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


The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2015, 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.

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Cruise Line
Type of Incident
March 29 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
ABC 13 reports a man was arrested and charged Saturday with assault after an incident on the ship, which is now docked in the Port of Galveston. Joseph Allen faces a federal charge amounting to assault resulting in substantial body injury. The FBI is handling the case because it has special maritime and territorial jurisdiction. The charge comes after a statement from Carnival Friday, saying a domestic dispute broke out between a 44-year-old male guest and his 14-year-old stepson. Arrest for assault w/ SBI
March 28 Carnival Liberty
Carnival Cruise Lines
The Independent reports a number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of a cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten. Officials said there were no reported injuries. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vince Gulliksen said an overheated bearing caused smoke to emerge from the front section of the Carnival Liberty. He said the problem has been resolved. The ship was expected to depart St Maarten later as scheduled. It left Florida on Sunday for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Ship evacuated in port - Smoke from overheated bearing
March 26 Spirit Viking River Cruises From a reader: My parents were booked on a cruise set to leave this Friday and were just contacted that the cruise is canceled due to the boat being involved in an accident. The customer service rep said it was not safe to set sail. I'm looking online but am not finding any info. If you have information about this please drop me a note. Accident / canceled cruise
March 24 Veendam Holland America Line From a passenger: We have just returned from a 14 day Panama Canal cruise aboard Holland America's Veendam. The first day out, many cabins were without water for a time, and then had brown water for a time. It seems that the cruise ship chose to flush one of the water tanks during the cruise. While we signed up for a six port cruise, we were only able to go to four ports. The reason given for the cancellation of the two ports was that they were performing maintenance on their diesel generator, ran into a problem, and didn't have anyone aboard who could fix the problem. While our cruise was not the total disaster of some that I have read about, I believe it highlights a continuing problem with Carnival and the cruise lines that fall under the Carnival umbrella. Ships do not seem to be adequately maintained, breakdowns, port cancellations, and safety issues are becoming the rule rather than the exception. It is my concern that Carnival is more interested in their bottom line than the safety of their passengers and that, some day, this will result in tragedy. Missed ports and propulsion problems
March 23 Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WPTV reports search crews are looking for a man who either voluntarily jumped or fell from a cruise ship overnight near the Florida Keys, according to U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss. According to a spokesperson with Royal Caribbean, the 43-year-old man was spotted on cameras "climbing over the railing and going overboard from deck 12." The incident happened aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas about 20 miles off Marathon. A Coast Guard cutter out of Miami, a boat crew based in Marathon, two Canadian Coast Guard ships and a helicopter are assisting with the search. U.S. Coast Guard crews continued searching for the man Monday afternoon. Passenger overboard
March 21 Splendor of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Merco Press reports Argentine customs officials seized cocaine worth more than one million dollars million from two crew members on a luxury cruise ship docked in Buenos Aires, authorities said. The suspects, both men, were identified only as a Croatian national and a Chilean traveling on an Australian passport. They were detained as they tried to board Royal Caribbean line’s Splendour of the Seas with packets of cocaine taped to their bodies, Argentina’s AFIP tax agency said in a statement. Authorities with trained dogs then searched the pair’s cabin on the ship and found 10 additional bricks of cocaine inside a backpack with different kinds of wrapping, some of them with the same pattern as the packets they carried on the suspects’ bodies. The cruise ship arrived in Buenos Aires on Monday from Punta del Este, Uruguay, and was scheduled to depart for Brazil en route to Europe, where, according to AFIP’s estimate, the 15.8 kilograms of high-purity cocaine would have had a street value of more than 1 million dollars. Drug bust
March 20 Carnival Valor
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: during the 2nd week of march 2015, it's been reported that a chlorination problem of the tap water onboard Carnival Valor affected blond haired people, their hair becoming green. I have received this information from pax onboard Chlorine problem in water
March 19 Amsterdam Holland America Line From a passenger: We are in our third week of code red sanitation restrictions due to serious Noro Virus...bacterial and viral effecting passengers . We are now in Mumbai. Irresponsible passengers continue to violate the voluntary quarantine and infect more passengers. The Captain told us last night that if passengers don't do their part to bring an end to the number of new cases, they may have to even cancel the cruise and to sanitize the ship. The crew have been fantastic, working overtime to clean the ship. We continue to see people who are contagious outside their cabin and using the Lido and public areas. NOTE: Cruise ships not operating from US ports are not required to report illness outbreaks. Thus, there will be no accurate reports of the number of passengers ill. UPDATE: We were off the ship for four days doing an overland trip in India to visit the Taj. We flew to catch up with the ship in Dubai yesterday. When the ship arrived in Port yesterday morning, the ship underwent a deep disinfecting, every cabin too, Ali the linens were changed too. I think about 100 passengers got off and about 70 new passengers got on. The ship is STILL in Code Red tonight. Same precautions in place, plus while E have been off the ship, they have closed the library, the fitness center as well as the Jacuzzis until further notice We sail for Oman tomorrow and have a sea day until we reach Oman. Illness outbreak (Serious)
March 18 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
Dominion Post reports the ship ditched its Wellington visit with the capital in sight. It was due into Wellington Harbour on Wednesday morning but, after a circuitous route across Cook Strait, the pilot aborted entry to the harbour at 5.10am because of a heavy swell and bad weather. The Wellington leg of the cruise was cancelled and the ship is now heading up the North Island west coast to Auckland. Skipped port
March 18 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
ABC 13 reports the ship is now on its way back to Galveston, and should arrive by 11am Thursday. For the thousands of passengers, the past 24 hours have been anything but routine. Around 9pm Tuesday, the ship notified those on board that a passenger went overboard. A body was recovered the following day. Nena Robinson, who is currently on the cruise ship with her husband, called ABC 13 Wednesday afternoon. "About nine o'clock, right as the show was ending, they came on the intercom and said 'Bravo! Bravo Starboard side,'" recalled Robinson. "We learned later that it meant someone had gone over." Passengers say at that point, the ship turned around and headed back to Mexico to aide in the search and rescue. Authorities confirmed the man went overbroad through the ship's onboard cameras, but no other details have been released. By morning, the body of the passenger, a 54-year-old man, was found. The ship is scheduled to return to Galveston by 11a.m., three hours later than planned. Passenger overborad
March 18 Fascinosa Costa Cruises Splendida MSC Cruises International Business Times reports at least 19 people were killed and more than 40 wounded as two gunmen in military fatigues stormed the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital. Among the victims were passengers on a shore excursion from two liners that had docked in the port city as part of an off-season Mediterranean cruise. MSC Cruises said that a number of guests from the Splendida who joined an organised trip to the museum were caught in the attack. Nine were confirmed killed, 12 injured and six, including a British national, are unaccounted-for, not having returned aboard as the ship pulled out to the Mediterranean at sunrise. According to IHS Maritime 360, Costa Cruises has confirmed that five passengers - four Italians and one Russian - of its cruise liner Costa Fascinosa were murdered in the terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March. Eight other passengers - seven Italians and one Russian - were injured in the attack and are currently in hospital, the company confirmed in a statement. The total number of cruise passengers killed now stands at 14 - nine were travelling on the cruise ship MSC Splendida. The total injured is 20, including five from Costa Fascinosa and 12 from Splendida. Terrorist attack in Tunis
