when the man was seen falling from the ship, a spokesman said. "Life rings and marker smoke were deployed by the vessel at the same time, the ship immediately turned around and launched rescue boats," he said. "The Rescue Coordination Centre tasked one other merchant vessel, the Pacific Pearl, and the Queensland government's King Air to assist in the search." The ship left Sydney bound for Noumea on Thursday night as part of a nine-night tour of the south Pacific. Overboard
December 20 Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Critic reports went without running water for a little more than five hours yesterday, which limited passenger access to drinking water, working toilets and showers. During this time, crew members provided affected cabins with bottled water. The water went off at 6:30 AM and was restored at 11:45 PM. (NOTE: I wonder how one takes a shower with bottled water.) No running water
December 20 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship spent a second, unscheduled, day in Cabo San Lucas yesterday after an onboard medical emergency necessitated the ship's return to port Wednesday. Princess Cruises' spokeswoman Karen Candy told Cruise Critic, Sapphire Princess was en route to Puerto Vallarta when the medical emergency occurred. The ship returned to Cabo, where it had been docked for the day, to transfer the passenger to an onshore hospital, then spent the night at sea. "Due to the delay, the ship was unable to make the originally scheduled call to Puerto Vallarta and returned to Cabo for a second port day," she added. Princess is looking into adding another port, possible San Diego, to replace the Puerto Vallarta stop.Sapphire Princess departed Los Angeles on Sunday, December 15 for a seven-night roundtrip Mexico sailing. Change of itinerary
December 16 Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: Constellation scheduled to leave Key West yesterday, Dec. 15 @ 5pm. Repair needed and waiting on part(s). At 8:05am, December 16, still no evidence of upcoming departure. Scheduled to be "at sea" day on the way to Cozumel. UPDATE: Cruise Critic reports the ship will lkeave Key West at 10PM Monday night and that Cozumel has been dropped as a port of call and replaced by Nassau on December 18. There is no indication that passengers have been compensated for the delay or the change of itinerary. Technical issue with engine / Delayed departure / itinerary change
December 14 Viking Amorella Viking Cruises Bloomberg News reports the passenger ferry lost power and ran aground in the Aaland archipelago southwest of Finland. No one was injured among the ship’s 1,945 passengers, who will remain on the vessel, which will continue its voyage to Mariehamn and is scheduled to arrive by 11 p.m. local time, Viking Line said in a statement on its website. The situation on the ship is calm and stable and there is no leak, the company said. Passengers may stay on the ship overnight in Mariehamn, capital of the Aaland region, before boarding M/S Viking Grace to Turku or M/S Rosella to Stockholm, the company, based in the town, said in the statement. M/S Amorella was en route to Stockholm from Turku, when it hit rocks at Julgrund, outside of Foegloe, at 12:40 p.m. Finnish time. The Baltic Sea isn’t yet frozen. The vessel, built in 1988 in Split, Croatia, is capable of carrying 2,400 people and 450 cars, according to Viking Line’s website. Aground - Lost power
December 13 Saga Ruby
Saga Holidays
Travel Mole reports Saga has been forced to cancel a month-long cruise to the Caribbean onboard the ageing Ruby after one of its generators failed after it left Southampton, leaving it without effective air conditioning. Instead, the ship - which was on its final voyage - will cruise around the Mediterranean. Saga Shipping's managing director Robin Shaw has flown to Tenerife, where the ship has docked, to inform the 650 passengers onboard of the change of itinerary, said the Mirror. Passengers who don't wish to continue on the cruise, which is now expected to include Monaco on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day at sea and New Year's Eve in Gibraltar, will be flown back to the UK and given a full refund. After the ship returns to Southampton on January she will be sold to Asia buyers who plan to turn her into a hotel. Itinerary change/ Canceled cruise
December 12 Pacific Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Pacific Princess canceled its scheduled Casablanca stop on Dec 12th due to high winds in Gibraltar which closed the port on Dec 11th. Refuelled morning of the 12th and now head to Funchal for scheduled port stop Saturday, dec 14. Missed port call
December 11 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
CNN reports that on the morning of December 10 a 70 year old man fell into the water between the pier and Costa Luminosa while both ships were docked at Grand Turk. The man remained afloat for 10 mi nutes until a crew member ffrom Nieuw Amsterdam jumped into the water and helped the man to safety. Passenger falls from ship in port
December 10 Royal Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: On December 2, 2013, around noon, the ship discontinued ship to shore tendering to Princess Cays due to heavy sea swells which lasted all afternoon. Tendering operations from shore to ship continued despite the heavy swells. A number of tender passengers returning to the ship during the afternoon got sea sick in the tenders. Weather and private island
December 10 Arcadia
P&O Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the cruise line has cancelled a two-night cruise due to strong storms in Northern Europe. The storms have delayed the ship leaving her refurbishment, which has been done in dry dock in Bremerhaven, Germany since the end of November. The ship was due to sail from Southampton to Zeebrugge, this Sunday (December 15). Its next cruise from Southampton to Madeira on December 21, is not affected. Cruise canceled
December 10 Seabourn Cruises Bermuda Sun reports the cruise line has been charged with breaching tax information exchange legislation in Bermuda. Shelly Durrant, a representative of Seabourn Cruise Line, appeared in court this morning. She pleaded not guilty on behalf of the firm to failing to provide information as required of the International Cooperation Tax Information Exchange Agreement Act. No details of the case were given. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner adjourned the matter to March 12 for trial. Saul Froomkin QC represents the cruise line. Court case
December 10 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
A reader at Cruise Critic reports "we are just leaving Nassau 2+ hours late because of an issue with the lift cable of lifeboat number 1. At the biweekly test it appeard to snapped. We are, after talking to HQ, the shipyard and Bahamas authorities leaving lifeboat 1 in Nassau and will be picking it up again on the way back after they repaired the cable. Another writes: "Oasis sailed for the better part of it's entire first year without the #1 lifeboats on either side, after they were damaged in the transatlantic. I believe they had to re-engineer the mount to be protected in weather." Lifeboat problems - one removed
December 10 Legend of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports on November 25, Legend of the Seas lost a lifeboat, while anchored near Cabo San Lucas, when one of the boat's pulleys malfunctioned. Line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez tells Cruise Critic that the decision to continue sailing without the boat was approved by government officials in the Bahamas, where the ship is registered. When Legend returned to Cabo San Lucas four days later on its subsequent sailing, the boat was recovered and reattached to the ship. Lifeboat problems - one removed
December 9 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a reader: Just received a text from my parents who boarded Freedom this afternoon in Port Canaveral. The ship sailed around 4 or 5pm this afternoon. It turned around about 3 hours later due to a medical emergency and returned to Port Canaveral around 1030pm where they dropped off the medical emergency (passenger plus luggage). They just left the port again a few minutes ago (@11:30PM).
Delayed - Itinerary change?
December 7 Spirit of France
P&O Ferries
Kent on Line reports Port of Dover police have charged three men after an assault on a cross-Channel ferry. The incident happened P&Os Spirit of France in March as the vessel returned to Dover. The men have been charged with assaulting a passenger on board the ferry, causing actual bodily harm. They are also jointly charged with threatening unlawful violence towards others. Inspector Neil Care from the port of Dover police, said: “This was a particularly difficult and protracted inquiry which, although it has taken some time, we have been determined to conclude. Assault with serious bodily injury
December 6 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
Cairns Post reports an elderly couple were forced to disembark while the ship was docked at Yorkeys Knob -- they were told they were not allowed back aboard because the ship's doctor was concerned for Mrs Arnold's safety. Mrs Arnold's story has gone viral after her nephew Don Stones posted a complaint on his Facebook page. His post has been shared more than 5200 times on the social media website. "I posted it not only because they are my family, but because no one should (treat someone) like that and be allowed to get away with it," he said. Mr Stones said his aunt was forced to stand at Yorkeys Knob marina with her and her husband's suitcases because she was not able to find her way back to her cabin. "She was staying on board while her husband went to view Cairns while the ship was docked," he said. "On his arrival back from sightseeing he was met by his wife and told they were not allowed back on the ship because the doctor did not think they were the kind of people who should be on the cruise ... if she was left alone." Mrs Arnold was found by the ship's staff while trying to find her cabin and she was upset and crying, Mr Stones wrote. "The couple, on the pension mind you, paid over $12,000 for the cruise, which will probably be the last one they will be able to go on together (and) had to find their own way back to their home," he wrote. "This is a disgusting way to treat anybody, let alone an elderly couple, without even trying to resolve the issue at hand." A Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman said staff felt it was "necessary to disembark" Mrs Arnold after she was found disoriented on the ship. "Mrs Arnold was escorted to the ship's onboard medical facility while attempts were made to contact Mr Arnold, who was ashore and could not be reached," she said. "Regrettably, since we were concerned for Mrs Arnold's safety and wellbeing while aboard the ship, particularly in a cabin with its own balcony, we felt it was necessary to disembark her." The spokeswoman said the ship's care team arranged transport from the ship to Cairns Hospital. "Mr and Mrs Arnold will receive a pro-rata refund for the remaining nine days of their sailing, as well as full refund of the monies paid for their second cruise," she said (but to date, almost two months later, it has not been received). The cruise line says it is working with the Arnold's travel agent to ensure that it is processed quickly." Elderly couple evicted -- and the cruise industry is concerned about its image?
December 6 Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports the ship is delayed at port in the South Pacific due to unspecified problems with the ship. AIS tracking systems shows the cruise ship in the port of Port Vila, Efate in the Vanautu islands. We do not see any news of the situation on line. There is no indication of the reason for the delayed departure.  Mechanical problems - delayed
December 5 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: The ship returned to the St Maartin dock just after departing due to a medical emergency. 4th medical evacuation in 2 days
December 4 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports the ship altered its itinerary Tuesday when three passengers were evacuated from the vessel for medical reasons. Line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said the ship traded a planned call on St. Thomas for a stop in San Juan on Wednesday as a result. Martinez also verified that the three incidents "... were not related, just an odd occurrence." Cruise Critic member Karter is onboard and had this to say about the events: "... the coast guard airlifted one person off Coco Cay. We were then diverted to Nassau to evacuate two more people." The rest of the itinerary has remained unchanged, and there has been no word yet on whether passengers on the sailing will be offered any sort of compensation for the port swap. Itinerary change
December 2 Victoria Clipper IV Clipper Vacations gCaptain reports authorities in Seattle have arrested a man accused of stealing a high-speed passenger ferry from a dock and attempting to take it on a joyride across Elliott Bay. The Seattle Police Department reports that a man was able to commandeer the Victoria Clipper IV passenger ferry Sunday morning while docked at Pier 69 on the Seattle waterfront. The vessel was discovered to be about 300 yards from the pier at 7 a.m. and at first appeared to be adrift. However, upon closer inspection by a tugboat sent to retrieve the vessel it was discovered that there was a man in the pilothouse. After negotiating with the man, a SWAT team was able to board the vessel and arrest the suspect. When asked what he intended to do with the vessel, the man told police he had planned “to take the boat to West Seattle.” The suspect -identified as 33-year-old Samuel Kenneth McDonough- was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief and failing to register as a sex offender, the Seattle police department said. Officials are still working to determine how the man was able to commandeer the ship. Ship stolen
December 2 Multiple ships Otago Daily Times reports torm force winds gusting over 50 knots prevented two large cruise ships, including Voyager of the Seas, from entering Otago Harbour yesterday, in a ''disappointing'' day for Dunedin's visitor industry. Voyager, which had been due to dock about 6.30am yesterday, waited off the Otago heads for more than five hours, hoping for a break in the weather. But after high winds continued within the harbour, the vessel then left for its planned visit to Fiordland. And Pacific Pearl, due to arrive at 7am, headed for its next port, Akaroa. Missed port call
December 1 Ocean Countess Majestic International Maritime Matters reports the ship, completed in 1976 as Cunard Countess, is currently ablaze at Chalkis, where she has been laid up since her most recent charter to U.K.-based Cruise and Maritime Voyages. The ship was scheduled to return to cruise service in 2014 but this now looks unlikely as aerial video footage shows her superstructure fully engulfed in flames. Fire
December 1 Eurodam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: Just returned from a 7 day jaunt on the Eurodam. High winds and swells on Sunday night caused us to miss our scheduled stop at Half Moon Cay. Missed port call
November 30 Viking Magni Viking Cruises NY Post reports a couple has slapped Viking Cruises with a $5 million class action lawsuit claiming the company knew its ship was “plagued with electrical problems” before a breakdown that forced guests to be bused around to dreary destinations. Manhattan attorney James P. Cinque and his wife Marie-Helene Cinque booked their two week jaunt aboard the Viking Magni for Sept. 24 through Oct. 8. The Viking Cruises brochure boasted an “unforgettable” trip along a “stunning stretch” of the Rhine River with “friendly, attentive, award-winning service,” according the Manhattan civil suit. But the cruise line allegedly hid from its passengers that the Viking Magni had suffered power issues during the prior cruise. Ten days into the Cinque’s voyage the electrical system failed again. “The boat limped into the closest port” and when it could not be fixed, the 200 passengers were loaded onto cramped buses for seven-hour trips between stops, according to court papers. “The boat shouldn’t have broken down,” James told The Post in an interview. “It’s not like it was an act of God,” he said. When the James, 62, and Marie-Helene, 58, asked for a refund and to leave the group, they were told they would have to do so at their own expense. "We were taken to Frankfurt instead of the beautiful cities along the river,” James said. “We spent one whole day on the bus. We missed Amsterdam entirely,” he griped. The attorney said he only filed the suit after all the arguments with Vikings’ customer service reps got him was a 50 percent credit for a future trip. Lawsuit
November 29

Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Cruise Line
and Aida Stella

Lanzarote Information reports the harbour in Arrecife has been criticised in the past for it’s inability to operate normally when the weather comes from the South, the strong waves caused disruption with two cruise ships due to dock and the car ferry left early to avoid the worst of the waves. The Norwegian Spirit opted to stay over in Santa Cruz de Tenerife instead of docking in Lanzarote, which meant a loss of income from the 2,000 passengers aboard. Aidastella was the second cruise ship caught in the adverse weather, in this case the company decided to reorganise their route through the islands and will dock in Lanzarote with 2,000 passengers this morning instead. Missed port call / itinerary change
November 26 Multiple ships The Bahamas Weekly reports the Port Controller, Commander Patrick McNeil, wishes to clarify the circumstances surrounding today’s cancellation of the visits of the cruise ships, Allure of the Seas, Carnival Conquest and the Disney Dream, to the Port of Nassau. Commander Mcneil has reported that the Allure of the Seas, the Carnival Conquest, and the Disney Dream were scheduled to call at the Port of Nassau on Monday, 25th 7am, and 8am, respectively. However, according to the Port Controller, the captains of the Allure and the Conquest decided to cancel in advance the visits to Prince George Wharf, due to a weather system which had entered the Northwest Bahamas late Sunday evening. The Port Controller has also advised that the Disney Dream did enter Nassau Harbour at 8am, assisted by the tug “Snapper” and two private tug boats. However, as the vessel was attempting to dock, it was unable to complete the maneuver, due to wind gusts of approximately 38 knots, and the Captain of that vessel made the decision to leave the Port of Nassau. Bahamas Tribune reports a broken tugboat was in fact responsible for three cruise ships carrying around 10,000 passengers being unable to dock in Nassau Harbour during rough weather earlier this week. According to a government insider, the same tug boat had been malfunctioning for six months while officials tried to negotiate to have the necessary repairs made. However, on Monday, when the tug was found inoperable there was no contingency plan in place, to pull the The Allure of the Seas, Carnival Conquest or Disney Dream to the dock, Missed port call (Nassau)
November 25 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Houston Chronicle reports in the Strand area of Galveston near the cruise terminal Sunday, apparently there were so many people vocally upset about toilet problems on their just-ended cruise that somebody who wasn't even on the ship decided to alert the media after overhearing them. Cruise line officials said any passenger claims that Carnival Magic was without working toilets for a 24-hour period are overblown. According to Jennifer de la Cruz, vice president of public relations for Carnival Cruise Lines, water was shut off for about two hours after the ship docked in Galveston. Almost all passengers had exited the vessel at the end of their cruise at the time of the repairs, de la Cruz said. The embarkation for the next cruise began just after 11 a.m., which de la Cruz says is earlier than expected, and water service was restored by then. No water??
November 25 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
The CDC reports 111 of 2600 passengers (4.27%) and 3 of 1064 crew (0.28%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. CDC Vessel Sanitation Program officers are monitoring the outbreak and providing support to both the ship and the cruise line; monitoring and support will continue into the subsequent voyage as is VSP’s standard practice.Specimens will be sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship was on a 16 day cruise ending in on November 25. Illness
November 25 Ship unknown
Carnival Cruise Lines
WSVN news reports a South Florida family is filing a lawsuit after their son claimed he was beaten by a security guard on board a Carnival cruise ship. "My friends and me, we sneaked into the nightclub," said the teen, who has not been identified. The teen was 14 years old at the time and acknowledges he tired to go inside the nightclub on board the Carnival Imagination in late June. The teen ran out when a security guard saw him and said he was chased by the guard into a stairwell. "He grabs me by the shirt, slams me like really heard against the wall," the teen said. The teen said the security guard let go of him when a passenger started taking pictures while another passenger intervened. The guard eventually took the teen to his parents' cabin. The teen told his mother what happen. "First of all, I couldn't believe it. I was very, very upset because we came for a family vacation, and my son was beat up," said the teen's mother, Mary Or. The family said the security guard left the teen with a bulging disk in his neck. They have hired an attorney and filed a lawsuit against Carnival. "And Unfortunately, at a distinct level, precisely where he was thrown up against the wall, he now has an injury to his spine," said attorney Spencer Aronfeld. "He's under the care and treatment of a neurologist and also a psychologist because of the type of emotional trauma that he had experienced on this cruise." The teen said he has been left with pain and stiffness in his neck. "Like, you know, when you are shocked, and you don't really feel anything, and the next couple of days, I started to feel it," said the teen. The family said they are filing a lawsuit because they want the security guard fired and want to prevent another family from enduring the pain of a similar experience. "He didn't go to war, he went on a cruise. We went on a cruise," said the teen's father, Darren Gaon.
Lawsuit - Assault of pax by security
November 23 Preziosa
MSC Cruises
Noticias International reports on the death of a passenger which is label one way by the cruise line and another way by the family. The family of Mercedes Lessi Ray, 87 , who died aboard a cruise through Europe on Tuesday (19 Nov) , said the cause of death was not sudden illness Paraná , as initially concluded by the cruise line. " My grandmother had better health than ours," says Bruna Reis, granddaughter of Mercedes. According to her, the elder, who was accompanied by her two daughters, suffered a head injury after tripping on the stairs.This version, according to Bruna, was confirmed by an expert. "The fall occurred at about 20:30, when I was going out to dinner, but her little heart came only to stop at 9am the next day." MSC Cruises, however, says the fall was caused by a sudden illness and ruled that there were no obstructions on the stairway. The body of Mercedes , which had to be frozen, spent three days at sea and landed today in Salvador. The cruise will end in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo onTuesday (26) . Conflicting accounts of cause of passenger death
November 20 Magnifica
MSC Cruises
Ekathimerini reports the ship suffered minor damages and a small crack after hitting a jetty at the Piraeus port in the early hours of Wednesday. No injuries were reported on board the Panama-flagged cruiser carrying 2,469 passengers and 965 crew members. An investigation was underway to determine the causes of the accident. Cruise Law News subsequently reported that MSC issued a statement stating that the damage was minor and that the vessel's itinerary was not affected. The ship was suppose to leave port hours ago; however, the cruise ship's bridge cam still shows the ship in port as of the time of the posting (10:55 PM) of this article tonight (image above).  A team of repair personnel reportedly are working to try and fix the damage. We received photographs from a person on the Magnifica who wishes to remain anonymous. We are told that the damage to the hull measured approximately 8 & 1/2 feet by 11 & 1/2 feet.  The hull was ruptured above the water line. Interior damage to the ship was reported as you can see in other photos on our Facebook page.   Collision with pier
November 15 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Miami Herald reports the ship will be pulled out of service for a week so unscheduled repairs can be made in the Bahamas. The problem, according to the Miami-based cruise line, is that the bearing in one of the ship’s three propulsion motors has been wearing down faster than expected. While the motors can operate and maneuver the vessel, the ship’s top speed has been limited to keep the wear in check. “While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible,” William Baumgartner, senior vice president of marine operations for parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises, said in a statement. “We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service.”The sailing on Feb. 23, 2014 will be canceled so the ship can be repaired at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport the week of Feb. 24. Those booked on the affected sailing will get a full refund or have the option to sail on some other itineraries at the same rate. Due to the limited top speed, the ship has adjusted some of its itineraries in the eastern Caribbean. Unscheduled drydock
November 13 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
Daily Mail reports an American woman has leaped overboard from a Hawaii-bound cruise ship in a bid to kill herself - sparking a massive search by the Coast Guard. Another traveler saw the 54-year-old woman, who has not been identified, jumping from the Grand Princess cruise liner into the Pacific Ocean about 650 miles northeast of Hilo at 2pm on Wednesday. The traveler notified staff who confirmed the incident was also captured on a security camera. A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said that they launched a search for the woman and the Coast Guard sent a C-130 plane to assist at 4pm - but she is presumed dead. The ship was bound for Hawaii on the third day of a 15-day trip that started in San Francisco, California. Overboard
November 11 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
Tico Times reports protests and strikes by public workers in Costa Rica on Monday already are generating financial losses. The ship opted not to dock at the Caribbean port of Limón to avoid the protests. Cruise ship staff on Friday called officials at the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA) – administrators of the docks – to confirm the news of today's strikes and decided to skip the Costa Rican port, said JAPDEVA spokesman Israel Oconitrillo. The decision to skip Costa Rica represents $8,000 in lost tax revenue. Each cruise ship that arrives in Limón pays a $4,000 tax for the use of the dock, and each tourist must pay a $2 tax upon their arrival. Skipped port call
November 11 Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: Just got home from Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to Port Lauderdale, with Liberty of the Seas. On Friday 8th November the call of Cococay was canceled because of medical reasons; a passenger had to be taken to hospital, and the ship instead sailed to Nassau and stayed there for the whole day. Changed port of call
November 10 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Law News reports that on the night of November 8th, the Dawn Princess cruise ship experienced a fire which occurred in an electrical sub-station on deck 6. Passengers were called to their muster stations while fire fighting teams extinguished the fire. There were no passenger or crew injuries. Today we asked for more information from the public and received the following: "We had dinner then headed for coffee when the Captain came on. There had been an emergency announcement earlier but we Dawn Princessthought it was medical, not so. The captain explained there was smoke deck 6 starboard, forward and would we all return to our cabins. WOW. we watched as the stores closed and the crew ran. Then the captain came on again to tell us there was a fire in an electrical locker on deck 6 forward and the fire party was dealing with it. We are still in our cabin as requested. We have opened the door to look up and down the hall. All the crew are in lifejackets standing in the hall. Some passengers have doors open and talking to the crew. It started about 8:30 it is now about 9:00 Well another update time is 9:30 and we are in our muster station after the captain told us to grab our life jackets, warm clothes and head to muster. We have our jackets, passports, money and medication. The muster must have over 500 people, some forgot life jackets, some did not get scanned so they are calling names of people who are not accounted for ... 10:10pm and we are released. A very interesting experience. The bars are jam packed, fuller than we have ever seen them ... As of 10:40 they have released cabins on Emerald deck, deck 6, meaning the occupants can now return to them. Two cabins numbers are being called on Emerald and we think they might have some smoke damaged." Fire
November 8 Disney Magic
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line Blog reports the reimagined Disney Magic returned to Port of Miami this afternoon in the midst of a 4-night Bahamian cruise. The itinerary had the Disney Magic enjoying a magical day at sea today sailing between Castaway Cay and Key West. According to first hand reports on the Disboards and in an email I received from a passenger on board, Captain Robert announced they would briefly return to Miami for “critical technical supplies.” The Captain went on assuring passengers that they will still make it to Key West on schedule. Passengers are also referencing issues with the plumbing and the flushing of toilets. We reached out to Disney Cruise Line who confirmed that the Disney Magic returned to Miami to pick up supplies. However, no additional details were provided as to the reason for the supply run. After approximately 90 minutes the Disney Magic departed Port of Miami with the essential supplies. Return to port for "essential supplies"
November 7 Oceana
P&O Cruises
From a reader: Very sad anouncement a few moments ago on P & O Oceana. .. a crew member sadly died overnight. He was a head waiter in the plazza. The ship is in Casablanca Morocco. Additional information will be posted if/when available. A passenger wrote: Just got back from this cruise and a crew member ( apparently ) committed suicide. Overdose? Either way, it was the talk of the ship, as the Captain Angelo Vargo announced that a crew member had died overnight, early on in the cruise and that all the crew were very upset. It soon became evident that the Head Waiter from The Plaza restuarant had ended his life one night and his room mate had found him dead the next morning. He'd worked for P and O for over 10 years and was apparently flying home for either his usual break back home or his contract had ended. Crew death/suicide
November 5 Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
News 13 (Port Canaveral) reports Fire Rescue is responding to two injuries on board the ship, which docked Tuesday at Port Canaveral. Officials at the port said a crewmember on board the ship was hurt after something fell and hit him on the head. Brevard Fire Rescue said the man had a reported neck injury. In a separate incident, a passenger on the ship, said to be a woman in her 70s, slipped and fell, suffering a fracture. The woman was said to be in stable condition, fire officials said. Crew member injury
November 4 Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Cruise Line
WGNO News reports a woman on the final day of her birthday cruise says U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents barged into her cabin, handcuffed and detained her for no reason. She says her seven day birthday cruise with her boyfriend went great, until waking up back in New Orleans docked at port, “Out of a dead sleep. And we get a loud bang on the door.” She opened up and saw four U.S. Customs agents, “They had a dog come around and sniff our luggage. They had guns. They had handcuffs. They were fully decked out to the nine`s like I had done something internationally illegal.” Thing is she did have a misdemeanor in Orleans Parish, but it had been resolved last year, “I have all the paperwork to show I’ve paid my fees and did exactly what I was supposed to do.” Still, she was taken into custody and escorted through the crowded boat past other cruise ship passengers, “Everybody that I had made friends with on the cruise had seen me being taken off by Customs in the hand cuffs.” U.S. Customs couldn`t comment on this specific case but say the burden lies on the agency that issued the warrant for not updating  the same computer data base law enforcement draws from. Once the mistake was discovered U.S. Customs gave the woman a comment card to fill out, “They said this happens all the time in Orleans Parish. They`ll detain somebody and I needed to fill this out to make sure Orleans Parish is aware they are not doing their job.” Not the way to end a cruise
November 4 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Fever reports the ship has been plagued with propulsion problems over the past few weeks. RCCL has not released any details about what is causing the problems, or which of the three Azipod units were affected. The propulsion problems have slowed the Allure down from its maximum cruising speed of 22.6 knots. This has caused Royal Caribbean to shorten stops in several ports over the past 3 weeks. Cynthia Martinez, the director of Global Corporate Communications for RCCL released the following statement: “Allure of the Seas currently has a small restriction on her top speed. All equipment is fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of our guests and crew”. Last week, the Allure of the Seas kept the same itinerary although several ports were cut short to allow the ship to make all of its scheduled stops. This meant one less hour in Nassau, Bahamas and three less hours in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The 6,000 passenger ship left Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday afternoon (November 3, 2013) for a seven night cruise to the Western Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has yet to announce the first dry dock for the Allure, although her sister ship the Oasis is scheduled to go into dry dock in 2014. Rumors have floated around the internet over the past year about problems that the Oasis/Allure of the seas were having with the Azipod units. This is the first time that Royal Caribbean has admitted to having problems with them. Propulsion problems
November 2 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: We were on the ship leaving Los Angeles on November 1st. We were supposed to leave the the port at 4pm but were delayed until 9pm because of the shooting at LAX. We were waiting for passengers to arrive whose flights into LAX that had been canceled or delayed Delayed departure
November 1 Armonia
MSC Cruises
Crew Center reports that 3 people involved in drug trafficking were sentenced to thirty years' imprisonment and a 180,000 euro fine for importing ten kilos of cocaine from South America through a crew member of the cruise ship. The ship departed from Punta dell'Este in Uruguay and arrived at the port of Venice on 6 April 2009.They learned of the drugs by listening to phone calls. After arriving in Venice, a 28-year old sailor was directed to deliver the cocaine in a Hotel in Venice. During the first interrogation the sailor had reported having been asked by the ship's cook, who landed in Buenos Aires due to illness, to take the drugs to Venice and deliver it to a person that had passed him the phone. All this in exchange for 10,000 Euros. The others were identified and later arrested by the police. Drug sentencce
October 31 Yorktown
Great Lakes Cruise Company
The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection on June 3 with a score of 85. The ship scored 78 on October 31, 2013. Failed health inspection
October 30 Noordam
Holland America Line
Cruise Law News reports a member of Cruise Critic reports that a "small fire" broke out on Holland America Lines' Noordam cruise ship on Friday, October 26th. JavaJunkie comments on the Cruise Critic member forum that while sailing on the Noordam, passengers had a bit of excitement two mornings ago: "Shortly after 10:30am, one of the ship's alarms sounded, and I started to comment that they had forgotten to announce it was a drill. Just then the captain came on to tell us that we had just heard the fire alarm and it was NOT a drill. The fire team should report to the aft coffee machine, and all crew should stand by." The cruise critic member writes that "there was a very heavy smell of electrical smoke" and the entrance to the Lido was blocked, requiring passengers to eat around the pool. The incident occurred while the cruise ship was in port. What was interesting was the casual story-telling style of the passenger's account where there was no real explanation regarding the cause of the fire. There was more detail regarding the types of desserts served. Of additional interest was that two other passengers reported incidents during other HAL cruises. One passenger stated: "We had a fire on the Noordam also; on the way to Florence. 4 a.m. I smelled smoke and saw it from a vent. We called to report, grabbed our life jacket, put on some clothes and shoes and went up to our lifeboat. We were the only ones up there!! the fire (smoke) was in an a/c motor further down our hall. Our neighbors were slower to get out of their rooms and emergency crew sent them to a dining room. It was very weird being alone up there. Luckily we had a veranda door to help the smoke leave." Another passenger recounted an incident on the Voleedam, at 1:10 AM on October 13th, when there was an announcement about "a possible fire in the engine room" with instructions for the fire crews to turn out, and passengers to stand by. Eventually the captain announced that "smoke from the incinerator leaked out, setting off the engine room alarms." Fire
October 26 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship is remaining in the port of Southampton due to strong winds and high swells. The ship may stay in port one or more nights as needed, the line said. Two storm systems, the first which hit today, bring with them sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. "Due to the weather causing heavy wind and swell conditions, Crown Princess will remain in Southampton until the system passes," a Princess spokeswoman told Cruise Critic. "We anticipate the ship will depart Monday night." Though a new itinerary has not yet been determined, the ship will be forced to skip its scheduled call on Le Havre (Paris) tomorrow. Delay by weather
October 20 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Times Picayune reports that Carnival issued this statement: "Earlier today, while a crew member from the Carnival Conquest was elevated in a cherry picker performing maintenance work on the side of the vessel, he became wedged between the cherry picker and a platform holding one of the ship's lifeboats. The ship's medical team responded, along with local paramedics, but, tragically, the crew member died. The ship was docked in its home port of New Orleans at the time. Crew member death
October 19 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The Daily Echo reports the crewmember who died earlier this week is believed to have been a 23-year-old deckhand from the Philippines. The Daily Echo understands that the man, who has not been named, died of natural causes on. As previously reported, the ship’s captain announced the tragedy during his midday update as the vessel, which set sail from Southampton in September, was making its way to Palma, Majorca. The liner is in the middle of a 24-day Black Sea and Turkish Splendours cruise. Crew member death
October 18 Disney Magic
Disney Cruise Line
Travel Weekly reports Disney Cruise Line has canceled a sailing in order to complete extensive renovations to the 15-year old ship. The five-day cruise was scheduled to depart Miami Oct. 20, but bad weather during a transatlantic crossing from Spain made it impossible for workers onboard to finish needed refurbishment work on time. The ship had been undergoing renovations in drydock in Spain following its Mediterranean season. Passengers booked on the cruise will get a full refund and a complimentary Disney Magic sailing between now and May 16. Airline change fees will also be covered. Alternately, they can opt for a 35% discount on a Bahamas or Caribbean cruise anytime in the next two years, excluding holiday dates. Cancelation
October 17 Marco Polo
Coastal and Maritime Voyages
Thurrock Gazette reports 133 people were taken ill as a bout of norovirus took grip on the cruise ship which left from Tilbury on a 12-day cruise of the Baltic cities and St Petersburg.The ship, which was carrying 770 passengers and 334 crew, was put into lockdown, with the library, one of the bars and the restaurant closed in a bid to prevent the infection spreading Illness
Octiber 16 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Law News reports the ship was delayed ten (10) hours departing Sydney, now leaving at 2AM on the 17th. The cruise ship's captain, Andrew Froude, issued a letter which was distributed to passengers informing them that the ship was experiencing technical issues which have prevent our ability to operate at full speed." Passenger were informed that the cruise ship would be missing the Bay of Islands. Delayed departure - 10 hrs
October 14 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Associated Press reports a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday. The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise Sunday when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool area with other family members at the time, the statement said. The ship arrived Monday morning at Port Miami. The drowning appeared to be accidental and foul play was not suspected, police said. 6 year old drowns
October 12 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The New Zealand Herald reports the ship's port call at Tauranga was delayed because of wind. Sun Live reports the ship was scheduled to arrive at 6.45am with a departure time of 7.30pm on Saturday, October 12. , Its call to Akaroa Harbour was subsequently delayed by a day (see New Zealand Herald). Its call the next day to Napier was reported by Hawkes Bay Today as canceled. And the Otago Daily Times reports Dunedin's first cruise-ship visit of the season had been cancelled due to bad weather in the North Island. Delayed and Canceled port calls
October 10 Star Princess
Princess Cruises
KTUU News reports Alaska State Troopers have suspended their investigation of an alleged sexual assault reported among the crew of a Princess Cruises ship during a Southeast Alaska cruise this week. According to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, a female crew member of the M/V Star Princess said she was assaulted by two other crew members, while the ship was in Chatham Strait en route to Juneau. A Wednesday AST dispatch says the alleged assault took place between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, with Juneau troopers informed of the incident -- which reportedly involved alcohol just before 4 p.m. that afternoon. In response to a Channel 2 request, Princess Cruises released a statement Wednesday afternoon acknowledging troopers' report, but casting doubt on the future of the case. "The incident was immediately reported to local law enforcement authorities, the FBI and authorities with the ship’s flag state of Bermuda," Princess officials wrote. "After reviewing the facts and speaking with the crew member – who indicated she no longer wanted to pursue the matter with law enforcement – officials determined no further action would be taken at this time." AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen said Thursday that investigators have halted their work on the case, pending any further information coming in on it. "In this particular case, the only evidence we have is the victim's statement," Ipsen said. Sexual assault - crew on crew
October 8 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
News.Au reports a 73 year old man has gonmissing on a cuise ship bound for Darwin. A statement has confirmed the crew is trying to locate the man onboard the ship, which is currently sailing from the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia to Darwin. The elderly passenger was reported missingby his wife at 9am (WST) this morning. "Public address announcements have been made onboard but there has been no response," the statement to the NT News said. "A missing person's procedure is currently underway and Sun Princess has turned around to retrace the ship's course. The ship is sailing from Fremantle to Darwin and was 40 nautical miles north of Cape Londonderry when the alarm was raised. ABC subsequently reports the man was captured on CCTV climbing over a railing and diving from a cruise ship off WA's northwest coast. After an argument with his wife over where to eat dinner, the man disappeared and in the morning the alarm was raised. The ABC understands the man had dementia and his death is not being treated as suspicious. Overboard
October 8 Viking Bragi
Viking River Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship was involved in an accident Saturday on the Rhine near Duisburg, Germany, when the ship collided with a retaining wall along the river's edge and subsequently was bumped by a small cargo ship. Several passengers reported minor cuts, but none of the injuries required medical attention, according to Viking Cruises. It was sailing the 13th day of a 14-day itinerary when the accident occurred. Authorities inspected the ship, which then sailed to Amsterdam, where passengers disembarked as scheduled Sunday. According to Viking Cruises, the damage was cosmetic, and repairs will take place while passengers on the current sailing -- from Amsterdam to Budapest -- are on shore excursions. The accident is the fifth in just over a month and the second in a week. Viking Sun struck a metal pier at a quarry along the edge of the Rhine on October 1. No one was injured. Collission (bump)
October 7 Carnival Conquest & Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
WWL-TV reports tropical Storm Karen has dissipated, but it has disrupted things for cruise ship passengers in New Orleans. The river opened to traffic early Sunday morning, and two cruise ships that should have docked this weekend are now arriving in New Orleans. The Carnival Elation cruise has been shortened from five to three days. Carnival is giving passengers a 50 percent refund and a 50 percent discount on a future cruise. For the Carnival Conquest, one stop has been canceled, shortening that cruise to six days with a pro-rated refund. Delayed debarkation/ embarkation
October 6 Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: Set 25 - Oct 7, 2013 Celebrity Constellation cruise from Istanbul, Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Odessa, Sevastopol, Yalta, Istanbul. Rumors have it that some 300+ passengers have the Noro-Virus. No self service, salt-pepper shakers etc. Illness?
October 5 Vila Harbour, Vanuatu ABC reports a diver in Vanuatu says the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Vanuatu could be in danger from at least five live Second World War bombs at the entrance of Port Vila's busy shipping lane. Fabrice Bilandong was among a group of divers who first saw the bombs in Vila Bay, near Ifira Island, about two years ago, and though they have alerted authorities there have been no attempts to detonate the bombs. Early this year, Mr Bilandong says officials from Australia, New Zealand and local ports and harbour authorities met with the divers, where he and the other instructor pointed out the location on a map. They told Mr Bilandong they would talk to the Vanuatu Government to obtain permission to detonate the bombs. Then in July the crew from a New Zealand warship joined the local divers on a mission to view the bombs. "They were looking at the bombs, they even took their knife out to try and scape it off (rust) and they said 'yeah, it's real, it's still live'." Mr Bilandong says he asked the navy team when the bombs might be detonated, and their reply was that while they had the equipment to do the job they had not received authorisation from the government before their mission ended. Safety concern?
October 2 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
Herald Scotland reports 122 guests have caught a sickness and diarrhoea bug on the ship, less than two weeks after passengers contracted the illness on the same ship - A total of 302 cases were reported on the ship's previous three trips. The ship left Rosyth in Fife on September 20 for a 12-night cruise around the World Heritage Sites of the north coast of Spain, and returned today. Of the 737 guests on board, 122 contracted a gastroenteritis-type illness, a spokeswoman for the company said. The ship has been cleared to sail to Dover where it will start its next cruise and, en route, it will be subjected to deep-cleaning, sanitisation and fumigation by professional contractors, Fred Olsen said. Passengers due on the next cruise have also been sent a letter explaining the situation and will be given a similar letter when they check in at Dover. Illness
October 1 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
A passenger writes that the ship broke free from its mooring in Kusadasi, Turkey. It was guided back to port by a tug. Cruise Law News also describes this event and has pictures. Breaks from mooring
October 1 Voters in Key West, Florida rejected a ballot initiative for undertaking a study that would lead to widening the channel so larger cruise ships would be accommodated. The vote ws 26 yes; 72 no. Background can be found at the Washington Post. Ballot initiative
September 30 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
BBC reports there has been an outbreak of "a gastroenteritis-type illness" on board the ship which left Belfast last week; it left Northern Ireland on Monday 23 September on a 10-night 'Scandinavian Cities Cruise'. It is understood 84 passengers out of just over 760 on board have been infected (see Sky News).The ship is to return to Belfast on Thursday and a sanitisation and cleaning programme will be carried out. The company has contacted guests booked on the next scheduled cruise on the ship, a 12-night Madeira and Canaries excursion, to tell them what happened. Illness
September 30 Summit
Celebrity Cruises
CDC reports reports 307 of 2112 passengers (14.5%) and 14 of 952 crew (1.5%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. VSP is working with Health Canada officials as the ship sails in Canada on its way to Bayonne, New Jersey (arrival in the US is scheduled for October 5, 2013). VSP is providing remote monitoring and support from Atlanta, GA and is planning a field response. VSP will send one Epidemiologist and one Environmental Health Officer to meet the ship and conduct and epidemiologic investigation, targeted environmental health assessment, and monitor the sanitation procedures onboard prior to the embarkation of new passengers. Specimens were collected and offloaded in Halifax, Canada for testing in Health Canada’s laboratory, confirming the cause of the outbreak is norovirus. The ship is on a 14 day cruise. From a passenger: I was on the two week cruise ending September 20th. There were a half dozen people in our group who came down with gastrointestinal illness. Thus, I was not surprised there was a full-scale outbreak the next cruise. Illlness
September 26 Unknown TV News 5 reports two cruise ship passengers, who came into Belize City on Tuesday, got themselves in big trouble with the law when they were found in possession of marijuana. They are American nationals Jeffery Rogers, an Industrial Pioneer of Dayton, Tennessee and Jeron Harigan, a national of Saint Martins in the Caribbean. Both men appeared before Magistrate Clive Lino less than an hour before their last tender was to sail back to their ship. Harigan was the first to be detained at the Tourism Village. He was found with a small plastic bag which contained four point seven grams of marijuana just after eleven in the morning. He pleaded guilty and was fined four hundred dollars. Minutes later, Rogers, was seen to be acting suspiciously. When he was approached and searched police found eight ounces of cannabis in a bag. After he pleaded guilty, he was fined eight hundred dollars. Both men paid up the fine and rushed off to their waiting tender. Drug bust
September 25 Oosterdam and Westerdam
Holland America Line
KCAW reports the last two cruise ships of the season have cancelled their port calls in Sitka.
The ships will bypass Sitka on Wednesday and Thursday September 25 & 26. Continued inclement weather off the coast forced the ships to cancel. The weather forecast for those days calls for south winds gusting to 30 knots, and seas of 5 to 6 feet. Reeder says these conditions don’t present a problem for the ships or passengers, but it does make it difficult to get the ships’ pilots on and off. He says the ships have to divert to Ketchikan to transfer pilots when the weather is bad, throwing off their itineraries. The ships cancelled their visits to Sitka last week as well, for the same reasons.
Missed port call
September 24 Opera
MSC Cruises
Isle of Wright Radio reports the search for a 33 year old Indian man (bartender) missing from a cruise liner heading into Southampton has now been stood down. Solent Coastguard received a call just before 6am on Tuesday reporting the incident. The Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lee-on-Solent and Portland along with the Bembridge RNLI lifeboat and the Selsey RNLI lifeboat carried out a search off the Isle of Wight, south east of St Catherine's. Vessels in the area were also asked to keep a lookout. The coastguard has said that despite a thorough search, nothing was found. Rescue units have now been stood down. Overboard
September 22 Royal Princess
Princess Cruises
ABC News reports the comany has acknowledged a hour power outage after passengers took to social media to complain of a power outage in the Meditteranian Sea. The following email from a passenger describes the situation: We are currently aboard Royal Princess sailing from Venice (15th Sept) to Barcelona (27th Sept). The new ship has experienced some problems. 21st Sept at 8pm when preparing to leave Mykonos, we were told by the Captain that the motor that operates the winch that raises the anchor had failed. That took some four hours to fix and required the replacement of the motor. The following morning the Captain announced that our arrival in Naples would not be affected as we had made good speed (23knots) through the night to make up the time. At 1:30 pm on 22nd Sept, all lights went out and the ship started to slow. The Captain was excellent in making regular announcements keeping passengers informed. Power to the cabins was restored about 5:15pm but we did not start to move again until around 9pm. We were told that the main switchboard had overheated and cut out and that efforts to move control over to the backup board was taking some time. The Captain said that we would not be able to make full speed when power was restored. This morning (23rd Sept) , when we should be docked in Naples, we have been told that the cruise will terminate in Naples so that engineers can do further investigations of the problems and get them fixed. We will dock this evening and passengers will be disembarked starting from tomorrow morning. Passengers have been informed that all will receive a FULL refund of the cost of the cruise and 25% discount on the next cruise they book. Arrangements are being made for passengers to be flown home from Naples, or flown to Barcelona and accommodated there (at Princesses expense) until their own onward travel arrangements. Power loss / cruise canceled
September 21 Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
Bermuda Sun reports acruise passenger had to be rushed into Bermuda after she fell two decks and seriously injured herself. The woman suffered fractured ribs as a result of the accident on Tuesday. It is unclear where exactly on the mega-ship that the accident took place or how it happened. Pax falls two decks
September 21 Black Watch
Fred Olsen Cruises
STV News reports 130 passengers (about 17%) have contracted a sickness and diarrhoea bug on board a cruise ship now docked in Rosyth. The virus spread through the guestsduring a 12-night Scandinavia and St Peterburg cruise. NHS Fife said the illness is thought to have been caused by Norovirus but the cruise company have now "undertaken all necessary steps". The company said any passengers who show symptoms of a virus on board are confined to their cabin for 48 hours and seen by the ship’s doctor before being allowed to join the rest of the cruise. The Black Watch is due to set off on the 12 night World Heritage Sites of Iberia cruise at 4.30pm but it is likely to be delayed as the cleaning is taking place. Illness outbreak
September 20 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
I have heard from several passengers about a death on the ship. One passenger says it succinctly: A man was found by other guests submerged and unresponsive in a deck hot tub. CPR was done for 20 minutes at least. He was dead. It happened about 7:30 pm. I think he was in his 40s or so. Crew handled it fairly well from what I could see. Carnival issued a statement saying: On Friday evening, while the Carnival Dream was en route to its homeport of Port Canaveral, Fla., the shipboard medical staff was notified that a 42-year-old male guest was experiencing a medical emergency. The medical staff responded to the location, one of the ship's Lanai areas, and administered emergency aid but, tragically, the guest passed away. Death in hot tub
