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


2019

The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2019, 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.

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2019

April 16 - Emerald Princess, Fire
Cruise Law News reports there was a fire yesterday on the Emerald Princess shortly after it was floated out of drydock in Victoria, according to a crew member who wishes to remain anonymous. The fire reportedly occurred on deck 3 aft, while the ship was loading lifeboats from drydock in Victoria. The situation was described as “very hectic because many crew members were on the lifeboat loading team and were not available to be on the fire team to fight the fire.”  The crew fought the fire from deck 4. The ship just floated out of drydock in Victoria, Canada. After one hour the alarm was called off.  The fire was caused from a de-humidifier inside the bulk head in the dry storage.  The crew member stated that “I passed by deck 4 and there was heavy smoke in the air and fire teams cleaning up.” There apparently was no-hi fog fire suppression system at this location and the crew fought the fire with water. On March 22, there was a fire aboard Carnival Triumph when it was in drydock in Cadiz. The fire erupted on Deck 4; hundreds of workers were evacuated. Damage wasn't major (See Maritime Bulletin).

April 15 - MSC Divina, Sexual assault of minor
The Times reports an 18 year old Italian teenager accused of raping a 17-year-old British girl on a cruise was released without charge after a judge in Spain ruled he had no jurisdiction because the alleged attack occurred in international waters. The alleged victim told Spanish police she was forced into the man’s cabin and raped in an incident that occurred on board the MSC Divina at about 5am on Thursday as the ship sailed between Mallorca and the Spanish port of Valencia.

April 15 - Crystal Symphony, Missed ports
From a passenger: RE: Crystal Symphony cruise from Sydney to Cairns departing Sydney on 8 April. Friday the 13th missed 7 am call at Harvey Island to drop off passengers for an excursion to the reef  due high winds. Sunday the 15th  arrival in Cairns delayed by four hours to noon once again due to high winds. The captain was concerned that the ship would drift out of the narrow passage. He entered the channel on the fifth attempt Monday; the call at Port Douglas was cancelled again due to high winds. The ship spent an extra day in Cairns.

April 15 - Carnival Magic, Delayed boarding
Local 10 reports hundreds of passengers were delayed from boarding the Carnival Magic cruise ship Sunday at Port Miami, with many on social media complaining they were left standing in the heat for hours. In a letter to passengers, Carnival Cruise Line said the passengers from the previous cruise took longer than expected to disembark.

April 12 - MSC Divina, Sexual assault of minor (lawsuit)
Miami Herald reports the mother of a 14-year-old girl is suing MSC cruises after she says a crew member sexually assaulted and battered her daughter in a candy shop on a cruise ship. The alleged incident happened inside the MSC Divina’s candy shop after the ship left Miami in March 2017 and was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the eight-day cruise’s ports of call. On Wednesday, both parties in the suit agreed to stop mediation efforts and to continue settlement negotiations. Court records say that if the case is not resolved before May 8, the two sides will reconvene mediation on May 8. A trial is scheduled for July 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

April 11 - Carnival Corporation, Violates probation for environmental violations
Miami Herald reports a federal judge Wednesday threatened to stop Carnival Corporation from docking its ships at U.S. ports temporarily as punishment for possibly violating probation but said she would make a decision at a hearing scheduled for June. Carnival has been on probation for the last two years as part of a $40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships for eight years and lying about the scheme to U.S. authorities. While on probation, according to court filings, Carnival Corp. and its subsidiary cruise lines have sought to avoid unfavorable findings by preparing ships in advance of court-ordered audits, falsified records, dumped plastic garbage into the ocean and illegally discharged gray water into Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. The company also has tried to lobby the U.S. Coast Guard through a back channel to change the terms of the settlement, prosecutors allege. The company has acknowledged these. The government also informed the Court that the following ships violated environmental laws while Carnival Corporation was under court-supervised probation: Princess’ Sun Princess – an engineer falsified maintenance records in June 2017; HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam had been continuously discharging gray water for several years in Alaska (as of June 2017) and knowingly failed to notify the state of Alaska; Carnival Valor – engineering team falsified an oil record book regarding the oily water separator system in October 2017; HAL’s Westerdam< – a second engineer falsified maintenance records involving the oil content monitoring system in September 2018; Carnival Conquest illegally dumped 66,000 gallons of ballast water in November 2018 (in Bahamian archipelagic waters where Carnival ships previously made other unlawful discharges); the ship’s engineer offered to falsify records to make it look like the dump happened at open sea; Holland America’s Westerdam – illegally dumped 26,000 gallons of gray water into Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska in December 2018; Princess’ Sea Princess (December 2017) and Ruby Princess (February 2018), Carnival Dream (August 2018), Carnival Elation (December 2018) dumped plastic overboard. The government informed Judge Seitz that, regarding the Carnival Elation, Carnival knowingly and deliberately discharged plastic which was a significant violation of probation. Regarding the Ruby Princess, a compliance auditor “witnessed 55-gallon containers (which) held several unauthorized items destined to go down the waste chute and overboard. These items were plastic straws, plastic corn on the cob holders, wooden stir sticks, toothpicks, wooden steak identifiers, paper, paper clips and aluminum foil wrappers.” Regarding the Carnival Dream, the auditor noted that the following items were “ready to be discharged down the chute and then overboard while at sea. These items include: aluminum bottle caps, broken plastic cups, cotton swabs (Q-tips), emery cloth, plastic straws, napkins, paper and umbrellas for drinks.”

April 11 - Mariner OTS & Independence OTS, SkyPad suspended
Miami Herald reports Royal Caribbean has closed the Sky Pad trampoline bungee ride on two of its ships after a passenger fractured his pelvis when the bungees snapped in February. Casey Holladay, 25, was aboard the Mariner of the Seas ship out of Miami with his girlfriend when he decided to try the ride. The bungees holding him broke off as he was about 20 feet in the air, and he landed on the deck floor next to the trampoline. Holladay is suing Royal Caribbean for $10 million. A tweet response to an inquiring guest said the Sky Pad ride was temporarily closed.

April 8 - Aegean Odyessy, Continuing delays
From a passenger
: Aegean Odyssey arrived at port in Cape Verde Islands two days later than scheduled. Truncated tours began after 5pm and concluded well after dark! Heading north at 12 knots against strong winds and 3m seas. Becoming more unlikely that scheduled overnight journey to Marrakech will be a go as ship is scheduled to be in Malaga at 6am on the 13th. Update 11 April: Aegean Odyssey has, once more, lost an engine and is heading  toward Casablanca. We have been experiencing a Force 9 gale for over 24 hours. Good news, though, Voyages to Antiquity have promised passengers a 100% refund for the voyage.

April 6 - Norwegian Epic, Delayed 6 hours by medical emergency
From a passenger: While docked in port canaveral on day 1 of cruise a gentleman took seriously ill. Ship was delayed leaving port for about 6 hours and continued on as normal later that evening.