March 17 Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
Marlborough Express reports apair of cruise ships have arrived in Picton at short notice to shelter from Cyclone Pam. The Queen Victoria cruise ship docked at Waimahara Wharf, in Shakespeare Bay, on Monday morning after travelling from Sydney, while the Queen Mary 2 was scheduled to arrive in Picton this morning from the Milford Sound. Port Marlborough chief executive Ian McNabb said Port Marlborough had been contacted by a ship's agent on Saturday asking if the cruise ships could shelter at Waimahara Wharf to avoid the brunt of Cyclone Pam, hitting the east coast of the country. The Queen Victoria had left Picton on Monday evening, while the Queen Mary 2 is due to leave early tonight. Unexpected stop to shelter from weather
March 17 Super Star Libra Star Cruises The Star reports the body of a 50 year old Indonesian man who fell overboard was found on Monday evening. The body of Mulianto Raik, 50, an Indonesian, was found 19 nautical miles west of Muka Head near here by local fishermen. A search and rescue operation was launched on March 13 after a report was received from the ship's captain who saw a man fall from the deck of the liner about eight nautical miles north of Muka Head through closed circuit television camera. Person overboard
March 16 Ulysses Irish Ferries The Independent reports the ship, which had been travelling from Holyhead to Dublin, had been due to arrive at around 5.30pm when it received a request from Holyhead Port Authority. The ship remained at sea until 6.30pm, when the all-clear was given to allow the 1,555 passengers to disembark. A spokesman from Holyhead Port Authority said the request had been made after the alarm was raised about a “medical issue”. But confusion reigned as neither the NHS or Public Health England said they were aware of the incident last night. An Irish Ferries spokesman said: “Our ship, the Ulysses, was arriving into Dublin Port, and we were asked by the port authorities in Holyhead to hold our passengers on board, and not discharge them. Apparently, there was some situation being investigated on the UK side. “It’s normal procedure that we would act on that request, so we acted on it. "Just about an hour later, at 6.30pm, we got clearance to release the passengers. We let them off on their way and the vessel concerned is now back in normal service, on its way back over to Holyhead.” Delayed disembarkation/ embarkation
March 15 Carnival Legend
Carnival Cruise Lines
Travel Pulse reports Carnival Legend,sailing out of Australia, was due to call at Port Vila, Mystery Island and Santo in Vanuatu but a Carnival Cruise Line statement said the captain and his team are currently working on alternative South Pacific destinations. Itinerary change (weather)
March 15 Aurora P&O Cruises Cruise Critic reports the ship has become the latest cruise ship forced to skip a port stop due to Cyclone Pam. , a spokeswoman confirmed. "Due to routing measures necessary to avoid Tropical Cyclone Pam, Aurora will now be unable to deliver the planned call to Apia. She will arrive in Pago Pago on 18th March (East of Dateline)," the P&O Cruises' spokeswoman said. Itinerary change (weather)
March 14 Oosterdam Holland America Line Cruise Critic reports the ship has been forced to skip a port stop in Vanuatu due to the cyclone lashing the South Pacific island. It skipped Port Vila yesterday (March 13th) and instead spent a day at sea to avoid the storm front, according to a statement on HAL's Facebook page. The ship was due to arrive as scheduled in Luganville, Vanuatu, today (March 14th). The statement reads: "Due to tropical storm conditions at this time, the ship did not call at Port Vila, Vanuatu, on March 13. Oosterdam sailed west from its scheduled call at Mystery Island, Vanuatu, on March 12 for a day at sea to avoid the weather front. Itinerary change (weather)
March 13 neoRiviera Costa Cruises From a reader: the ship arrived off the portof Cape Town this morning 13th March at 09h30 (4 hours ago) and is doing circles in the bay as the port has been wind bound. She was due to berth at 12h00, but actually docked just after midnight. NOTE: I am presently in Cape Town and the winds have been exceptionally strong all day, disrupting sea traffic. Delayed arrival because of high winds
March 11 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a passenger: I was on a cruise March 9th thru March 15th out of Galveston when on the 11th a lady (passenger) drowned next to the pier but I haven't seen any postings about this accident. The incident occured at Costa Maya. Death onshore
March 11 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: Heard this from passengers of Sea Princess while in port of Tauranga, North Island New Zealand this week. During the journey from Australia, a steering equipment error was made by a staff member who has since been dismissed. Approx 6am ship exxperienced huge noise and listed severely for approx 3/4 hr. Considerable damage, including $250,000 of alcohol. Severe list - onboard damage
March 10 Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Tampa Tribune reports 5 galley workers were arrested over the weekend after investigators said they were found smuggling seven kilograms of cocaine from Honduras in their underwear. They attracted the attention of customs officials as they were leaving the ship, according to a federal affidavit. Investigators followed them to the Hooters restaurant in Channelside, where they observed the crew members “pacing anxiously” and talking on their cell phones until two women pulled up in a rental car. The crew members got into the car, and authorities followed them to a Residence Inn on Boy Scout Boulevard, according to the affidavit. Everyone went inside, and then returned to the car about 20 minutes later. The two women — Semarie Paul and Simone Walters — dropped the crew members off at the Port, then returned to the hotel. They went back inside, investigators said, and then came back out with luggage. Walters and Paul left the hotel and were pulled over by a Pasco County Sheriff’s sergeant for a traffic infraction. The women appeared nervous, a K-9 deputy arrived at the scene, and the dog found four packages of cocaine in the car, according to the affidavit. Customs officials searched the crew members as they made their way back to the ship, and found thousands of dollars and Western Union receipts for currency transfers, records show. The men admitted to officials that they had picked up the packages March 3 in Roatan, Honduras, and smuggled them aboard the ship in their Spandex underwear. They were paid $2000 for each package. Drug bust
March 8 Carnival Glory
Carnival Cruise Lines
From a reader: RE: cruise departing Miami, Florida 2015-03-07 16:00. Sometime in the early morning hours of 2015-03-08, en route to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas the passenger went overboard. Carnival verified passenger was onboard and reviewed ships security tapes (according to passenger). Passenger indicates they DID NOT make port call at Half Moon Cay. They continued to do “circles” along with another Carnival ship, looking for passenger. They are currently en route to St. Thomas, USVI. CNN subsequently reported a 21-year-old male guest was reported missing on Carnival Glory and a review of camera footage confirmed a man overboard. The ship is currently en route to the location where it was at the time the individual was last seen on the camera footage and will commence search and rescue operations upon arrival. Authorities have been notified including U.S. Coast Guard which is launching a search and rescue operation as well. The ship is presently near the Bahamas. Passenger overboard - Missed port call
March 8 Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line
Miami Herald reports a stalled sailboat started a chain of events that kept the ship in port for several extra hours Saturday. It was leaving PortMiami around 6:15 p.m. for a weeklong Caribbean sailing when it had to maneuver around a powerless sailboat in the middle of the channel, according to a statement from the cruise line. It's starboard side pod, which contains a propeller, “may have made contact with the channel bed,” the statement said. The U.S. Coast Guard performed an inspection and ultimately cleared the ship to leave around 11 p.m.; it could be seen heading toward the port’s turning basin a short time later. Getaway, which launched in 2014, is expected to arrive in St. Maarten on Tuesday as scheduled. Contact with channel bed