September 18 Eurodam
Holland America Line
The Telegram reports a Portuguese man who reportedly tried to illegally enter Canada from a cruise ship in St. John's earlier this month is behind bars. He appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this morning and faces four charges under Canada's  Immigration and Refugee Protection Act — using a Canadian passport to enter the country illegally, returning to Canada without authority after being deported, misleading officials and using a forged passport. He had reportedly been on a cruise ship that pulled into St. John's Harbour on Sept. 8. Officials discovered he had recently been deported more than once. Detained after illegally entering country
September 18 Sapphire & Star Princess
Princess Cruises
KRBD in Ketchikan reports both cruise ships canceled their scheduled Thursday port calls in Ketchikan due to inclement weather, according to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. Predictions of high winds and heavy rain forced Princess Cruises to divert both the ships away from Ketchikan. The National Weather Service predicts winds of 35-40 miles per hour tomorrow, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Rick Erickson, operations manager with Cruiselines Agencies of Alaska in Ketchikan, says that cancellations due to weather are not uncommon. The two ships will continue south past Ketchikan. The Star Princess will make stops at Vancouver and end in Seattle on Saturday. The Sapphire Princess will bypass Ketchikan and continue on to its final destination in Vancouver. UPDATE: Four ships skipped Ketchikan on September, again because of high winds. Canceled port call
September 17 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
Wales Online resports a couple have branded a luxury cruiser a “modern day plague ship” after being among four dozen tourists hit by a virulent gastric bug during a dream holiday tour. Sandra Pole, of Cardiff, suffered such a severe bout of the illness her husband was forced to urgently call in the ship’s doctor. The couple were among several dozen tourists on the luxury Princess Cruises liner hit by the shipborne gastric bug during a Mediterranean tour in 2010. Severe symptoms of sickness, diarrhoea and stomach cramp were so widespread the smell of illness was left hanging over the liner. The retired couple are among more than 48 people who are celebrating after collectively receiving more than £100,000 in compensation. Mrs Pole, 64, contracted the bug on the last day of the two week Mediterranean tour but suffered severe symptoms for the next 17 days. Husband Geoffrey, 69, came down with the bug himself the day after getting home to the Pantmawr area of Cardiff, and had the illness for three days. She said passengers were warned about the shipboard bug in an announcement over the tannoy about five days before their holiday was due to finish. Hygienic wipes and gels were brought out and public areas wiped off but by then some passengers were already being forced to keep to their cabins. “We spoke with some Americans on the ship who said that it was known that the gastric bug was already aboard before we got on at Southampton,” she claimed. “I came down with it on the last day of the holiday and I was so bad I couldn’t leave the cabin. I had to be close to the toilet. “My poor husband couldn’t use it at all because of me. He had to get the ship’s doctor to come to the cabin and give me an injection, I was so bad. It was atrocious. Lawsuit for illness
September 17 Island Escape
Thomson Cruises
Banbury Guardian reports minutes into a dinner outside an Italian port on the Island Escape ship, Jill and Jim Dobbin, of Brackley, found themselves on the floor with glasses, crockery and food pelting down on them. “We thought our time had come. The ship was brought out of harbour in very bad weather and headed towards some rocks,” said Mrs Dobbin. “The captain steered so sharply it listed to 45 degrees and everything was thrown to the floor. The restaurant windows were under water. “The waiters guided us outside of the restaurant where we found other passengers, some with injuries including broken limbs and everyone absolutely terrified. A piano fell on some people.” Mrs Dobbin said she was too scared to sleep for the rest of the seven-day Mediterranean cruise. Then, on the last day, her husband Jim was taken ill with a norovirus which lasted ten days. She also caught the sickness and diarrhoea bug. Mr and Mrs Dobbin are among 86 passengers sueing Thompson Holidays for compensation following the cruise earlier this summer. Mrs Dobbin – a veteran of six cruises – said she would never feel easy on a ship again. “We thought it was going to be like the Costa Concordia disaster,” she said. A Thompson statement said: “As this case is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate for us to comment further. “Customers’ health, safety and comfort are our main priority and incidents such as this are extremely rare.” Lawsuit for injuries
September 16 Mein Schiff 2
TUI Cruises
Cruise Law News reports newspapers in Italy are reporting that a collision took place in the port of Bari (Puglia) in the southest of Italy when a Superfasr ferry struck the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship. Corriere del Mezzogiorne and La Reppublica (Bari) report that high winds up to 40 knows caused the ferry to break her mooring lines and drift into the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship operated by the German cruise Line TUI Cruises. The bulbous bow of the ferry then penetrated the starboard side of the cruise ship. There were no reported injuries of the passengers or the crew of the two vessels. Inspections were conducted regarding the extent of the damage to determine whether the cruise ship will resume immediatel operations. Another ferry, the Ionis, also slipped its moorings, but the crew deployed the anchor to avoid collision with other vessels. Collision
September 16 Queen Mary II
Cunard Line
A poster at Cruise Critic reports: My parents are traveling on the QM2 currently (NY roundtrip sailing to New Wngland and Canada). I heard from my mother today that a norovirus outbreak has been announced, and they are taking all precautions. The spa staff are wearing gloves to wash hair, they're encouraging passengers use damp paper towels to open public doors, extra staff are offering hand sanitizer, etc. It sounds like Cunard are doing what they can to limit exposure. They're asking for those infected to stay in their rooms and even had a doctor onboard do a travel health presentation to discuss ways passengers can protect themselves. This outbreak has also been reported by the Daily Echo. Illness
September 16 Aurora
P&O Cruises
CBC reports a gastrointestinal illness is affecting some passengers aboard a cruise ship that docked in the Port of Saint John Sunday morning. A representative with the P & O Cruises ship Aurora notified the port on Saturday. This is the ship’s first Canadian stop on a 25-day cruise that left Southampton U.K. on Sept. 3. The ship's next stop is Halifax on Monday. The ship is scheduled to arrive at the Charlottetown Seaport Sept. 21. “There may be some people quarantined aboard the ship but passengers will be disembarking today and it’ll be business as usual,” a company spokesperson said. Illness
September 15 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line
Disney reports letters have been sent to guests booked on the January 19 and January 24, 2014 cruises on the Disney Wonder stating that these sailings have been cancelled. The letter says that the Disney Wonder will be taken out of service for an unplanned maintenance. Guests are being asked to contact Disney Cruise Line or their travel agency by September 27 to be rescheduled onto a different sailing. In compensation, they will receive a full refund of the voyage fare and 25 percent off a future 7-night Caribbean or Bahamian sailing. Disney Cruise Line will pay any flight change fees that guests may incur. Cancelations for drydock
September 14 Port of Miami Miami New Times reports one of the biggest threats to cruise ship passengers at the Port of Miami were security guards hired to protect them. Jean Russell Thomas, 30, and Sherece Nelson, 25, were arrested after police uncovered their practice of stealing iPads and other electronics from passengers and then selling the stolen goods. Police began investigating September 2 when a passenger on the Carnival Victory complained she hadn't received her bags in her cabin. After a delay, the luggage showed up, but while she was unpacking, she noticed her iPad was missing. A review of security footage revealed Thomas handling the bag in question. He was on duty that day working an x-ray machine. Footage shows him taking the bag off the conveyer built and then placing an object into the rear of his pants underneath his shirt. On September 5, police found a Craigslist posting that Thomas had placed advertising the sale of two iPads, one of which matched the description of the one missing from the passenger. An undercover officer arranged to buy the iPad for $450. Nelson, another Port of Miami security officer, showed up at the transaction to act as a lookout. Both were arrested on the spot. Thefts from pax luggage
September 14 Henna
HNA Tourism
South China Morning Post reports China's largest cruise ship, with about 2,300 passengers and crew on board, was held at South Korea's Jeju Island for more than 24 hours after a local court prevented it from leaving. HNA Tourism, the Beijing-based operator of the Henna, said in a statement the liner had been barred by a court from sailing to Incheon on Friday after a claim was filed against it by shipping services firm Jiangsu Shagang International. Thedeparted Tianjin on Wednesday for a six-day voyage. HNA Tourism said last night that it was co-ordinating the ship's departure with South Korean authorities, but the timing was undecided. A source said one passenger was a Hong Kong resident and three Australian. Chen Junjie, a consul at the Chinese consulate in Jeju, told the Sunday Morning Post that the court had demanded HNA Tourism pay a deposit of three billion won (HK$21.4 million) for the ship to be allowed to leave, but the operator had not forwarded the sum. The amount of money and reasons for the claim pursued by Jiangsu Shagang against HNA Tourism - a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines - have not been disclosed. Meanwhile, passengers were unable to leave the vessel as they had completed departure formalities and thus could not return through immigration, Chen said. UPDATE September 15: On Sunday, passengers started leaving, as the ship has now been detained in South Korea over two days due to an ongoing legal dispute. On Sunday, planes took off from Beijing to bring the passengers back, according to the blog of one tour operator in China, HNA Cruise. Officials said four planes chartered by the cruise line would make two trips apiece, which would take all the ships passengers and the crew back to China. On China Central TV, it was reported that 450 people had left already and were at the airport awaiting the arrival of the planes. Ship detained in port
September 13 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: The ship listed Sunday 8 Sep sending booze bottles, tables, and kitchen equipment crashing to the floor.  The ship was headed south towards Vancouver at approximately 1900 hours.  I was with 4 other people on the 11th deck in the Sports Bar when the port side rose up and we were looking at the sky and not the water as we had been prior to the event.  About 6-7 minutes after the event the captain came on the intercom and said the ship had made a sharp turn and had experienced a strong current which caused the listing.  He laid on some technical talk about rudders and stabilizers all of which meant nothing to me.  I spoke with several people - staff included who had been on many cruises and none of them had experienced anything remotely like this event.   All staff parroted the captain's line that there was no problem that everything was safe and under control, but their body language said otherwise. Severe list
September 12 Unknown The Republic reports a Shreveport couple has pleaded guilty to charges they illegally imported thousands of pills aboard a cruise ship. The couple, 52-year-old Robert Scogin and 55-year-old Peggy Scogin, each face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million following their guilty pleas Wednesday in federal court. Their sentencing is set for Jan. 16. Prosecutors say the couple purchased the pills in Belize and brought them back to the U.S. for personal use and to sell them to others. They allegedly told investigators that they sneaked the pills onto the ship by wrapping them in dirty clothes and hiding them in their luggage. Illegal import of drugs
September 11 M/V Wenatchee Washington State Department of Transportation KOMO-TV reports a woman has been pulled from the Puget Sound waters after she reportedly jumped off a Washington State ferry Tuesday afternoon. The ship was about half way on its 1:10 p.m. crossing from Bainbridge Island to Seattle's Colman Dock when a witness spotted the woman go overboard, ferry officials said. The witness alerted the ferry crew and two rescue boats were immediately dispatched. A few minutes later, the woman was spotted and brought onto a Coast Guard boat, officials said. The woman was then brought to a waiting ambulance at the Coast Guard base on the southern Seattle waterfront where she was taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. Overboard - rescued alive
September 11 Viking Forseti
Viking River Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship has been involved in two collisions while on a Danube cruise -- causing an 18-hour delay. It first ran into the back of another ship in a lock four days into the cruise, causing it to miss time slots for the locks which led to even more delays. It was then involved in a second accident -- in which another ship ploughed into it. A Viking spokeswoman confirmed: "Viking Forseti was involved in two minor collisions during its current sailing. No passengers were injured, but the itinerary did need to be slightly modified to account for an inspection afterward. Coincidentally, this sailing was also affected by a German lock workers' strike, causing further delay. Collissions
September 11 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Fever reports the ship was scheduled to leave Bermuda on Tuesday but due to weather conditions, the ship will remain in port. The ship is now scheduled to leave Bermuda at 9 a.m. on Wednesday if weather conditions have improved. Delayed in port by weather
September 10 Hjaltland Northlink Ferries STV reports the search for a 22-year-old man reported missing from a North Sea ferry was called off on Monday evening. During the operation, co-ordinated by Aberdeen Coastguard, there were 25 vessels, including three RNLI lifeboat teams, as well as two helicopters involved, according to coastguard officials. The man went missing from the Shetland to Aberdeen overnight ferry shortly before 6.30am on Monday. He was last seen on NorthLink's MV Hjaltland at 4am, which led to an extensive search of an area off the north-east coast of Scotland. At 8pm the search was called off and, at that time, the coastguard had not decided if the search would resume on Tuesday. The ferry, carrying 160 passengers, was getting close to Aberdeen when it raised the alarm.It retraced its route to help with the search but later docked at Aberdeen. A coastguard spokesman said: "We got the call at 6.23am this morning from the overnight ferry the Hjaltland, the Shetland to Aberdeen ferry. She was approaching Aberdeen at the time and reported a passenger on board missing. Pax overboard
September 8 Island Escape
Thomson Cruises
Hull Daily Mail reports a couple's holiday-of-a-lifetime turned into a nightmare on board a luxury cruise ship when they were struck down by gastric illness, which swept through passengers sailing the Mediterranean cruise.
They are among 85 others claiming they were confined to cabins, reeking of damp with overflowing toilets, for days on end after being served lukewarm and undercooked food during the cruise. Now, they are taking legal action. The couple, both 66, who asked not to be named, were both ill for days. They were visited by the ship doctor who prescribed the man a five-day course of antibiotics and rehydration sachets and his wife, anti-sickness tablets. After four days, the man began to feel slightly better – although did not fully recover until he got home – but his wife was overcome with sickness and was ill for much longer. In 2010, Thomson Holidays and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines hit the national headlines after several outbreaks of norovirus on the cruise ships, Island Escape and Boudicca.
Lawsuit over illness
September 5 SagaSapphire
Saga Holidays
This is the West Country reports the ship was three hours late sailing from Falmouth on Sunday evening after she encountered problems heaving in her stern anchor in the Cross Channel at the end of her call. When she arrived, instead of the pilot carrying out customary running moor using two anchors, her master decided to deploy the ship’s stern anchor to hold the ship in position, instead of swinging around two bow anchors. It is understood that the Saga Sapphire’s stern windlass failed. The anchor and 400 feet of cable were cut and left on the seabed allowing the cruise ship to sail to Guernsey. Docks-based SubMarine Services attended the vessel and recovered the anchor and cable. Anchor cable cut
September 5 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
The Northern Echo reports a retuired couple whose dream holiday was blighted by life-threatening illness have secured a £20,000 pay-out. John and Susan Whiley, of Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton, decided to pay about £5,500 for a three-week luxury cruise around the Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. But their holiday turned to misery for Mr Whiley, 63, who came home with Legionnaires’ disease. By the time he came home his family were so concerned on his return that they made him go to a walk-in clinic where he was told to go to James Cook University Hospital straight away. The former shift manager at British Steel had to stay in hospital for two weeks. Susan While said: “He was in a bad way. He didn’t know what was going on or where he was half the time. He was pulling needles out and things like that. It was very traumatic. People die of that disease.” Eventually the Whileys’ daughter decided to act on advice to contact Irwin Mitchell legal practice on her parents’ behalf, and a legal claim was made against Carnival PLC, the parent company of the tour operators. Initially the company denied liability, but eventually the issue was settled out of court. Lawsuit settled out of court (Legionnaires')
September 5 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
The Telegraph reports Graham Welsh is suing Carnival Cruises Australia after being injured by falling roof panels and lights during a Pacific cruise in June 2009 - and then being "abandoned" in a Fiji hospital. He told the court he was four days into a 13-day cruise from Sydney to Fiji and other islands when he suffered a minor brain injury as the roof panels and lights fell on him in a hallway. Mr Welsh, from Caroline Springs in Victoria, has sued the cruise line for an estimated $750,000 in damages, claiming the accident ruined his career by turning him into an angry man who couldn't cope in his high-flying job. Before the accident Mr Welsh was a senior executive with one of Australia's largest building companies. But after he was so angry at work and had difficulty concentrating that he was forced to quit his $500,000-a-year job. Carnival (Cruises) Australia doesn't dispute that Mr Welsh suffered the minor brain injury but it is arguing about the size of the compensation he should be paid. Mr Welsh said that within hours of the incident he was vomiting and suffered headaches, so the ship's doctor told him he should disembark at the next port, Suva, Fiji and go to hospital for a scan. Mr Welsh agreed to go to hospital but felt that once he left the ship he was "abandoned" by the cruise line. "They took me down the gang-plank and stuck me in a cab. I was surprised because no one accompanied me (to hospital)," he told the court. "No one was assisting me and I didn't know what to do." He said all he was carrying was a book and a credit card - he had no passport or luggage."The way I was treated on the ship was appalling," he said. Carnival Cruises counsel suggested to Mr Welsh that the lawsuit was less about his head injury and more about getting payback for the way he felt he had been mistreated by the cruise line. Lawsuit for abandoned onshore
August 31 Risabu Cruise Cruise Law News quotes a newsreport in Korea that an elderly South Korean male tourist was missing after falling off a cruise ship off South Korea's east coast Saturday, the coast guard said. The 75-year-old, identified only by his family name Jeong, fell overboard three kilometers northwest of Jumunjin, a port on the east coast, at around 2:50 p.m., it said. Coast Guard officials said they sent ships and a helicopter to the area to search for the missing man. Lee Dong-ju, a coast guard official, said an investigation is under way into the cause of the accident. The owner of the 753-ton ship, Risabu Cruise, said that the vessel was sailing to Gyeongpodae, a nearby beach, from Jumunjin when the accident occurred. Risabu Cruise declined to give further details. Pax overboard
August 29 Grande Caribe
Blount Small Ship Adventures
CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on August 22 with a scrore of 81 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) Failed health inspection
August 28 Pride of Burgundy
P&O Ferries
Kent Online reports French emergency services were deployed and crews from numerous ferries joined a search attempt when a pensioner jumped overboard a P&O Ferry. The incident, last Thursday, happened just before the 7.15pm sailing from Dover entered the Port of Calais, at about 9.45pm local time. The body of a man in his 70s was later discovered by crew from another ferry. Christopher Henwood was a passenger aboard the Pride of Burgandy when it happened. Pax overboard
August 24 Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Cruise Line
Conde Nast Traveler, the consummate cruise apologist, has actually advised readers to not use a cruise line to book pre- or post-cruise hotels given the likelihood that the cruise line might change the reservation to a less convenient property. In this case, a couple paid $538 for two nights at Barcelona’s Hotel Husa Oriente. They chose the property for its location on Las Ramblas, next to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where they planned to celebrate our anniversary with a performance of The Magic Flute. Upon disembarkation in Barcelona, they learned that NCL had changed the reservation to the Ayre Hotel Gran Vía, a half-hour walk from the opera house—far less convenient. The pax wrote to request a refund for the $538 paid for two nights at the Husa Oriente. The cruise line responded, saying that the change had been a complimentary upgrade to a higher-quality hotel and offered $200 in cruise credit. Something to think about next time you are tempted to book a hotel through a cruise line. The magazine advises to make reservations on your own; don't rely on the cruise line. Change of hotel reservation
August 23 Royal Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: In the evening of August 19th, the lights went off and nothing happened for around 5 minutes then the lights came back on and the captain announced that we had lost a generator and we were experiencing a "brownout" and he had to prioritise the propulsion and navigation. Shortly after this the lights went out again and someone from the bridge ordered an assessment party to assess the problem soon after this the lighting was back on and the captain announced that he had slowed down to allow this as he had decided that the comfort of the passengers should be prioritised after around 30 minutes the problem had been repaired and we had regained a higher speed.
Power failure
August 22 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger: Missed port call to Skagway 22nd August 2013 due to high winds. Apparently the ship had sailed to Skagway but the location of the allotted berth was in the captain's view too dangerous to negotiate with the wind conditions. Wind dropped later but by then another ship had berthed blocking access to where Grand Princess was supposed to be. Ship spent the day at Haines but the "hammer museum" did not make up for the disappointment that many passengers felt at missing out on much anticipated train trips to White Horse Pass and the Yukon. Missed port
August 22 Azamara Cruises Cruise Law News reports WFTS, an ABC affiliate in Tampa, Florida, reports on a story that we hear about all too often - an elderly passenger is injured during a cruise and ends up alone in a foreign hospital where no one speaks English. The cruise ship then sails off. In a case which has received attention from Florida Senator Bill Nelson, Jill and her husband, Dodge Melkonian, age 89, were sailing aboard the Royal Caribbean luxury brand Azamara Cruises. Mr. Melkonian fell and broke his hip and ended up in a Turkish hospital which Mrs. Melkonian described as dirty, where no one spoke English, and was not equipped or qualified to perform the emergency surgery. The news station quotes Mrs. Melkonian stating that "I think Royal Caribbean needs to be held accountable. They have to revamp policies for international accounts." She bought insurance through the cruise line and tried to get her husband transferred. But the cruise line reportedly would not cooperate and told her to file an insurance claim first. Mrs. Melkonian reached out to her travel agent who was helpful and summed up the situation saying: "The man could be dying. He is 89 years old with a broken hip, You have insurance, shouldn't it cover you? They drop you in a hospital that's not capable of even doing the surgery." The travel agent contacted an English speaking tour guide who, in turn, contacted the U.S. embassy which helped transfer Mr. Melkonian to Istanbul, a six-hour trip. The cruise line reportedly ignored the couple once they were off of the ship and the insurance company tried to cancel the transportation. Senator Bill Nelson said he is working to bring the couple home safely: "Royal Caribbean has a responsibility to take care of their passengers, even when they have to put them in a foreign hospital," said Nelson. Pax offloaded for medical care
August 21 Caribbean Fantasy American Cruise Ferries CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on July 26 with a scrore of 81 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) Failed health inspection
August 21 Safari Endeavour American Safari Cruises CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on June 16 with a scrore of 81 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) Failed health inspection
August 21 Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on June 16 with a scrore of 79 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) Failed health inspection
August 20 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
Associated Press reports the current cruise 7 day cruise to Seward has been canceled and passsengers flown home from Ketchikan. UPDATE: The company announced that the next four Alaska cruises are cancelled. The company expects to have the ship back in service September 20th. Canceled - Engine problems
Augst 20 Sun Princess
Princess Cruises
USA Today reports canceleation of today's sailing of the 1,950-passenger Sun Princess, citing a power problem. The 18-year-old vessel had just emerged from a $30 million overhaul in a Singapore dry dock and had been scheduled to sail a 14-night voyage from the city to Freemantle, Australia. The company says a malfunction occurred in the ship's switchboard resulting in "limited onboard power hindering (the ship's) ability to run all hotel operations." Princess says the Sun Princess' next sailing -- an 11-night cruise from Freemantle to Singapore scheduled for Sept. 3 -- will go ahead as planned after repairs are made. Passengers on today's sailing will receive a full refund, a credit for a future cruise and reimbursement for incidental costs related to the canceled sailing, Princess says. Mehancial problems - canceled
August 20 Sea Spirit Quark Expeditions Norwegian media report a foreign woman in her 60s died after falling into the water during landing from a rubber boat on Svalbard Monday. Deputy Governor Lars Erik Alfheim said that the accident happened in Krossfjorden at 11 o'clock. - It must have been in connection with a landing from a cruise ship that a rubber boat was caught by a wave and all 13 on board fell into the water, he writes in the press release. The Governor has not yet managed to the whole course of events, and have not established the cause of death. The cruise ship was located Monday afternoon in Ny-Ålesund, and investigators from the Governor were transported there by helicopter. Accidental passenger death
August 19 Azamara Journey Azamara Cruises From a passenger: Computers at the port of Istanbul were being "upgraded" - translation, not working, so check in was long and sweaty. I intended to go back out to revisit Hagia Sophia (nowhere near American consulate or Taksim square) but we were informed after we embarked that the Turkish authorities would not let us back off because they had no way to process people. Delay boarding
August 19 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
KRBD Radio reports trouble with one of the ship’s two propulsion units sent the ship back to Ketchikan Sunday evening. Patty Rund and Rachel Pritchard, both from Minnesota, are two of those passengers, and gave a brief account of the trip out, and the trip back. Rund said, “We started out, and then all of a sudden, they gave us the announcement.” Then Pritchard elaborated: “We heard the ding-ding-ding-ding that we never heard before. Then … the head guy announced … that we were underpowered and that we could keep moving forward, but at a very slow pace, and therefore, he did not want to do that and made the decision to come back here.” According to an emailed statement – the only communication that Celebrity Cruise Lines was offering to media – the ship was still able to sail, but the captain wanted to be cautious and make sure everyone on board remained safe. The Millennium had been on its way to Icy Strait, but that part of the itinerary has been cancelled. In the emailed statement, Cynthia Martinez, Celebrity’s Director of Global Corporate Communications, writes that the engineers and consultants have not been able to resolve the issue, and the ship will remain in Ketchikan at least overnight. That means it will cancel its scheduled stop in Juneau. The Millennium left Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday and was due in Seward on August 23rd. Propulsion problems - stuck in port
August 17 MV St. Thomas Aquinas CNN reports Two days after the ferry they were on sank after colliding with a cargo ship, 85 people remained unaccounted for Sunday in waters between southern Philippine islands, a Coast Guard official said. Authorities have found the bodies of 34 people and rescued another 751. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Friday in the Mactan Channel about 2 miles northwest of Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province. The passenger ship was coming from nearby Butuan City and the cargo ship -- the Sulpicio, which had about 20 people aboard -- was leaving Cebu for the province of Davao in Mindanao. The passenger ferry sank, but not before sending out a distress call heard by Coast Guard officials. The cargo vessel involved in the crash -- along with Navy, Coast Guard and commercial vessels -- was helping in the rescue efforts. Ferry sinks after collision
August 9 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
Seward City News reports the ship, which was to have taken off tonight (Friday), will remain in port in Seward until Tuesday due to engine trouble. The ship arrived four hours later than scheduled this morning after experiencing an electrical problem with one of the ship’s two propulsion motors while at sea yesterday.  The intricate repairs required to restore power to the motor will take several days, according to Celebrity Cruises. The delay left the hundreds of passengers who were disembarking this morning scrambling to find a way back to Anchorage or trying to make other last-minute arrangements as Hertz rental cars and coaches had been pre-booked and were generally full.  It also delayed check-in by at least an hour, and affected the various excursions that generally take place. Passengers arriving in Seward to board the ship were alerted to the issue late this afternoon and were invited to stay the night on the ship before deciding whether to stay on board the ship and leave with it Tuesday morning, headed straight for Vancouver, and skipping planned stops in Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway, or to leave the ship Saturday and make other arrangements. Stuck in port for four days for repairs (propulsion problems)/ Itinerary change
August 10 Bremen Hapag Lloyd CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on August 6 with a scrore of 85 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) -- the ship scored 80 on June 20, 2013 Failed health inspection
August 10 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on July 31 with a scrore of 82 (Inspection scores of 85 or lower are considered unsatisfactory) Failed health inspection
August 5 Magnifica
MSC Cruises
Crew Center reports Spanish police arrested two crewmembers yesterday in La Coruña on a drug trafficking charges. The crewmembers were caught with 15 kilos of cocaine on the ship. The two arrested are Filipinos who were tracked for weeks while the ship was in Brazil. The operation is part of a major police investigation which is still ongoing and are not ruling out further arrests. In fact, it was the Drugs Unit and Organized Crime (Udyco) which lead the operation, which surprised the other employees of the ship and even workers of the port. The intervention took place in the morning and caused half an hour delay for the ship's departure, expected for three in the afternoon. Early rumors pointed that the delay was due to the delay of a passenger bus had not yet arrived, but it was not true. The officers entered the cruise ship and conducted a search in the crew cabins to locate the narcotics. Police used sniffer dogs to locate the drug. During the raid they also found small amounts of other substances, such as marijuana, but it appears that they were not related to the plot. Police suspect that the final destination of the drugs was England and Spain because it is the usual sea route that follows this illegal traffic. In the UK the value of cocaine is higher than that recorded in Galicia.
Drug bust
August 3 Baranof Wind
Allen Marine Tours
Eturbonews reports te boat was experiencing mechanical troubles and had lost power in the ice near John Hopkins Glacier when Holland America Line's Statendam assisted an evacuation of 103 persons. The cruise ship responded to a call for aid at approximately 1:45 p.m. local time on August 2 to stand by to possibly assist the 79-foot sightseeing vessel. The ship lowered two tenders, which collected 102 tourists and one Glacier Bay National Park ranger and returned to Statendam. A Glacier Bay National Park ranger aboard Statendam assisted in coordinating the assistance from the ship's bridge. The sightseers were brought to Bartlett Cove, where the Baranof Wind's excursion originated, at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time. The Baranof Wind had run aground in August 2012, at that time assisted by Holland America Line's Volendam (see The Examiner). Mechanical problems - pax offloaded
July 31 Star Princess
Princess Cruises
The Anchorage Daily News reports Alaska State Troopers looked into a report that two crewmen sexually assaulted another crew member Monday between Seattle and Juneau, but the victim recanted her earlier statement. The reported assault occurred between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday aboard the MV Star Princess as the ship was in Chatham Strait, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. Troopers identified two suspects, Ipsen said. Alcohol had been involved, she said. After making the report, starting the troopers' investigation, the woman "indicated she no longer wanted to pursue the matter with law enforcement," according to a written statement from Princess Public Relations Media Information Specialist Susanne Ferrull.. "In this particular case, the only evidence we have is the victim's statement. Without that we are unable to move forward with this case," an Alaska trooper spokesperson said. "However, if new information emerges, that could change." Sexual assault of crew
July 31 Princess Cruises Business Week reports the cruise line was ordered to drop a lifetime ban imposed on one of its top customers as retribution for a dispute over a $585 art-buying fee. A Federal Maritime Commission judge ordered the line to end its blacklisting of Lisa Cornell. The judge found the company violated U.S. law by banning Cornell, a top-tier member of Princess’s loyalty program, for reasons other than safety or security. “Princess has not articulated any legitimate transportation-related factors that would support its refusal to allow Lisa Cornell to sail on its cruise ships,” the judge wrote in a 74-page decision. Cornell and her lawyer husband, Ware, lost their bid for $33,000 in legal fees and other costs. The dispute traced to a 2007 cruise on which Lisa Cornell bought two lithographs from a Carnival-owned art dealer and made arrangements to have them shipped home. Believing she’d been “bait-and-switched,” or sent works different from those she bought, Cornell canceled the sale. She sued after the Carnival unit kept 15 percent of the price, a term it said was disclosed in the purchase agreement and that the Cornells said violated an advertised money-back guarantee. After the sides settled in June 2010, Lisa Cornell tried to book a cruise on Princess, only to find she was blocked from using the company’s website, according to the complaint. Carnival and its units, in commission filings, didn’t dispute the Cornells’ assertion that a company lawyer familiar with the settlement negotiations issued a “do-not-book” order -- something more commonly done with people who have disrupted cruises or posed known security risks. According to commission filings, the lawyer said the ban was justified because Lisa Cornell was a “proven and documented vexatious litigant” who refused to abide by contracts, made “extortionate” demands and would use future cruises to look for more grounds to sue the company. Ban lifted
July 31 Blue Puttees Marine Atlantic CBC reports the MV ship has docked at Port aux Basques around 5PM after being run aground since 8:30 Wednesday morning. The vessel struck the dock and a building while departing Port aux Basques for North Sydney on Wednesday morning, stranding hundreds of passengers aboard the vessel. Passenger Jason Cross says it seems like the crew managed to dislodge the boat using the vessel's own thrusters. Just after 8:30 a.m., the ferry — carrying 398 passengers and 91 crew members — hit a dock at the site of a former fish plant and nudged a small building. Ferry aground
July 31 Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a British cruise passenger from the ship was robbed ashore on July 28th while the ship was docked in Naples. An Italian newspaper Il Mattino reports that the robbery was committed by two brothers who targeted the British cruise ship passenger.  The unidentified passenger was wearing a Rolex watch, worth around 12,000 euros, while she was walking in the center of the city. The two men were on a motor scooter at the time of the robbery. The Italian police apprehended the brothers and the watch was returned to the tourist. The woman was injured and received medical treatment when she returned to the cruise ship.  This is not the first time that a cruise passenger wearing a Rolex while ashore in Naples was targeted to be robbed by thieves on a scooter. In May of 2011, an American tourist from the Celebrity Solstice died in Naples after thieves assaulted him while trying to steal his Rolex. Robbery ashore
July 29 The World of Residensea Cruise Law News reports a newspaper in Spain is reporting that a crew member from The World cruise ship has gone into the Atlantic Ocean. AIS tracking systems currently show the cruise ship sailing in a search pattern off the west coast of Spain, northwest of Portugal.  The newspaper states that the missing man is a Filipino crew member. His name and job position have not been identified, nor is there any explanation regarding what happened. The article states merely that the crew member fell into the water. The cruise ship alerted search and rescue bases in in Cee and A. Coruña, Spain, which deployed aircraft and helicopters. The vessel left the port of Coruña at midnight yesterday. Crew overboard
July 29