April 6 - Norwegian Epic, Man charged with rape of 13 year old girl
WESH reports an Oregon man has been brought to Brevard County to stand trial for the alleged rape of a 13-year old girl on a cruise ship. Justin Dolson, 27, is charged with lewd and lascivious on a victim under the age of 16. Prosecutors say Dolson took a cruise on the Norwegian Epic out of Port Canaveral a year ago. During the cruise, and in international waters, investigators said he lured a 13-year old girl into a hot tub and committed a sex crime.

April 5 - Silver Spirit, Failed Sanitation Inspection
The ship failed its most recent inspection with a failing score of 81 (a passing score is 86 or above). (Cruise Law News has details)

April 5 - Celebrity Constellation, Loss of propulsion
From a reader
: Captain announced 1 hour ago that the Celebrity Constellation has lost propulsion and is dead in the water. The hotel functions are all working so no loss of comfort. We are about 500 miles west of Phuket enroute to Colombo. Full power was restored less than 90 minutes later.

April 4 - Astoria, ?Aground?
Daily Echo reports residents contacted the Daily Echo on Wednesday after the ship appeared to struggle while leaving the port on that evening. Yesterday, the ship's owners, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), said: "The Astoria did not run aground, touch bottom or have any contact whatsoever with any foreign object in the Poole channel, contrary to the belief of some observers who viewed the ship’s departure." Instead the company says the ships captain decided to drop anchor at 6.06pm due to the "strong current and high water in the Poole channel at the time of her departure." A statement from CMV said: "By 6.30pm the anchor was no longer in use and Astoria proceeded on her way again without assistance. There was no contact between Astoria and the sea bed and no damage was sustained by the vessel, the port or any third parties.

April 4 - Carnival Inspiration, Pax banned for life after getting stuck in an elevator for 1 - 1.5 hours
Newsweek, USA Today, Fox News and Cruise Law News (which was the first to post the story) report that five passengers have been banned for life after getting stuck in an elevator for 1 - 1.5 hours. One person fainted, and assistance from the cruise ship appeared to be less than adequate. This is classic "blaming the victim."

April 4 - Aegean Odyessy, Engine failure, delays
From a passenger
: Ship left Cape Town after 2 days in port with passengers kept on board without access to passports. Starboard engine down. Engine on again for some miles and then off again off the coast of Namibia. Port of Luderitz missed. More engine repairs in Walvis Bay. On to Luanda. Took almost one entire day to be refueled. Lost engine again. Crossed the Gulf of Guinea and turned north along the coast of West Africa where both engines failed at 3:20am on April 4th off the coast from Freetown, Sierra Leone. A couple of hours later: Ship once again sailing on one engine. Moving slowly northward.

April 3 - Viking Idun, Collision with cargo ship
Business Insider reports a Viking Cruises representative confirmed to Business Insider that the Viking Idun was involved in a collision with a cargo ship and was damaged in the crash. There were 171 passengers and 51 crew members on the Idun at the time of the accident.The representative said four passengers were examined by medical personnel but were not injured. One crew member received two bruises from the incident."The [Idun] sustained some damage near the bow and is currently docked in Terneuzen with all guests," the Viking representative said. "While damage of the ship is being assessed, guests will continue with a modified version of the itinerary." The Viking representative said the company hopes to return the ship to service on Thursday.

April 3 - Oasis OTS, Cruises Canceled
Click Orlando reports Royal Caribbean messaged customers on Twitter on Tuesday telling them sail dates out of Port Canaveral for April 7, 14 and 21 have been canceled. The cruise line told customers anyone scheduled to go on the canceled trips will get a full refund along with a 100 percent future cruise certificate to apply toward a different sail date.

April 1 - Oceania Marina, Illness Outbreak
CDC reports 36 of 1066 (3.38%) passengers and 4 crew of 763 (0.52%) have reported ill on the March 18 - 5 April cruise.

April 1 - Oasis OTS, Crane damages ship in drydock
Cruise Hive reports a large crane has collapsed onto the ship during a routine dry dock at the Grand Bahamas Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas. Eight people have been injured. As seen in a video posted online, the crane has caused the 220,900 gross ton ship to list towards its starboard side. The crane collapsed onto the aft of the ship where the AquaTheatre is located. The ship was set to be fully upgraded and ready for a new summer service of Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona, Spain, starting in May 2019.

March 30 - Norwegian Epic, Delay, skipped port call
From a passenger
: We went out on the Norwegian Epic on March 23... we didn’t leave Port Canaveral until around 1 AM due to “a medical evacuation”... we were supposed to leave at 4.  Then we skipped the private island port the next day (great stirrup cay) due to “wind”.  Something weird was going on.

March 30 - Unknown, Arrest in Cayman for handgun
St. Lucia Times reports  a passenger arrived in the Cayman Islands last month, the first stop on a nine-night Caribbean cruise that departed from Florida. Once in port on Feb. 3, the 68-year-old Madison woman got a notice that her third piece of luggage, which hadn’t arrived with her flight from Wisconsin to Fort Lauderdale, had been found and flown down to the George Town airport. But when she went to pick it up, her vacation turned into an expensive lesson in how American gun rights don’t always travel well, and that could land her in a foreign prison. Inside that third bag, X-rays showed, was a .25 caliber handgun and six rounds of ammunition. Despite her claim of a Wisconsin concealed carry permit, in the Caymans, it was considered illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm. Conviction carries a mandatory seven-year prison term upon a guilty plea, 10 years if convicted at trial — unless the court finds “exceptional circumstances."

March 30 - Carnival Spirit, Person overboard
Cruise Law News reports several guests report that a young man went overboard from the cruise ship as it headed toward Noumea, New Caledonia. A guest sent the following information via email: “Person reported overboard near coast of Noumea 1 AM cruise ship had to return to middle of the ocean to search at 4 AM.  no-one found. 25 year old middle eastern man. Surveillance of man falling.”   The man was reported overboard on the early morning on March 29, 2019. The ship departed from Sydney, Australia on March 27th and was scheduled to arrive in Noumea, New Caledonia on March 30th at 8:00 AM local time. The ship was scheduled to call on ports in Vanuatu and New Caledonia before returning to Sydney on April 7th.

March 29 - Astor, Delayed arrival (fog)
From a reader: Astor currently outside port of Cape Town as the port is fogbound. Ship arrived this morning from Mossel Bay. She is planned to overnight in Cape Town and sail tomorrow 30th March pm for Namibia.

March 28, Costa Flavolosa, Drug Bust
Cruise Law News reports newspapers in Brazil are reporting that yesterday the federal police arrested sixteen passengers aboard the cruise ship who were reportedly carrying 300 kilos of cocaine. in their luggage.  The Costa cruise ship was in the port in Santos, Brazil, on the coast of São Paulo, en route to Europe.  The newspapers reported that ten Brazilians, three Belgians and three French (eight women and eight men) all under the age of 30 years of age, were arrested and taken into custody. The Costa ship security personnel reportedly discovered the drugs during an electronic inspection of the baggage. Each piece of luggage also contained around $1,000, which was believe to be an an advance for the transportation of the cocaine.The cruise ship was given permission to sail following the arrests.