March 8 Rhapsody & Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Critic reports a tropical depression north of Vanuatu and east of the Solomon Islands has caused at both ships to change itineraries in the South Pacific, avoiding Fiji in order to evade the storm. Royal Caribbean did not specify what would replace the calls in Fiji on the ships' new itineraries. However, members posting in the Cruise Critic forums have said Voyager of the Seas had turned back to Australia's east coast after visiting Noumea in New Caledonia, and Rhapsody of the Seas had altered its itinerary from a South Pacific itinerary to a cruise up the east coast of Australia. A warning issued by the Fiji Meteorological Services said the tropical depression was rapidly intensifying and could become a tropical cyclone. The weather system is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Vanuatu and Fiji. Carnival Legend and Silversea's Silver Spirit are also on South Pacific itineraries. UPDATE: CNN reports the storm hit Vanuatu on March 14 - Tropical Cyclone Pam is the strongest storm to make landfall since the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. Relief workers reported "unbelievable destruction" after Tropical Cyclone Pam smashed the capital of Vanuatu, the Australian Red Cross said Saturday and "humanitarian needs will be enormous. Many people have lost their homes. Shelter, food and water (are) urgent priorities" in Port Vila. Meteorologists said the storm has weakened some, but it was still pounding the islands after hours of fierce winds and torrential rain (gusts to 305km and 9 inches of rain within 36 hours). Itinerary changes due to weather
March 7 neoRomantica Costa Cruises Il Secolo Xix reports the ship was battered by seven meter high seas and wind gusts exceeding 125 km (75 miles) per hour as it saidled from Trapai to Marseille. It was forced to enter the port of Savona because of weather cinditions and damage to the ship and passengers were then tussed to Marseille. In the midst of the storm, the ship was forced to drop its anchor. Cruise Law News reports The Italian Crociere in Diretto blog and Facebook page contains accounts of the storm and photographs of the damage to the ship. Many cabins were flooded with water and there was a loss of power and black-out during the storm. Passengers were frightened and some had to stay in the hallways. You can also read accounts of the storm in La Provence. Damaged in encounter with storm - pax bussed to next port
March 7 Oceania Cruises

SFGate has a story about a couple asking for assistance from their ombudsman. Theyhad booked a South Pacific cruise on the Oceania Marina and hadn't bought insurance. "My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer, and we had to cancel our trip a few weeks before our departure. I understand from my friends, who went on the cruise and had the room next door, that our room was occupied the whole trip. I know we probably won’t get back the $29,000 we spent on the cruise. But we paid an extra $14,000 to upgrade our flight to Australia to business class. Oceania has received a refund from the airline, but the cruise line won’t reimburse us for it." The ombudsperson wrote: "It’s too bad you didn’t buy insurance. It’s always a good idea to consider a policy that covers a vacation of a lifetime like the one you planned to take, even if it made it a little more expensive.
Your cruise met two of the criteria for buying insurance: It cost more than $5,000, and you couldn’t afford to lose the value of the vacation. I’m really surprised that your travel agent or Oceania didn’t explain why a policy was necessary. Cruise refund policies are fairly rigid, in part because cruise lines don’t want to lose money and in part because they want to sell more insurance. It’s particularly distressing when you learn that your cabin was occupied, which might mean that Oceania “double dipped” by keeping your cruise fare and reselling your cabin to someone else. I share your disappointment. If a cruise line resells a cabin, it really should refund your fare. But that’s a debate for another time." In the end the ombudsperson was able to get the couple a refund of the sirfare portion of their vacation. Cruise Law News also reports on this issue, but goes further. As the website says: "Oceania didn't lose a penny. In fact, it obtained a double profit. Cruise corporations should not be permitted to make double profits because of the death and personal suffering of their guests. Oceania's parent company, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), likes to do this too. NCL kept the cruise fare of a passenger whose brother died and the funeral was on the day of the cruise. NCL said "sorry, no refund." The passenger also tried to donate his cabin to a child with cancer, but the cruise line refused that too. NCL then sold the cabin on the Norwegian Sky for a double profit. Speaking of children with cancer, NCL also refused to return the cruise fare after a family learned that their five year old child was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo emergency medical treatment. NCL pocketed the family's money and sold their cabin for more profit. NCL also refused to either refund or credit the cruise fare to a 66 year old passenger and his wife after she was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent emergency surgery. Interestingly, the CLIA Passenger Bill of Rights does not address these issues -- as far as CLIA is concerned, what the cruise lines are doing is perfectly fine.

Refusal to refund in case of medical emergency (cancer)
March 7 Silhouette
Celebrity Cruises
Seattle Times has a story about a couple that booked an 11-night, air-inclusive Adriatic cruise through the cruise line. "We paid the $6,800 using our Visa card. A few days before our flight from Minneapolis to Venice, Delta Air Lines notified us of a change in flights due to an Air France pilots’ strike. The new flights were to be on the same day as our scheduled departure, but left later in the day. However, when we arrived at the Delta counter, there were no reservations in our names. We called Celebrity and were given two reservation numbers to show the Delta agents for our flights the next day. But we would be arriving only 40 minutes before the ship sailed — not enough time to clear customs and make it to the ship. We had no choice but to cancel our cruise. We went home very disappointed. Ever since then, we’ve been trying to get a full refund from Celebrity. The company’s best offer is a 25 percent credit and a voucher for 75 percent toward a future cruise. Our credit card company has worked with us to find a better resolution, but Celebrity refuses to deviate from its “no cash refund” policy." The newspaper's ombudsman said because the couple canceled the vacation rather than taking flights that would miss the ship and leaving it to Celebrity to get them to the next port, and because they hadn't bought insurance, they had little recourse. However, as he writes, his calls to Celebrity went unanswered, "and I suspect I know why: By the time I contacted them, your credit card dispute was already in full swing. A few days later, you reported back that you’d won the dispute. I don’t know if I could have gotten you a full refund, but all’s well that ends well." Refusal to refund after change of airline schedule on air-sea package
March 6 Reflection
Celebrity Cruises
Times of Malta reports the Malta Police have issued a European arrest warrant for a Scottish man wanted for attempted rape after he turned a young student’s family holiday on board a Maltese-flagged cruise ship into a nightmare. The incident happened last summer -- on the evening of July 23, the British student who was travelling with her mother, father and younger brother said her drink was spiked by a fellow passenger who then indecently assaulted her and tried to rape her. She recovered consciousness in the cabin and found herself in a compromising position. On returning to the UK, the police interviewed the victim and gathered evidence from her and the cruise liner. Since the incident took place in international waters any criminal proceedings must be instituted in Malta, the country where the cruise ship was registered. Her lawyer, Simon Gallant, got in touch with Times of Malta after he had heard nothing from local law enforcement authorities for six months. The police said that the case was a sensitive one, but the media attention appears to have oushed them to take action. (NOTE: Under US law, the FBI has the authority to investigate and prosecute crimes against U.S. citizens anywhere in the world, but often this authority is not exercised when the crime occurs on a cruise ship.) Arrest warrant for sexual assault of pax
March 5 Caribbean Cruise Line NBC News reports the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ten state attorneys general have charged Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., and its telemarketing partners with making "billions" of illegal robocalls to sell cruises to the Bahamas. These sales calls were disguised as political surveys in violation of the federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, according to the joint lawsuit. The only way a robocall pitching some good or service is legal is if you've given written permission to receive one and these guys had no permission, however calls for political parties are exempt. Caribbean Cruise Line has agreed to change its business practices and pay a $7.7 million civil penalty to settle this case, although most of that penalty will be suspended after it pays $500,000. As many as 15 million robocalls a day were placed during this massive robocall campaign, which ran from October 2011 through July 2012, the complaint says. People who got the prerecorded call from "John from Political Opinions of America" were told they'd been "carefully selected to participate in a short 30-second research survey." By taking the survey, John said, they'd receive a "free" two day cruise for two people to the Bahamas. Those who completed the survey and tried to get their free cruise were connected to a live telemarketer who tried to sell them add-ons and other travel packages. The FTC claims these calls generated millions of dollars for the cruise line. When contacted for a comment, the company's attorney emailed a statement to NBC News. It said Caribbean had agreed to allow its complimentary cruise promotion to be used by a group of Political Action Committees (PACs) to increase the response to the survey calls the PACs made during the presidential election of 2012. "Unfortunately, the PACs made calls that were not part of the program that Caribbean had approved," the statement said. "Since Caribbean had long before disassociated itself from the PACs and the survey calls being made, Caribbean chose to settle the dispute, and there was no finding of any wrongdoing." Charged for illegal robocall marketing