Provincetown II
Baystate Cruise Company

Boston Herald reports Coast Guard crews, working with state and local authorities, continue to search Boston Harbor this morning for a 41-year-old man who fell overboard late last night from the third deck of the 1,100-passenger Provincetown II ferry during a Bay State Cruise Co. country music and dance party. The missing man, who was on the ship with his girlfriend, went into the water near Castle Island at about 10:35 p.m., according to Michael Glasfeld, owner of Bay State Cruises. Glasfeld said in a statment released this morning that interviews with several witnesses aboard the vessel, conducted by multiple agencies, “appear at this point to indicate that the gentleman had been engaging in horseplay when he fell from the vessel.” The Provincetown II was traveling at 5 mph at the time, said Glasfeld, who was not taking questions. Two passengers, positioned immediately adjacent to the railing from which the man fell, reported trying to grab him to stop him from scaling the ship’s railings, the statement said. A vessel staff member who was standing 10 to 15 feet away from the missing passenger also saw him jumping onto the railing from which he plummeted and was unable to stop him. Pax falls overboard
July 28 Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Independent reports the row over the presence of giant cruise ships in Venice’s lagoon was reignited this weekend after claims that ship sailed dangerously close to St Mark’s Square on Ssaturday. The city’s environment councillor Gianfranco Bettin said the 100,000-tonne Carnival Sunshine passed within 20 metres of the water front at Riva Dei Sette Martiri, 800 yards past the famous piazza, on Saturday morning. Mr Bettin said witnesses had reported the incident. “The impression is that there was an error in manoeuvring, which among other things resulted in a water taxi being caught between the 272-metre vessel and the shore. “We would like to know the real reason for this sail-by, which appeared more like a scrape than a salute,” he said. The writer Roberto Ferrucci, was one witness, He told the Venice edition of Corriere della Sera: “I was sitting at the bar reading and I saw the ship docking; rather than moving to the centre of the canal, it brushed the shore dangerously trapping a water taxi. It was incredible." Carnival made a statement denying that its vessel had performed any abnormal or risky manoeuvres in Venice on Saturday morning. The Daily Mail has some photos with its story and says At the time of the incident an 150ft super yacht belonging to former Carnival CEO and major shareholder Mickey Arison was moored on the same part of the shoreline, the local newspaper Nuova Venezia reported, fuelling rumours that the manoeuvre was an in fact a sail-by salute.
Dangerous Maneuver?
July 26 Oriana
P&O Cruises
Afloat (Ireland) reports the ship was moored off Dun Laoghaire this morning butsubsequently moved to Dublin Port at lunchtime. The sudden change of berth arrangements follows a navigational incident in Dublin Bay this morning and is in relation to a passenger tendering operation from the MV Oriana to/from Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Marine Survey Office (MSO) said it had previously issued two permits to undertake tendering operations in connection with the passenger ship Oriana on 26th July 2013. One permit was issued to the Oriana, for the use of its own tender vessels. The second permit was issued to the local operator of a passenger vessel. An officer from the MSO subsequently attended onboard the Oriana today to investigate the incident and the permit granted to the Oriana has subsequently been withdrawn. The second permit, issued to the local operator remains valid, an MSO spokesman said. A Spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said this afternoon: 'Operational issues that arose this morning in relation to tendering of passengers from the cruise ship Oriana are a matter for discussion between the vessel's operators, P&O Cruises, and the Marine Safety Directorate. Navigational incident
July 23 Celebrity Cruises The Consumerist reports on a case of a woman whose father suffered a cardiac incident while on an excursion then passed away two days later in the hospital. Now Celebrity is telling Melissa that it discarded hundreds of dollars worth of clothing and other items that were left on the ship while she tended to her father. The woman says the ship packed up the items in her stateroom and arranged to have the luggage taken to the hospital in Anchorage. The problem is that there were several clothing items that she and her husband had given to the on-ship laundry service to have cleaned, along with three ulu knives that the group had purchased during their trip and had been checked in with the ship’s security. These items were not with the luggage that was delivered to the hospital. She says she talked to someone that first day they left the ship and had been reassured that the knives and the clothing would eventually be shipped. But several weeks after returning home, the only thing that had been shipped was a single ulu knife. Adding insult to injury, it was the one cheap Chinese-made knockoff knife they had bought; the two genuine, significantly more expensive knives had gone missing. Celebrity has been less than cooperative in dealing with the situation. Read more at The Consumerist. Passsneger's belongings thrown away
July 22 Silver Shadow
Silversea Cruises
Cruise Law News now reports the CDC has now issued its report on the failed health inspection (see July 15 below). It states: "Today the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published its report. It's damning to Silver Shadow's sanitation practices. Quite frankly, it's worse than I expected. The final score is 82 (it was initially 84). Here's a portion of the report: Site: Other-Galley Crew Cabins, Violation: An organized effort was made to physically remove over 15 full trolleys of dry foods, spices, canned foods, cooked foods, milk, raw meats, pasteurized eggs, cheeses of all types, baking goods, raw fruits, raw vegetables, and a variety of both hand held and counter model food equipment, pans, dishware and utensils to over 10 individual cabins shared by two or three galley crew members in order to avoid inspection by VSP staff. All the out of temperature potentially hazardous foods were discarded along with most other foods that were not canned or in original containers. The lead VSP inspector poured concentrated chlorine liquid over all the discarded foods as they were dumped into garbage bags to ensure they would not be used again. Details on failed health inspection
July 19 Paradise
Carnival Cruise Lines
A press release from Billera Law Firm reports a class action lawsuit claiming that Carnival Cruise Lines Hot Tubs are infested with dangerous, flesh-eating bacteria. (US District Court, Case #1:12-cv-24408-CMA) Tab Lankford, who was cruising on the ship \on December 17, 2011, claims he contracted "hot tub folliculitis" from a Carnival whirlpool. The severe infection nearly cost him his leg. "The entire leg turned black and they wanted to amputate," said his attorney, John Billera. After a week in the hospital and $70,000 in medical bills later, Mr. Lankford's leg was saved, but he still bears the scars from the flesh-eating infection. When Mr. Lankford contacted Carnival regarding his infection, he claims a guest relations specialist told him that there were more than fifty other passengers on the same cruise who came down with the same illness from using the hot tubs. And the infested hot tubs are not just limited to one ship. The suit alleges that on the May 12, 2012 voyage of Carnival's ship the Fascination, Maria Osoriocano and Andrew Smith became severely infected with MRSA and staphylococcus aureus from using its hot tub. Sean Cleary, their attorney, along with Mr. Billera have now filed a class action seeking the names of all persons who have suffered from a bacterial infection after using a Carnival hot tub. "Our clients – and we believe many others – have suffered horrendous infections from bathing in Carnival's hot tubs," said Mr. Cleary. "One problem is that these infections may take a few days to surface. By the time the passengers know they have been exposed, it is often too late to report the problem on the ship." Lawsuit for infection for hot tub
July 19 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Virgin Islands Daily News reports a 19-year-old Kentucky man pleaded not guilty in District Court Wednesday to sexual assault with intent to commit a felony. Conner Layne was arrested following an 18-year-old woman's complaint that he tried to rape her. The cruise ship docked at Havensight on June 4, but the alleged encounter took place while the ship was in international waters on the same date, according to court documents. According to an affidavit written by FBI special agent Rafael Fernandez, an 18-year-old woman told Fernandez she and Layne were having drinks in the ship's club Tuesday when Layne invited her back to his room. Once there, she had another drink and sat on the bed, and she and Layne began kissing and Layne started "touching her about the body," according to the affidavit. Layne then forcibly "held her down, pulled up her dress, pulled down her underwear and penetrated her with his penis," the victim told Fernandez. The woman said that because Layne was intoxicated, she was able to push him off of her, and she ran out of the room, the affidavit states. District Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller advised Layne of his rights June 5, and he was released from custody after posting a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond. Layne has been allowed to return to his home in Kentucky but had to provide DNA samples as a condition of his release. Alleged rape of 18 year old
July 18 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
SMN News reports nn Wednesday July 17th, 2013 at approximately 10:00am, the Central Police Dispatch sent a police patrol, Detectives, and personnel from the Forensic Department to investigate a case of suicide which occurred in one of the cabins on board of the ship docked at St. Maarten. The captain of the ship stated that shortly after leaving the port of Saint Thomas on Tuesday July 16th with destination Sint Maarten he received a report of the incident. The incident had taken place in one of the cabins on deck #2 of the ship and the victim was a female U.S. citizen by the name of Christina Michelle Mullin (40). The victim was accompanied on the cruise by other family members. However, during the absence of her family members from the cabin, she took her own life by hanging herself. Dr. Mercuur confirmed the death of the victim as "death by hanging". The reason why the victim took her own life is still unclear. However, that investigation will be done by U.S. authorities once the ships docks at the nearest U.S. port. Suicide
July 17 Preziosa
MSC Cruises
Cruise Law News reports newspapers in Italy are reporting that a 27 year old crew member died on July 14th on the ship. Maria La Camera. known as "Titti" to her friends, worked aboard the MSC cruise ship as a hostess. She was found dying in her cabin, according to the newspaper Napoli Today. Her co-employees made ??the discovery, after they went to her cabin when she did not show up for her shift. The cruise ship docked the following day at the port of Naples where local police inspected the cabin and will review video cameras to determine whether anyone entered the cabin. They will also be investigating whether she suffered from any personal problems, according to the newspapers. The initial medical examination on board the ship suggested that the young woman may have died due to an aneurysm, which is unusual in a young woman. Her body will undergo an autopsy in Italy. Her family and friends described her as a healthy woman who did not use drugs, was of a cheerful disposition and was very good at her job. Crew death
July 15 Silver Shadow
Silversea Cruises
Cruise Law News reports the CDC Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) conducted a surprise inspection of the ship on June 17th while it was in a port in Skagway, Alaska. The inspectors found the food and galley equipment in crew quarters as described by the former Silversea ship employees.  The CDC flunked the cruise line, issuing a score of 84.  The inspection occurred after former Silversea Cruises' crew members contacted our office and, in turn, complained to the CDC about disgusting conditions aboard the Silver Shadow cruise ship. The crew members complained that the cruise line forced the crew to hide food, cooking utensils, cutlery, and pots and pans in their cabins to avoid detection by U.S. health inspectors. The Silver Shadow Food & Beverage manager aboard the Silver Shadow allegedly forced the crew to store raw meat, salami, fish, cakes, and every kind of culinary preparations in their cabins and remote hallways to avoid inspections by the U.S. Public Health (USPH). The crew members claim that they had to sleep with the food and galley items in cabins with no windows or operational air conditioning. According to crew members, some spoilable food items were kept out of the refrigerator in cabins and hallways but were served the following day to the cruise passengers. Other complaints included the alleged use of out-of-date ingredients which were served to the guests, according to the former crew members. The crew also complained that they were forced to hide food infested by flies and insects in cabins where the toilet flush was out of order for days. Although the failed inspection occurred one month ago, the CDC has still not posted the failed score or its report of the inspection on its internet site. One former crew member stated that the crew on the Silver Shadow were forced to use tap water to top off expensive bottled water. These claims are similar to the allegations in a lawsuit filed by a Silversea crew member (aboard the Silver Spirit and Silver Wind) in 2011 that his employment as a bartender was terminated after he complained that crew members were required to fill expensive, premium top-shelf brand liquor bottles with cheaper brands and to fill empty expensive French champagne bottles with cheaper Italian sparkling wines. The case is Marin Asenov v. Silversea Cruises, Ltd., Case No. 0:11 CV 62360 WJZ. You can read the allegations in the lawsuit here Failed health inspection
July 13 Celebrity Century
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Law News reports on what is being described as an alleged sexual assault by a thirty year old man against a 12 year old girl on a cruise ship operated by Celebrity Cruises.  KTOO states that a "30-year-old Japanese man allegedly groped a Canadian girl near the pool of a Celebrity cruise ship on June 28th. The alleged attack took place after the ship had departed Ketchikan, but while it was still in Alaska waters." The incident was reported to ship security who apparently did not detain the man but reported the incident to the Vancouver Police Department. Vancouver authorities initially investigated but turned the matter over to the the FBI, The FBI, in turn, then referred the case to Alaskan State Troopers .The Alaskan Troopers say the case has been referred to the District Attorney in Ketchikan, Alaska for review. The case illustrates the difficulties prosecuting crimes on cruise ships. A 30 year old Japanese man apparently molests a 12 year old Canadian girl in Alaskan state waters. The cruise ship apparently does not apprehend the man or return to an Alaskan port. The ship sails on to Vancouver, Canada which does not arrest the man even though the victim is Canadian, but reports the crime to the FBI which does not have jurisdiction because the incident occurred in state territorial waters of Alaska. The FBI sends the matter back to Alaska where the crime is alleged to occur.  By the time the Alaskan Troopers are involved, the Japanese man is long gone. Around and around we go, with no one wanting the hot potato, and the cruise line hoping the situation will just disappear. The local District Attorney in Ketchikan Alaska is now looking at trying to figure out how to prosecute a Japanese cruise passenger, who allegedly molested a little Canadian girl, and who probably escaped to Japan and will never return to the U.S. again. Sexual assault of minor
July 12 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports passengers in 78 staterooms were bumped from the July 12 sailing. Customers were offered a full refund and a 25 percent credit on a future cruise, according to spokesman Harry Liu. The cabins were needed to accommodate workers who are still working on repairs following the fire earlier in the year. In addition to the 78 staterooms that were vacated for the July 12 cruise, the Diamond Club Lounge and South Pacific Lounge will be also be closed. Pax bumped
July 11 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
A reader reports the ship was delayed 2.25 hours departing Cape Liberty, NJ. It was apparently blocked by a departing cargo tanker ship (Undine). Delayed departure
July 7 Carnival Conquest
Carnival Cruise Lines
Associated Press reports the ship has been diverted from the Mississippi River in New Orleans to Mobile after a tugboat sank on Saturday. The ship arrived at the terminal Sunday afternoon as U.S. Coast Guard officials continued investigating the tugboat incident on the river. Officials say the Conquest's next trip to the Bahamas has been shortened to a six-day voyage, scheduled to depart Mobile Monday evening (as it turned out, the ship left more than two hours late). Guests scheduled to sail on the shortened trip are being offered a one-day pro-rated refund, or a full refund if they decide to cancel their trip. Carnival officials say they're monitoring Mississippi River conditions and are forming a contingency plan for a second ship — Carnival Elation — if the river remains closed. WKRG reports 70 frustrated passengers were on a charter bus from Mobile to New Orleans; the bus broke down along I-10 before the Mississippi state line. Passengers began flooding the News 5 Newsroom with calls, frustrated. "They're not helping any of the people here with hotels or anything, it's really bad," said a passenger. The passengers thought they'd be back in New Orleans by nightfall, but that didn't happen for the busload of passengers wanting to get home. "This is bad. It's hot, there's no air. Can't get off the bus. It's raining. Other buses are passing us by," said a passenger. By 8:30 p.m. a replacement charter bus had arrived. The passengers loaded the bus and were enroute to New Orleans. Diverted to Mobile from New Orleans / Itinerary change & late departure
July 4 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
ABC13 News reports Carnival says one of its guests was killed in an accident aboard a ship earlier this week. The accident happened on the Carnival Magic while in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning. The cruise line says a 39-year-old man was sitting on his cabin balcony railing when he fell onto an open deck area three decks below. Pax death in fall to lower deck
July 3 Bimini Superfast
Resorts International
NBC 6 Miami reports the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast cruise ship has been docked for days at PortMiami, where it will remain until it gets the all-clear from the U.S. Coast Guard. "[From] our perspective, it was not capable of carrying passengers and being issued a certificate of compliance by the Coast Guard," said Commander and Chief Inspector Janet Espino-Young. Though the multimillion dollar SuperFast already passed clearances overseas, where it was built and sailed for years, it still must meet the Coast Guard's strict criteria before it can be cleared to transport passengers to and from U.S. ports. Last Friday, the SuperFast seemed sea-ready, as hundreds gathered on deck for a Bahamian-style party celebrating what was supposed to be its maiden voyage to Bimini, in the Bahamas, at high speeds nearing 30 knots. At that rate, passengers paying for fares starting around $50 would leave Miami and arrive in Bimini in near no time. "Regardless of the two-hour trip or three-hour trip, it's all about ensuring that the vessel is safe," Espino-Young said. She leads the group inspecting the SuperFast. During evacuation drills last week, she said, her team found the ship crew unable to move passengers safely onto lifeboats within 30 minutes. There were also tech issues. The SuperFast's emergency power sources gave out, and a system deploying lifeboats from the vessel failed as well. Failed safety inspection
July 2 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News reports a newspaper in Romania reports on injuries suffered by a crew member from Romania who was seriously burned while working on the Carnival Dream cruise ship. The accident occurred on June 20th after the Dream departed from Port Canaveral in a 7 day cruise. The Romanian crew member is 35 years old. The crew member suffered severe burns to the face, hands, chest and legs and requires extensive medical care. These major burns were caused by a blast of steam from a hot water pipe that ruptured. The crew member's condition was so serious that the cruise ship diverted to San Juan in order to be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. The victim was transported to the hospital in San Juan and, later, to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Jackson has one of the best trauma centers in the world. The Romanian newspaper states that no one from Carnival came to see the burned crew member at the hospital in Miami, even though the cruise line is headquartered here, according to the injured crew member's girlfriend. Crew seriously injured
July 1 Queen Elizabeth III
Cunard Line
Opodo reports a British man was stranded in Tallinn without his passport, money or phone after the cruise liner he was staying on left port without him. Keith Morgan had been enjoying a stroll around the Estonian capital with his wife Bryden Loyer when she decided to return to the ship because she was tired, Wales Online reports. 'Keith is very interested in culture. They had gone to visit a church and he was saying how pretty it was. That's the last we heard,' his sister Sue Clarke told the news provider. They agreed to meet on the vessel just before it was due to sail at 5pm. However, Mr Morgan failed to return and the ship set sail. Realising her husband was not aboard Ms Loyer raised the alarm and her family contacted the local police and Foreign Office. After 48 hours, Mr Morgan finally called in to say he was staying at a hotel in Tallinn. Missed the boat
June 30 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: We were onboard the June 8th-22nd 14 day sailing out of Southampton on the Baltic and Russian cruise. There was an awful norovirus outbreak. At the beginning of the cruise, we were able to use the buffet without restriction but toward the latter half of the first week, we were then required not to touch anything in the buffet. For example, if you wanted a salad, you had to get in the queue and point to the items in a salad that you wanted. To get drinks, you had to wait in a queue for servers to get those. All areas were cordoned off. You couldn’t even get rolled silverware yourself. Some of our cruisemates said their entire table was effected. The staff was constantly cleaning. They were making you do hand sanitizer in and out of the oceanview café. Passengers and crew were pretty surly by the end of the two weeks. There was constant line jumping and servers being yelled at for helping someone who wasn’t in line, but it was very difficult to tell with all of the different stations. Fortunately, my family did not get ill and I unsure of the percentage on board who did fall ill, but in my 20 years of cruising, I had never seen Noro prevention standards like that. Illness
June 30 Bremen Hapag Lloyd CDC reports the ship failed its health inspection on June 20, 2013 with a score of 80. Failed health inspection
June 30 Baltic Queen
Tallink & Silja Line
The Local (Sweden) reports A 36-year-old Estonian man survived seven hours in the Baltic Sea on Friday night after falling from a ferry bound to Stockholm from Helsinki. The man fell from the Baltic Queen ferry outside of the Finnish island of Åland, but his absence was only first noted when the ferry docked in Stockholm on Saturday morning. An inspection of security camera film showed the man falling from the vessel south of Nyhamn off the coast of Mariehamn. The water temperature in the Baltic Sea was 16-18C and there was little hope that the man had survived. But Finnish sea rescue was able to locate the man two hours later, four kilometres from the closest island. He was found suffering from hypothermia with a body temperature of only 26C. According to medical expertise he should have been unconscious by then and would have been in cardiac arrest had his body temperature dropped a further degree. The man had no life jacket and had few clothes as he had shed them in a bid to remain afloat in the bracing waters.
Pax overboard, resued alive
June 25


Cruise Law News reports early this morning a fire broke out in the engine room of the Zenith cruise ship, formerly operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises and now operated by Royal Caribbean owned Pullmantur Cruises. The fire started at approximately 03:48 AM today while the cruise ship sailed from Ravenna to Venice with 1672 passengers on board. The engine room was damaged to the point that the ship was disabled and had to anchor 17 miles off Venice.  The ship had to be towed by 4 tugs to Venice this afternoon.  Fire
June 22 Serena Seaways
DFDS Seaways
BBC reports almost 500 passengers were stranded on a ferry for more than two hours after it struck the quay while docking and started to let in water. The DFDS ferry Sirena Seaways, with 489 passengers on board, hit Parkeston Quay, in Harwich, Essex, just after midday. Eyewitnesses said the ship was listing after the accident, which holed the vessel beneath the water line. Essex Fire and Rescue Service said no-one was trapped or injured. The fire service said the ship's crew plugged the hole from inside and built a compartment with watertight doors to stem the leak. There had been no pollution, a spokesman added. A Department for Transport spokesman said a team from the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch was at the scene investigating how the accident happened. Collision
June 22 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: We have just disembarked after a 7 day Alaskan cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice. We frequented the quasar dance club each night. On night two I noticed at 2300 (11pm) ,when the club only allows 18 and over, a crew member used a small rope to tie the handles of one of the two exits closed to prevent access. Not just looped but tied in a fashion that untying would be impossible in a smoke filled environment or panic. This room is required to have two emergency exits and this exit was clearly marked " emergency exit". This happened three nights in a row. I brought my concerns to the attention of guest services requesting to speak to the ships Safety Officer. I was told that another passenger had requested to speak with him also but he stated that he was " too busy with paperwork to speak to anyone". The guest services person apologized and drafted an email to him explaining my concerns and that I am a 28 year firefighter. That night in quasar the doors were once again tied closed. As of this writing no staff or crew has contacted me. I would encourage that all passengers be aware of their surroundings. It appears Celebrity is not concerned with safety and if this blatant example of reckless disregard for its passengers and crew in a public space is allowed to exist, then I am wondering what other safety issues exist that we did not see. Disregard for fire safety
June 19 Celebrity Xpedition
Celebrity Cruises
Travel Weekly reports Celebrity Cruises said its license to sail in Galapagos National Park will be reinstated, but that another cruise has been canceled. Celebrity's Xpedition ship will resume cruises with the June 30 sailing, a spokeswoman said. The June 23 cruise has been scrubbed. In total, Celebrity canceled four Galapagos cruises after it was discovered that the Xpedition had locally caught lobster outside the season for lobster. Permit restored
June 18 Sea Spirit Quark Expeditions News in English (Norway) reports an American cruiseship passenger in her 60s was killed and three others injured when a rubber inflatable boat that was carrying them closer to shore in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard was hit by a wave. All 13 persons on board the boat landed in the icy Arctic water. The fatal accident occurred here in the Krossfjord off Svalbard’s main island of Spitsbergen. Local authorities reported that the accident occurred as the passengers on board the cruiseship Sea Spirit were being taken on a sightseeing excursion along the northern portion of the Fjortende Julibukta (the 14th of July Bay) in the Krossfjord. The area is located near the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, north of both Svalbard’s administrative center of Longyearbyen and the settlement at Ny-Ålesund. Details remained sketchy as local officials tried to determine how events unfolded before they got their first call for assistance at around noon on Monday. Emergency crews were told a woman had been injured in a boat accident in the Krossfjord and was being examined by the cruiseship’s doctor.
“The first report we got was that a woman needed medical treatment,” the deputy governor Svalbard, Lars Erik Alfheim, told local newspaper Svalbardposten. “We therefore sent our Super Puma rescue helicopter with a doctor on board.” When the helicopter reached the cruiseship, the woman was dead, Alfheim said. Three others in the boat that’s also used for ship-to-shore shuttles and excursions suffered what officials later called “minor” injuries. Two of them were flown in the rescue helicopter to the hospital at Longyearbyen for treatment.
Death "ashore"
June 14 Unnamed Anchorage Daily News reports the driver of a bus transferring cruise ship passengers between Seward and Anchorage was arrested Friday after numerous passengers called to report he was highly intoxicated and driving erratically, state troopers said Steven McKinley, a seasonal worker staying in Anchorage, was arrested on a count of driving under the influence and 46 counts of reckless endangerment, one for each passenger. The driver's blood alcohol level registered at .341, many times beyond the legal limit of .04, Ipsen said. The driver worked for Anchorage-based Alaska Cruise Transfer and Tours, which sent out another driver to transport the passengers, Ipsen said. Drunk tour bus driver
June 13 Hanseatic Hapag Lloyd Cruise Critic reports a fire while the ship was in dry dock has forced the cancellation of two upcoming cruises. The ship, located at the Bredo shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany was in dry dock for its triennial upgrades. According to the cruise line, the fire occurred in the engine room. "The additional and necessary repairs to eliminate the damage cannot be completed within the scheduled time at the shipyard," the line said. In order for all repairs to be made the line has canceled the June 17 and July 4 sailings, from Bremerhaven and Tromso respectively. Fire in drydock / cancelation
June 13 Maasdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: When we were ready to depart Sydney Nova Scotia on 11 June for Charlottetown PEI we were delayed over 2 hours. The Captain told us the ship port forward propulsion was not working properly. We left Sydney NS 2.5hrs late but still made our port of call of Charlottetown with only 30 minutes of delay. We are still running at a slightly reduced speed heading for Quebec City. We do not expect any further delays as the weather is good Propulsion problems
June 13 Costa Classica
Costa Cruises
Inquirer Global Nation reports a 32-year-old female security guard alleges she was raped in February last year. The suspects were two Indian nationals identified as Joseph Chacko and Anoop Palatty, chief security officer and assistant security officer, respectively, of the liner. In her affidavit, the victim said she was on duty patrolling the ship’s crew area at around 11 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2012, when the ship-in-charge security officer, Mohammed Riyaz, told her to report to the security office. The victim, whose identity was withheld, obeyed and found the two suspects in the office drinking liquor.
Indecent advances She said that, initially, Palatty made indecent advances, but she was able to leave the room. Before midnight, she said she was summoned again, this time to Chacko’s cabin. She went thinking it was official business. She said she was surprised to find the two officers there still drinking. The suspects initially discussed with her security procedures and a coming staff evaluation, the victim said, adding that she was told she would be rehired “because Chacko likes me and it is important that I make Chacko happy.” The victim said Chacko sexually abused her as soon as Palatty left the cabin. The victim said she tried to resist but she was overpowered by the suspect. She said she reported the incident to the ship captain, Italian Pierre Paulo Gallastroni, who told her to make a statement. The captain assured her he would notify the company head office in Genoa, Italy, about the incident, the victim added.
Linsangan said the victim also reported the crime to the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong where she filed her complaint. “She submitted her written affidavit before a Philippine consular official. She was medically and physically examined by the Hong Kong officer,” the lawyer said. The two culprits, however, were able to disembark in Hong Kong and escape before Hong Kong police could begin their investigation of the incident. Linsangan said he forwarded the complaint to a collaborating lawyer in Rome, Italy. He said a complaint for damages was also filed in Genoa, Italy, where the judge has scheduled the trial for June 18.
June 11 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
Cruise Law News reports on an article in the Croatian media. The article describes a scene where the ship allegedly came perilously close to a beach at Split, Croatia. By some accounts, the anchor may have become loose due to high winds. Others suggest that the cruise ship may have intentionally close to the public beach area. The article has a short video clip as well as a few photos. Close to grounding?
June 11 Celebrity Xpedition
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises reports the 16 June cruise has been canceled (the third in a row) because of a citation by the Galapagos National Park (see May 31 below). Cancelation
June 11 Voyager
Voyages of Discovery
Travel Weekly reports a second cruise has been canceled because of a technical issue and will send its ship to drydock in Bremerhaven, Germany, for repairs. The 15-day Land of the Midnight Sun cruise to northern Norway was scheduled to leave June 11 Voyages of Discovery discovered the technical problem as the ship was being repositioned to Portsmouth for the cruise, the company said. It had cut short a cruise in May because of a generator issue that also forced it to cancel a June 2 British Isles cruise. All passengers booked on the 11 June cruise will receive a full refund, or the option to receive credit toward another booking for a cruise onboard the Voyager or the Minerva to the value of 140% of their original cruise fare paid, the company said. After dry dock, the Voyager will continue on its summer charter with Always of Belgium from June 25, the company said. Cancelation
June 10 Yorktown
Great Lakes Cruise Company
The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection on June 3 with a score of 85. The ship scored 69 on June 3, 2013. Failed health inspection
June 9 Multiple From a reader: There was a demonstration in Venice on Sunday over the congestion and environmental issues around cruise ship visits to the city. Protesters included Venicians and citizens from around the region. Estimates ranged from 700 - 1400 protestors. In the morning they were confronted by police at the entrance of Stazione Marittima: protesters had helmets and kerchiefs on their face, and tried to occupy the terminal. Many slogans against the cruisers desembarking and embarking. In the afternoon, the protest shifted to the water with many boats trying to impede the departure of MSC Fantasia, Costa Fascinosa and Azura. Confrontations with police continued until past 8:00PM when the protesters finished and the ships left their piers. Gazetta del Sud reports The grass-roots movement to block large cruise vessels from passing through Venice demanded again to be included in government talks on the issue. The group, known as No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships), issued its statement a day after police clashed with demonstrators blocking the foot entrance to cruise ships docked off the Giudecca Canal, where over 600 large cruise liners pass annually. "We must change the model and oppose gigantism, which only serves the interests of the cruise companies and (instead) structure cruises around small ships, with a small number of passengers," said a statement. The Italian government is holding talks on Thursday into the issue of large ships in Venice. Experts warn that the thousand-year-old wooden piles that prop up the city underwater would crumble like toothpicks under the weight of a 114,500-ton cruise ship like the Costa Concordia. In addition to the risk of a collision, liners ushering tourists into the heart of the city disrupt the extremely fragile foundation of Venice and its medieval monuments by displacing massive amounts of water in the shallow lagoon, they add. "The tragic accident (of the Costa Concordia) reinforces longstanding concern over the risk that large cruise liners pose to sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, particularly the Venice Lagoon and the Basin of San Marco," UNESCO said last year in a statement to the Italian government. Demonstration
June 8 Ryndam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: I sailed from Dover on 1st June 2013 to Norweigian Fjords for seven days. On the evening of 7th June we put our cases outside the room as it was our last night and retired to bed around 11.30pm. Around 12.20am the alarm sounded and woke us all up, the officer of the watch came on the tannoy and said Fire in area ABC (exact numbers and letters we cant remember as half asleep) fire crews to that area. Then he announced that a fire indicator had been triggered and crew were investigating. After a few minutes the Captain came on and said we were to be alert and follow safety instructions. Then another nail biting wait of around five to ten minutes. Captain then said fire had been located in the exhaust of the funnel and flames had been extinguished but further checks were being made. Then after another short wait the Captain said fire was out, possibly soot ignited, they were continuing to check the areas pipes etc. but we could all relax and go back to sleep. The incident was only about 40mins long, and the Captain and officers seemed to deal with the incident very efficiently and kept us up to date constantly. Fire
June 6 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
Liverpool Echo reports 96 guests had been affected  by gastroenteritis-type  symptoms. Two were in isolation  yesterday in a bid to stop the  highly-contagious bug spreading. People due to travel on the  ship’s next cruise were told  10% of passengers had  reported symptoms during  the first week of the trip. The ship,  which left Liverpool on May  23, was on a 14-night cruise to  Scandinavia and St  Petersburg and is due to  return to the city today. Illness
June 6

Filia Rheni
European Riverboat

Express (UK) reports 120 British passengers and 40 crew members are stuck on the Filia Rheni ship on the Daunube river in Vienna. A spokesman for travel company Titan, which is running the cruise, said a pontoon is on its way to the vessel to allow passengers to disembark. Travel Weekly reports River cruise lines are canceling more departures as heavy rains have caused some of the worst flooding in decades in Central Europe. River cruise operators said that segments of the Main and Danube rivers have been the most affected by flooding, and consequently they have canceled sailings in the region. Viking River Cruises has canceled three departures on June 9 and has altered 15 departures between now and June 16. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has also canceled departures due to the flooding. Avalon Waterways over the weekend canceled three departures over the next 10 days. AmaWaterways had not yet canceled any departures but had been transferring passengers from one ship to another, as vessels have not been able to pass through the Main-Danube Canal in southern Germany. Tauck has canceled the May 30 and June 6 departures of its Blue Danube itinerary and will offer guests a full refund. Stranded / Cancelations
June 6

Sea Bird
Lindblad Expeditions

Anchorage Daily News reports Santa Fe resident Thomas Rising, 66, died Tuesday night when a single-engine de Havilland Beaver hit a mountain near LeConte Bay east of Petersburg, according to Alaska State Troopers. A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued six survivors, including one passenger with a broken back and one with a broken leg, the Coast Guard said. The floatplane and Rising's body remained at the crash site Wednesday at an elevation of about 1,000 feet, near Thunder Mountain, troopers said. Thunder Mountain is about 11 miles due east of Petersburg. The pilot of the Petersburg-based Pacific Wings plane suffered minor injuries, the flight-seeing company's owner told the Associated Press. The five other passengers were members of the same family, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash. They were not identified. All six had been on a cruise aboard the Lindblad Sea Bird, a high-end, low-passenger adventure ship on a voyage affiliated with National Geographic. Death on shore excursion
June 4 Veendam
Holland America Line
The Chronicle Herald reports a cruise ship that Richard Bell, 36, of Morden, Man., was arrested after Canada Border Services Agency officers allegedly found child pornography in his cabin. Bell, a musician, was arraigned in Halifax provincial court Tuesday on four charges in relation to images found on an external hard drive.He faces Criminal Code charges of possessing and importing child pornography and Customs Act charges of smuggling prohibited goods into the country and possessing illegally imported goods. A legal aid duty lawyer appeared in court on behalf of Bell, who remained in a holding cell in the basement of the Spring Garden Road courthouse. Judge Michael Sherar remanded Bell to the Dartmouth jail until next Tuesday, when he returns to court for a bail hearing. Child pornography charges
June 1 Island Escape
Thomson Cruises
Daily Post (UK) reportsa newlywed has been awarded a five figure pay out after taking ill onboard a luxury cruise liner during her honeymoon. She was struck down with severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sickness during the supposed “holiday of a lifetime” last April. When she returned home she called on travel lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, who are currently representing other families who were on board the ship between April and October last year. The tour operator has agreed to pay an undisclosed five-figure sum to the couple and 11 other passengers within the group action. Lawsuit settled for illness
June 1 Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports Several weeks after the ship's debut,it is still under construction -- forcing the line to bump paying passengers off a June cruise to open accommodations for contractors. In a thread entitled “Sunshine cruise cancelled,” posted Thursday, Cruise Critic member Bridgeview says he “received a call last night from Carnival to tell me that my booking on the 7th June cruise has been cancelled due to contractors coming on board.” We confirmed with Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen, who told us in an e-mail “there is a small amount of behind the scenes finishing work wrapping up, and we needed a few extra cabins for remaining contractors on the June 7 voyage. Hence, a small number of guests have been offered incentives to switch to an alternate voyage.” Compensation includes a full refund for the cruise, airfare and pre- and post-hotel stays (where applicable) and a future cruise credit for a free cruise of equal or shorter length. Gulliksen also notes "the decision to displace guests for contractors in these cabins is based on when guests booked their cruise, i.e. the ones who booked last were displaced." (Bridgeview booked in April.) Contractors won't necessarily be staying in Bridgeview's aft balcony cabin; Carnival will give the contractors standard cabins, then upgrade those guests to the nicer ones vacated by the bumped passengers. Sunshine's inaugural cruise in Europe was beset with problems at the outset -- cabins without water, nonfunctioning elevators and closed-to-the-public top deck areas, such as the highly anticipated WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare recreational area. Pax bumped
May 31 Celebrity Xpedition
Celebrity Cruises
From a reader:The Galapagos National Park has cited Celebrity Xpedition for transportation and storage of 12 kilograms of frozen lobster tails in the Galapagos while out of season. Because of this, Celebrity Xpedition's license that is necessary to enter the Galapagos National Park has been temporarily suspended by the local authority. Unfortunately, it is necessary to cancel the June 2 sailing of Celebrity Xpedition. Cruise Critic has now also reported on this, indicating the June 9th cruise may be cancelled as well: An official statement from Celebrity claims that the lobsters "were purchased legally during the season from local fishermen certified by the Park, and that no purchases of lobsters were made out of season." This was verified by park officials. However, a new regulation demands that all lobsters be consumed within five days of the end of season. However, on March 11, when the company was cited, Celebrity was not aware of the change; the regulation was not published until April 22. Celebrity is appealing the $2,000 fine and suspension, but does not know yet when its license will be reinstated. UPDATE:Travel Weekly reports a judge in Ecuador has issued a temporary stay of an order suspending the Celebrity Xpedition's authority to sail in the Galapagos. Notices of the order, by Judge Luis Vicente Trejo Neira, was posted on the website for the Galapagos National Park. The decision appears to clear the way for Celebrity Xpeditions to depart on a June 9 cruise. UPDATE: Travel Weekly reports the June 9th cruise has been canceled. Earlier, a judge had temporarily stayed the order banning Celebrity Xpedition from the park, but he reversed his position and has since been replaced by a different magistrate, according to notices posted on the Galapagos National Park website.
Violation / Fine/ Cancelation
May 31 Monarch of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Orlando Sentinel reports an Idaho man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of transporting thousands of child pornography images and videos on the ship last year. Gary Lee Reed's laptop was searched Dec. 10 during a cruise to the Bahamas, a complaint filed in Orlando federal court said. Agents said they searched the 47-year-old's laptop and found about 1,162 images and videos depicting child pornography. Roughly 350 of the victims in those videos were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.The images included sex abuse on toddlers and babies, the complaint said. Reed told agents he has viewed child pornography for many years. Reed entered the guilty plea in February. He was sentenced Thursday. Sentenced for child porn
May 30 Pride of Kent
P&O Ferries
Kent Online reports a man feared dead after he is believed to have fallen from a ferry has been named as Richard Fearnside. The 30-year-old, of Clare Road, Whitstable, is thought to have plunged into the sea while having a cigarette on deck during a cross-Channel crossing. The alarm was raised by his girlfriend after there was no sign of him when the P&O's Pride of Kent ship docked at Dover after the trip from Calais. His disappearance last Tuesday sparked a huge manhunt involving Dover lifeboat, an RAF rescue helicopter and the Royal Navy ship HMS Tyne. The search operation was called to an end after four hours because of difficult weather conditions, with poor visibility and drizzle. Police have confirmed they are treating the incident as a missing person investigation and are not looking to speak to anyone else in connection with the disappearance. Pax overboard
May 30 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
Sun Sentinel reports federal agents arrested a crew member after he tried to smuggle two bricks of cocaine into the Port of Palm Beach. Dannys Daniel Sjogreen-Gutierrez was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection agents Tuesday after he disembarked from the ship. Security personnel found two bricks of powder cocaine weighing about one kilogram. Drug bust
May 30 Voyager
Voyages of Discovery
Cruise Critic reports the cruise ship has been forced to cancel the remainder of the current nine-day cruise due to the breakdown of two generators on Tuesday (May 28). All 487 passengers will be flown back to Portsmouth tomorrow (May 31) from Killybegs, Ireland, where the ship has been stuck in port for two days. Passengers will be refunded 60 percent of the cruise fare plus a 50 percent discount on any future sailings onboard Voyager, the line confirmed. Two out of the four generators began to have technical problems while the ship was in Killybegs two days ago. A team of specialist engineers were called out to the port but were unable to fix the problem in time for the ship to continue its cruise. The ship had power throughout and guest facilities are operating normally. A statement from Voyages of Discovery read: “The ship has a total of four generators and whilst two generators are functioning normally and the ship has power, with all passenger facilities operating as normal, the vessel could not proceed with its cruise.”The next cruise -- a 10-day Heritage of the British Isles sailing -- is still planned to go ahead on June 2.