March 28 - MSC Opera, Drug Bust
The Telegraph reports two British nationals have been arrested on the holiday island of Madeira on suspicion of smuggling £2 million pounds worth of cocaine aboard a luxury cruise liner. The pair, were amongst 12 people, who were detained when the cruise ship, the MSC Opera, docked at Funchal en route from the Caribbean on March 24. Local police assisted by members of Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) recovered around 18 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £2 million. The cocaine had been hidden in crisp packets and ceramic bowls which had been stashed in suitcases. Six of those arrested had been passengers on board the vessel when it travelled from the West Indies to Madeira.  The other six, including the two Britons, and a Dutch national who lives in London, had  recently travelled to Madeira, where it is suspected they were due to meet the ship when it docked. Those arrested were aged between 20 and 52 and included six men and six women. All twelve have been detained pending prosecution in the Portuguese courts.

March 27 - Norwegian Pearl, Sexual Assault lawsuit
PRNewswire has a report that a waitress who was drugged, punched, beaten, strangled and raped while working on Norwegian Cruise Line's ship the M/V Norwegian Pearl has filed suit against the company for her damages. According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Jane Doe was attacked by a co-worker in a dormitory-style cabin while three cabinmates and a supervisor stood outside the door listening to her screams. After the attack, she ran out of the cabin naked from the waist down screaming and crying.  The cabinmates then forced her back into the same cabin where she was assaulted a second time. Claimant's attacker, Kevin Paul, was arrested by the Police Department and eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery. NCL was served with a lawsuit this week for Ms. Doe's rape and battery that occurred March 6, 2016. The lawsuit claims that over the course of the many years preceding Ms. Doe's rape, there have been many incidents of sexual harassment and sexual battery, including rape, of female crew members and passengers on NCL'S fleet of cruise ships. The suit claims that NCL knows that date rape drugs have been involved in other shipboard rapes of female crew members and passengers.

March 26 - Le Lyrial, Delayed by weather
From a reader: Strong winds delayed sailing yesterday and ship finally departed shortly after 09h00 this morning from Cape Town bound for Port Elizabeth. Arrival in Port Elizabeth is delayed until 14h30  on 28th March.

March 25 - Viking Sky, Investigation undertaken of Mayday call
GC Captain reports Maritime authorities in Norway, Britain and the United States have started investigating the loss of power on board the ship which nearly led to its grounding along the west coast of Norway over the weekend. The 2017-built luxury cruise ship had 1,378 passengers and crew on board when its engines failed and it drifted dangerously close to shorenear the town of Hustadvika in stormy weather on Saturday afternoon. An ocean tug was eventually able to attach a tow line to the Viking Sky and tow it Molde, Norway, where the remaining passengers were disembarked on Sunday afternoon. The following cruise has been canceled.

March 23 - Viking Sky, Mayday, Ship evacuated
BBC reports about 1,300 people are being evacuated from the ship off the coast of Norway. Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine problems, and all those aboard are being taken to shore. Norway's sea rescue agency said the MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal and was drifting towards the shore. Helicopters and rescue boats are at the scene in high waves and strong winds. Police told the newspaper VG winds are blowing at 38 knots, and the ship is less than 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) from the shore. However, reports suggest the ship has managed to restart one engine and move slightly further from the coast as the evacuation continues.The vessel was en route to Stavanger from Tromso, and is drifting off the town of Farstad near Molde on the country's western coast. The area is known as the Hustadvika and is reportedly one of the most dangerous stretches of Norway's coast.

March 20 - MS Eledweis, Collision, holed, evacuated
NL Times reports the ship collided with a cargo ship, loaded with cars, on the Waal river near Nijmegen at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were all shaken, but unharmed, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. Public works service Rijkswaterstaat and the fire department evacuated the cruise ship, ANP reports.  The collision with the cargo ship pushed the cruise ship into a pillar of the railway bridge over the river. This made a hole in the hull, which caused a fire. The fire was quickly under control. Train traffic was halted for a time as a precaution, while the structural integrity of the pillar was checked . here were 240 people on the cruise ship, the MS Edelweiss of Swiss shipping company Scylla - 160 passengers ad 80 crew members. According to the safety office, the passengers were transported ashore by ships from the fire department and Rijkswaterstaat. All crew members stayed on board. The cause of the accident is not yet known, Scylla said in a press statement. The cargo ship was able to sail to the dock on its own, and a assisting ship was deployed to help bring the cruise ship ashore.

March 20 - Mariner OTS, Lawsuit for Injury on Skypad
NBC Miami reports a passenger who was on the ship figured he was a natural for an adventure attraction the cruise line calls the SkyPad. "We were really excited because we had seen a commercial that Royal was promoting for this Skypad, this awesome experience in the sky," Holladay told NBC 6. The ride is promoted as a trampoline and bungee jump in one. He says he was enjoying himself until something happened that caused him to crash and drop an estimated 20 feet to the ground. "I just felt the momentum release from my body that I wasn’t being held by anything anymore," he said. "When I hit all I really remember is the hit and the noise and the fear."  His girlfriend was recording on her mobile phone when it happened. After his fall, she rushed to where he was being treated on the ship’s deck. "It's kind of one of those cliché moments when your life changes in the blink of an eye," Holladay said. Royal Caribbean shortened the cruise and brought Holladay back to Miami where doctors performed several surgeries to repair his broken pelvis. He also dislocated his shoulder.  He spent nine days in a South Florida hospital. A month after the fall, we saw Casey at his Sarasota home pulling himself up out of bed, using a walker, and wheelchair. "My life got changed without me having a say," he said. "I am fearful that I am not going to be able to enjoy the day-to-day like I'm used to." He is now suing RCCL.

March 18 - Mariner OTS, Pax Overboard, Rescued Alive
Cruise Law News reports that passengers onboard report that a passenger who went overboard from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship tonight has been located and rescued from the water.

March 18 - Norwegian Breakaway,  Fails Health Inspection
CDC reports the ship failed its USPH inspection with a score of 84. Locate the report here.

March 17 - Silja Galaxy, Sexual assault
'The Local reports a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman on a ferry between Stockholm and Finland late on Friday night. Stockholm Police seized the man after the Silja Galaxy ferry returned to Stockholm on Sunday. "A woman reported to personnel on board that she had been raped," police spokesperson Ola Österling told Sweden's TT newswire. Ferry staff then held the man throughout the return trip so that he could be handed over to Swedish police.

March 16 - Glory Sea (China), Ship detained for unpaid crew wages
Seatrade Cruise News reports Glory Sea, owned by Diamond Cruise International Co., Limited, was placed under arrest by Shanghai Maritime Court due to unpaid crew wages. Some 58 crew had submitted a complaint to the court. Diamond Cruise International was established in 2015, and Glory Sea debuted with a maiden voyage to Japan in July 2016. The ship has operated sailings from Shanghai, Zhoushan, Qingdao, Dalian, Tianjin, Haikou and Lianyungang to destinations in Southeast and Northeast Asia.