March 4 Grand Celebration
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
WPTV reports a diabetic woman said her service dog wasn't allowed on a cruise. Robin Phillips claims the cruise line failed to make it clear what was required to bring the dog on board, and then refused to work with her the day of the cruise. Phillips said she called the cruise line's customer service number several times before the trip and prepared a record of Molly's background. But when she showed up at the Port of Palm Beach Sunday, they wouldn't let the dog on board. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line said it allows service animals aboard, but had nothing on record saying Phillips wanted to bring a dog. It does require a vet to fill out a specific form. Service .animal refused boarding
March 3 Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
Several passengers on the February 15th cruise from Buenos Aires have reported a widespread illness outbreak over their first two weeks onboard -- sounds mainly like an influenza or virus that zaps one's energy, attacks the respiratory system, and has other impacts. Estimates are that one-third to one-half of passengers were effected. Illness
March 3 Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cayman News Service reports government officials have now confirmed that talks has resulted in a payment of $100,000 to the Cayman Islands National Trust towards the Magic Reef Restoration Project. Carnival has not, however, admitted any liability regarding the damage that one of its cruise ships caused when it dropped anchor in the wrong place in George Town Harbour last August. Instead they are blaming the pilot and the port authority, but not accepting any blame for their crew or staff. The ship anchor severely damaged the coral reef off Grand Cayman in August 2014. The $100,000 cash donation from Carnival is understood to represent a first payment and there could be much more to come in the near future. "Donation" to ameliorate environmental violation (destroying a reef)
February 27 Disney Wonder DIsney Cruise Line The Tribune reports police are investigating the apparent drowning of an American cruise ship passenger off Castaway Cay in the Abacos on Thursday. According to reports, shortly before 4pm, a 38–year-old New York man drowned while swimming off Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the northern Bahamas. Police said an autopsy would be performed to confirm the cause of death. The man was a passenger on the Disney Wonder on a five-night cruise to The Bahamas that departed from Miami. Disney spokeswoman Angela Bliss said crew members and medical personnel responded immediately to the incident and the company is working with Bahamian authorities in the investigation. Pax drowns on private island
February 27 Freedom of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
NBC 4 (Los Angeles) reports what was supposed to be a romantic 34th anniversary cruise for a Tarzana couple has turned into a nightmare of sunken dreams and lost cash. This spring, Ken and Pam Brazile planned to spend eight days enjoying the Caribbean sunshine and listening to R & B performers on the "Maxwell & the Seven Seas" concert cruise. They’d reserved $16,000 tickets, which would grant them VIP access, letting them hobnob with singer Maxwell, as well as celebrities like Chef Garvin, Boney James and Brian Culberson. But after paying nearly $12,000 in installments for their tickets, the couple learned the cruise has been canceled, and instead of a refund, they say all they’re getting are excuses. That’s because the promoter, BTW at Sea, had called off the trip. The company offered no reason, but provided an online form for passengers to fill out. Despite submitting the form, and making repeated phone calls, the couple has not gotten their money back. Ken Brazile said a company spokesperson told him it would be many weeks, perhaps months, before their money is returned. Full ship charter canceled -- refund problems
February 25 Fortuna Costa Cruises Virgin Island News 9 reports the ship is stuck in Tortola’s Road Harbour since it arrived on Sunday February 22, 2015 at about 7:30 AM, and it remains unclear when it will depart. The ship was scheduled to depart Sunday at around 6:00pm, but is said to have developed a technical problem while anchored in the harbour. While the ship is stuck in Road Harbour passengers are being allowed off the ship to go for dinner or walk around Road Town. It is unclear if the BVI Ports Authority is collecting fees for the extra days the ship is berthed in Territorial Waters. (Article appeared on February 23 -- no follow-up yet) Mechanical problems - stuck port
February 23 Oceana P&O Cruises Barbados Today reports a cruise ship visitor appears in court today after being slapped with four drug-related charges on the weekend. Police say Drug Squad personnel discovered 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine in the cabin occupied by Canadian Clifford Uba Ejimamu on Saturday. The 39-year-old was a passenger on the Oceana. Nation News reports he pleaded guilty to all of the cocaine charges against him. On the charge of trafficking he was fined $75 000 forthwith or two years in prison while he was fined $25 000 forthwith or two years in prison on the charge of importation. The sentences will run concurrently. Ejimamu was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the charges of possession and possession with intent to supply cocaine. Drug bust
February 23 Brilliance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Hive reports heavy fog is preventing the ship from docking at its home port in Tampa, Florida today (Feb 23rd) It was originally scheduled to arrive into Tampa Port at around 7 am and has up to 2,500 guests onboard. The heavy fog has stopped the ship from entering the port and docking so as a result the ship is delayed. According to My Fox in Tampa Bay the vessel is surrounded by thick fog in the Gulf of Mexico and is awaiting word from local authorities to enter the port. Passengers who are scheduled to board the cruise ship later the same day have been told by Royal Caribbean that they won’t be able to board until tomorrow. Instead the cruise line has posted that check in will begin on Tuesday, February 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Royal Caribbean has also stated that they will provide each the ship to port, a day and a half beyond its scheduled arrival time. The cruise ship was the only one to get into the port. ABC 7 reports the cruise was canceled. The cruise line will refund passengers the full amount of the ticket, and offer a 25% discount on their next trip, but is offering nothing for nonrefundable costs associated with flight changes and hotel nights -- makes one wonder why the CLIA Passenger Bill of Rights is not being followed in this case. Fog delay - Cruise canceled
February 22 Equinox
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reported 95 of 2896 passengers (3.28%) and 7 of 1209 crew (0.58%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness.Three Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and one epidemiologist will board the ship in Port Everglades to conduct an epidemiological investigation, an environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.The ship was on a 10 day cruise. UPDATE: The CDC now reports 142 of 2896 passengers (4.89%) and 8 of 1209 crew (0.66) have reported ill. Illness
February 20 Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Nova 100 (Australia) reports that the ship is right in the middle of the danger zone of a monster form off the coast of Queensland. It is on day four of its 11-night journey from Sydney up the coast of Queensland. The ship has scheduled stops in Cairns and Airlie Beach along its 11 day cruise. But today, loved ones of those on board are holding their breath - the ship has been tracked right in the heart of Cyclone Marcia, which is set to hit Queensland today. Marcia has been classed as a category five cyclone, and has picked up in sped tracking around 20km/h with wind gusts up to 285km/h. Maritime Safety Queensland spokesman Patrick Quirk has told the ABC that ships would be moved from the Gladstone Harbour early this morning, while cruise ships due to arrive at the Port Of Brisbane today and tomorrow have been delayed. Encounter with storm?