Generator failure / Canceled cruise

May 28 I am often asked for cumulative data on events listed on my pages. In response to a media request I have compiled some numbers. Here they are: For 2012: Loss of power/adrift = 12; Collisions = 14; Propulsion problems = 5; Fire = 20; Technical/mechanical problems = 8; Material failure = 19; Maneuverability problems = 4; Engine/propulsion problems leading to cancelation = 4; Aground = 5; Sunk (all but 1, not major cruise lines) = 4. That's 97 incidents in one year. For 2013 (thus far): Collision = 1; Loss of power/adrift = 3; Propulsion problems = 8; Fire =6; Technical/mechanical problems = 1; Material failure = 1; Environmental issue = 1; Maneuverability problems = 1; Aground = 6; Detained because of safety issues = 1. That's 31 incidents in less than 5 months.
May 27 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International

ABC News reports passengers were awakened and sent to their muster stations after a fire on one of the cruise ship's decks early Monday morning. The fire was categorized as a “Class A” fire, meaning it broke out in solid combustible materials such as wood or plastic and did not involve fuel or other flammable liquids. No injuries were reported. The fire was discovered at 2:50 a.m. ET on the mooring area on deck three of its 11 decks. The company said the fire was extinguished and the affected area was cordoned off. Guests were allowed to return to their staterooms, the company said, at 7:15 a.m. ET (that's more than 4 hours at their muster stations). The extent of the fire was not immediately clear but RCI said all systems were still operating on the ship. UPDATE: Photos indicate the fire was in the mooring area of deck 3 and affected neighbouring cabins and both floors of the main dining room. This cruise has been canceled, as has the cruise scheduled for May 31 and those until mid-July.

May 26 Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Critic reports the ship has sustained exterior damage from bad weather conditions, as confirmed by Norwegian: "While returning from Bermuda to New York last night, Norwegian Breakaway encountered winds exceeding 50 knots. The high winds caused some of the outermost sections of the forward balcony dividers on Deck 8 to become dislodged. There were no injuries to guests or crew. We expect the affected balconies to be operational for the next cruise departing today." Cruise Critic learned of the damage from CC member, joeski27, who reported details from onboard the May 19 sailing. According to him, the M6 cabin dividers began rattling yesterday afternoon due to strong winds (40 to 45 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph) and then broke apart at the bolts and welds. "There were panels, metal segments, bolts and debris everywhere, and I can only imagine the similar damage elsewhere on the decks (especially up on top)," joeski27 wrote. Wind damage
May 25 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
The Daily Echo reports dozens of guests were struck down by a vomiting bug on board a luxury cruise ship which docked in Southampton this morning, it has been revealed. The ship departed from the city on May 11 on a Mediterranean cruise and returned today. But 77 guests (2.7%) and five crew members were laid low by an illness thought to be norovirus. A spokesman for Celebrity Cruises, which runs the ship, said it would undergo an “extensive and thorough” clean now that the vessel had returned to Southampton. Illness
May 21 American Spirit
American Cruise Line
Peninsula Daily News report security has been increased for this week's fourth visit of the American Spirit in response to vandalism in which two mooring lines to the cruise ship were cut last week. According to Port Townsend Police Capt. Don Johnson, two people approached the American Spirit at about 1:30 a.m. last Thursday. They attempted to come on board but were turned away. A few minutes later, crew members discovered that two of three mooring lines were severed. The lines were re­attached, and police were called. Police Department spokesman Officer Luke Bogues said that on the night following the initial incident, the crew reported that three additional mooring lines were cut, adding up to a total damage estimate of more than $1,000. Vandalism
May 20 Serenissima
Noble Caledonia
Oban Times reports a ship went aground on the Corran Ledge on Monday evening,May 20 2013,in Oban Bay near St Columba’s Cathedral. It would appear that the 87-metre MS Serenissima,which was recently refurbished by Serenissima Cruises and is out to charter currently to Noble Caledonia,went the wrong way round a navigation buoy,as she encountered the MV Isle of Mull ferry,when she entered Oban Bay in Argyll from the north. All 112 people on the ship remained on board and no-one was believed to be injured in the incident. The initial attempt to refloat the ship using its own engine,with Oban lifeboat pulling from astern,failed because of strong winds blowing the ship towards the shore. High tide was not due until around midnight but it was hoped to tow the vessel off around 10.30pm. Aground
May 20 Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
WKMG-TV reports more than two hours before the ship left port last August, a Disney Cruise Line crewmember was captured on ship surveillance video molesting an 11-year-old girl in an elevator – a crime Disney Cruise Line said it believes it must by law report immediately. But a Local 6 investigation reveals the incident was not reported until the next day, long after the ship had slipped out of port, enabling the 33-year-old suspect to evade investigation and prosecution by Florida authorities. Disney Cruise Line at first claimed last week it did report the crime while the ship was still in port on Aug. 5. Then, after being told by Local 6 and Port Canaveral police that was not true, the cruise line changed its account.Company officials then claimed employees did not know until the next day that a crime was committed. All they knew on Aug. 5, they claim, was that the child was made to feel “uncomfortable,” according to statements by the cruise line to both Local 6 and the Port Canaveral police. But, based on surveillance video and a confidential Disney Cruise Line security incident report obtained by Local 6, that also appears to be false. The report reveals cruise line security began its investigation of the molestation – which it called an “inappropriate sexual act” -- at 3:22 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. The child promptly told security the man had repeatedly grabbed her breast through her clothes and forcibly kissed her on the mouth as he cornered her in an elevator on the Disney Dream. She “began to cry,” the report stated, as she relayed how the crew member “went like this,” grabbing her breast, and “then went like this,” demonstrating a second groping before “he kiss me here and he put mouth on my mouth.” Such an attack, even through clothing, is under Florida law a lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12, a felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison. But the company’s own confidential incident report provides more evidence that is not true. Eight minutes after the molestation -- and two hours before the ship departed -- the victim and her grandmother emerged from the elevator at 3:03 p.m. and headed toward the guest services counter, where they reported the incident. Security was contacted and initiated the investigation at 3:22 p.m., followed promptly by the child relaying the criminal allegations to a cruise security officer. At 3:57 p.m., the 11-year-old from Brazil led the officer to the spot where she encountered the suspect and “appeared to be uncomfortable when she walked me to the elevator where (the crew member) touched and kissed her,” the officer wrote in her report. The security officer then retrieved and reviewed the video of the elevator lobby outside the car where the attack occurred and confirmed the actions of a uniformed crew member were consistent with the 11-year-old’s retelling of the story. At 4:48 p.m., the video was shown to a dining manager, who identified the suspect by name and position, a dining room server from India. At 5:02 p.m., the Disney Dream left its berth at Port Canaveral, as if nothing criminal had occurred. The suspect continued to roam the ship until 7:50 p.m., when he was called to the security office and, under questioning, denied molesting the girl, according to the DCL report. He was then “removed from the floor” and, apparently, kept from encountering children. After another unsuccessful attempt to get him to confess on Aug. 6, he was questioned after the ship arrived in Nassau on Aug. 7 by Bahamian authorities, who assumed jurisdiction of the investigation because the Disney Dream is flagged in the Bahamas. In a statement to Bahamas Police, the suspect, Milton Braganza, finally admitted “I touched her on her right breast with my left hand.” But by then – two days into a five-day Disney cruise – the victim’s grandmother had decided she did not want the crime investigated. DCL would not say if it refunded any or all of the family’s cruise expenses. Had Florida law enforcement immediately been informed of the potential life felony and found probable cause, Hellebrand said the suspect would have been arrested, regardless of a victim’s grandmother’s wishes. Cruise Law News reports Disney flew the crew member home to India, at the cruise line's expense, rather than arrange for him to return to Florida to be arrested.  Sexual assault of minor
May 17 Unknown Cayman Compass reports a 63-year-old cruise ship passenger died Thursday after getting into difficulty while snorkeling with friends off Eden Rock in George Town. Emergency medical staff administered CPR and the man was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Pax dies snrokeling
May 17 Louis Joliet
AML Cruise Company
CTV News reports nobody was injured when the MV Louis Joliet cruise ship carrying 57 passengers ran aground on Thursday afternoon near Orleans Island near Quebec City. The passengers and roughly 20 crew mates were evacuated and shipped onto another vessel to the Quebec City port while a tugboat worked at pulling the MV Louis Joliet back into open waters. Alexandre Morin-Bernard of the AML Cruise ship company, which owns the MV Louis Joliet, said that the accident occurred when the ship's hull made contact with the bottom of the waterway. The extent of the damage remains to be determined. The ship left the Chouinard dock in Quebec City at 1 p.m. to visit Orleans Island and Montmorency Falls. The ship got stuck near the western tip of the island at 2:50 p.m. Morin-Bernard said that it was the first accident of its kind for AML Cruises, which has operated on the St. Lawrence River for 40 years. Aground
May 14 American Spirit
American Cruise Line
Peninsula Daily News reports the threat of high winds and rough seas in eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca late Monday have again delayed the arrival of the ship; it docked at City Pier around 10 this morning, roughly 12 hours later than originally scheduled. It was decided to keep the vessel and its 50 passengers in port in Friday Harbor on Monday after forecasts called for 25-35 mph winds and 4-6 foot seas in the eastern Strait. The ship will stay in Port Townsend all day Thursday and leave for Poulsbo at about 4 a.m. Friday. The stops in Port Angeles and Port Townsend are part of an eight-day Puget Sound cruise that begins and ends in Seattle. Delayed arrival
May 13 Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Royal Gazette reports two American cruise ship passengers were fined $1,000 each at Magistrates’ Court today after being found with cannabis in their cabins. In separate cases, Edwin Berg and Stephen Caron, both 53, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug. Prosecutor Garrett Byrne told the court that HM Customs boarded the ship at Dockyard on Sunday. They searched Berg’s cabin and found a clear plastic bag containing 13 grams of cannabis. The prosecutor said the offence admitted by Caron was on the same day on the same ship in “very similar circumstances”. He said customs officers spoke to the defendant, who said he had marijuana in his cabin. They found a glass case containing a clear plastic bag with five grams of cannabis inside. Duty defence counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson said the cannabis was “prescribed medically for chronic pain” and Caron “apologies profusely”. Both men were told to pay $1,000 or face 100 days in jail. Drug busts
May 12 Lady von Busum The Daily Mail reports this German passenger ferry got stuck on a sandbank, landing
on the beach near the small island of Trischen in Germany, and left high and dry as the tide went out. The 136 passengers had to wait for eight hours before rescuers arrived to take them home. But the ship's crew had to remain on board and wait until the tide came back and they were then able to get the ship free under its own steam.
May 9 Carnival Spirit
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Australian reports a major search has been launched off the New South Wales coast for a young couple missing overboard from a cruise ship. The alert was issued after the cruise ship Carnival Spirit docked in Sydney today after a 10-day Pacific voyage. Authorities were unable to find a 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, who had been travelling with family and friends. NSW Police Marine Area Commander Mark Hutchings said CCTV images from the ship indicated the pair went overboard from a deck about halfway up the ship's side about 8.50pm last night. He said it was too early to say whether they jumped or fell overboard, although it is understood their disappearance is not regarded as suspicious. He said no one among the 2680 people on the cruise ship was known to have witnessed the incident. Police say the marine search stretches from Sydney Harbour to Newcastle. Police and Australian Search and Rescue have pinpointed a search area about 60 nautical miles east of Forster on the state's mid-north coast. Two pax overboard
May 9 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports 101 of 1963 passengers (5.15%) and 14 of 935 crew (1.50%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. CDC Vessel Sanitation Program officers are monitoring the outbreak and providing support to both the ship and the cruise line. Specimens will be sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship is on a 16 day cruise ending in Seward on May 10. UPDATE May 11: 123 of 1963 passengers (6.28%) and 16 of 935 crew (1.71%) May 14: Seward Daily News reports the numbers are 164 of 1973 passengers and 30 of 935 crew. Illness
May 8 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: The ship had a 1 hour delayed arrival to Falmouth, Jamaica due to the ship rescuing 2 people in the early hours who had been stranded at sea for 3 days. Delay
May 8 Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Cruise Line
I normally don't report on medical evacuations, but this account from a passengerseemed worth sharing: We were on the May 3-6 cruise to the Bahamas and a few hours after we left Miami we had to turn around and go back because a male passenger was trying to jump from an upper deck into the pool and hit his head on the side of the pool. Witnesses said he had blood pouring out of his nose and ears and the pool was shut down. His injuries were so serious that we immediately went back to port and he was transported by ambulance to the hospital.Another passenger writes:At 7:00pm a passenger climbed over the handrail surrounding the basketball court to jump into the pool. I was eating in a restaurant behind the pool when an eye witness ran in yelling, "call 911 a guy is dead, stop the boat." Shortly after a code alpha was called over the speaker and then the captain announced that due to a medical emergency the ship was returning to Miami. After the individual was taken off the ship, it continued its route and didn't effect the rest of the cruise. Dumb passenger tricks / delay
May 7 Ship-unknown of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports on an interesting blog article by a thirty-three year old woman who sailed aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship out of Tampa with her long time boyfriend. Around 2:00 AM one night, she craved a cigarette and proceeded to an upper deck to smoke and look at the stars. She encountered a naked man masturbating. He stalked her. She ran from the deck terrified. She immediately told crew members involved in cleaning a lower deck what happened. She then proceeded to the deck four service desk and made an official report of what happened. The article is about the indifferent, casual and almost bemused response of the cruise line to her ordeal. The comments to her frightening personal experience are revealing. Some comments seem to be from crew members accusing her of being hysterical and essentially telling her to "get over it." Scary behaviour / stalking
May 7 Discovery
Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Liverpool Daily Post reports the ship, due to depart from Liverpool today, had to be brought in for a deep clean after passengers became ill. It was on a round Great Britain cruise last week, when several couples were struck down by a stomach bug resulting in the Port Health Authority being called in.The ship was expected to embark for a Norwegian cruise at 6.30pm, but that has been delayed until 10.30pm while a deep clean is carried out. The delay will mean a slight adjustment to the itinerary so we will be missing the Shetland ponies at Lerwick but will be going to Kirkwall. Illness / Delay / Itinerary change
May 6 Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Cruise Lines
USA Today reports the ship (previously Carnival Destiny) which set sail today for the first time since a two-and-a-half month, $155 million overhaul in dry dock, is experiencing problems with some cabins as well as the closure of elements of its top decks because of unfinished work, according to passengers on the vessel. A spokeswoman for Carnival says the ship's new WaterWorks water park and SportsSquare recreational area are "still undergoing final finishing work," and the ship's main Lido pool is closed due to "technical issues." The overhaul of the 17-year-old ship included the addition of a partial deck and the expansion of two other decks. The makeover brought the ship 182 new cabins as well as new eateries, lounges and deck-top amusements. Various problems
May 6 Crystal Symphony
Crystal Cruises
The CDC reports 125 of 816 passengers (15.31%) and 22 of 571 crew (3.85%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship on arrival in Los Angeles on May61, 2013 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on an 8 day cruise. Illness
May 2 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
Citing Cruise Critic, Cruise Law News reports there was a fire aboard the ship last night. Comments indicate that there was a great deal of smoke but the fire was extinguished without injury to passengers or crew. There is conflicting information regarding exactly where the fire occurred. There is a mention of the fire being on deck 9, although the heading to the comments refers to what is described as an "engine room fire. (See Cruise Critic) Fire
May 2 Volendam
Holland America Line
CBC reports passengers getting off a cruise from Asia to Vancouver this morning say they had to deal with an outbreak of norovirus during the month-long voyage. Passenger Jim Ball told CBC News that during the 31-day cruise, pools and hot tubs were drained, and shared books kept off limits as the crew tried to contain the norovirus outbreak. "They're right behind you with a soapy rag, cleaning up the table," said Ball. Holland America cruise line reported 28 guests and one crew member — 2.37 per cent of the 1,222 people on board — were sick over the course of the sailing, which included stops in Alaska. The ship has a maximum capacity of 1,432 passengers and 647 crew. At three per cent, Health Canada could launch a full investigation. But passenger Faye Richards said the problem appeared worse to those onboard. "It had to be quite high, because it seemed like you would never sit at a table at dinner without someone having had it," said Faye. After the passengers disembarked, the decks were scrubbed and the ship was fully sanitized. It departed on a week-long cruise to Alaska at 5 p.m. Illness
May 2 Veendam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports 60 of 1237 passengers (4.85%) and 10 of 574 crew (1.74%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship on arrival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 1, 2013 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 21 day cruise. Illness
May 1 Yorktown
Great Lakes Cruise Company
The Vessel Sanitation Program reports the ship failed its sanitation inspection on April 25 with a score of 69. Failed health inspection
April 28 Costa Favolosa
Costa Cruises
Times of Malta reports nearly 4,000 cruise passengers were forced to abort their day trip to Malta yesterday morning after strong winds buffeting the Grand Harbour forced the Costa Favolosa to head to Catania. The cruise liner’s captain Giulio Valestra decided not to risk the safety of passengers and crew and headed to the Sicilian coast after spending 45 minutes outside the Grand Harbour’s breakwater. Passengers aboard the liner spent another day of cruising before the Costa Favolosa docked at Catania at about 4pm yesterday. According to Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperation chief pilot Jesmond Mifsud, the redirection to another port was not common. Orange Travel Group, the sales agents for Costa, made arrangements to charter an aircraft to transport the 150 passengers who were due to disembark in Malta. They arrived last night. Arrangements were also made to fly out the passengers waiting to board the liner from Malta to Catania Airport, where coaches stood by to ferry them to the port. It will be heading to Naples today. Itinerary change
April 25 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
Palm Beach Post reports a Bahamas woman is facing federal drug charges today after border patrol authorities at the Port of Palm Beach found cocaine in her luggage. Mechelle Tondeleah Clarke, who is in her mid-20s, last week traveled on the Celebration Cruise Line from the Bahamas to the port located in Riviera Beach. After arriving April 20, Clarke handed over her suitcase to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for inspection. Inside a “secret compartment” in the luggage was a package of cocaine, according to a federal criminal complaint filed Monday. The package of cocaine was wrapped in a type of gift wrap, authorities described. The cocaine weighed about 2.25 kilograms. Clarke allegedly told authorities that she was given the package by someone in the Bahamas. That person, whose name was not in the criminal complaint, offered her between $2,000 and $3,000 for transporting the package to an address in West Palm Beach. Authorities didn’t release that address. Clarke allegedly said that while she knew the package contained drugs, she didn’t know what type of drug and she didn’t know how much of the drug was inside. She faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine Drug bust
April 24 Nile Festival Egyptian Riverboat Al-Ahram reports a Nile cruise ship went up in flames near the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan on Wednesday. There were no casualties reported among the 84 guests and 79 crew on board. The floating hotel run by a UK based company, was stationed at Edfu near Aswan when a short-circuit in the ship's kitchens sparked the fire. The tourists were visiting the temple of the ancient Egyptian site of Edfu when the fire occurred, and were relocated to nearby cruise ships, according to Al-Ahram, which also reported that there were no injuries or casualties among the 79 crew members. Firefighters managed to save the belongings of the guests before the fire reached their rooms. Fire
April 23 SuperStar Gemini
Star Cruises
English East Day reports the ship was towed into Shanghai Wusong Port about 1am yesterday after its propellers became entangled in fishing nets, causing the ship to lose power. All its passengers and crew were safe. The SuperStar Gemini, headed for South Korea, got stuck at the mouth of the Yangtze River on Saturday. Power loss
April 23 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports 183 of 2849 passengers (6.42%) and 2 of 1188 crew (0.18%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program enviro the ship nmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship on arrival in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 26, 2013 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on an eighteen day cruise. Illness
April 23 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
Sun Sentinel reports a 27-year-old cruise ship crew member was arrested as he disembarked the ship on Saturday. Huanhuan Shen -- a Chinese national -- was accused of stealing cash from two of his co-workers, the arrest report stated. Shen went into a cabin, found a key, opened a safe, and took $4,600 belonging to crew mate Yang Zhang. Moments later, Shen opened another safe and took $3,300 from cabin-mate Zhibao Dong before placing the safe keys back in the drawers where he found them, the report stated. Surveillance video aboard the ship showed Shen in the cabin area just before the robberies. Records also showed his electronic access card was used to enter the cabin that he shared with Zhang and Dong. Theft
April 18 Unnamed 7 News Belize reports 74 year-old American Douglas McCleary, a Christian Minister residing in Washington, had to pay just under a $1,000 today after he was busted with weed while on vacation. According to police, McCleary arrived this morning on one of the Cruise Ships and took a tour to Altun Ha. But before he could board the tendering boat back to ship, one of the tourism police searched him and found a pipe and 0.23 ounces of weed in his pockets. The officer became suspicious because he smelled the strong aroma of marijuana on McCleary. As a result, he was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug and possession of a pipe. He was arraigned this afternoon before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart, where he pleaded guilty explaining that he uses the marijuana for his prostate cancer. As a result, Magistrate Stuart sentenced him to pay fines to a total of $910, which he indicated that he would be able to pay. Police officers escorted him to the Belize Bank ATM where he claimed that he was able to withdraw the money to pay the bank. Drug bust
April 18 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Tampa Bay Times reports between 9 and 10 a.m., two dogs trained to detect explosives smelled something suspicious in a pallet of liquor bound for the ship, prompting an evacuation of the cruise's check-in terminal for several hours, sending hundreds of passengers back into the city, delaying the ship's departure, and locking down several nearby schools. But at the end of a four-hour search that involved a bomb robot, more law enforcement dogs and technicians in heavy bomb suits, authorities found nothing suspicious. About 3 p.m., the terminal was reopened, and the check-in process resumed. Bomb scare
April 18 Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Cruise Lines
11 Alive reports the ship has experienced a power failure at sea. The power outage occurred late Wednesday and only lasted for about 12 minutes, the line says in a statement sent to USA TODAY. The statement does not give a cause for the power loss, but Orlando's News 13 is reporting that it has been contacted by passengers on the ship who say there was an engine fire on board. The ship was sailing off the coast of Florida at the time of the incident. "All hotel services and propulsion were quickly restored," the Carnival statement says. The ship is heading back to its home port of Port Canaveral, Fla., where it had been scheduled to return early this morning after a five-day cruise that began on Saturday. The vessel is expected to arrive several hours late. Power loss
April 17 Multiple ships The Tribune in Bahamas reports cruise officials are concerned that crime levels in New Providence – in particular downtown Nassau – are escalating at a pace no longer safe for passengers, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday. While visitors have not yet been advised to remain on board ship, the Minister said they have been cautioned to take proper safety measures and be informed of previous instances of crimes against tourists. The concerns, he said, were raised last week in a meeting by several executives. His announcement also came just moments after Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade reported that the latest overall crime numbers were down. Speaking with The Tribune outside the Cabinet office, Mr Wilchcombe said the Ministry of Tourism has to now take a serious approach at ensuring that visitors are safe in the Bahamas. “They are concerned about (crime),” he said , “and they are very reluctant to advise in some instances because of what has happened in the past, particularly to the crew members. “They are telling them not to go out or only attend Senior Frogs. A lot of the young folks go there. At all times I think it is imperative for us as the host country to make sure that we have necessary security in place to protect the guests. Visitors beware
April 17 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
San Bernardino Sun reports five Indonesian nationals working on the ship disappeared earlier this month after disembarking at the Port of Los Angeles, officials said. The crew members failed to return to the ship on April 6 for the beginning of a weeklong cruise along the California and Mexican coast. Law enforcement officials were not able to find them during a search of the nearby area, Ruiz said. A spokeswoman for the company, confirmed the incident. Crew jump ship
April 16 Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Courthouse News reports on a case where a woman was kept under guard in her room for days after her daughter fell overboard and died, and wouldn't even let her go to the chapel to pray, the mother claims in court. Vera Marion claims the cruise line didn't even bother to turn the ship around to look for her 21-year-old daughter until 2 hours after she fell overboard. On the night of Sept. 16, 2012, only several hours into the voyage, twenty-one year-old A'riel Marion somehow fell overboard," the complaint states. Immediately after A'riel fell overboard, a passenger from the deck below the Marions' cabin reported to the ship's crew that something had fallen and hit her from above while she was out on her balcony. On information and belief, the passenger's '911' call on the ship's internal phone system was made at approximately 9:30 p.m. EST." Sometime after he daughter fell, "three crew members approached her, took hold of her, and physically escorted her from the casino to question her about the whereabouts of her daughter," the complaint states. "Upon being informed by the crew members that her daughter may be missing, Vera Marion tried to leave to go find her, but the crew members physically restrained her and prevented her from leaving. "After having been detained for some time in this manner, a high-ranking crew member in her presence made an announcement over the ship's radio that there was a person overboard. "Notwithstanding this knowledge, the ship did not stop or begin to turn around in a timely or appropriate fashion to attempt to search for and rescue A'riel Marion for approxiately two hours. "For the remainder of the cruise, crew members did not permit Vera Marion to leave the cabin or travel anywhere about the ship without the presence of security. They did not permit her to receive guests or messages that her associates had apparently left her or to contact them. They did not even allow her to go to the chapel on board the ship to pray for her daughter's well-being." The crew forced her to leave her cabin door unlocked, and "as a result, male crew members walked in on Vera Marion unannounced while she was undressed, on several occasions," she adds. Marion, who also has two sons, says that despite her pleas, "Royal Caribbean made public that a twenty-one year-old woman from Bartlett, Tennessee went overboard.  "Vera Marion's boys learned of this news from home and attempted unsuccessfully to contact their mother to ask if it was A'riel who went overboard. Lawsuit for being detained
April 15 Carnival Cruise Lines Bowing to negative publicity and considerable pressure from members of Congress, Carnival Corporation said Monday that it would repay the federal government an unspecified amount for responding to accidents on its Triumph and Splendor cruise ships, which left thousands of passengers stranded at sea. Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line company, said that the payments were being made voluntarily and that no government agency had requested them. But Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of West Virginia, was highly critical last week of Carnival’s indirect responses to his inquiries about its willingness to pay. Mr. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, estimated the Coast Guard’s costs in dealing with the crippled Triumph this year at nearly $780,000. The 2010 engine fire that left the Splendor adrift, he said, cost the Coast Guard and Navy about $3.4 million. (See Associated Press) Reimburse US government
April 14 Costa Fortuna
Costa Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a newspaper in Italy is reporting that six and one-half years before the Costa Concordia disaster, another Costa cruise ship ruptured its hull during a "sail-by" maneuver off the coast of Capri. Libero Quotidiano reports that in June 2005, the Costa Fortuna was sailing by the island of Capri off the western side of Italy.  The Fortuna, owned by Carnival and operated by Costa Crociere (Costa), had 3,500 passengers and crew members aboard.  According to the newspaper, the ship cruised into shallow water during what is called a "sail-by" or "salute" to entertain the quests.  Just like the Concordia, the Fortuna's hull was ruptured by rocks in the shallow waters and the cruise ship began to take on water. The Italian newspaper writes that the Master and officers of the Fortuna did not report the incident to the Italian Coast Guard or any maritime or port officials. The officers then ordered the use of pumps at maximum effort to keep the water from sinking the ship. The Fortuna was able to make it to the port of Palermo in Southern Italy. Once back in port, Costa had the hole repaired and then continued the cruise the following morning with all of the passengers. The only thing reported by Costa was that there had been an abnormal rise in the temperature of an engine. After making this false report, Costa "buried" the incident. The incident came to light as part of the investigation into Costa following the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster. One of the photographers who worked in 2005 on Fortuna reported the incident to the Master of Palermo. His story has been verified.  Investigators said that there is "numerous and insurmountable" evidence to support the photographer's account. The incident was a "real critical situation," and it was only favorable weather conditions that avoided a disaster.  Another Italian newspaper, La Nazione, covered this story and has additional information.  The reference to the 2005 incident is contained in a 700 page report about the Costa Concordia which focused on prior "sail bys."  On page 619 of the report, there is a reference to the Costa Fortuna cruising 300 meters from the coast near Sorrento when it hit a shoal and began to take on water, "just before a greeting to the island of Capri." The impact caused a gash in the hull "deep and ten meters long."  Passengers were disembarked from the ship in dry dock where the ship was repaired during the night by Fincantieri workers and set off on the morning of June 15 2005. The Master, Giuseppe Russo, did not report the incident, and the ship officers falsely stated that while cruising from Naples to Palermo there had been an unexpected rise of temperature. La Nazione explains that there was never any indication of the incident to the maritime authorities until January 18 2012, when the wave of emotion caused by the sinking of Concordia and of the 32 victims, caused one of two Costa Fortuna photographers, Roberto Cappello, to come forward. This story was first reported last year by the U.K. press. The Sun reported that Fortuna ship photographer Cappello was on board the ship when he felt and heard a "loud bang" during the "sail by." The ship then rolled from left to right. Cappello later photographed damage to the cruise ship’s keel and broken propeller blade. However, Costa demanded and confiscated his photographs. Costa later claimed that the ship had "struck a whale." Holed in "sail-by"?
April 14 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
Fox News reports officials on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia say masked gunmen have held up a tour bus, robbing about 50 sightseers from a cruise ship. No one was hurt. Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus tells local broadcaster DBS TV that the Friday robbery of cruise passengers on a shore excursion in Soufriere was an "unfortunate and a horrible scenario." No further details have been released have been released by the government or the cruise line. UPDATE: Associated Press reports police have arrested one of four suspects being sought for the armed robbery. Four masked men armed with homemade shotguns and pistols held up the passengers as they toured a botanical garden Friday in the scenic southwestern tourist town of Soufriere. A police statement said the arrested man would be charged soon. Police alleged he has confessed to his role in the crime in a written statement. When he was detained, the suspect had $105 in U.S. currency, which detectives believe was money stolen from the tourists, the police statement said. Two other possible suspects were being questioned but it was unclear if authorities planned to arrest them. Detectives say the cruise ship tourists were robbed of money, jewelry, cameras and cellphones and the gunmen escaped through the botanical garden's borders of foliage. Robbery on shore excursion
April 14 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
From a passenger: While aboard April 3, 2013 I became ill enough to report to the medical center by April 5th, where I was diagnosed as suffering from AGE. I was provided intravenous treatment, then isolated in my cabin until the evening of April 8th. The room service of bland hospital food was cheerfully provided, I had a 500 page book to read, so my sea view recovery room was quite pleasant. The treatment was complimentary, and provided by the nicest medical staff one could ever meet. On April 9th I received a letter of apology offering a future cruise credit prorated amount for my inconvenience. Also all the missed excursions pre-payments were quickly refunded. From what I could tell, only a handful of passengers and crew had any medical issues. As an 81 year old 36 time cruiser, this was the first time ever for such an experience, and Celebrity treated me so kindly that I'm delighted to pass on this event information to you. As a long time reader of Events at Sea, I do follow everything to do with the cruise industry. Now I know first hand what an event is really like. This cruise also stopped dead in the South China Sea for three hours to attempt to correct their propulsion problem. It was actually a delightful pause in a calm sea on a warm and foggy windless afternoon. Propulsion problems / handling of illness
April 13 Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports a passenger was kicked off the ship for rowdy behavior that included throwing items overboard while the ship sailed in the south Pacific. The 29-year-old passenger from Australia was seen throwing two metal stanchions (the poles used to hold queuing line ropes up) overboard from deck nine April 5. He also tried to throw a chair overboard, but was unsuccessful. "Because this guest violated our Guest Conduct Policy, a decision was made to disembark him the following day in Noumea, New Caledonia, the next port of call. Passengers removed from a Royal Caribbean ship for violating the conduct policy are responsible for paying their own accommodations and transportation home. The ship was near the beginning of an eight-night South Pacific cruise at the time of the incident. Noumea was the first port of call of the sailing. Passenger expelled
April 13 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
Click2Houston reports as soon as Sonya Flye set sail on the Crown Princess, she quickly learned this would not be the care-free vacation she was longing for. Officials with the cruise line said a blockage within the vacuum toilet system affected 410 staterooms in the aft part of the ship. Some passengers could not use the toilets in their rooms for portions of the trip. "It was quite an inconvenience," said Fonda Boyd. "If you had to get up in the middle of the night or even during the day, you had to go somewhere else to use the restroom." During that time, public restrooms were available to passengers in the affected rooms while the problem was fixed. "You had to go to the public restrooms and that would entail taking an elevator and walking a bit," said Boyd. Sewage problems
April 12 Isis (Eyptian riverboat) Global Post reports Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency said Monday that a cruise ship named "Isis" had leaked oil into the Nile, and resulted in an area of oil slick near Lake Nasser, located by the High Dam in Aswan governorate.
Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Khaled Fahmy, ordered to survey the area, to contain and remove the spilled diesel, and to make sure there is no more oil leakage. Two marine units are working in the lake, equipped with
ambulances and fire extinguishers, a representative of the armed forces told MENA. Much of the spilled oil evaporated due to high temperature, researchers said. The working groups and marine units used sponges to absorb the rest of it. The Environmental Affairs Agency recommended to take legal measures against the cruise ship.
Oil spill
April 10 Carnival Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports the ship failed its health inspection, earning a score of 84. In a detailed report, compiled after the February 21 surprise inspection of Carnival Fascination and posted online this week, CDC inspectors documented several problems with food areas. Among the violations: exposed food items on the top shelf of a buffet area were not protected by a sneeze guard; a pulper in a food preparation room was heavily soiled with food waste; the drain below a juice dispenser in the room service prep room was inaccessible for cleaning and when opened was found to be dirty with several small flies and a roach nymph near the drain. Inspectors also found one instance of a crewmember who reported for a partial day of work after the onset of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) symptoms. Additional violations were cited for several instances of corroded equipment, loose piping in the galley and missing and/or cracked tiles. Failed health inspection
April 10 Costa Concordia
Costa Cruises
Reuters reports Costa Cruises, the unit of Carnival Corp that owned and operated the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia, has accepted a 1 million-euro (855 thousand pounds) fine to settle potential criminal charges concerning last year's deadly accident off the coast of Italy, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. The settlement means Costa will not face a criminal trial and ends its potential liability with the state of Italy, but not private lawsuits brought by passengers or crew. Fine
April 9 Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Critic reports an electrical issue is adversely affecting the ship's propulsion. The ship, currently on a Singapore-to-Hong Kong cruise, will be making some itinerary changes as it is forced to sail at a reduced speed until the problem is resolved. The ship was originally scheduled to call in Hanoi (Halong Bay) on Tuesday, April 9, and finish the cruise in Hong Kong on April 11. Instead, the ship will spend both Tuesday and Wednesday at sea in order to arrive in Hong Kong as scheduled. Onboard engineers are currently working to fix the problem, and no modifications have been made to the next sailing. Celebrity will provide each passenger with an onboard credit (determined by cabin category) "as a gesture of goodwill, and to thank guests for their understanding." Any unused credit at the end of the cruise will be refunded to the passengers. The ship departed Singapore on March 31 for an 11-night Asia cruise. Propulsion problems
April 8 Unknown Sun-Sentinel reports on a cruise passenger who swallowed 2 pounds and 2 ounces of cocaine-filled pellets during a stop in Jamaica. The 65 year old man was found lying in a driveway on Christmas Eve and rushed to an emergency room for surgery after one of the 87 or so pellets ruptured. Federal authorities arrested him on a drug conspiracy charge this month. Investigators said he gulped down the pellets on Dec. 17 during a six-day cruise that visited Jamaica and Grand Cayman before returning to Miami. Drug bust
April 8 Multiple Turks and Caicos News reports the ports will reopen today after being closed since early-March. The port was closed because of health outbreaks linked to the port, however the exact source of the illnesses have not been determined. The cruise terminal is owned and operated by Carnival Corporation. Port reopens
April 8 Carnival Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Orlando Sentinel reports a man convicted of participating in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl while onboard the ship was sentenced in Orlando federal court Monday to 20 years in prison followed by 15 years probation. He was convicted in December of raping the teen in a cabin during an August cruise. According to federal authorities, the man and his wife were on a cruise that left Port Canaveral and were given a second cabin after complaining about a noise issue with the first. Cruise staff allowed them to keep both cabins. The teenage victim told FBI agents she and another friend, also 15, went to one of the cabins with several boys. Once in the cabin, authorities said, the man and the boys held the girl down and took turns having sex with her. The boys have not been charged. Man sentenced for gang rape of teen
April 8 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
Courthouse News Service reports on a lawsuit brought after Carnival Cruise Lines got her so drunk that she fell overboard.E yewitnesses reported it, the captain refused to turn around the ship for 90 minutes, and then refused to airlift her to hospital to treat her fractured bones, a woman claims in court. Sarah Alexandra Badley Kirby says she was a paying passenger on the Carnival Destiny, which she describes as "a floating dram shop," for a cruise from Miami to Jamaica. With her on Oct. 21, 2012, were her fiancé and her friend Rebecca. She claims a bartender at one of the ship's bars got her smashed on Long Island iced teas, which he "kept pushing on the plaintiff. Moreover, to encourage the plaintiff and her companions to buy more Long Island iced teas, the Carnival bartender offered them free $5 coupons for the ship's casino. The more drinks they purchased, the more free coupons the Carnival bartender offered the plaintiff and her companions," the complaint states. Kirby says she became "extremely intoxicated," then "returned to her cabin with her friend Rebecca." The complaint continues: "At approximately 12:10 am, the plaintiff stepped out to the cabin balcony to get some air. As she was holding on to the balcony's wooden banister, the plaintiff lost her grip and balance, slipped off the ground and fell overboard into the ocean. As she fell from the balcony, which was seven stories high (approximately 100 feet), the plaintiff fell onto a life raft, and after hitting the life raft, fell 5 more stories into the water. As a result, plaintiff suffered severe injuries, including: fractured orbital bones, lung contusions, hypothermia, fractured ribs, dissection of the carotid artery, heart arrhythmia, broken optical shelves, blood clots in her eyes, arms, and legs, as well as extreme hematomas all over her body. The plaintiff fell in the water without a life jacket or a life preserver. After a few minutes, the cruise ship speed away, until it disappeared in the horizon, leaving the plaintiff alone in the middle of the ocean." Kirby says she swam to exhaustion, then floated face-up, swallowing and coughing up water from the waves that "would crash into her face." She "believed that her death was imminent," from drowning or sharks. "Rebecca, the plaintiff's friend, immediately noticed that the plaintiff had fallen overboard," the complaint states. "Moreover, people in different parts of the ship either saw and/or heard the plaintiff fall into the ocean. "Both Rebecca and the other passengers who witnessed the fall, immediately notified several Carnival staff members that the plaintiff had fallen overboard. Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé repeatedly demanded the cruise ship staff to stop the ship. Their request, however, was summarily denied. Instead, the cruise ship staff explained that they were not going to stop the vessel, until they first searched the ship. The cruise ship staff also explained that they were 'following standard procedure.' "Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé were then escorted to the Captain's quarters and/or offices. There, over the next 90 minutes (while the ship was still moving) they were questioned by the ship's security staff and the ship's officers regarding the incident. Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé repeated their story several times, and again demanded several times that the ship be stopped immediately. Once again, however, their request was denied, and the ship's officers insisted they were not going to stop the vessel until they first searched the ship. "At approximately 1:45 a.m., while the ship was still moving (and the plaintiff had been in the water for over one hour and thirty minutes), the ship's officers notified all passengers via intercom that they were going to turn around the ship to find the plaintiff." The crew found her after she had spent nearly two hours in the ocean. But "rather than treating her severe injuries, the Carnival doctors' treatment of the plaintiff was primarily limited to giving her pain medication," Kirby says. She claims Carnival refused to airlift her to a hospital, but diverted the cruise to Key West, where "doctors explained that they did not have the equipment to handle the severe trauma that plaintiff had suffered. They also stated that the plaintiff should have been air evacuated from the cruise ship directly to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami." Kirby says she began receiving medical treatment 16 hours after she fell off the boat and was in the hospital for three weeks. Kirby seeks punitive damages for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Lawsuit
April 5 Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Cruises
The Royal Gazette reports an American cruise ship passenger who attempted to smuggle $369,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda has been jailed for 12 years. Jane Carmichael, 52, from Hazelhurst, Georgia, had strapped the drugs to her body inside a girdle. When authorities accompanied by sniffer dogs apprehended the grandmother on board the Celebrity Summit liner at Royal Naval Dockyard in May 2012, she immediately told them that she was carrying the drugs. The drugs mule later said she had been asked by a ship cleaner to deliver the four packages to a bar in Hamilton. The packages contained 3,452 grammes of cocaine. At a sentencing hearing in Supreme Court yesterday, prosecutor Nicole Smith called for Carmichael to be jailed for up to 18 years. She pointed out that Carmichael had failed to cooperate with police in tracking down the dealers who had set her up. “The only mitigating circumstances are that she entered an early plea of guilty and the defendant has no previous convictions in this jurisdiction,” Ms Smith told Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves. "But she did not provide any assistance with the identification of her co-conspirators.” Drug sentencing
April 3 Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
KTRK reports a man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy aboard a cruise ship remains in federal custody Wednesday. Todd Nordahl, of Arizona, was arrested when the ship, returning from a seven-night sail, docked in Galveston on Sunday. The case arose after a Royal Caribbean security officer contacted the FBI, reporting allegations made by a 15-year-old boy on board while in international waters. According to the Daily Mail, Nordahl allegedly plied the 15-year-old boy with alcohol after inviting him to his cabin and then molested him.
Sexual assault of minor
April 3 Celebrity Century
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Critic reports the ship earned a score of 78 in its most recent sanitation inspection. Crewmembers working while ill, food not discarded after spending too much time outside the fridge, and contaminated food debris all contributed to Century's failure. The CDC's surprise ship cleanliness exam is conducted twice a year, with an 86 considered passing. In a detailed report, compiled after the February 8 surprise inspection of Celebrity Century and posted online this week, CDC inspectors documented several instances of crewmembers sick with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) continuing to work. At least two food workers were included in the list: a cook who worked almost an hour before reporting to the medical center and a cook who worked a little more than two hours after the onset of his symptoms. An ill hair stylist also put in a full day of work before reporting to the medical center. Finally, a sick gift shop attendant worked before reporting to the medical center and then continued to work while he was supposedly in isolation. The report recommended that employees with AGE symptoms be restricted from work and should report to the medical center as soon as the first symptoms appear. Inspectors also found that crewmembers routinely did not follow the time control plans determining how long food can remain out for before it must be either stored at correct temperatures or discarded. The report also found that the toilet facility intended for use by galley personnel was locked when the galley was in service, and, when opened by inspectors, it had no supply of toilet paper. Additional violations were cited for large pieces of food debris found inside the wash, rinse and final rinse tanks of the dishwasher; dishwashing machines being run despite the temperature being too low and being told by an inspector to stop; and at least one incident of clean plates being stored under a soiled drop-off counter full of soiled dishes and covered in liquid waste. Failed health inspection
April 3 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
WKRG reports the ship has broken loose from the port and has drifted across the river. Tow boats are on the scene working to move the ship back to BAE Ship Systems where it was undergoing repairs. The ship has sustained some damage. There is a hole on the right side of the stern. Triumph has been in Mobile for almost 2 months. It was towed to Mobile on Valentine's Day after an engine-room fire knocked out power. It has been undergoing repairs at BAE Ship Systems since then. NOTE: There is a suggestion on a blog that the ship is heavier than the dock is designed for.... WVTM has also reported on this ixsncident. Broke loose - damage
April 1 Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports 101 of 2086 passengers (4.84%) and 17 of 927 crew (2.05%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on arrival in Fort Lauderdale on April 1, 2013 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a fifteen day cruise. NOTE: This was listed on the CDC site on April 6, but was removed on April 7 -- Mistake or coverup?? FYI.... And then more than 12 hours later, after being mentioned on cruiselawnews it reappeared. Illness
March 31 Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: I just returned from a cruise ... I thought I would share what I got from other passengers and crew members. 3/27 - another passenger asked me if I had received a notice about Chicken Pox. Apparently, a select number of cabins in a certain area of the ship received a notice in their cabins informing them that 2 children in a cabin nearby had Chicken Pox. 3/28 – a passenger told me he was informed by multiple crew members that a “crew party” had gotten out of hand on the 27th and that 2 crew members had been fired. When I inquired of other crew members, none would confirm the firing, but did confirm the party and stated that a number of wait staff (>15) reported up to 20 minutes late for duty in the dining room. 3/29 – There was an issue in the main pool (reportedly caused by a child) that resulted in the pool being drained, scrubbed and refilled on the only sea day of the cruise. Took them 2.5 hours to complete the process.
March 31 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: It seems as though we had the same problem as other lines. We came back into Fort Lauderdale yesterday March 31st. Like others we were to disembark at 9:00am. We did not clear customs due to long lines and wait time til about 12:45pm. We sat on board and were told they were an hour and a half behind due to customs. When off the ship and picked up luggage, we stood in a line that looked like hundreds of passengers. We stood in the line for about 2 hours. It was the most ridiculous thing I ever saw. Finally got to my car in the parking garage at 1:10PM. And from another passenger: We were an early debarkation and left the ship at 7:15am with about 150? people ahead of us. we spent 40 minutes in line before we cleared at 8:15 and on the road by 8:30. We commented on how this would back up everyone as there were perhaps 250 people behind us as the line crawled. People were pulled from line if traveling with birth certificates. when it was our turn, supervisor came to our station and explained to our agent how to put birth certificate info in the computer and what had to be done to fill the page. May not just be sequestration but lack of training and just being unprepared [or just mad about it as they seemed just disinterested]. Stopped for gas and met a passenger who had been on Norweigan Pearl and had no trouble with customs – went right through. Such a wonderful cruise to end on a government induced down. Delayed debarkation
March 31 Carnival Freedom
Carnival Cruise Lines
News Channel 5 reports passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise ship were stuck onboard hours after they were scheduled to debark Sunday. The cruise ship docked at Pier 19 in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, but passengers weren't allowed to leave. One of the passengers onboard said they were supposed to check out around 8:30 Sunday morning, but they were still stuck on the ship by noon. According to a spokeswoman from Port Everglades, the sequester is to blame. She released the following statement: "The Customs and Immigration process for debarking guests has taken quite a bit longer than normal. It is our understanding that more than one cruise line at Port Everglades is experiencing similar circumstances. We do not anticipate any impact to the ship's itinerary for the next voyage which will depart later today. We regret the inconvenience our guests have experienced during today's debark and clearance process." UPDATE: Sun-Sentinel reports In a statement Monday, port officials acknowledged the lengthy delay for Freedom guests but said the incident was "isolated and outside the norm of current debarkation time frames," and not really due to sequestration. Delayed debarkation
March 30 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a passengers: We experienced a long delay leaving the ship. We were scheduled to leave the ship between 9:30 and 10am, but when we arrived at one of the designated departure waiting areas, we found out from a crew member that there were only 2 (yes, just two) customs officers assigned to clear the 6000+ people on Oasis of the Seas (which is insane). This crew member also told us that they were trying to call in more officers to clear people through customs. Announcements were made over the PA stating that because of recent government policies, we were going to experience longer than normal wait times getting off the boat (not an exact quote, just paraphrasing). So, basically the sequestration is screwing up the debarkation process. Once we got off the ship and into the terminal, things moved along at a decent pace. Most passengers seemed to be okay with the delay and were taking it in stride, but we talked to or overheard a few people who were worried about missing their flights. We ended up getting off the ship at around 11:45am. Delayed debarkation
March 30 Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line
Orlando Sentinel reports a 4-year-old boy was pulled from a pool and airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando on Saturday, authorities said. Brevard County and Disney rescue workers responded to the ship about 3:30 p.m. EDT for a potential drowning at the family pool, one of three pools onboard, officials said. The family had just boarded for a seven-day cruise to the western Caribbean. Port Canaveral police found the boy “in distress” at the pool. He was taken by ambulance to Cape Canaveral Hospital and later flown by medical helicopter to Orlando. He had a pulse at the time, but his condition was unknown late Saturday. Witnesses said on online Disney message boards that the child’s parents were not in the pool when the accident happened but ran over while emergency rescuers worked on him. “They both nearly collapsed,” one witness wrote. The parents and two other children left the ship in their bathing suits as they boy was being removed, witnesses said. There are no lifeguards on the ship, and signs at the pool indicate this. The cruise left port 45 minutes late at 5:45 p.m. UPDATE:The Orlando Sentinel reports the boy may face "extensive brain damage" but his parents, helped by their faith, remain optimistic their little "warrior" will continue to recover, according to several social-media sites. Near -drowning
March 28 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
Cruise Critic reports Princess Cruises began its anticipated crackdown of contraband alcohol March 27 as passengers boarded Golden Princess for a 10-night Hawaii sailing. Smuggled alcohol was disposed of as it was found. Cruise Critic was first alerted to the extent of the crackdown by community member Antsp, who posted immediately after boarding Golden Princess. "Just boarded the Golden. Any alcohol in your luggage is now being removed and destroyed. It just happened to me. Major arguments going on down on deck 4. The new alcohol policy is now in full force. Be warned." In later posts, he detailed finding a yellow tag on his cabin door telling him where to go to get his bags. Once he showed up he was told to open his bags in front of crew and asked to remove a bottle of vodka and a bottle of Champagne. Crew then placed the bottles in a large grey bin. The empty vodka bottle was returned to him later that day. Princess Cruises' vice president of public relations Julie Benson confirmed the line began implementing the new alcohol policy on Golden Princess but said passengers took it in stride. The line's manager of beverage operations was in attendance during embarkation to oversee the implementation. "He said it went very smoothly and while there may have been a few small grumblings, passengers were very cooperative and there certainly weren't major arguments that this post implies." Benson also contested antsp's allegation that Champagne was being confiscated. "Passengers are allowed one bottle of wine or champagne (champagne is NOT [Princess' emphasis] being confiscated as alleged) for free, and then they can bring on as many bottles of wine or champagne as they would like for a $15 per bottle corkage fee." Other alcohol is not allowed to be brought onboard and will be confiscated. It won't be returned because the logistics of storing the contraband, then returning it to passengers is too challenging, she added. Antsp insisted the Champagne was indeed taken and some posters pondered whether the fact that the Champagne was in checked luggage made a difference. Benson said no, the same rule applies to checked and hand-carried baggage. Changed alocohol policy
March 28 Minerva
Swan Hellenic
Travel the World with Suzie reports a tragic incident at the Salalah port was witnessed by several Rotterdam passengers. The beaches around the port were full of signs warning that the waters were very dangerous. A German man from another cruise ship, the Minerva, went swimming, was caught by a rip tide, and drown. Also, a couple from the Rotterdam hired a taxi for a set amount of money. When they returned, they claimed the driver asked for more than the original amount and the couple refused to pay the extra. The driver called the police. The couple were detained by the police. The ship’s staff intervened and the incident was resolved. I didn’t hear how… but surmise the couple paid the amount demanded by the driver. Pax drowns ashore / Dispute over taxi charge
March 28 I am often asked for cumulative data on events listed on my pages. In response to a media request I have compiled some numbers. Here they are: For 2012: Loss of power/adrift = 12; Collisions = 14; Propulsion problems = 5; Fire = 20; Technical/mechanical problems = 8; Material failure = 19; Maneuverability problems = 4; Engine/propulsion problems leading to cancelation = 4; Aground = 5; Sunk (all but 1, not major cruise lines) = 4. That's 97 incidents in one year. For 2013 (thus far): Collision = 1; Loss of power/adrift = 1; Propulsion problems = 8; Fire = 3; Technical/mechanical problems = 1; Material failure = 1; Environmental issue = 1; Maneuverability problems = 1; Aground = 3; Detained because of safety issues = 1. That's 21 incidents in less than 3 months.
March 27 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
From a reader: It appears the two ships canceled today's call to Grand Cayman presumably because of high winds. Three other ships made their port call: Disney Wonder, MSC Poeisa, Navigator of the Seas, and, Celebrity Silhouette. Missed port call
March 27 Multiple ships As already indicated previously, ships have been canceling calls to Turks and Caicos. It was announced today that the Carnival-owned port remains closed (see here). Earlier this week e-turbo news reported Carnival Corporation is telling local workers it will not reopen the port until the problem is resolved. However, local residents say they have long been aware of what is causing the virus and sickness epidemic on the deep water capital island. Approximately two years ago it was revealed that ground adjacent to the port was saturated
with sewage water. The problem, sources say, has continued and Grand Turk residents who work at the port continued to complain about the stench, which seems constant at one portion of the complex. They have reportedly complained to government but no action has been taken. This, it seems, is due to the arrangements made when the port deal was agreed to by the previous the Progressive National Party (PNP) administration. The port ownership remains in the hands of Carnival Cruise Lines.
Port closure
March 25 Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
ABC News reports the FBI is investigating a suspicious death on the ship based out of Baltimore. The ship returned to Baltimore Monday morning after a man found his 62-year-old wife dead in their cabin on Sunday. The FBI responded to the ship when it arrived back in Baltimore on Monday, March 25.  They said there are "suspicious undertones," surrounding the death. The cause of death is under investigation.  UPDATE: The cause of death is reportedly from natural causes -- an autopsy determined she suffered from heart disease.
Suspicious pax death
March 24 Coral Princess
Princess Cruises
A poster at Cruise Critic reports someone went overboard while we were out at sea (in the Carribean) and their body was later recovered. Around 2:00 - 2:30 Central time the Captain announced "Man overboard" and instructed the crew to their appropriate stations. The ship begain to slow down but of course it takes a long time to stop a ship this size. Sometime later we heard a page for a passenger. Then a bit later the Captain came on again to update us - he said that several passengers had witnessed someone going overboard. Then around 3:30 - 4:00 maybe (I may be off there) all passengers were ordered to their cabins so that they could check to be sure who was here. I later saw from my balcony a low flying prop plane (I think it was the US Coast Guard but I was looking into the sun and I'm not sure) circling a couple of times and more activity from the Princess rescue craft as we pretty much just stayed in one spot, occasionally rotating in place. Finally around 6:00 the Captain announced the sad news that the body had been recovered. One passenger said that they "heard" the person had been climbing on the rail, and while that is very believable, I have no idea if that is accurate or not. The person was traveling with at least one other person, and I can't imagine how they must be feeling right now. For those curious, the Captain announced we would be arriving at our next port of call (Grand Cayman) as scheduled. Passenger overboard
March 20 MSC Cruises Crew-Center reports two passengers arrived on Monday to Lisbon from Brazil from transatlantic voyage, were arrested in possession of seven kilograms of cocaine. Two tourists, with Argentinean  passports, boarded Santos, Brazil, and took the transatlantic cruise on a cruise ship to Lisbon in possession of the narcotic product. Early in the morning, the two men were leaving the luxury liner, owned by MSC Cruises, from the cruise terminal Santa Apolonia, as if they were normal tourists to make a visit to the Portuguese capital. However, outside the cruise ship the two men, who were around  40 years old, were surprised by the Customs Authorities , aided by the Maritime Police and arested. In the beginning, they were surprised at the approach of the authorities, but then subject to a search, it was detect the possession of about seven kilograms of cocaine properly wrapped packages that men carrying two backpacks. Drug bust
March 21 Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Insurance Journal reports the ship, which is in dry dock being refurbished and renamed after sailing as Carnival Destiny, has canceled its first two Europe cruises. It will return to service on May 5. The cruise line is making significant investments to enhance its backup systems and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power, and further improve each ship’s fire prevention, detection and suppression systems. Cruise cancelations
March 21 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
Various media report the ship, which was crippled by an engine fire in the Gulf of Mexico last month leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days, will be out of service longer than initially expected, Carnival Cruise Lines announced. The ship is now set to return to service June 3, meaning an additional 10 cruises from Galveston, Texas, will be canceled. Guests on the affected voyages will receive a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 percent discount on a future four- to five-day cruise. Additional cancelations
March 19