March 13 - Carnival Cruise Lines, Cancels all port calls to Antigua
Antigua Newsroom reports the cruise line has, as as of March 13 cancelled ALL scheduled calls to Antigua, President of the cruise association Nathan Dundas has announced. The announcement comes two weeks after Prime Minister Gaston Browne accused the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association of exploiting the region. The cruise line did not give a reason for its decision.

March 10 - Saga Pearl II & Aegean Odyssey, Port of Cape Town closed due to winds
From a reader: Port of Cape Town is closed due to high winds. Saga Pearl II and Aegean Odyssey unable to enter port. Wind not expected to abate in the next 12 to 18 hours. Update: Saga Pearl II arrived pilot station 12h39 and Aegean Odyssey 14h33.
 
March 10 - Unknown, Serious injuries in ferry collision
Aljazeera reports at least 87 passengers in a high-speed ferry have been injured in an apparent collision with a marine animal off a Japanese island, according to coastguard officers and local media reports. Thirteen people suffered serious injuries in the accident on Saturday, which occurred as the vessel was heading to Sado island. It is likely the ferry hit a whale, as both humpbacks and minkes are often found in the area, NHK quoted a marine wildlife expert as saying. There was damage to the back of the vessel, local media said. A 15cm crack was found at the ferry's stern. However, the ferry - with 121 passengers and four crew on board - reached its destination on the island, located off the west coast of Japan's main island of Honshu without outside help, local media said.

March 8 - Regal Princess, Rescue plane crash victims
Yahoo Lifestyle reports passengers witnessed a life-saving show on Tuesday when crew members ohelped rescue two plane crash victims in the Caribbean Sea. The cruise ship was on its way to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a seven-night journey when the small private plane went down 23 miles southeast of the Grand Turk Island in Turks and Caicos. The Federal Aviation Administration contacted the U.S. Coast Guard who then alerted the nearest ship — the Regal Princess. The crew deployed a lifeboat to rescue the two men and it was all captured on video.

March 8 - Seabourn Sojourn, Missed port call
From a reader: Ship arrived this morning 8th March in Mossel Bay after departing from Cape Town yesterday morning. Unable to tender pax ashore due to weather conditions. Ship is now steaming slowly to Port Elizabeth where she will arrive tomorrow morning as scheduled.

March 8 - RCI, Lawsuit outcome ($3.38 million)
Channel 3000 reports
a Federal jury says Royal Caribbean Cruises owes $3.38 million to the family of a passenger who died during an Alaskan cruise. The jury returned its verdict Thursday in Miami federal court. Court records show Richard Puchalski was with his family on the Explorer of the Seas in 2016. A civil complaint says the 70-year-old Wisconsin man visited the ship's infirmary with shortness of breath and later collapsed after being treated and sent back to his cabin. The complaint says the ship's medical staff made errors that led to Puchalski's heart attack being fatal. Jurors found Royal Caribbean to be 70 percent at fault for the approximately $34,000 in medical expenses and $4.8 million in loss of companionship and pain and suffering. Royal Caribbean representatives say they plan to appeal the decision.

March 6 - Queen Mary 2, Power loss
Deadline News reports thousands of passengers were left floating in the Caribbean after their luxury vessel broke down. They floated without power or lighting for an hour. One passenger says she remains traumatised after getting stuck in a lift during the outage on December 30. Another passenger, a solicitor, is demanded a £3,000 refund of the £9,000 she spent on the luxury cruise. She reported a “massive explosion” just before the blackout and feared pirates could be attacking the ship. The 27 night cruise, from December 15 to January 10, started at Southampton and then went to the New York via the Caribbean before returning home.

March 4 - Norwegian Escape, Severe List
Sun Sentinel reports several people were injured after the Norwegian Escape cruise ship was blasted by what the cruise line called a “sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots.” The powerful wind caused the ship to tilt on its left side, or, in nautical terms, its port side, when the wind struck just before midnight on Sunday.

February 28 - Carnival Victory, Power loss, adrift
Cruise Law News reports the ship lost power for several hours late this afternoon, according to passengers posting on social media. Passengers on the ship report that the at some point after 5:00 P.M., the Carnival Victory lost power and the ship went dark. (Several passengers mentioned that the ship lost power as early as 3:15 P.M.). A generator was started but the ship remained drifting without propulsion for several hours.

February 25 - NCL Gem, Stuck at sea (delayed)
NY Post reports the ship was stranded off New York City after strong winds prevented it from docking Monday night. Vacationers scheduled for an upcoming 10-day Caribbean cruise were left waiting for the ship’s arrival. “Due to strong gale-force winds on the Hudson River, Norwegian Gem’s scheduled arrival into New York City has been delayed until tomorrow morning, February 26,” a spokesman for Norwegian said.

February 25 - Regatta, Skipped port call (weather)
The Advocate reports the ship cancelled its scheduled call in Burnie on Monday, Burnie City Council said in a statement. Severe weather conditions in the Tasman Sea caused the ship to seek shelter on the New Zealand west coast before crossing to Australia.  The Regatta will now go directly to Melbourne instead of stopping in Burnie Port. The ship had to abandon its call in Burnie earlier in the month due to strong winds and easterly weather. The Pacific Eden was also unable to dock in Burnie on February 12 and instead came to the port the following day.

February 24 - Carnival Fantasy, Delayed (fog)
Cruise Hive reports Carnival Cruise Line has issued a weather alert due to the Port of Mobile, Alabama being closed. Dense fog is impacting operations at the port and all shipping has been stopped including the Carnival Fantasy.

February 21 - MSC Orchestra & Poesia, Collision
From a reader
:
Yesterday, the  MSC Orchestra was doing a maneuver at the Port of Buenos Aires Argentina for some unknown reason control was lost.  The MSC Orchestra drifted further towards the MSC Poesia which was docked at the south end . With a local pilot onboard and aid of two tug boats the MSC Orchestra still managed to hit from her starboard side. No injuries from staff and or passengers. A life boat and some damage was noted on deck 7 in the incident . The incident is under review to determine what the cause was, weather conditions were near perfect so winds were not a cause in the incident. The MSC Poesia did not suffer any major damages.

February 21 - Island Princess, Illness
CDC reports 83 of 2193 (3.78%) passengers and 8 crew of 905 (0.88%) have reported ill on the February 8 - 18 cruise

February 21 - Unknown, Protest in Curacao
From a passenger: Yesterday we were in Port in Curaçao when a huge protest against the United States broke out. You might be interested in this… It was crazy, and a lot of cruise passengers that were visiting were very startled. Afterward, I actually asked somebody from their parliament if they wanted to explain, on video, what had just happened. They literally snickered at us and told us, no. They said it was none of the Americans business.