February 18 Unnamed
Norwegian Cruise Line

News 5 Belize reports a delivery truck from the Hummingbird Citrus Limited Two- farm collided with a small SUV at mile thirty-one on the George Price Highway. One of three persons travelling in the smaller vehicle, died. She has been identified as a US tourist who was heading to Jaguar Paw for a day trip. A second tourist was injured and is hospitalized and so is the sideman in the eighteen wheeler truck. As for the cargo truck, it ended belly up on the highway which was littered with the thousands of oranges it was transporting. Unable to stop when the SUV was stopped waiting to make a left turn, this loaded truck rammed into it. A woman, Theresa Lyn Meuers, reportedly died at the hospital. She and another cruise ship passenger, Samuel Douglas Schulte, were in the Belize for the day and heading to Jaguar Paw to do day tours. She was travelling in the back seat of the SUV, driven at the time by Tour Guide Leon Garcia of Big John’s Tours. Garcia was released from hospital, but he was too shaken up to speak. The tour was not ship sponsored.

Pax dies on tour
February 10 Regal Princess
Princess Cruises
Miami Herald reports two days after leaving Port Everglades, the Regal Princess was diverted to PortMiami Tuesday due to a medical emergency. The ship was about 80 miles away and sailing to Cozumel when it changed course for Miami so two passengers could disembark due to a medical emergency (2 men). The ship, which left Fort Lauderdale Sunday, already called on Princess Cays in the Bahamas. After it became clear that the passengers needed an emergency medical disembarkation, the onboard medical team and the Coast Guard determined that Miami was the better option. Once the passengers were taken off the ship Tuesday afternoon, Regal Princess was scheduled to head back to sea and visit Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The port calls will be slightly shortened as a result of the stop. Diverted for medical emergency
February 9 Thomson Dream
Thomson Cruises
Cayman 27 reports the captain of Thomson Dream requested assistance from local tugboats to hold the ship in position due to shifting winds. This took place around 2:30 p.m. (9 February). A Bodden Shipping representative tells Cayman 27 News no one was injured, but tendering was temporarily stopped. Cayman 27 crews saw the tugboats pushing and turning the ship. “The captain of the cruise ship became worried as the winds started to switch to the other direction,” a Bodden Shipping spokesperson said. Weather data shows when the ship arrived, calm southeasterly winds were blowing but when the winds shifted southwest, that forced the ship closer to the shore and the reef. Maritime Authority carried out an inspection and has confirmed that the ship did not run aground. Call tugs for help
February 7 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports there was a small fire and there was no air conditioning for five hours. One person left a comment on my Facebook page: ". . . .The fire was dealt with quickly, took about 9 hours to get all the resulting issues fixed and they arrived Jewel of the Seasin San Juan on time. There was a power outage on the day they left San Juan that lasted about 10 minutes. Said the fire was a result of a blown breaker. Another post from someone on the ship said 30 minutes after leaving Barbados a major breaker blew causing a fire in one of the stacks. The fire was quickly put out, but they had no air conditioning for 5 hours and no toilets for at least two. It was 3am before they started moving again. None of the announcements on board mentioned the fire, that there were enough passengers that witnessed it, and knew about it. They missed both the Thursday and Friday shows because of (the) issue." Fire
February 6 Ship Unknown
Carnival Cruise Lines
News Net 5 Cleveland reports on the case of Trevor Ross of Marblehead Ohio who was all set to surprise his girlfriend Shirley Tomlinson with an engagement ring, but the $2,500 ring was stolen during the final day of the couple's Caribbean cruise. The couple contacted NewsNet5 they reported Carnival Cruise Line refused to replace the ring following a full investigation on-board following the Jan. 24 incident. The item was stolen form the couples room on-board and the ring box was simply thrown in the toilet. "They pretty much accused us that we lost the item, because we keep a wallet and a ring box in the toilet," said Tomlinson. The couple claims they would often see the cleaning crew working on multiple rooms at one time, leaving all the room doors open. We asked Trevor Ross if he thought security on-board was adequate, especially when it comes to the protection of valuables. "No, they're lacking video cameras in the hallway, they're leaving people's luggage in the hallways, leaving doors open to the rooms," said Ross. "There is a lot more they can do to keep people's stuff safe." examined the contract for the cruise and found no direct policy for the recovery of stolen items on-board. We contacted the company and Carnival Cruise Line responded to the case within an hour. It said "Our guest services department has been in contact with Mr. Ross and Ms. Tomlinson and has agreed to provide a full refund for the missing engagement ring and $100, along with a future credit equal to the amount the couple paid for the cruise." In 2013, the major cruise lines agreed to post crime stats via the U.S. Coast Guard , however learned thefts under $10,000 are not included in those posted reports. NOTE: In 2011 (the last year data is available), there were 63 thefts on Carnival Cruise Lines' ships; exactly 50% of all thefts reported to the FBI by all cruise lines. Robbery
February 5 QN-2566 Tuoi Tre News reports twenty-five people, including 16 foreign travelers, on board a cruise ship were rescued safely from a fire that burned a ship in Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage site in northern Vietnam, on Tuesday evening, local authorities reported. The blaze occurred aboard the 3-star tourist ship QN-2566 when the vessel was anchored near Ti Top Island in the bay in Quang Ninh Province at about 8:00 pm last night, said Le Duy Phuoc, deputy director of the provincial Inland Waterway Authority (IWA). The island is about 7 km southeast of the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf in Ha Long City, which is the provincial capital. At that time, 16 foreign tourists of various nationalities, seven crewmembers, a tour guide and a steward were on board the ship, Phuoc told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper over the phone last night. As soon as the fire was detected, the ship’s captain asked local agencies for help in extinguishing the blaze and evacuating the people on board, Phuoc said. Fire
February 5 Adonia
P&O Cruises
Trinidad Express reports an elderly English woman celebrating her 73rd birthday with a cruise ship visit to Trinidad was robbed and assaulted along with her husband on the streets of Port of Spain yesterday. Betty Pearson, and her husband, Phillip, 77, of Oxfordshire, arrived aboard the cruise ship Adonia which docked at around 9.30 a.m. They were attacked less than three hours later. The tourists were escorted back to the cruise ship by police officers by mid-afternoon. The Express was told that they were taken in wheelchairs as the woman suffered a fracture to her right foot, and her husband was experiencing pains in his face, right shoulder and elbow. According to police, shortly before midday the couple were walking along Charlotte Street when in the vicinity of Chang’s Variety Store, a man approached and grabbed Betty Pearson’s gold chain valued at £2,000 off her neck. The thief pushed the elderly woman to the ground and when her husband tried to intervene, he was overpowered and also pushed to the ground. The couple’s camera valued at £250 fell and was destroyed. Pax robbed ashore