Polar Cruises

Statement from Oceanwide Expeditions: On the 12th of March at 1120 (Ushuaia time) that an incident occurred during a dive at Half Moon Island. The divers were passengers aboard the Plancius. Approximately two hours earlier, a female diver suddenly disappeared from view from the surface. A search began immediately, and the dive master and diving guide found her at 1015, unconscious and at a depth of five meters. Following her recovery from the water and after 85 minutes of CPR and medical attention by the ship's doctor, she was unfortunately pronounced dead at 1142. The passenger was a Japanese national, born in 1962. She had over 1,500 hours of diving experience including 50 dives in a drysuit. Oceanwide immediately informed all the authorities; i.e. the ship's flag state, Dutch authorities, Argentine Coast Guard in Ushuaia, the Japanese Embassy in Buenos Aires and IAATO. The staff and crew secured her diving equipment for later inspection, and made full statements. Their reports, along with medical reports and photographs, have been provided to all authorities. On Sunday, 17th of March, Oceanwide was informed that the Dutch authorities had requested that Argentina conduct a full investigation when the ship returns to Ushuaia the 20th of March, and will include interviews with the captain, dive master and some crew members. Oceanwide Expeditions and Oceanwide Marine Services, as well as the Plancius' officers, crew and onboard staff paid their respects to the deceased and have asked the Japanese Embassy , who is in contact with the husband of the deceased, to pass along their condolences. The cause of the fatal accident is unknown at this time, and all involved hope that the investigation by the Argentine authorities will provide some answers. Oceanwide Expeditions and Oceanwide Marine Services, the officers, crew and staff onboard are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.