February 15 - Grand Classica , Denied entry to Cuba
CBS 12 reports Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica was on its way to Cuba as part of its special Valentine’s Day four-day trip for families to reconnect with their loved ones. However, it was denied entry Friday morning. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line released a statement: "Due to the Cuban government denying entry into Havana without reason and despite advance approvals in place, Viva Travel’s charter of Grand Classica is headed for Nassau, Bahamas to complete her four-day cruise. Guests’ safety and security continue to remain a top priority."

February 15 - Viking Star, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 36 of 904 (3.98%) passengers and 1 crew of 461 (0.22%) have reported ill on the February 7 - 14 cruise.

February 14 - NCL Epic, The non-cruise
From a passenger: Norwegian Epic had engine problems, cancelled two ports of call, Tortola and St. Thomas and inched their way into San Juan Puerto Rico where they destroyed a couple of moorings. Next day they reported they were leaving dock giving passengers the impression that they would see at least one port on their itinerary, Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. But now they have announced that they are heading directly back to dock at Port Canaveral. Not one port of call was reached and they have only offered the passengers a credit on a future cruise. No refunds have been offered.

February 14 - Europa 2, Skipped port call
Cook Islands News reports the ship had to cancel its call at Rarotonga today. The ship  is scheduled to visit Rarotonga again on February 24 followed by Costa Luminosa on February 27. "As weather conditions can be uncertain, disembarking will not be confirmed until the morning of arrivals and is totally dependent on the assessments by the captain and/or agent,” Cook Islands Tourism said. Last year the cancellation rate mainly due to the weather was around 20 per cent.

February 14 - Navigator OTS, First sailing canceled
Royal Caribbean Blog reports  Royal Caribbean confirmed it has canceled the Sunday, February 24 sailing of Navigator of the Seas, which would have been the first sailing back for the ship. Royal Caribbean said the reason for the cancellation was due to, "poor weather conditions have affected the progress of the ship’s outer decks." The new plan is for Navigator of the Seas to return to service on the previously scheduled 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise departing from Miami, FL on Friday, March 1.

February 14 - MSC Divina, Illness outbreak
From a passenger: On board MSC DIVINA.  At about 8pm Feb 13, captain advised that we had an unusually high incidence of gastrointestinal problems. He asked all passengers to wash hands frequently. Staff could be seen disinfecting hand rails. No further advisenents were made.

February 14 - Company unknown, Company defrauded of $2.4 million
NT News reports a Sydney woman has been accused of stealing more than $2.4 million from a cruise ship company while working for them over three years. The 62-year-old made numerous unauthorised electronic transfers from the company account while an employee between January 2014 and September 2017, police said. She was arrested on Wednesday and charged with eight counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and four counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime with intention to conceal.The woman has been granted condition bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on February 27.

February 14 - Nieuw Statendam, Drowning
Eyewitness News reports police in the capital are investigating an apparent drowning that occurred on Monday, February 11 at Half Moon Cay. According to police reports, shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Monday,an adult Canadian male tourist, who was a passenger on a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive and floating in waters at Half Moon Cay. The tourist was removed from the water and CPR was rendered. The victim was transported to the local clinic on Eleuthera, where he was pronounced dead.

February 12 - Pacific Princess, Death of passenger
From a passenger: A woman has died on the world cruise on the Pacific Princes in the Pacific Ocean. There is a very moving tribute from her husband. See Live from Pacific Princess world cruise. The email attributes the death to a complication of norovirus.

February 12 - Norwegian Epic, Power Loss at sea; Destroyed pier in San Juan
Cruise Law News reports
the ship sustained power loss yesterday during its current cruise to the Caribbean, requiring the NCL cruise ship to divert to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It left Port Canaveral, Florida on February 9th heading toward Tortola, British Virgin Islands where it was scheduled to arrive this morning around 8:00 a.m. It was then scheduled to call on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands tomorrow (February 13th) and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas on February 15th before returning to Port Canaveral on February 16th. The cruise ship reportedly sustained power loss to one or two engines (reports via social media vary) which reduced its speed to around 11 knots. It has slowly sailed a couple hundred miles toward San Juan for the last 24 hours. It is now approaching San Juan after NCL cancelled the ports of call on Tortola and St. Thomas yesterday. Cruise Hive reports the ship collided with and destroyed the pier in San Juan.

February 11 - Carnival Sensation,  Fire
Cruise Law News reports the ship was on the last night of a four day cruise to the Western Caribbean when the fire reportedly started around 3:00 a.m on the last night, according to a passenger who wishes to remain anonymous. She stated that the fire occurred on deck 6 aft. A producer at CNN was aboard the ship and took photographs and posted information about the fire on her Twitter page. Cruise guests donned life vests and crew members appeared wearing fire gear. Deck six reportedly smelled of smoke and fans were used to try and blow the smoke away. Carnival issued the following statement: “Carnival Sensation reported a smoke event early Monday morning while the ship was on its way back to its homeport of Miami and the conclusion of a five-day journey.  Smoke was coming from a housekeeping storage area on Deck 6, but when first responders arrived, they confirmed there was no fire.  Guests were alerted by public announcements and some guests near the source of the smoke were asked to evacuate their staterooms.  Both the captain and the cruise director made subsequent public announcements to update guests. Some guests waited in public areas and we provided refreshments; others returned to their staterooms once they were notified that the situation was under control.  Guests are now disembarking in a routine manner and the ship’s next sail, another five-day cruise, is scheduled to depart as planned Monday afternoon.” Local10 reports the smoke caused panic among passengers.

February 10 - Mariner OTS, Missed port call, messed up itinerary
From a passenger: Just getting off the mariner of the seas from a 2 day cruise.   We missed the port yesterday as they claim it was too windy to get off the ship.  Then yesterday afternoon at the sky pad a guy fell off and broke his pelvis -- the harness that holds you snapped off and he fell onto the deck.    They took him to medical facility and 5 hours later they had us dock back in Miami and rescue took him off the ship.  They then took us back out to sea for 7 hours.   Needless to say it wasn’t a great 2 day cruise.

February 6 - Regatta, Missed port call
The Advocate reports the ship has abandoned its plans to dock in Burnie on Wednesday morning. The Regatta attempted to enter Burnie port with the help of two tugs but aborted the docking due to poor conditions. Burnie City Council said in a statement the ship had been unable to dock “due to winds and easterly weather”.

February 5 - MSC ship & P&O Brittania, Pax robbed (St. John's, Antigua)
Antigua Observer reports two men who allegedly robbed two tourists and stabbed one of them last Friday, have been charged. The accused are 20-year-old Joel Richards and 19-year-old Anderson Garcia both of Hatton, and they’re jointly accused of aggravated robbery on French visitors Jacques Colbert and Christiane Marcelle Drouth. The investigation into the matter has found that at about 11 a.m. on February 1, the couple who arrived in Antigua on the MSC cruise ship, was sightseeing nearby a tower in Hatton when they were attacked and robbed by two men. The attackers allegedly wrestled a black leather handbag from the 62-year-old woman and stabbed her 70-year-old companion in the abdomen, close to his navel, before running off. The bag which they took contained an umbrella, the woman’s cruise ship receipt, a note book, and an address book.  In a separate incident, another cruise ship visitor who was robbed last week is counting his losses as lawmen have not recovered his belongings. The victim is Michael Maycock, a UK national who arrived on cruise ship Brittania PNO on January 28. He was sightseeing around midday at the St John’s Cathedral in the city when a man attacked him with a piece of wood. The man beat him with the object, pushed him to the ground and took away his wallet which contained US $100. He was also robbed of his debit cards and cruise ship card. The robber, who escaped on foot, was dressed in a red T-shirt and described as “very tall in height, and dark in complexion”.