February 4 Celebration Thomson Cruises The Northern Echo reports a date has been set for the trial of a man accused of assaulting a North-East couple on a luxury cruise liner. Graeme Finlay appeared at Teesside Crown Court to deny charges of wounding and grievous bodily harm. He is alleged to have attacked the elderly couple while aboard the Thomson Celebration off the coast of Lanzarote. A woman suffered a fractured spine and shoulder injury and her husband serious injuries to his face in January last year. Mr Finlay, 53, of Meadowside Quay Walk, Glasgow, will appear at the court for a two-day trial from April 20. Trial for assault on cruise ship
February 3 Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line From a reader: The ship had to skip the port of San Juan Puerto Rico due to winter storm Linus. Missed port (weather)
February 3 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
Travel Mole reports a group of passengers whose holidays on Fred Olsen's Boudicca were ruined by gastric illness have received a five-figure settlement from the cruise line. At a trial at Birmingham County Court, His Honour Judge Owen QC ruled there were failings on board the ship which caused 12 out of the 16 holidaymakers to become ill. The decision ended a three-year battle by the passengers who travelled on board the cruise ship between March to April 2011. Fred Olsen had repeatedly denied it was responsible for the problems which affected the sick passengers and their travelling companions. Passengers complained about hygiene procedures on board the ship which included inadequate cleaning of public areas and their cabins. Judge Owen QC found that the fact that there had been repeated outbreaks of illness and incidents of the ship's crew not complying with the outbreak plan and that they should have known that there was a problem. The Judge also concluded that Fred Olsen outbreak plan had been unsatisfactorily implemented. Settlement in lawsuit
February 3 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WBAL reports the ship returned to Balitmore one day early from a ten-day cruisebecause of an illness outbreak. Themedia reports 193 guests (9.91%) and 9 crew members (1.15%) experienced the illness. The CDC reported 178 of 1948 passengers (9.14%) and 9 of 786 crew (1.15%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness.Two Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers boarded the ship in Falmouth, Jamaica on January 30, 2015 to conduct an epidemiological investigation, an environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.The ship was on a 10 day cruise. Illness
February 2 Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
Keys News reports the Coast Guard suspended its search on Monday night for a Canadian man who went missing from a Celebrity cruise ship bound for Key West. Carol Tremblay, 66, was last seen on a video surveillance camera at about 3 a.m. Sunday, 23 miles south of Summerland Key in the Atlantic Ocean, according to Coast Guard Lt. Peter Bermont. "We don't know the circumstance of how the man fell overboard," Bermont said. "He was not on the vessel once it moored in Key West." Tremblay fell from the 11th floor of the cruise ship, about 110 feet, Bermont said. Tremblay's wife reported him missing after she could not locate him, according to Celebrity cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship's captain immediately ordered a search for the missing guest. Passenger missing
February 2 Amorella Viking Line The Local reports police in Finland have questioned eight Swedish men following claims a woman was gang raped on a Viking Line ferry in Finnish waters over the weekend. Four of the suspects remained in custody on Monday afternoon. The alleged attack took place on Amorella, an overnight ferry travelling from Stockholm to the Finnish port of Turku on Saturday, a popular route with a reputation for attracting Swedes and tourists who enjoy partying and can enjoy tax-free alcohol for some of the crossing. Five were later arrested in Åbo in Finland, one was tracked down in Mariehamn and two others managed to make their way back to Stockholm before being arrested on Sunday. By Monday afternoon, three of the suspects remained in custody in Finland and one was still being questioned in Stockholm. The other four suspects had been released, but had not been "dismissed" from the case, police spokesperson Kjell Lindgren told The Local. "Right now the big task is gathering video evidence and witness statements," he added. The suspects are accused of gang raping a woman, 45, who says she was approached in her cabin by a group of men. Sexual assault (gang rape)
February 1 Grand Celebration
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Palm Beach Post reports a faulty public address system sank the ship's inaugural excursion to Freeport — three months after the last ship to make this run ran aground leaving the Bahamas. Travelers on Sunday were given the option to reschedule their trips and claim another for free or get a refund. But that was little consolation to Alyssa Charon, who broke into tears after having landed on the cruise as part of a time-share pitch. She was uncertain where she’d be sleeping Sunday night. The next scheduled departure is Tuesday, Febuary 3. Canceled cruise
January 30 Voyager Voyages of Discovery From a reader: The ship is currently at anchor in Table Bay, Cape Town as a result of the port being fog bound. She was due to berth at 06h00 this morning. It is now 07h18. The fog is lifting and the port is expected to re-open soon. This should not affect her schedule as she will be in port overnight brining to an end to her South African cruise programme as she returns to Europe tomorrow evening. Vessel was finally alongside at 09h00 – 3 hours later than scheduled. Fog delayed arrival
January 29 Carnival Corporation Law 360 reports cruise line operator Carnival Corp. & PLC allegedly charged certain customers who booked cruises through a Marriott Vacation Club program inflated government and port fees for its own profit, according to a putative class action removed to Florida federal court on Wednesday. (See Finerman v Carnival, Case #1:15-cv-20311, South District of Florida). Lawsuit over charges and fees
January 29 Queen Elizabeth
Cunard Line
The Daily Mail reports on a lawsuit from a passenger for gastrointestinal illness on a cruise in February 2014. a British holidaymaker who went on a cruise while recuperating from throat cancer treatment says his trip was ruined after he was struck down with gastric illness. Robert Keywood, from Mexborough, South Yorkshire, was travelling on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship with his wife, Verena, to get some rest and relaxation after undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy. But the 53-year-old said he was forced to remain in his cabin while experiencing stomach cramps, fever, diarrhoea, aches, lack of appetite and severe lethargy. He said: ‘This was meant to be a holiday where my wife and I could relax and take it easy. I had been having treatment for throat cancer and we just wanted to get away and enjoy ourselves.’ He claimed food was served lukewarm, fruit was not always fresh, the pool water was dirty looking, and public toilets wouldn’t flush properly. Lawsuit over illness
January 29 Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruise Law News reports a a 30 year-old man (passenger) sailing with his wife and other couples apparently fell from his cabin's balcony and landed on an exterior deck that runs above the lifeboats (deck 5 I believe). This occurred on Tuesday, January 20th. The cruise ship called on Cozumel on Tuesday, Grand Cayman on Wednesday and Montego Bay on Thursday. The FBI was suppose to board on Sunday when the ship returned to New Orleans. There have been no reports we know of foul play. He is from Missouri. Carnival flew his wife home during the cruise. Pax dies in fall from balcony to lower deck