Death on shore excursion (scuba diving)
March 18 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
As noted below (March 16th), the ship was one that skipped Grand Turk. The following was sent by a passenger: I debarked the Carnival Miracle on March 16th and just wanted to send an update regarding an event onboard. There was a Noro-virus outbreak onboard the Carnival Miracle. In discussing with the crew they confirmed at least 2% of the ship's population were in quarantine. We were one of the last ships to stop at Grand Turk before they canceled this port of call to all other cruise ships. Apparently the Margaritaville at Grand Turk was serving tainted frozen drinks which caused many passengers to get sick. When we left the ship in New York on March 16th the next sailing was delayed 3 hours while they decontaminated and sanitized the entire ship. Illness / Delayed departure
March 18 Adonia
P&O Cruises
ITV reports two British tourists have been shot in Barbados during a reported attempted robbery attempt as they made their way to the P&O cruise ship Adonia. BBC also has a report: The Foreign Office is investigating reports two Britons were shot during a robbery while on holiday in Barbados. The pair, believed to be a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s, were hit in Bridgetown during a stopover as part of a Caribbean cruise. P&O Cruises confirmed two of its passengers from the Adonia, which left Southampton on 8 January, were taken to hospital after an "incident". Local authorities are investigating, the cruise company added. The ship's staff and medical team are also providing support. "We are aware of an incident involving two British tourists in Bridgetown, Barbados," said a spokesman for the Foreign Office. "We are providing consular assistance. Adonia, which is currently on an 85-night world cruise, is due to arrive back in Southampton on 3 April. Two passengers shot onshore in robbery attempt
March 17 Seven Seas Voyager
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Cruise Law News reports a passenger is stating on Cruise Critic that the ship is experiencing propulsion problems: "We are trying to make our way to Shanghai and the ship has propulsion issues again. Our arrival is delayed 6 hours due to the propulsion issue and because we have missed high tide. We personally have lost 1 of our tours due to conflicting times, unfortunately it is one that was a big motivator for this trip. They have not mentioned to anyone on board that this is the 2nd time in the past couple of months the ship has had propulsion issues. Not too impressed with the situation. As well we are now missing 1 of our ports. Sounds vaguely similar to a couple of months ago on this ship." There is also a comment on Twitter by a person who apparently communicated with a family member on the Voyager: "Just talked to family onboard RSSC Voyager. 6 hrs late into Shanghai-propulsion problem. Skipping stop in Xiamen to get to HK." Propulsion problems / missed port
March 17 Ventura
P&O Cruises
Captain Greybeard at the Daily Mirror reports the ship returning from the Caribbean to the UK, is experiencing problems with its starboard propulsion motor and has had to replace a scheduled visit to Madeira next week with a brief stop at Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Ventura left Barbados on March 8 and called at Grenada, St Lucia, Antigua and Tortola before setting out across the Atlantic. It is due to arrive in Southampton on Friday March 22 and will then proceed to dry-dock in Bremerhaven, Germany, for a scheduled two-week refit. A P&O spokeswoman said that although the ship's speed was restricted by the propulsion problem, power and all other services are unaffected. "We are working with the manufacturers and shore support to rectify the issue," she added. Propulsion problems
March 16 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: While disembarking the ship in New Orleans this morning my husband and I were alarmed to see a cabin door directly across from our stateroom covered top to bottom in crim e scene caution tape. It was being guarded by what looked like port authority officers. The crew would not tell us what happened. If you find out what could have transpired please post. ?Mystery?
March 16 Multiple ships
Holland America Line
Cruise Critic reports Holland America Line has canceled calls on Grand Turk after a number of passengers fell ill last week, following calls on the port. A statement from the line says, although the link between sick passengers and the port has not been confirmed, an investigation is ongoing. Eurodam called on Grand Turk last week, but Westerdam skipped its planned visit. Calls on the March 16 Eurodam and March 17 Nieuw Amsterdam itineraries have been scrapped in favor of sea days, meaning the ships will arrive in San Juan, the next port of call, five hours ahead of schedule. There are also reports that Carnival Miracle and Ruby Princess has skipped port calls to Grand Turk. Skipped port calls
March 16 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
Tampa Bay Times reports the ship arrived on schedule today, however when the vessel heads out a few hours later as planned for another seven-day cruise, it will do so with a schedule change. Because of the propulsion issues, Costa Maya will replace a port of call at Grand Cayman to keep the ship on schedule, the cruise line said Saturday. Propulsion problems / Changed itinerary
March 15 Unknown Complex Media reports a Florida man stands accused of punching his girlfriend's father in the face after the couple was caught having sex in a bathroom aboard the vessel. The woman's father was reportedly tipped off about the bathroom lovin' by a crew member. When the angry man attempted to pull his daughter away from Martin, he was clocked in the face by his younger adversary. Martin had probably been wanting to do that for some time now. Onlookers helped restrain Martin, and the ship's captain applied zip ties to his wrists. Martin complained that they were too tight, promising the captain that he would behave if the ties were removed. The captain obliged, and Martiin immediately bit his hand once he was liberated. Never trust a grown man who still goes by "Bubba." Martin was seized my members of the crew until the ship reached the dock of Marco Island and eager police officers. "Bubba" was charged with disorderly intoxication and battery. Arrested for drunk and disorderly
March 14 Carnival Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
Chicago Tribune reports over the weekend last, the ship had to get a tugboat escort down the Mississippi River because of steering problems. Mechanical (steering) problems
March 14 Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
USA Today reports the ship's April 29 visit to Bermuda will not take place because the wharf the ship had been scheduled to use is undergoing repairs. Princess is the first cruise line to cancel a call in Bermuda since repair work began on the destination's Heritage Wharf. Earlier today, the Bermuda Sun reported that two other cruise ships scheduled to tie up at Heritage Wharf next month -- Oceania's 1.250-passenger Riviera and the 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia -- instead will anchor off shore because of the repair work, forcing passengers to tender from ship to shore. The Sun says the repair work also is causing a change to the scheduled arrival of the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor on April 18, and two visits from the 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn scheduled for early May could be affected if the work isn't completed by May 15. Canceled port call
March 14 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader:The ship is disabled and stuck in Costa Maya on March13, 2013. UPDATE: I spoke with them last night about how this might effect the itinerary because my daughter is on the ship. They told me they did not know anything about an alteration in the cruise schedule and would only tell me the ship was moving. I called the ship to try to speak with my daughter today and while I did not reach her, the ship officer confirmed to me that they were in Costa Maya and not Belize yesterday. Her boyfriend called Carnival this morning as well and they denied the ship was in Costa Maya and called it a rumor. I can understand a mechanical issue that needs to be addressed although this seems to be a big problem with this company. I cannot tolerate flat out lying and misinformation which they are providing about the Legend. Not sure how to approach this but thought this would be of interest to you. UPDATE: Daughter contacted her boyfriend. Currently they are moving. Not clear if they made it into port today. Scheduled to be in Grand Cayman tomorrow but the cruise line has told them there is bad weather and they may go to Belize instead. She says ship is moving much slower than first part of the week. The cruise line told boyfriend this AM that there was no confirmation that the Legend had been in Costa Maya and he should not be spreading rumors. UPDATE: The cruise line has now confirmed to CNN that the ship is having technical difficulties that are affecting its sailing speed. Because of the problems, Carnival said it had canceled a scheduled stop in Grand Cayman and the ship will make its trek back to it's scheduled ending destination in Tampa, Florida. Passengers say the Captain has said he can not guarantee they will arrive in Tampa on schedule.
Propulsion problems
March 14 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
CNN reports passengers contacted CNN, telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets, all while docked in port at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the eastern Caribbean. Carnival, in a statement, said the ship never lost power, "but there were periodic interruptions to elevators and toilets for a few hours last night. However, at this time all hotel systems are functioning normally and have been functional since approximately 12:30 a.m." The ship has full power, but remains at dock while personnel work on "the technical issue," the company said. The ship was on a seven-day cruise. It was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it was notified that the ship was experiencing generator issues. The vessel's emergency generator -- which powers propulsion for the ship -- has failed, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. Gregg Stark, who is traveling with his wife and two young children, told CNN, "There's human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they're overflowing -- and in the state rooms. The elevators have not been working. They've been turning them on and off, on and off." An announcement over the ship's public address system said the crew was trying to fix the problem and was working on the generators, according to Stark. A few hours later, another announcement was made, saying the problem was worse than originally believed. UPDATE:The Guardian reports a spokesman for the company said that the ship had a "technical issue", involving a malfunction of the ship's backup emergency diesel generator. Thousands of passengers, who were on the last leg of a seven-day cruise, would be compensated and flown home from St Maarten, it said. The ship has been forced to cancel the ship's next voyage, scheduled for 16 March, as engineers were still working on the generator. Generator problems - Stuck in port
March 13 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
On October 21, 2012, Carnival said a woman had jumped overboard. The matter is now before a court. Courthouse News reports got her so drunk she fell overboard, and eyewitnesses reported it, the captain refused to turn around the ship for 90 minutes, then refused to airlift her to hospital to treat her fractured bones, a woman claims in court. Sarah Alexandra Badley Kirby sued Carnival Corp. and four people, including two doctors, in Federal Court. She claims a bartender at one of the ship's bars got her smashed on Long Island iced teas, which he "kept pushing on the plaintiff." Kirby says she became "extremely intoxicated," then "returned to her cabin with her friend Rebecca." The complaint continues: "At approximately 12:10 am, the plaintiff stepped out to the cabin balcony to get some air. As she was holding on to the balcony's wooden banister, the plaintiff lost her grip and balance, slipped off the ground and fell overboard into the ocean. As she fell from the balcony, which was seven stories high (approximately 100 feet), the plaintiff fell onto a life raft, and after hitting the life raft, fell 5 more stories into the water. As a result, plaintiff suffered severe injuries, including: fractured orbital bones, lung contusions, hypothermia, fractured ribs, dissection of the carotid artery, heart arrhythmia, broken optical shelves, blood clots in her eyes, arms, and legs, as well as extreme hematomas all over her body. "The plaintiff fell in the water without a life jacket or a life preserver. After a few minutes, the cruise ship speed away, until it disappeared in the horizon, leaving the plaintiff alone in the middle of the ocean." Kirby says she swam to exhaustion, then floated face-up, swallowing and coughing up water from the waves that "would crash into her face." She "believed that her death was imminent," from drowning or sharks. "Rebecca, the plaintiff's friend, immediately noticed that the plaintiff had fallen overboard," the complaint states. "Moreover, people in different parts of the ship either saw and/or heard the plaintiff fall into the ocean. "Both Rebecca and the other passengers who witnessed the fall, immediately notified several Carnival staff members that the plaintiff had fallen overboard. Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé repeatedly demanded the cruise ship staff to stop the ship. Their request, however, was summarily denied. Instead, the cruise ship staff explained that they were not going to stop the vessel, until they first searched the ship. The cruise ship staff also explained that they were 'following standard procedure.' "Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé were then escorted to the Captain's quarters and/or offices. There, over the next 90 minutes (while the ship was still moving) they were questioned by the ship's security staff and the ship's officers regarding the incident. Rebecca and the plaintiff's fiancé repeated their story several times, and again demanded several times that the ship be stopped immediately. Once again, however, their request was denied, and the ship's officers insisted they were not going to stop the vessel until they first searched the ship. "At approximately 1:45 a.m., while the ship was still moving (and the plaintiff had been in the water for over one hour and thirty minutes), the ship's officers notified all passengers via intercom that they were going to turn around the ship to find the plaintiff." The crew found her after she had spent nearly two hours in the ocean. But "rather than treating her severe injuries, the Carnival doctors' treatment of the plaintiff was primarily limited to giving her pain medication," Kirby says. She claims Carnival refused to airlift her to a hospital, but diverted the cruise to Key West, where "doctors explained that they did not have the equipment to handle the severe trauma that plaintiff had suffered. They also stated that the plaintiff should have been air evacuated from the cruise ship directly to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami." Kirby says she began receiving medical treatment 16 hours after she fell off the boat and was in the hospital for three weeks. Lawsuit for fall overboard
March 13 Disney Cruise Line The Consumerist reports a passenger had dropped their 3-year-old son off at an on-ship childcare facility, where each youngster was fitted with an electronic wristband tracking system that should alert staff if the child wanders off and then help pinpoint the kid’s position on the ship. When he returned a bit later to pick his son up, he was nowhere to be found. The passenger went from room to room, but to no avail. He spoke to the day care staff and asked about the process of searching for a missing child. “He said the next step was to check the tracking band system, which would pinpoint my son’s location ... We walked over to the computer and as they pulled it up, everyone got very quiet. The screen showed my son’s band as ‘UNREADABLE’!!!.” The child was found an hour later. The Cruise Director asked what could be done to make up for the incident. The passengers wrote the Director a note requesting a refund. The Director promised them that someone from Disney’s corporate office would contact them, and shortly after returning from the cruise, a rep called. She said that Disney could not offer a refund, but could give the family a two-day Disney World park-pass with limited access. Read more at The Consumerist. Child misplaced on ship
March 12 Queen Elizabeth III
Cunard Line
KTLA reports after arriving at the Port of Los Angeles the QE3 is getting a thorough cleaning as a precaution. Prior to the ship’s arrival in Southern California, dozens of passengers were sickened by a virus during a 36-night South Pacific cruise. The cruise line said none of the 84 sick passengers (about 4% of the 1900 passengers) are showing symptoms anymore. Illness
March 12 Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises
Otago Daily Times reports when the ship left Port Chalmers about 7pm yesterday, it did so minus a male passenger. Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said police had been notified about the missing man, who had left items, including his passport, on board. The assumption is that the man disembarked and didn't return to the ship. Otago Daily Times reports the man was reunited with his vessel, and his gear, yesterday after it sailed from Port Chalmers without him. He rejoined the vessel before it departed Akaroa yesterday. Passenger missing ashore
March 10 Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises
The CDC reports 266 of 3129 passengers (8.50%) and 10 of 1189 crew (0.84%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. As this outbreak was only communicated to the Vessel Sanitation Program on 10 March, no on board response was conducted. The ship was on a seven day cruise. Illness
March 10 Marco Polo
Coastal and Maritime Voyages
Sea News no one was injured when the cruise ship Marco Polo aground just outside Sortland in Vesterålen. The ship had a leak in a ballast tank and is now docked where it is examined by divers. The cruise ship was on its way out from the dock with 1117 people on board when it touched the ground outside Sortland in Vesterålen. The grounding meant that there was a hole in a ballast tank.- There was a hole in a ballast tank, confirms rescue leader Oliver Delbekk at the rescue center northern Norway to the Northern Lights . Aground / Holed
March 8 Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Law News reports a 25 year old Filipino crew member died when the cruise ship was in Katakolo, Greece. The incident occurred early this morning when cruise passengers were preparing to disembark. A mooring line snapped while the crew member was standing on a mooring deck platform (at the level of deck 7). The crew member was violently struck by the recoiling rope. He was knocked overboard and into the water at the port. According to the news account, divers took several hours to retrieve the dead man's body in the murky water. The crew member was not fitted with either a harness or a life vest and he was not wearing a hard hat.
Crew member killed
March 8 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WPTV reports the ship returned to Port Everglades today after an outbreak of more than 100 cases of norovirus on board. "Vision of the Seas experienced an elevated number of persons with a gastrointestinal illness on its last sailing," Royal Caribbean International said in a statement. 105 of the 1,991 guests onboard the cruise and three of 772 crew members experienced the illness, officials said. Over-the-counter medication was administered onboard the ship. CDC reports the numbers were 118 of 1991 passengers (5.93%) and 3 of 765 crew (0.39%).
March 7 True North
North Star Cruising
Expedition Cruising reports passengers and crew have escaped unharmed after a luxury cruise vessel caught fire off Munster (Australia) this evening. The fire started while the boat was moored at about 5.15pm. Fire crews from Fremantle, Hope Valley, Murdoch and Success were called to the vessel after a report of a blaze on the third level. The passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the ship and the fire was contained within about 30 minutes. It is not known how many were on board the vessel or what caused the fire. According to owner, Craig Howson, who is travelling aboard the vessel, all passengers are safe and well. "Everyone's fine and we intend to resume this voyage and the rest of the season."
March 7 Oriana
P&O Cruises
BBC reports a group of passengers has begun legal action after getting a vomiting bug on a winter cruise. More than 400 passengers on the ship were confined to cabins due to norovirus during a 10-day Baltic cruise from Southampton in December. Law firm Irwin Mitchell, representing 32 passengers, wants information on how the ship was cleaned following an outbreak on its previous voyage. P&O said it has "stringent" cleaning and hygiene processes on its ships. Suki Chhokar, of Irwin Mitchell, said: "Everyone who has contacted us for help have had their cruises more or less ruined as a result of the illness outbreak on the Oriana and all of them want answers over how the outbreak happened." Southampton Port Health Authority confirmed there were 417 cases of norovirus on the ship, which carried 1,843 passengers and departed on 4 December.
Lawsuit for illness outbreak
March 6 Splendida
MSC Cruises

From a passenger: Whilst in Tunisa, 6 March 2013, the ship slipped its moorings during very high winds and crashed into rocks the other side of the harbour. Damaged to rear of the ship. It had a hole about 3 m by 1m. The ship sailed later the same day. Next stop was Sicily. Once at the dock MSC arranged for the repairs.

Hit rocks - holed
March 6 Sensation
Carnival Cruise Lines
Courthouse News Service reports a 17-year-old girl who was strip searched, including a cavity check, on a Carnival cruise ship after dropping what looked like marijuana may seek punitive damages, a federal judge ruled. In 2011, J.G. was a 17-year-old passenger on the Carnival cruise ship Sensation, when she dropped a container of what appeared to one of the ship's security officers to be marijuana. The chief security officer ordered a search of J.G.'s cabin for any other illegal substances, during which a female security officer strip searched J.G. and made her remove her underwear and tampon. It is unclear whether the female security officer was expressly directed by anyone to perform the alleged strip search. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum upheld J.G.'s claim for punitive damages on Monday, finding that Carnival gave the court no way to "evaluate the level of discretion that Carnival has granted to its security employees in conducting searches of or otherwise dealing with passengers who possess illegal drugs onboard ship." An employer may only be held liable for punitive damages based on an employee's actions if the employee was working in a managerial capacity. Carnival argued that the searching officers were front-line employees without managerial authority, but "the fact that these officers 'follow directives and protocol from their supervisors,' does not necessarily mean that they could not also possess the discretion to ultimately determine Carnival's strip search policy," Rosenbaum said. Carnival does not have an affirmative policy authorizing or prohibiting strip searches. However, "arguing that the lack of an affirmative strip-search policy means strip searches are not authorized requires drawing an inference in favor of defendant - something that is improper on a motion for summary judgment," the judge found.
Damages for strip search
March 5 National Geographic Sea Lion
Lindblad Expeditions
USA Today reports the ship hit a submerged rock on Monday, causing damage to the vessel. The 62-passenger was departing an anchorage in the Las Perlas Islands, about 70 nautical miles from Panama City, when it struck the rock, which was uncharted. None of the 55 passengers and 35 crew on board the vessel was injured, Disken-Cahill says.The ship sustained damage to its hull and one propeller during the incident, but after clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, returned to Panama City on its own power, arriving today at 5 a.m. The accident occurred on the third day of an eight-day voyage transiting the Panama Canal and exploring the islands of Panama and Costa Rica. Passengers on the vessel were given the option of continuing their journey to Costa Rica by air and land, or returning home. All but 16 of the passengers decided to continue their journey and flew this morning to San Jose, Costa Rica. The ship will enter a dry dock at Panama City on Wednesday to undergo repairs. The next departure of the vessel, scheduled to begin March 9, has been canceled. The ship will return to service March 16.
March 5 Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Industry News reports a fire leading to significant smoke formation broke out on the cruise ship newbuilding in the covered building dock II at the Meyer Werft shipyard, according to a prepared statement from the yard. At present the shipyard’s fire brigade and members of the Papenburg fire department are still in operation at the yard. The affected production areas and the shipyard’s visitors center were evacuated As of now there are no detailed indications as the reason for the fire. “In general we install large-size safety and detection systems on our ships as early as in the construction period. Hence we could react very quickly,” explained the yard’s safety manager, Markus Wähler. As it stands at present nobody was injured. In the current situation nothing can be said in regard to material damage. Completion of the newbuilding in 2014 is not at risk according to information currently available.
March 5 Kong Herald
NBC News reports the ship was forced to wait for the tide to come in and lift the ship off the underground rock at the entrance to Trollfjord where it was grounded. No injuries were reported in the incident, and a statement from the line described the situation onboard as calm. Once the incoming tide freed Kong Harald from its grounding, the ship carried on to Svolvaer, where all 258 passengers onboard disembarked and will be flown home today. Hurtigruten canceled the remainder of the 8-night Stokmarknes to Kirkenes to Bergen cruise, and the ship is on its way to dry-dock in Fiskarstrand for repairs to its breached hull. There has been no word from the line concerning compensation.
March 5 QEII The QEII Story reports the ship is without power while being "mothballed" in Dubai. This has raised concerns about the longer term impact on whether the ship could ever be used in future, and the effect on art work and furnishings onboard. For more information, see QEII Story.
Not being cared for
March 4

There is discussion in Savannah about developing a cruise terminal. The matter is not without controvery. The following might be of interest to readers: If you haven't had a chance to read the Savannah Morning News story, the proposal to build a cruise terminal there presents major questions that have national and international dimensions. Case in point: Think about multi-million dollar spending at the local level against the backdrop of Washington’s budget crisis—and American’s burgeoning public debt. Both foreshadow new problems for states and cities when purse strings tighten even further in the months ahead. Cruise ship corporations have depended on investment by taxpayers for years as ports and cities have spent hundreds of millions in public funds to build terminals whose operations reap great profits for cruise lines but contribute a questionable payback to local economies. The investigation by the Savannah Morning News highlights the problems and risks facing one city as it considers whether to build a cruise ship terminal. 1)Should taxpayers foot the bill for foreign corporations that require the public sector to build their facilities? 2) When cruise line operations worsen air and water quality, deliver no jobs, and compete with local businesses, who evaluates their real costs? 3) Why do cities and states bear tens of millions in public debt to support the profits of foreign cruise corporations that pay no US taxes? 4) Who pays and who gains? Please take a look at the video. Then read the Savannah Morning News series. The problems aren’t just Savannah’s. They’re global.

March 4
Royal Caribbean International
In the aftermath of the Carnival Triumph I received the following from a reader: I've worked at Royal for some time. Over the last decade they have been steadily decreasing the number of marine employees. These are the employees which navigate and maintain the engines. These are the main employees dealing with life saving. If there is a fire - it's the marine team suiting up and fighting the fires. If the ship is listing or sinking - it's the marine team dealing with technical systems such as water tight doors, moving tank contents from one area to another, making contact with rescue services, lowering life boats, etc The reason for the decrease in marine manning? It's purely driven from a greedy profit view point. You can get rid of two marine employees who do not generate any income (they just play a major role in saving lives if something goes wrong) and replace them with a hotel employee such as a marketing and revenue manager, a maitred for income generating speciality restaurants, or bar supervisors. Many times employees are cut in the marine department or doubled up in cabins so the company can revamp the crew cabins into sellable cruise guest cabins. Apx 5 years ago Royal got rid of the safety officer position and combined the job with the chief officer position. There is now talk about changing the marine contracts for 3 stripe officers from 10 weeks on/10 weeks off to 4 months on/2 months off so they match the hotel officer positions. The degree of technical knowledge needed and the tremendous life saving responsibility marine officers have is in no way equal to the demands placed on hotel officers to sell another drink. When the ship is sinking - do you want a marine officer that knows the technical systems or do you want a hotel officer selling you another beer as you are stepping into a lifeboat? The marine team is also the division that has security responsibilities. As you are aware, the number of assaults onboard is no little number. There are many many problems with assaults, people falling overboard, people missing, etc. Is it any wonder we see more drastic disasters at sea than previously seen? I wonder if Carnival followed this same practice and cut their marine employees in order to increase their shipboard revenue generating employees?
Changes in staffing arrangements
March 4 Discovery
Coastal and Maritime Voyages
ITV reports the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a statement following its inspection of the Discovery cruise liner in Portland, Dorset. It says that the vessel will stay put until safety issues over drills and training have been addressed. Following inspections on Friday 1 March, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a Detention Notice on the passenger ship Discovery, preventing the vessel from sailing at this time. This will remain in place whilst the owners and crew undertake revisions to their safety management system." It is expected the inaugural cruise with CMV will be canceled and the ship will resume service March 15th.
Ship detained
March 1 Elation
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Florida Times Union reports a Jacksonville man on a cruise died Tuesday during a stop in Cozumel Mexico. The 50 year old man was swept away by an undercurrent and drowned, State Rep. Mia Jones of Jacksonville said. Jones, a friend of the man, said he drowned during a port excursion. His body was recovered and will be returned to Jacksonville.
Pax death ashore on shore excursion
February 27 Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports an 18-year-old died while at sea onboard Carnival Miracle 's February 18 sailing. Multiple reports assert the cause of death was alcohol poisoning. Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed the man's death. "We can confirm that an 18-year-old male guest passed away in his cabin at approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 during an eight-day voyage of the Carnival Miracle, which ended later that morning in New York," spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. "The cause of death has not been determined… We extend our deepest sympathies to the young man's family and loved ones during this very difficult time." The Troy Record identifies the man as Seth Younes, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. Cruise Critic member TRESE, who claimed to be married to Younes' cousin but was not onboard Miracle, said alcohol was involved in his death.
Death onboard (18 year old)
February 25 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WSTP-TV reports the ship has made it back to the Port of Tampa after dense fog delayed it. It was supposed to dock at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Instead, it sailed in at about 8:40 a.m. According to port officials, the ship tried to come in earlier on Sunday night to avoid the fog, but couldn't. The ship was scheduled to leave the port again Monday at 4:30 p.m., but port officials said the late arrival it could cause a delay.
Delayed by fog
February 22 Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger: I was on board the ship last week, and they canceled the Bahamas port call because of what they said was a "scheduling error by the Port Authority of the Bahamas." There were already 6 ships in port and they could not accommodate the Epic as a result. A lot of upset passengers. They only refunded the $20 per person port tax.
Skipped port call
February 24 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Critic reports heavy fog has closed the Tampa cruise port and delayed the arrival of two cruise ships, Carnival Legend and Norwegian Dawn, this morning. The delay will impact debarkation of current cruise passengers and delay the embarkation for the subsequent cruise. Norwegian Dawn received the Coast Guard okay to head into port, according to a noon EST e-mail by Norwegian spokeswoman AnneMarie Matthews. The ship should arrive at the terminal at approximately 4 p.m. In a statement half an hour earlier, the line says that "we expect embarkation for today's cruise to begin between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m." Carnival Legend received the green light to "start the approach into the channel at 11 a.m. EST," says Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen in an e-mail. It will take several hours for the ship to reach the port. Embarkation will begin at 7PM and departure is anticipated at 11PM.
Delayed by fog
February 24 Queen Elizabeth
Cunard Line
The Dominion Post (New Zealand) reports a tug boat packed with pleasure seekers collided with cruise liner the Queen Elizabeth during CentrePort's open day. CentrePort has launched an internal investigation and notified Maritime NZ of the incident, which happened about 3pm on Saturday. The tug master in charge of the Toia tug was today away from work on rostered days off, marine services manager and chief pilot Charles Smith confirmed. He would not say whether the tug master had been suspended. It was ''conjecture'' to say what would happen to the ''very experienced'' tug master, he said. It was also conjecture as to say whether the incident would jeopardise future open days. Mr Smith said nobody was injured in the incident but the Toia was filled to capacity with 50 people on board. The incident happened as the Toia was motoring up the port side of the Queen Elizabeth. The tug's funnel hit the cruise liner's docking platform, which was about 12 metres above the water line. It damaged the funnel but the tug had remained in service.
February 22 Amadea
Phoenix Reisen Cruise Line
The Times Standard reports a cruise ship carrying 580 passengers and more than 200 crew members that was slated to arrive at the Port of Humboldt Bay today will no longer be docking there because of scheduling delays. The announcement is a huge blow for local organizers who spent months planning the visit. ”Of course we're all disappointed,” Eureka Chamber of Commerce CEO/President J Warren Hockaday said. “It's one of those things that you can't anticipate, and you can't control or change. I would say next time a cruise ship is scheduled to come here, we'll be very prepared.” The ship was impeded by bad weather when departing from San Diego for San Francisco Wednesday night. The large swells delayed the ship so much that it arrived late in San Francisco. Organizers, which include the chamber, the city of Eureka, the Wiyot Tribe, Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Eureka Main Street, spent several months planning the visit. They planned to have European tourists strolling through town to stop at restaurants, museums and shops. Performances by bands and choirs were scheduled, and tours and interpreters arranged. ”It was a tremendous effort here locally to come together and take care of them, and welcome them as much as we possibly could,” Hockaday said. “The silver lining here, if there is one, is we have a very well established group of individuals and organizations who will be very well prepared for the next time this happens.”
Canceled port call
February 22

Carnival Miracle
Carnival Cruise Lines &
Victory Casino Cruises

The US Coast Guard reports a bomb threat emailed to a Port Canaveral, Fla.,-based Victory Casino Cruises boat caused a temporary port closure and delayed passenger boarding and departure of the Carnival Miracle cruise ship Feb. 21. After learning of the bomb threat about 5 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach immediately established a safety zone using boat crews from Station Port Canaveral and stopped all boating traffic in the port. Additionally, the crew of the Miracle was directed not to board crew or passengers due to the cruise ship’s proximity, roughly 1 mile, to the casino boat. After the Port Canaveral Police conducted multiple sweeps of the vessel and found no sign of explosive devices, Capt. Tom Allan, captain of the port, secured the safety zone and reopened the port to boating traffic. The FBI is investigating the source of the threat.
Bomb threat - delay
February 20 Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Cruises
The Marlborough Express reports Maritime New Zealand spokesman Steve Rendle said a blackout occurred at 7.18am on Monday when the ship's engineers engaged bow thrusters for berthing. There was a second blackout Monday evening. The passengers had been told there was a problem with a cable powering the ship's thrusters and this had caused the power blackout on Monday morning.The ship was towed to its Aotea Quay berth by a CentrePort tug. Maritime NZ gave approval for the ship to sail for Picton on Monday night after engineers and electricians spent the day on the problem.
Loss of power - towed to port
February 18 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News reports a newspaper in the Bahamas is reporting that a team of of detectives from Nassau to Galveston, Texas yesterday to investigate an alleged sexual assault that occurred on a Carnival cruise ship. Here's what the Bahamian newspaper is reporting: While the Bahamas Maritime Authority is leading the investigation into what caused the fire, detectives from the Royal Bahamas Police Force are also investigating a sexual offence claim, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said yesterday. “We send some officers to Texas to head up the investigation. The ship is a Bahamian Flag Ship so wherever something happens we have to tend it. The officers went over there this morning and should be back sometime tomorrow. They are investigating a sexual offence matter that happened on the cruise. We should have some more information tomorrow on the matter.”
Sexual assault investigation
February 16 Island Escape Fox News reports aCalifornia man has been arrested in southwest Florida on an outstanding murder warrant in the death of his ex-wife, who went overboard from an Italian cruise ship seven years ago. Lonnie Kocontes, 55, was taken into custody Friday night by federal marshals and booked into the Pasco County Jail where he was being held without bail, authorities said. He was charged with one count of special circumstances murder for financial gain, according to Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office. Kocontes' ex-wife, Micki Kanesaki, plunged into the Mediterranean on May 26, 2006, off the Island Escape, which was sailing between Sicily and Naples. Her body washed ashore the next day in Calabria in southwest Italy. Kanesaki, 52, was sharing a cabin with Kocontes, her ex- husband. They divorced in 2002 after six years of marriage but lived together in their Mission Viejo, Calif., home until 2005, court records showed. Kanesaki left the cabin around 1 a.m. to get a cup of tea, Andy Furlong, a spokesman for ship owner Island Cruises, said at the time. Kocontes, a lawyer, reported her missing after he woke up and couldn't find her after a search, Furlong said. Italian police boarded the ship, seized records and videotapes and took statements from the crew. Prosecutors said Saturday that Kocontes strangled Kaneski to death on board the ship and then threw her overboard. The arrest ended an investigation that started in 2008, when Kocontes began transferring more than $1 million from Kaneski's bank accounts into joint accounts he held with his new wife. That prompted the FBI to begin seizure efforts and a criminal probe, prosecutors said.
Arrest for murder - thrown overboard
February 12 Fantasia
MSC Cruises

Brazilian press reports the search area for architect Luciano Lucca, 30, missing since Saturday night. The teams are now trying to find the tourist in high seas.The incident occurred in the channel of the Port in an area away from the river and beach moments before the ship starts its journey. However, more than 30 hours after the incident, the fire department mobilized its teams in the cities of São Vicente and Guaruja to enhance the search. Lucca was in a cab from the 11th floor of the ship, along with three other people when he fell from a height of about 40 meters, around 18:30. The Navy and Federal Police were triggered and performed on-site expertise, and the boat was only released around 0h20 Sunday. The Port filed an administrative proceeding to investigate the causes of the accident. Within 90 days, the procedure should determine the company or any member of the crew had responsibility in the case. The MSC Fantasia, the largest cruise ship that circulates Brazilian waters, has returned to the port of Santos scheduled for next Saturday, after undergoing Buzios (RJ), Salvador (BA) and Ilha Grande (RJ).