February 4 - Allure of the Seas, Drug bust
Local 10 reports two tourists from Washington, D.C., were arrested Sunday on accusations they tried to smuggle drugs onto a cruise ship at Port Miami, authorities said. According to an arrest report, a Homeland Security special agent intercepted emails from Peter Melendez, 35, who is a government contractor, and Robert Koehler, 27, discussing their strategy to smuggle the drugs onto the ship and distribute the drugs to people once they were on board. According to an arrest report, a Homeland Security special agent intercepted emails from Peter Melendez, 35, who is a government contractor, and Robert Koehler, 27, discussing their strategy to smuggle the drugs onto the ship (Atlantis Cruise) and distribute the drugs to people once they were on board.

February 3 - Lady  Rose, Death from toilet fumes
Sydney Morning Herald reports hazardous material teams recorded "extremely hazardous" levels of hydrogen sulfide in a toilet cubicle of a luxury cruise vessel in the hours after a woman's body was found on Saturday afternoon. The woman, who can now be identified as Shalina Abdul Hussien, was found slumped in a confined toilet cubicle on the Lady Rose, a three-level vessel owned by cruising company All Occasion Cruises Pty Limited.  Ms Hussien's body was found after she was reported missing by her friends and fellow passengers, who had begun complaining of an overpowering gas-like smell. The 39-year-old was attending a four-hour birthday party on the privately chartered vessel, with around 100 other guests, when her body was discovered by a deck hand. The Lady Rose is licensed to carry up to 475 passengers.

January 30 - MSC Divina, Drug Bust (cocaine)
Riviera Maya News reports six packets of drugs, reported to be cocaine, were found inside a storage area of the bathroom of a cruise ship docked on Cozumel Tuesday morning. The cruise ship, was sailing from the Cayman Islands bound for the United States.Prior to its arrival, information about the possibility of a suspicious package was sent to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), which led to the inspection. The FGR alert was provided by personnel of the Customs and Migration Department at approximately 10:55 AM

January 29 - Princess Private Island, Fire
Eleuthra News reports sometime around 10:00pm on Monday, January 28th, 2019, Police at Rock Sound received a report of a fire at Princess Cays.  SEEP (South Eleuthera Emergency Partners) was dispatched along with police officers.  On arrival they met four wooden structures full ablaze.  They were the generator house, reverse osmosis water plant, mechanic shop and tool shed on property.  All four structures were totally destroyed. The fire was contained within several hours to the mid-section of the Cay.  The cause of the blaze is unknown to authorities.

January 28 - Viking Sea, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 38 of 925 (4.1%) passengers and 0 crew have reported ill on the January 18-28 cruise.

January 25 - Bahamas Paradise, Grand Classica, Autopsy shows pax who died in fall intoxicated
WPTV reports an autopsy shows a man who died after falling on a cruise ship in October had been drinking and plummeted 45 feet (13 meters) down a stairwell. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner released its autopsy report for 29-year-old Christopher McGrory on Thursday. McGrory was airlifted to a West Palm Beach hospital from the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica on Oct. 21. The Palm Beach Post reports a nurse told investigators McGrory had been "drinking heavily" when he attempted to jump up a stair but lost his balance and fell backward. The autopsy showed his blood alcohol level was 0.256, about three times Florida's legal limit for declaring a driver impaired. Brian McGrory of Palm City said his son had been celebrating his bachelor party on the cruise from Palm Beach to the Bahamas.

January 24 - Insignia (Oceania), Failed sanitation inspection
Cruise Law News reports the ship failed its last sanitation inspection conducted by United States Public Health (“USPH”) inspectors on December 17, 2018, according to a crew member who wishes to stay anonymous. The USPH reportedly gave the cruise ship a failing score of only 80, after the sanitation agency inspected the ship in Miami over a month ago. The crew member stated that the ship failed USPH on December 17 in Miami with only 80 points which is a failure on the ship sanitation, food preparation and poor galley cleansing.  All crew, staff and officers was strictly told not to inform anyone since this could damage the company 5 star image.” Today. the CDC published the report indicating that the in fact received a failing score of 80. The report indicates that numerous food-contact surface areas on the ship were heavily soiled and  dusty and dirty; refrigerator units were not built to food equipment standards; and there were flies and other pests found in food service areas.  Potentially hazardous food items were stored and prepared at improper temperatures. Potable water bunkering was not properly tested for pH or halogen and the testing equipment was out of order.

January 24 - Two ferries, Allision
Italian media reports an accident today in the port of Olbia (Sardinia). A Grimaldi ferry departing from the Isola Bianca port accidentally hit Tirrenia Athara, which was moored. The collision took place around 12 noon. Fortunately, no injuries were recorded. There was strong winds at the time.

January 24 - Carnival Corp ships, Poor air quality on ships
CNN reports cruise ships generate high levels of air pollution that could endanger the health of passengers, staff and port communities, according to a report released Thursday.On the decks of the four Carnival Corp. cruise ships studied over a two-year period, concentrations of particulate matter measured were "comparable to concentrations measured in polluted cities, including Beijing and Santiago," according to Ryan Kennedy, author of the report and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ship exhaust contains harmful constituents, including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, many of which have toxic, possibly cancer-causing properties, Kennedy said: "It's dangerous it's not a healthy thing for us to be exposed to." Without the knowledge of the company or ship staff, Kennedy took measurements using a P-TRAK Ultrafine Particle Counter when the ships were docked as well as when moving at sea. Consistently, Kennedy said, the highest average readings of particulate matter (PM) concentration were found behind the smokestack at the back of the ship. The equipment he used measured particles with sizes between 0.02 and 1.0 micrometers, considered ultrafine and fine PM.