January 28 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
A poster at Cruise Critic reports a young man dived from deck 13 (we think) and the captain announced man overboard on the tanoid. A few people through life jackets to mark the stop. The ship turned and ribs and tenders were deployed and search lights. I thought he must have been killed in the fall and was devastated to have knowledge of it. I couldn't believe that they found him! A miracle in my view and all credit to the Captain and crew who saved his life. He was thrown off at the next port with his family(so we heard) Pax overboard - rescued alive
January 28 Not named
Carnival Cruise Lines
Jamaica Observer reports the police are reporting that 43-year-old Shelby Person and 45-year-old Tyrone Rideout, both of Weeping Willow, Maryland in the United States, who were reported missing on Tuesday, January 13 have returned. They are said to be in good health. Person and Rideout disembarked a cruise ship at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny shortly after its arrival in the island about 10:00 am on January 12 and left the pier for an undisclosed destination. OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that the two were located after officials discovered updated postings on their Facebook accounts. They were allegedly in Ocho Rios, St Ann. The men reportedly turned up at the pier on Monday to board an outgoing ship. They were arrested for breaches of the immigration act. Arrest for not boarding ship in port
January 26 Horizon Croisieres de France El Universal reports reports that three people carrying 20 kilos of cocaine were arrested trying to smuggle the drugs aboard the Horizon cruise ship while in port in Margarita Island in Venezuela. Cruise passengers Andreina López Ramírez (26), Mercedes Salazar Benzaquén (22) and Arnaldo Salazar Rosas (34) reportedly intending to smuggle the drugs but a drug dog sniffed the cocaine out at the port terminal. Drug bust
January 25 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
BBC reports the ship was left without power off Morocco after an engine room fire. Holidaymakers on board the Boudicca put on life jackets, according to the son of one passenger. The fire at 04:00 BST left the ship "listing" and "in pitch black", said Dave Tonkin, whose father is onboard. Fred Olsen, the company which owns the ship, said it was now fully stable and had five engines running with two still not working. Spokeswoman Rachael Jackson said Boudicca listed for "a short period" but was now stable and travelling again, although more slowly than normal. "The fire was in the engine room, but has now been extinguished, and no guests or crew have been injured," she said. She said two main engines and three auxiliary engines were running, while two other engines were still being mended. The ship will aim to arrive in Lanzarote, Spain, on Monday as planned, she added. Update Jan 28: Fred Olsen Cruises says repairs to the ship will take time so passengers are being flown home from Tenerife. The cruise line is giving pax a full refund on the current cruise and a 50% discount on a future cruise. Fire
January 24 Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News and WDSU report the ship suffered a major power loss today. A passenger says that the cruise ship was partially flooded during a heavy rain storm. The Coast Guard says a broken water pipe caused the problem. This reportedly caused a large part of the cruise ship to experience electrical problems. Royal Caribbean sent this message to the passengers scheduled to board the ship today: "Serenade of the Seas "Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you an update regarding your sailing today onboard Serenade of the Seas out of New Orleans. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently onboard inspecting the ship. We are waiting for authorization from the Coast Guard to begin boarding. Because the cruise terminal in New Orleans is very limited in space, we ask that guest explore the local area until we can begin boarding. We will contact you again once we have received permission to begin the boarding process. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you onboard."
A few hours later, it sent this message: "Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International with an update your sailing today onboard Serenade of the Seas. The U.S. Coast Guard has given us permission to begin the boarding process. Please return to the terminal so that we may check you in for your cruise. Our entire onboard team look forward to welcoming you onboard, and will do their very best to make your sailing as enjoyable as possible."
Serenade of the SeasOne passenger who was apparently on the Serenade when it returned to port in New Orleans said that power was lost to around 175 cabins. Apparently, according to this passenger, 400 passengers will not been to cruise because their cabins have no power. Nonetheless, the Coast Guard cleared the Serenade to be boarded. The ship is staying in New Orleans until it is cleared to sail. Royal Caribbean has not commented on the condition of the vessel or whether some of the passengers will remain in New Orleans.
Update: Media reports say 417 cabins affecting some 800 passengers have been affected.
Electrical loss to 417 cabins; 800 pax have reservation canceled
January 22 Carnival Triumph
Carnival Cruise Lines
Courthouse News reports an employee of Carnival Corporation followed a female passenger to her room and raped her in front of her minor children, a federal lawsuit claims. Dana Hastings says she and her family were passengers on a Carnival cruise ship in February 2014, when the incident occurred off the coast of Florida. According to a complaint filed in Miami Federal Court, "On or about February 20, 2014, the Plaintiff was sexually assaulted and/or raped by an employee/crewmember of Defendant, believed to be the pit boss of the casino aboard Defendant's vessel. "The crewmember followed the Plaintiff to her passenger cabin, and he raped and/or sexually assaulted the Plaintiff inside her cabin while the Plaintiff's two minor children, Ramsey Hastings and Trey Hastings, were also inside the cabin," the complaint continues. "The Plaintiff's two minor children heard and/or witnessed their mother ... being raped and/or sexually assault." Hastings says she reported the incident soon after it happened, but "Defendant's security officer(s) attempted to dissuade the Plaintiff from pressing charges and forced the Plaintiff to write a statement stating that she would not press charges against the alleged assailant." Hastings claims that rapes and other sexual assaults occur on Carnival's vessels at an alarming rate, "Yet Defendant failed to take adequate steps or provide adequate security and/or training and/or supervision to prevent such rapes and/or sexual assaults, and failed to warn its passengers of the growing epidemic of rape and sexual assault at sea." She says the reason for this is purely financial -- the cruise line doesn't want to scare potential passengers away. Hastings seeks unspecified damages on claims of vicarious liability for the rape/sexual assault, negligence, and multiple counts of negligent infliction of emotional distress. Lawsuit - sexual assaul
January 20 Discovery Voyages of Discovery From a reader: The ship left Cape Town on Sunday 18th Jan and was due in East London at 08h00 this morning, 20th January. She is currently mid-way between Port Elizabeth and East London, obviously way behind schedule. No explanation has been given for the delay and she is currently cruising at a mere 11 knots. Delayed - propulsion problems?