Passenger overboard
February 10 Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Wales Online reportsaA family whose luxury holiday was ruined when they were struck down by illness were shocked to learn it was the fourth consecutive year complaints had been made about their cruise ship. What should have been a relaxing cruise for policeman Mark Jones and his family became a let-down after they were hit by a gastric illness which they say was “rife” on board the luxury liner on a cruise in October 2012. Mark said the holiday started off well with the family, but things turned sour six days into the holiday when Mark became ill. He said: “It started about 2am with vomiting and diarrhoea. I felt really rough. “It lasted for about three days and I missed out on the ports in Tenerife and Maderia.” His wife said she fell ill on the last day of the cruise. Mark said he and other passengers were given leaflets when they boarded the ship about an outbreak of gastric illness. But he said: “My son has type one diabetes so we were very worried about him contracting any type of illness. “If we’d known about it the week before we would have had the option to opt out and get a refund through our insurance.” He said: “We would walk up the corridor and see all these yellow stickers. From our cabin to the lifts we must have seen between 12 and 15 stickers without walking around the rest of the ship.” Mark said the holiday was a disappointment.
Possible lawsuit over illness outbreak
February 10 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
AL.Com reports more than 4,000 people are stuck in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire stopped the vessel's propulsion. The fire was contained to the engine room by the ship's automatic extinguishing system, but it appears to have damaged the ship's power supply. No injuries were reported in the fire. A tug boat has been dispatched to the cruise liner, which was stopped in its tracks 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The ship's technical crew is assessing damage and trying to restore power, according to officials. In the meantime, the ship is operating on power from an emergency generator. The U.S. Coast Guard has been advised of the situation. Guests will be given a full refund. The ship was finishing up a four-day cruise that left Galveston, Tex. on Thursday. It was supposed to leave Galveston again Monday with a new batch of guests, but the trip has been cancelled, according to the company. UPDATE Feb 12:CNN reports the first of two tugboats that will tow the ship to Mobile, Alabama, arrived on Monday evening. The ship should arrive in the Gulf city some time Thursday (turned out to be late that night). Not being able to sail, though, is just one of the problems. Issues with running water, scarce electricity and more contributed to headaches big and small, according to passengers and their loved ones. Toby Barlow's wife Ann told him there was "sewage running down the walls and floors" with passengers being asked to defecate in bags and urinate in showers due to a lack of functioning toilets. Food lines ran 3½ hours long and some, like herself, slept outside to keep cool. "Elderly and handicap(ped people) are struggling," she texted her husband. "The smells are gross." All cruises canceled through April 13. This video may be of interest.
Fire - Dead in the water
February 10 Thomson Majesty
Thomson Cruises
The Guardian reports five people have died on a cruise ship operated by the holiday firm Thomson after a lifeboat fell from the vessel during an emergency drill at La Palma in the Canary islands, according to Spanish officials and reports. Three other people were injured in the incident, which was moored at the island's capital, Santa Cruz. Government officials quoted emergency services as saying crews were sent to the dock just after midday local time (12pm GMT) after "a lifeboat with occupants had fallen overboard from a cruise ship docked at the pier". Spanish reports identified the ship as the Majesty and said those dead were believed to be three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian. The country's media quoted police as saying the boat, carrying eight members of the ship's crew, dropped around 30 metres into the water before overturning. It was not known what caused the boat to fall. Those injured, two of whom were badly hurt, were identified as being two Greek nationals and one Filipino.
5 crew die in accident
February 8 Aurora
P&O Cruises
Tom's Cruise Blog reports there seems to have developed problems during her world cruise. A post on a forum includes this email to an about-to-embark passenger, advising them of a changed itinerary as a result of the problem: I am writing to you on behalf of your travel agent with some important news regarding your upcoming cruise on board Aurora’s 2013 World Cruise R301, departing from Auckland on Sunday 17th February 2013.While carrying out her World Cruise, Aurora has developed an unexpected fault with her port propeller shaft. There are absolutely no safety implications arising as a result of this fault, but it does have an impact on her maximum speed and repairs are required. To enable repairs to take place, Aurora will stay in Auckland for an extra day and will now depart on Monday 18th February. Embarkation for your cruise will still take place on Sunday, 17th February as planned. As a result of the extended stay in Auckland, the half day call to Napier and full day call to Wellington have unfortunately been cancelled. As a replacement, on departure from Auckland, Aurora will now sail directly to New Zealand’s Idyllic Bay of Islands for a full day call, arriving in the morning of 19th February. The revised itinerary is displayed in full below.
Propulsion problems - change of itinerary
February 7 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
The ship failed its inspection by the Vessel Sanitation Program with a score of 81 (a failing score is anything below 86). Failed health inspection
February 7 Celebrity Cruises The Dallas News reports Pat and Gerald Woods planned the details of their cruise for months, working with Mesquite Travel on the destination and ship, the excursions and air travel. The couple bought trip insurance in case something went wrong before they sailed from Seattle in May 2011. They asked what documents they would need for the 10-day cruise, which stopped in four Alaska ports and Victoria, British Columbia, before returning to Seattle. The answer to that question resulted in a nearly two-year dispute between the couple, the travel agency and Celebrity Cruises. The couple say they knew that Gerald’s passport was expired, so Pat asked the agent at Mesquite Travel whether one would be necessary for the trip. She says she was told three separate times that he could make the trip without one. He arrived with his driver’s license, but that wasn’t adequate documentation, and it became apparent as soon as they were met at the plane by Celebrity staffers. They traveled on to the ship dock to talk to officials, but they were told “in no uncertain terms, that we would not sail without a passport because we would be in Canadian waters part of the time,” Pat said. The couple flew back to Texas on the same day they left. They were out $4,623 for the cruise, airfare and other trip expenses. They filed for their trip insurance from Celebrity Cruises when they got home, but their claim was refused. The CruiseCare insurance policy lists just five categories for which it will pay off, and even some of those have restrictions. “According to the information submitted, your interruption was due to insufficient travel documentation. Unfortunately, your reason for interruption is not among the specified reasons listed in the program that would make one eligible for a cash refund,” said the letter they received. The couple next argued through their credit card for reimbursement of the $1,765.48 they’d charged. They lost that ruling, despite the fact that Celebrity incorrectly said they had failed to show at the pier. Celebrity says online that “all U.S. citizens on cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S. will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a government-issued birth certificate and laminated government-issued picture ID, denoting photo, name and date of birth.” In another section about required travel documents, the cruise line says that U.S. citizens on Alaska cruises must have a passport. Because much of the information provided by the cruise line is governmentspeak and sometimes contradicts itself, I asked Celebrity about the couple’s case, hoping for some compassion and perhaps a discount toward future travel. That didn’t happen.
Don't forget your passport
February 5 Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises
A Cruise Critic member reports Bill fell in St. Martins. Thought it was just some bruses and a left ankle sprain. The next morning started putting ice packs on ankle and went down to infirmary about 1:00. It was closed, but I talked to nurse, who said if I really thought it was an emergency, she would call the Dr. And charge me 200.00. Since I wasn't sure it was an emergency, we decided to wait until 4:00 wen the infirmary opened. When the Dr. X-ray my ankle, he said I had broken my Achilles' tendon and wanted me to get emergency surgery in Antigua. When I refused, he and the Captain had strong words and the next thing I knew, I was placed in a wheelchair and taken to the gangway and told me my wife would be joining me. They packed our room in about 15 mintes and put us on the pier. We waved to a few of you as the ship pulled out. We were sent to a hotel, had supper, then repacked our bags so we could fly. Then we went to the emergency room for about 10 hours. They were also upset that we would not let them do surgery, but after seeing the condition of the hospital, we know we made the right decision. We were able to get a flight to Miami and then to Charlotte, NC where we rented a car and drove to Columbia, SC. The emergency room there said surgery was a remote possibility. We contacted an orthopedic surgeon on Monday, he redid the cast and told us that the Romans used to cut the Achilles' tendon of slaves, because they could still work but couldn't run! So, we are now of the opinion that the ship Dr. was not current and we were put off the ship with no good reason. We have Travelguard medical and evacuation insurance, so we won't lose any money, but will miss the cruise.
Medical care issue
February 3 Seven Seas Voyager
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Australian press reports police in Darwin are investigating the death of a 24-year-old cruise ship employee (a singer with Jean Ann Ryan Productions) found dead on the ship in Darwin. The young woman's body was found in her cabin today, Commander Richard Bryson of the Territory's Crime and Specialist Support Command said. "The woman was a staff member on a cruise ship which is currently moored in Darwin Harbour," Commander Bryson said. In a statement to the media Commander Bryson refused to release any further details about the case, but did confirm that a crime scene has been established. "A crime scene was established as the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident continues." Boston dot com reports the death has been ruled nonsuspicious.
Crew death
February 1 Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Critic reports the father of an 11-year-old autistic boy is seeking an explanation from Norwegian Cruise Line after Kid's Club crew failed to notice the boy had disappeared from the club on the last evening of the ship's Thanksgiving cruise (November 23, 2012) after Richard Zelden and his wife dropped off their three children at the ship's Recess Kid's Club before going to dinner. When they returned to their cabin two hours later, they discovered their oldest son, an 11-year-old autistic boy, in a cabin two doors down where the cabin steward watched over him. "We were taken aback as we knew he had been signed into the Kid's Club and did not have signing privileges to exit alone." The steward further explained he had been cleaning their cabin when the boy entered the room alone. Not sure what to do, he called his supervisor to report the child's arrival. He was told to take care of the boy until his parents returned. Zelden went to the Kids' Club to find out what had happened. While Zelden told Cruise Critic he would like to know how his son got out of the kid's facility and navigated his way from Deck 14 Forward to the cabin on Deck 11 Aft, he is primarily angry over the fear he and his wife felt because their child was not protected. "This is the safety of a child that's involved," he said. "We are grateful that he didn't go up to Deck 15 to the pool area." Two months later, Zelden still doesn't know how his son got out. He told Cruise Critic he wants a more thorough response than given by NCL. He also wasn't pleased with the $1,500 future cruise credit he was offered -- if he had signed a nondisclosure agreement.
Child "misplaced"
February 1 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
From a passenger (thought it would be of interest): “We were on board the Sea Princess 3 days into a cruise around New Zealand (January 16th) when a little after 5am we were awoken by an urgent announcement coming over the stateroom loud speaker. The Captain, apologizing for the interruption at this time stated they had a serious medical emergency on-board and asked for blood donors of types A+ and/or O-. If at all possible they should immediately report to the medical centre. I quickly got dressed, found my blood donor card and went down to the Medical Centre on the lower deck. When I arrived some 5 minutes later there were already about 3 people there ready to donate – some still in nightwear! I spoke to the Medical Officer/Doctor who was very grateful but said they had enough donors at present . He took a few details just in case. Speaking with the other passengers I understand a passenger was already donating blood. The ship arrived in Port Chalmers (the Port for Dunedin) about 3 hours later. As soon as the gangway was safely in place we saw a passenger being transferred by stretcher to a waiting ambulance on the wharf. In the restaurant that evening the Captain, once again apologizing for the interruption, said that due to numerous requests about the passengers well being he was able to report the patient was in a “critical, but stable condition”, he continued on to say, that he wanted to sincerely thank the blood donors for the response. Some 40 people had attended to donate. Everyone in the restaurant clapped and applauded!. On our last sea-day at the end of the cruise, the Captain, following his noon day announcement, was able to add the patient was well enough to fly home.”
Pax respond to a Medical emergency
January 30 Pacific Pearl
P&O Australia
Channel 9 (New Zealand) reports the ship has cancelled a Friday visit after extreme weather off Sydney.
Canceled port call
January 29 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
KTOO News reports te company has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for dumping water from on-board swimming pools into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in 2011. The fine was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, along with six other enforcement actions taken in Alaska late last year. In a signed consent agreement and final court order, the EPA says Princess violated the Clean Water Act in May 2011 when more than 66,000 gallons of pool water was discharged into Glacier Bay. The order says there was a software malfunction on the ship the Golden Princess, causing the pool dump valves to open. The malfunction allowed chlorinated water from six of the ship’s pools and spas to drain into the national park and preserve. Princess notified the EPA of the discharges the next day. The wastewater permit for large cruise ships prohibits the discharge of pool or spa water in national parks and refuges. The federal Clean Water Act allows the EPA to fine cruise companies for permit violations.
Environmental offense
January 29 Unknown Associated Press reports Egyptian police officials say a cruise ship has run aground on the Nile River near the southern city of Aswan, but all 120 people aboard are safe. The officials said the ship was travelling to the city of Luxor, north of Aswan, when it hit rocks and took in water before running aground on Tuesday Local villagers and police helped rescue all 120 Egyptian passengers and crew. None of the passengers were injured, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
January 28 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger:We sailed the Carnival Legend Jan 13 - 20 2013 and after our Asst Waiter was off one evening for what he said was the flu a number in our party became ill. As of now there are 32 of 33 people from our group who became ill.
Illness (flu)
January 27 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a letter sent to passengers: On her current cruise, the ship experienced a technical problem with the ship's propulsion system that is only affecting her maximum cruising speed. All other safety systems and hotel services are functioning normally. Consequently, she will be delayed arriving tomorrow and is now expected to be alongside at approximately 12:00 PM (noon) -- approximately 6 hours late.
Propulsion problems
January 27 Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Cruise Line
From a passenger at 2:30 PM: There was a major delay embarking today due to woman having heart attack on board today. Priority embarkation not recognized and customers still awaiting to get on. From a reader: I see in your incidents that someone who was getting on the Norwegian Gem on 1/27 reported that the reason for the delay in boarding was due to a person having a heart attack on board. I was on the 1//18 cruise. When we left Samana, DR during the night a woman had an appendicitis attack and we had to head back toward Puerto Rico to meet a Coast Guard helicopter to pick her up. That delayed our arrival in NYC by 3 hours. We had dinner with the head of safety in a Dinner with the officers. It was the first time he had been part of a rescue at sea and was telling us all about it.
Late departure
January 24 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
Bermuda Sun reports two employees appeared in Magistrates’ Court today facing serious sex assault charges on the ship. The two European men, 26 and 27-years-old, were charged with sexually assaulting a woman on the ship on January 12. The court heard the men were employees on the ship. The alleged victim was an employee as well. Magistrate Juan Wolffe gave the men $5,000 bail each with a surety. They must surrender their travel documents, report to the Hamilton Police Station on Monday and Friday, have no contact with the complainant and must not leave the island. The two reappear on 7th February 2013 for a Preliminary Inquiry.
Sexual assault
January 24 Carnival Destiny
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports the ship has altered the itinerary of its five-day cruise, which departed Miami on January 21, due to technical problems with its stern thrusters. Rather than call on Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay as originally scheduled, the ship will instead stop in Key West and Freeport, Bahamas. Neither of the original ports has the tug boats needed to assist the ship in the absence of its stern thrusters. The repair work on the stern thruster is already underway and is expected to be completed before the start of the next cruise scheduled for January 26.
Propulsion problems
January 23 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News reports a lawsuit was filed last week alleging that Carnival served a young woman two margaritas, a Mojito and three double vodka drinks. Weighing only 118 pounds, the passenger was visibly intoxicated but the Carnival bartenders kept pouring drinks to the woman and her friends, one of whom was so drunk that she vomited on her. Carnival crew members and officers were observed openly fraternizing and drinking alcohol with women in the ship's bar and disco club. The lawsuit alleges after the woman was intoxicated, two upper level Carnival ship employees, both large men, physically pinned down the wrists of the petite, small framed woman and took turns raping her. One Carnival employee sodomized her. The lawsuit states that the two men humiliated the woman and laughed at her when she resisted and protested. The theory of liability against Carnival is that the cruise line routinely over-serves alcohol to its passengers in order to increase profits and it does not maintain an adequate level of security to protect women on its cruise ships. While Carnival encourages excessive alcohol consumption, it does not enforce its alleged "zero tolerance" policy against crew - guest fraternization. In addition to the negligence allegations, the lawsuit asserts that the cruise lines is vicariously and strictly liable for the criminal conduct of its employees.
Sexual assault - lawsuit filed
January 23 Caribbean or Emerald Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: An elderly couple from one of the two ships in Aruba today was crossing the street, when the woman stepped in front of and was hit by a passing taxi. (Her husband was ahead of her and had crossed safely.) She was visibly injured, with cuts and maybe broken bones. Police, newsmen, and two nurses attended to the woman until the emergency ambulance arrived twenty minutes later. The woman was placed on a board and taken to the hospital. The condition of the woman is not known.
Injury ashore
January 22 Fram
BBC reports the crew of the Royal Navy's Portsmouth-based ice patrol vessel has rescued a cruise ship threatened by Antarctic ice. HMS Protector broke through thick ice to free the ship when it became surrounded by fast moving floes in Antarctic Sound. No-one was hurt during the operation which took two hours. Captain Peter Sparkes said HMS Protector was "the Royal Navy's equivalent of a Swiss army knife". Working at a speed of two knots, HMS Protector broke the four-metre thick ice, which had trapped the cruise ship's bow, in two hours. The area is prone to changes in winds and local currents, and ships can quickly become trapped, sometimes for weeks, when the concentration of pack ice increases. MS Fram, which is purpose-built for sailing in polar waters was on a tour of the Antarctic Peninsula when the incident happened on 15 January. USA Today reports Hurtigruten is downplaying media reports of the rescue. In a short statement, the line says that what a Royal Navy press release referred to earlier today as a "extremely impressive feat" of aid by the HMS Protector was little more than a "friendly gesture between two ships." The line says the HMS Protector, an icebreaker, offered Hurtigruten's 276-passenger Fram assistance in getting to and from a landing spot for passengers in Antarctica called Brown Bluff. "The ship was therefore escorted in and out of Brown Bluff by HMS Protector," the statement says. "This was a friendly gesture between two ships who are all part of the same 'family' when sailing in the remote areas of Antarctica."
Rescued from ice
January 22 Disney Dream
Disney Cruise Line
NBC News reports a woman was arrested because of a bill she didn't pay 22 years ago and to make matters worse, she's also been stuck in jail for the last four days. She shoplifted cigarettes from a Wal-Mart back in 1991. For that she owes the state $85. The 22-year-old crime followed the Connecticut native to Port Canaveral, Florida Thursday where she, her husband and two kids were wrapping up a vacation. The family had been aboard the ship and Brevard County police officers were waiting for her as she left the boat. Police said the woman failed to pay the $85 in court costs when she was 18 and when they checked the ship's passenger list for terrorists, they found a warrant for her. NOTE: This is not posted to pick on Disney -- it is meant to remind folks that it is not uncommon for passengers to be arrested on outstanding warrants when they re-enter the US from a cruise ship (any ship).
Arrested when coming ashore
January 21 SagaSapphire
Saga Holidays
Press in Vigo, Spain reports the ship encountered some bad weather on her cruise back to the UK from Lisbon on 19 January and had to seek shelter in Vigo, northern Spain. All facilities are working normally on board. Passengers were advised to remain in their cabin with full room service during the storm but full dining service was resumed by the time Sapphire entered Vigo bay. The storm abated and the ship left Vigo at 6am the following morning, 20 January, and is currently sailing for Southampton. Her arrival has unfortunately been delayed by a day and will now be on Tuesday, 22 January. Consequently, the following cruise, the Caribbean Spice Isles cruise, will commence one day late.
Take refuge from storm / Delay next cruise
January 20 Costa Serena
Costa Cruises
Cruise Law News reports the death this week of a crew member aboard the ship. The incident involved a 47-year-old Indonesian crew member, identified as Sahid Bin Fauzi, who worked as a mechanic on the Costa Serena. He reportedly died after falling into a ventilation duct of one of the ship's engines, apparently while working on the maintenance of fan grids. The cruise ship was off the coast of Argentina. Other crew members reported Mr. Fauzi's "disappearance," following which the ship's chief engineer searched and located the crew member's lifeless body in the vertical ventilation shaft.
Crew member accidental death
January 20 Carnival Victory
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I wanted to let you know that my husband and I sailed on the Carnival Victory January 13th out of Puerto Rico. We were supposed to depart Sunday evening at 10 pm but the Captain came on and said due to scheduled maintenance taking longer than expected, we would be leaving late but would still arrive in St Thomas at 7 am the next morning, on schedule. About half an hour later he came on and said the same thing. The next morning we awoke still in Puerto Rico, and were then told there was an issue with the propulsion system that only affected maximum cruising speed but all other systems continued to operate normally. We departed Puerto Rico at partial power and were told were would arrive in St. Thomas by 2 pm. We finally arrived a few minutes before 5. We all received a letter as well (unfortunately I did not think to keep it) which is eerily similar to the letter you have posted regarding the Triumph's January 27th trip. All passengers were issued a 50.00 credit per person. Thankfully our propulsion issue was fixed in St. Thomas and the rest of the cruise continued as scheduled, but I was disappointed in how Carnival handled the situation. They had to be aware of the propulsion issue the first evening and instead chose to tell passengers it was scheduled maintenance.
Propulsion problems
January 20 Seadream II Seadream Yacht Club The ship failed its inspection by the Vessel Sanitation Program with a score of 84 (a failing score is anything below 86). Failed health inspection
January 19 Carnival Fascination
Carnival Cruise Lines
First Coast News reports security guards at the cruise terminal at Jacksonville were turning cruise passengers out of the parking lot this afternoon and directing them to places in town to kill some time. The ship was on its way back from dry-dock in the Bahamas when it encountered adverse weather conditions throughout the night. The ship was scheduled to arrive at 6:00 p.m., but boarding was pushed back to 8 p.m. Saturday. The cruise ship is to leave port at around 11:00 p.m., seven hours behind its original schedule.
Delayed departure
January 19 Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Cruises
The ship failed its inspection by the Vessel Sanitation Program with a score of 81 (a failing score is anything below 86). Failed health inspection
January 18 Caribbean Fantasy
American Cruise Ferries
The ship failed its inspection by the Vessel Sanitation Program with a score of 81 (a failing score is anything below 86). Failed health inspection
January 15 Silver Explorer
Silversea Cruises
CruiseInd reports four people are confirmed to have been injured after a huge wave hit the ship while on her way to Antarctica. The 1A ice classed vessel had set sail at the beginning of the year from Ushuaia with 130 passengers onboard when she sailed into a storm near Tierra del Fuego. 8 meter swells had been battering the ship when one window on the bridge blew out. Silversea Cruises released this statement: The vessel has full power and control, with stabilizers in good working order. She is now on her way back to port. The cruise has been ended early, the next cruise scheduled for Jan 21 has been canceled to allow for repairs to be completed.
Wave damages bridge
January 12 P&O Cruises Merco Press reports the cruise line has scrapped stops in Argentina because of continuing tensions with the country over the Falkland Islands. Two of its vessels will no longer dock at three Argentine port destinations on around-the-world cruises. The decision was taken because there was no guarantee they will be able to dock. The ships – Arcadia and Adonia – are also visiting Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, on the cruises leaving Southampton next month.
Argentine port authorities have recently refused permission for other cruise ships to dock after they had visited the Falklands or have simply adopted a laissez-faire attitude towards radical groups hounding passengers or delaying docking operations.
Canceled calls to Argentinian ports
January 11 Carnival Splendor
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic reports the ship's January 13 cruise out of Los Angeles has been delayed a full day because of longer than anticipated repairs to the ship's propulsion shafts. Passengers will receive compensation for the inconvenience. According to the company, "On the previous cruise, the Carnival Splendor required necessary repairs on the seals of the ship's propulsion shafts as a result of damage caused by underwater fishing nets… Unfortunately, the repairs are taking longer than expected and the ship will need to remain in Puerto Vallarta until this afternoon." The originally scheduled six-night cruise will be shortened by one day and the port call to Puerto Vallarta has been canceled. The new itinerary will be: Los Angeles departure (4:30 p.m.), day at sea, two days in Cabo San Lucas; day at sea; return to Los Angeles (9 a.m.). Affected cruisers will receive a one-day prorated refund of the cruise fare, $50 per person onboard credit, refund of the difference in government fees and taxes, gratuity adjustment, refund for shore excursions purchased for Puerto Vallarta and up to $200 reimbursement for fees related to air changes. Passengers may also cancel if they wish for a full refund or may switch to another sail date.
Itinerary change (one day canceled)
January 10 Aurora
P&O Cruises
The Edinburgh Evening News reports a woman whose dream cruise turned into a “living nightmare” has been awarded more than £8500 compensation – amid claims the ship’s drinking water was poisoned. The 65-year-old said scores of passengers were laid up sickon the Januray 2009 cruise while staff, wearing protective clothing and masks, carried out a deep clean of the vessel. “There were hundreds of us that were sick, the entire corridor I was on was ill. We were just handed antibiotics and isolated in our cabins where we were fed our meals on trays for a few days. “I felt worryingly weak and dehydrated and lost a lot of weight. I developed a constant feeling of nausea, tiredness and severe abdominal pains which still effect me even now. It was horrible." The ship was off the coast of Africa when it happened. Passengers had reported seeing so-called “grey water” – waste water – and claim staff told them it was the result of sewerage in the air conditioning. The ship's owners paid out the money on condition they did not accept liability.
Payout for illness
January 9 Carnival Cruise Lines Travel Weekly reports Carnival is forgoing some port calls in Belize through the end of 2013 for two ships because the port has become too congested, Carnival said. “Although we have a confirmed berth in Belize, local officials accepted calls for additional ships. Consequently, their tender capacity is not able to effectively handle the increased volume of guests without creating long delays and limiting your time ashore,” Carnival said in a letter to customers. “Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to come to an acceptable agreement with Belize Port Authority regarding this situation. The Carnival Glory and the Carnival Legend, two ships that had scheduled calls in Belize this year, instead will call in Costa Maya, Mexico, for 10 departures.
Canceled port calls
January 7 Saga Ruby
Saga Holidays
The Daily Echo reports checks carried out by staff this morning in Southampton revealed a problem with the ship's crankshaft. Saga says it could cause a delay of up to two weeks to the 100-night cruise. It was subsequently reported that the delay would be 10 days.
Mechanical problems - delayed departure
January 5 Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Cruises
Star Princess
Princess Cruises
The Independent reports Argentinian protesters disrupted the cruise ship industry today as they demonstrated for the Falklands Islands to be handed over. The nationalist activists targeted the two ships as they docked in Buenos Aires after stopping at the Falklands. Their anger was inflamed today by the publication of a “hands off” the Falklands advert in Argentina by The Sun newspaper. Protestors burnt copies of the newspaper along with Union flags. The advert was published in the wake of President Kirchner’s most recent attempt to put pressure on the UK to sever ties with the Falklands when she wrote an open letter to David Cameron which was published in several UK newspapers, accusing him of colonialism and demanding negotiations be opened. According to The Telegraph, hundreds of passengers were prevented from leaving their vessels by protesters angry at the “illegal” visits to the disputed South Atlantic islands .Ministers condemned the unprecedented wave of “blackmail” and “intimidation” and called on militants to “allow cruise ships to travel without threats or hindrance”. Protesters accused the shipsof stopping at provinces across the region, including the Falklands and Tierra del Fuego, in violation of a provincial law. The so-called “Gaucho Rivero” law is active in five provinces, including Tierra del Fuego, whose capital is Ushuaia, and prohibits British ships involved in the "exploitation of natural resources" around the Falklands from docking. Activists insist it should also apply to cruise liners.

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