January 24 - MSC Musica, Skipped port call?
Times Live reports the "Cape Doctor" - the notorious southeaster which earned Cape Town the moniker Cape of Storms - showed what a powerful force of nature it is when it prevented the 93,000-ton  cruise ship MSC Musica from docking on Thursday. The vessel sailed past the cruise terminal at the V&A Waterfront, made a U-turn and  returned to the relative safety of the open ocean. At midday, Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said the weakening wind may result in the ship being able to enter port on Thursday night or Friday morning. The ship has been based in Durban since October for the duration of the southern African summer but is taking regular cruises from Cape Town during January. From a reader "in the know:" Ship will try to berth later tonight and disembark pax and embark pax. Original schedule was 16hoo departure Cape Town today 24/01/19, at sea, Port Elizabeth, at sea and Durban. Current indications are that vessel will heave anchor and proceed to Port Elizabeth and bus pax back to Cape Town. No clue what will happen with pax supposed to embark in Cape Town. Cruise will probably be cancelled and the ship will proceed to Durban to maintain schedule sans pax. Cape Town weather this time of year! UPDATE: The ship remains at anchor with the wind still blasting the port of Cape Town. Latest update is an attempt to berth in the early hours of Saturday morning will be made with disembarkation due to commence around 08h00. Following that, new embarkation will commence immediately thereafter and the ship will endeavour to sail shortly after all pax onboard before the wind picks up. The scheduled call at Port Elizabeth will be omitted and she will head directly to Durban. Cruise duration currently halved on the upcoming cruise. FINAL UPDATE: Ship entered port of Cape Town at 06h07 Saturday 26th January. Currently sailing from Cape Town. ETA Durban Monday 12h00 28th January.  One and only scheduled visit to Port Elizabeth cancelled. 

January 24 - Majesty OTS, Crew member overboard
Cruise Law News reports a crew member has reportedly gone overboard last night according to several passengers. This morning shortly before 8:00 a.m., we received the following message from a guest on the cruise ship: “We are on the Majesty of the Seas. It was just reported that we will be late to get to port today because a crew member went overboard. No other information has been given to us. They said we assisted in the efforts last night to look, but no one was found.” Another guest contacted us on Facebook around 7:00 a.m stating: “Currently on Royal Caribbean majesty of the seas … search and rescue underway with coast guard for crew member that threw themselves overboard.” Local news stations are reporting that the crew member is 26 years old. There is an active search and rescue operation underway around 37 miles east of the Miami area.

January 22 - Carnival Valor, Power loss, no A/C
KHOU reports the ship had a temporary power outage while en route to Cozumel, Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Passengers on board Carnival Valor said the ship was stuck at sea for about an hour and they were not sure what was going on. Carnival sent a statement to KHOU 11 News Tuesday afternoon saying the AC is back on and the ship is back on course:  "Carnival Valor is experiencing a temporary issue that is affecting the power supply to certain functions of the ship. The air conditioning is back in service and the ship has resumed its course to Cozumel. We expect the remaining functions to be restored shortly." Around 1:20 p.m., a Carnival spokeswoman said all services were up and running.

January 21 - Golden Princess, Person overboard
Cruise Law News reports a person (either a cruise guest or crew member) is presumed to have gone overboard, according to a passenger on the Princess cruise ship. Shortly after 6:15 p.m. EST today (10:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 22 – Australia time),  a cruise passenger from Adelaide, Australia posted the following information on Twitter: Golden Princess sailing toward Melbourne, Australia at the moment. It appears that the person went overboard last night in the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia. The poster explains that the Princess cruise ship searched for the missing person last night and earlier this morning. It is currently unknown whether the person is a guest or crew member, or how or exactly when the person went overboard from the cruise ship.  It remains to be seen whether the ship was equipped with an automatic man overboard system which would have automatically sent a signal to the bridge if someone went over the rails via state-of-the-art motion detection / infrared and radar technology. Subsequently confirmed by Princess that a 22 year old male disappeared at 2AM; Search and rescue wasn't notified until 9AM.

January 20 - Norwegian Joy, Couple check into cabin and find crew members having sex in their bed
Newsweek reports a couple from Northern Ireland claim they checked into their cabin on a cruise from Singapore to Thailand to find a crew member and a woman having sex in the bed. Bobby and Mary Jackson from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, told Scotland's  Sunday Post that they had booked onto their first ever cruise in October. When the couple embarked in Singapore’s Marina Bay, they said they quickly headed to check out their cabin—and were met with an unexpected sight. I could see the back of a man on the bed who was directly facing us and it was obvious he was in the middle of having sex with a woman,” Mary told the outlet. She said that when they complained to staff, they were told there was no alternative cabin available as the ship was fully booked. “We went back to the cabin and tried to go back in there but although the woman had left, the male was still there,” Bobby said. “Two of the ship’s crew in white uniforms eventually persuaded him to leave. He looked very sheepish.” “I asked if the crew if knew him and they told me he was a worker on the boat.” The couple said they were initially offered £100 ($128) credits towards the cost of a future cruise on the line, which was then upped to £200 ($257). The couple said they rejected both offers.  Norwegian Cruise Line told the Post it was investigating the incident, and was discussing compensation with the couple.

January 19 - Aida Perla, Pax attacked in Castries, St. Lucia
St Lucia Times reports two female visitors were attacked by two young men in Sans Souci, Castries, Saturday morning, eyewitnesses say. A report was made to the police about 10.a.m, according to reports. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness told St Lucia Times that the incident took place near Serenity Park. The eyewitness reported hearing someone screaming and  said upon investigating, saw two young men attempting to relieve a cruise ship visitor of a camera while she and her female companion put up a struggle. The eyewitness said although the visitor who had the camera fell to the ground, the young thugs continued in their attempt to rob her. The young men are reported to have fled when passersby began heading in the direction of the commotion. St Lucia Times was informed that the woman who was attacked was badly shaken and sustained bruises. She and her companion are said to have headed back to their ship which was docked in the Castries harbour after the incident. Just this week, a couple reported being accosted and robbed in Serenity Park. Persons on social media have said that there appears to be a gang of criminals operating in the area, targeting homes and passersby.

January 19 - Carnival Splendor, Missed port call at Kona
I watched as the ship did not arrive in Kona (as planned) this morning. The reason is unknown, but the ship has been "stopped" in Honolulu since yesterday evening (it moved from one pier to another around midnight last night). Update: Spoke to a passenger when the ship was in Hilo Jan 20. He says the Captain said the ship wouldn't go to Kona because the seas were too high for tendering so they spent the day in Honolulu. Interestingly, weather conditions in Kona on the 19th had wind conditions peaking at 10 miles per hour and the seas were calmer than when NCL stopped on Wednesday (16 January).

January 18 - Celebrity Summit, Technical problems (power loss), stuck in San Juan
Cruise Law News reports several guests have notified us that the cruise ship is currently unable to leave the port in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to what the guests understand to be either a “computer glitch” or “propulsion issues.” The Summit was scheduled to leave San Juan yesterday  but has been unable to due to what the cruise lines often refer to euphemistically as “technical issues.”The Cruceros Puerto Rico twitter page (translated) refers to unspecified “mechanical” or “electrical problems in the bridge.” The website also states that the U.S. Coast Guard needs to inspect the ship before it is permitted to continue on its itinerary.