January 19 Opera
MSC Cruises

From a reader: Vessel currently outside the port of Cape Town which is wind bound. Three attempts to dock earlier this morning were unsuccessful. Ship arrived early this morning from Mossel Bay and is due to sail for Walvis Bay at 16h00. As at 13h13, she remains outside the port. Subsequently Posted on MSC Cruises South Africa Website: We regret the unfortunate delay in the departure of the MSC Opera which has been caused by very high winds which have prevented the ship from being able to enter the port of Cape Town. MSC Opera will not be able to enter the port today due to prevailing high winds and all our guests are advised of the below in respect of alternative arrangements. Passengers residing in Cape Town are advised to return home and to return to the port at 09h00 tomorrow the 20th January 2015 when check in will commence for the sailing. UPDATE: Berthed in Cape Town just after 05h00 this morning, 20th January 2015, one day late as a result of high winds. Vessel will sail to Walvis Bay at 14h00 today, 20th Jan and omit Luderitz.

Delayed arrival/departure
January 19 Queen Elizabeth
Cunard Line
Cruise Critic reports weather across the Atlantic will result in the late arrival of Queen Elizabeth into New York today, with the ship's next departure to be delayed by 24 hours. According to a spokesperson from Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth will arrive at the Manhattan terminal around midday on Sunday instead of its original early morning arrival time. "Embarking passengers will still board the ship on Sunday, albeit slightly delayed, and will be looked after in New York until this time," said Jackie Chase, public relations manager for Cunard Line. Queen Elizabeth will remain in New York overnight to ensure passengers are able to visit the city, Chase said. The cruise line is assisting disembarking passengers with their return travel arrangements and those booked on Cunard air will have their travel arrangements changed. Due to the extended stay in New York, Queen Elizabeth will arrive at Fort Lauderdale on Thursday 22 January, one day later than scheduled. Delayed arrival (24 hrs)
January 14 Not named
Carnival Cruise Lines
Jamaica Observer reports 2 American men (aged 42 and 45) went missing Monday after they disembarked a cruise ship at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal in Trelawny. Information received is that both disembarked the vessel shortly after its arrival in the island about 10:00 am and left the pier for an undisclosed destination. Police have conducted checks at various hospitals as well as the surrounding communities but their searches have proved futile. Diappearance ashore
January 9 Pleasure Cruise in Costa Rica NY Daily News reports a catamaran carrying dozens of foreign tourists on a pleasure cruise capsized off Costa Rica on Thursday, killing three people, emergency officials said. The boat, which was on a day trip to the popular Tortuga (Turtle) Island, sank completely about nine miles off the country’s central Pacific coast. Firefighters corps director Hector Chavez said initial reports of an explosion and fire were mistaken. Survivors reported that strong waves filled the boat with water and caused it to sink, he said. Chavez said three people died. The public security ministry said in a Twitter posting that the victims were a US citizen, a Canadian and a man from Britain. Vice-president Ana Helena Chacon said at a news conference that 106 people were rescued, meaning all of the cruise’s 99 passengers and 10 crew were accounted for. Sunk
January 8 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Law News reports A Mexican newspaper reports that U.S. cruise passenger from Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas fell overboard as the cruise ship sailed to Cozumel. The Disney Magic, sailing the same route, then rescued the passenger, identified as Frank Jade. The newspaper reports that the Oasis didn't even realize that the passenger had gone overboard. After spotting the Royal Caribbean passenger floating in the sea, the Disney Magic stopped and lowered a rescue boat. The Magic reportedly docked at the dock of Punta Langosta and transferred the passenger to a private clinic for medical care. Passeneger overboard (rescued alive)
January 7 Empress Pullmantur Cruises Fox News reports a protest by Brazilian fishermen in the southern state of Santa Catarina has been preventing the departure for Uruguay and Argentina of a cruise ship with 1,800 tourists on board, the vessel's operating firm reported Tuesday. More than 100 fishing boats since Monday morning have been blocking the Itajai Port Complex canal, on the northern coast of Santa Catarina, and the fisherman are demanding the nullification of a measure implemented by the Environment Ministry prohibiting fishing for certain endangered species. The cruise ship Empress, with capacity for 1,877 passengers and 645 crewmembers, set sail last Sunday from the port of Santos, in Sao Paulo state, and was scheduled to stop in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to Brazil. Blocked from departing
January 6 Ship unknown DIsney Cruise Line Inquisitor dot com reports a large family decided to all take a sailing together aboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships right after Christmas. The cruise was heading for the Bahamas, but a few members never made it that far as they were asked to pack up and disembark the ship in Nassau after their baby got sick. According to WPTV, Dave Berg of Naples, Florida, hopped aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship and departed from Miami on December 30. Actually, Berg departed with 31 family members, one of which is his cancer-stricken mother-in-law who was doing the cruise as part of her bucket list. On Thursday morning, Berg’s four-month-old granddaughter began spitting up. She was brought to the ship’s infirmary by Jennifer Moak, Berg’s daughter, and the infant was given medicine for seasickness. Later in the day, the Disney Cruise Line infirmary contacted Moak’s husband to advise them that another checkup was needed for the baby. Once arriving downstairs, Moak said the family was told they would have to disembark the ship. “He said because of her age, she wasn’t supposed to be on the ship and that they would be — I think the word that he used was ‘terminating’ our stay on the ship.” Per the family, the medical staff aboard the Disney Cruise Line ship said that the age of the baby and safety needs were reasons that the family couldn’t stay on board. Early in 2014, Disney Cruise Line had changed the policy for infant travel and pregnant women. Babies used to be able to travel at 12 weeks of age, but Disney did change things. “For reservations made after July 17, 2014, on sailings commencing in 2015 and beyond, the minimum age to sail aboard any Vessel is 6 months of age on most itineraries, and the minimum age for Transatlantic, Hawaii, and Panama Canal itineraries is 1 year of age.” The reservation of the Moaks was not to be affected, which would allow them to travel with the baby younger than six months old. Family evicted
January 3 Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
10 News reports a child is in critical condition after nearly drowning on board a cruise ship, deputies said. The ship had just left Port Everglades on Saturday when a bystander noticed the child was caught in a wave pool on the 15th deck. Authorities say the child may have been underwater for about five to ten minutes before he was pulled out. Crews administered CPR while the ship was diverted back to port. The Broward Sheriff's Office said the child was revived and taken to Broward Health Medical Center. The child was not identified by deputies. Sun Sentinel gives more detailed information. Child near-drowns
January 3 Not relevant The Press reports Akaroa (New Zealand) police are on the hunt for a possible anti-cruise ship protester who has been vandalising the town's public toilets. Senior Constable Lyle Pryor said toilet door hinges had been removed and toilet bowls filled with gravel on several occasions this summer. The affected toilet block is one of three in the township and was specifically built near the Akaroa Wharf to cater to cruise ship visitors. Pryor said there were some in the town who were against the cruise ships because they changed the character of the isolated community. "These things seem to occur on a cruise ship day or just before," Pryor said. Onshore response to cruise tourism
January 2 Unknown
Heritage River Journeys
Big News Network reports a member of the crew suffered slight injury after a fire broke out in a luxury cruise liner in Calcutta on Friday, a day before it was slated to embark on its maiden voyage. Two fire tenders managed to douse the fire within a short time, fire brigade sources said. A short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire in the ship anchored at a jetty on the Ganga in the neighbouring Howrah district.
"One member of the crew was slightly injured. Some furniture damaged. It was a minor fire," said a fire brigade official. The cruise liner is slated to leave for Murshidabad with passengers Saturday.
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