January 17 - Anthem of the Seas, No air conditioning
Cruise Law News reports a lack of functional air conditioning on much of the ship for the past week has left many guests feeling that they did not receive the cruise vacation which they paid for and which Royal Caribbean promised to them. A couple of cruise passengers contacted our office yesterday to state that the air conditioning in their cabins, as well as to others parts of the cruise ship, were not cooling adequately.  Instead of blowing at a desired temperature in the high 60’s or in the 70’s, the air conditioning was leaving their cabins hot, with temperatures ranging from the low to mid-80’s with some cabins as hot as 89 degrees.  The heat has interrupted the guests’ sleep and made their cruises unpleasant. It seems that the problem with the air conditioning began on or around Monday the 13th although there are comments posted on the Anthem of the Seas Facebook page dated earlier. Many guests with balconies opened their balcony doors but did not get much relief as the ship sailed in the Caribbean. The ship has been slow to advise the guests the nature of the problem (“it will be fixed shortly” type of response). And there have been sporadic updates regarding how the engineering department will try to solve the widespread problem. Not all decks seem to be affected with many complaints focusing on the cabins on decks 10 and 11 as well as public areas on the ship.

January 16 - Ship unnamed (RCI), Pax jumps overboard in port to show off to friends
Fox 13 reports a 27 year old Washington man says he "did not think this through" before he jumped off the side of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Nassau, Bahamas.  Now, Nick Naydev is banned from the cruise line for life and says he had to find his own way home from the island. Naydev said he jumped from the eleventh floor, which he estimated was about 100 feet up from the ocean. "I am truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the internet. I did not think this through before I jumped. My idea was this would be a good laugh for my friends and I would just swim back to shore and continue my vacation and never thought this would be this serious," Naydev said in a statement to FOX 13. In the video, Naydev's friends have gathered around as he climbs up the railing of the balcony. He looks at his friend who is holding the camera and then leaps.

January 16 - Carnival Sunshine, Lawsuit over Severe List
Miami Herald reports three passengers who say they were injured when the ship listed just after leaving Port Canaveral last October are suing the cruise line. According to the lawsuit, and to Carnival’s statement to passengers, the ship listed because its fin stabilizers malfunctioned. In their lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida, the three suing passengers said the company did not train the crew about how best to maintain the stabilizers, which are used to prevent rocky movements as the ship sails.

January 11 - Harmony OTS, Suicide/Fall
Cruise Law News reports a passenger has reportedly died after falling from a balcony earlier today. This evening we received an email which stated that between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, there was a suicide/accident on Harmony of the Seas; someone fell/jumped from a balcony and died. The passenger is apparently a teenage, according to a guest on the ship. One passenger stated on Twitter that the guest was allegedly 16 years old and died after hitting the “pavement.”  Another passenger posted on Twitter that the person struck the “concrete dock.”The ship is currently on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean. It left Fort Lauderdale on January 6th and was scheduled to stop in Labadee, today from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this evening. It is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, January 13th. Pix11 reports the 16 year old apparently didn’t have his room card, attempted to enter his eighth-floor room from an adjacent balcony, but lost his footing and fell.

January 10 - Oasis OTS, Illness Outbreak
WESH reports officials with Royal Caribbean reported that there 167 cases of a stomach virus on board the Oasis of the Seas. The seven-night cruise departed from Port Canaveral on Sunday and returns this weekend. The 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness represent 2 percent of the 8,454 guests and crew on board. Passengers were apparently not allowed to disembark in Falmouth. Cruise Law News reports the port call at Cozumel has been canceled and the ship will return to Port Canaveral early. CDC reports the numbers ill as 266 of 6285 passengers (4.23%) and 11 of 2169 crew (0.51%). Update Jan 12: CDC reports 561 passengers and 31 crew have reported ill.

January 8 - Norwegian Epic, Drug bust (pax)
Fox35Orlando reports 20 people were arrested on Saturday as they were boarding the ship for an annual music festival.  The event is called Holy Ship and is designed for fans of electronic dance music. Last year, when Holy Ship was about to depart, deputies arrested two dozen passengers. They were charged for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

January 8 - Nippon Maru, Master Suspended (alcohol use)
Maritime Executive reports the master has been suspended after the vessel's allision with a U.S. Navy fuel pier at Apra, Guam (see 31 December 2018). MOL's passenger division, Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, is looking into the cause of the accident. It has suspended the vessel's master until the inquiry is complete, citing the company drug and alcohol policy.

January 7 - Riviera (Oceania), Drug bust (crew)
Cruise Law News reports a crew member was arrested at Port of Miami for smuggling cocaine when the ship called at port in Miami on January 2, 2019. The Miami Herald reports that Wilford Thobourne was arrested for smuggling three and a half pounds of cocaine which he concealed in the soles of his sandals and in his crotch under five pair of shorts and underwear in his pants. Mr. Thobourne’s Facebook page indicates that he is from Johannesburg, South Africa.

January 4 - Radiance OTS, PAX death snorkeling
From a reader: (CruiseMapper emailed incident) An anonymous passenger (Australian) reported that on December 27, 2018, while Radiance of the Seas, was docked at Mystery Island (Vanuatu), a male passenger drowned ashore. The man (Tim) was traveling together with his wife and 4 children."The Marine Area Command are waiting for the cause of death, so they can determine if they need to review the ship's responsibility on the day. The waters were dangerous for snorkelling that day - no "duty of care" from the cruise staff. Strong currents and undertow from ship's stabilizer contributed to this incident" The incident occurred during 12-day South Pacific Islands holiday cruise (itinerary December 21 - January 2) round trip from homeport Sydney.

January 3 - Viking Orion, Delayed docking (wind)
NZ Herald reports wind has been blamed for the late docking at the Port of Napier on Wednesday. It's maiden Napier berthing was on December 27, and was on time for its scheduled 10am berthing on Wednesday when according to numerous Westshore and Ahuriri shipwatchers it pulled out of its approach but returned and berthed an hour to 90 minutes later. A Napier Port spokesperson said the berthing had to be delayed because of safety issues posed by the winds. MetService reported the strongest gust at Napier Airport in the hour to 10am was 46km/h, while the maximum in the next hour was 44km/h.

January 3 - Viking Star, Illness outbreak
CDC reports 28 of 917 (3.05%) passengers and 5 crew of 449 (1.11%) have reported ill on the December 13 - January 3 cruise. The cause was rotavirus.

January 2 - Riviera (Oceania), Delayed docking (crew death)
Crew Centre reports the sudden death of Giuliano De Cicco who fell from the deck of a cruise ship docked in the Port Miami reports the Italian media. Giuliano De Cicco, age 38, was working as Assistant Destination Manager on Oceania Cruises ship Riviera. According to Italian news sources, Giuliano fell from the bridge on Deck 10 while Oceania Riviera was docked in Port Miami. A crew member working on Oceania Riviera sent us a message saying that Giuliano fell from Deck 16, Forward  Starboard side where the golf field is located. “He fell on the pier and security from Miami they saw that. But he was already dead. “says the crew member. Immediately after the incident, Code Mike (medical emergency code used by Oceania Cruises) was sounded on the ship's loudspeakers. The cruise ship delayed for two hours embarkation of new passengers.

Events 2018