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  • Regal Princess Flunks USPH Sanitation Inspection

    Several new sources, including the popular Cruise Radio Blog, are reporting that the Regal Princess recently failed a recent sanitation inspection (conducted earlier this month) by the United States Public Health. The USPH gave the ship a score of just 77. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its official report for the...

  • Costa Cruise Ship Quarantined Due to Coronavirus

    The Italian news agency ANSA and public broadcaster RAI reported this morning that a passenger from Hong Kong on the Costa Smeralda has been found to be showing symptoms (a fever) of what is suspected to be coronavirus. CNN reports that the 54 year old woman and her husband are now were being kept separately in...

  • Man Goes Overboard From Oasis of the Seas

    The U.S. Coast Guard states that it is searching this evening for a person who went overboard this evening from Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas which was moored at port (at Pier 3) in Old Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruceros Puerto Rico initially reported on the incident, and published a number of photographs of the...

  • Carnival Corporation Picked As One of the Top 20 Most Challenged Brands in 2019

    The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, a global network of senior marketing executives, selected Carnival Corporation as one of the “Bruised, Battered and Embattled Brands” in 2019. According to the advertising publication Campaign, the CMO Council selected 20 companies to be on its “bruised and battered” dis-honor roll. Carnival Corporation joined the likes of other seriously...

  • Court Appointed Monitor: Carnival Continues to Violate Air Emission Laws

    The Court Appointed Monitor (CAM) in the criminal environmental case pending against Carnival Corporation filed a 100 page report this morning which outlines numerous ongoing environmental violations committed by Carnival and several of its brands in the last 90 days. The CAM stated that Carnival’s violations during this quarter included incidents related to: Air emissions; Discharges...

  • Carnival Elation Discharges Grey Water at Port Canaveral

    The Carnival Elation discharged “gray water” while docked at Port Canaveral yesterday morning, according to the Florida Today publication. Twenty-two metric tons of gray water (over 6,000 gallons) were spilled, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Carnival and the Port Downplay the Pollution The newspaper suggested that “a valve was inadvertently opened” during ballast...

  • Carnival Glory Strikes Carnival Legend in Cozumel – Almost Hits Oasis of the Seas

    The Carnival Glory and the Carnival Legend collided this morning at the port in Cozumel, causing extensive damage to the starboard side of the stern of the Glory.  The Carnival Glory then appeared to come close to striking the moored Oasis of  the Seas, according to a passenger who was in port who wishes to...

  • Disney Cruise Employee Arrested on Charges of Raping 13 Year-Old Girl

    A Florida man, who reportedly works on Disney cruise ships for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested last week after a 13 year-old girl told her mother that he raped her dozens of time at his home, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel stated that 53 year-old Keith Seitz reportedly molested the little girl at his home,...

  • Carnival Cruise Line Leads Cruise Industry with the Most Sexual Assaults

    Cruise ships reportedly experienced an “unprecedented crime wave” this summer, with 35 sexual assaults involving 27 passengers. The majority of such sexual crimes occurred on Carnival Cruise Line ships, according to the New York Post which reviewed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s latest cruise crime statistical compilation published last week. Carnival Cruise Line has More Sexual...

  • Cruise Passenger Falls to Deck Five on Carnival Horizon

    A male passenger died after he fell four stories on a Carnival  cruise ship during a recent cruise, according to a news station in Fort Meyers, Florida. The newspaper did not identify the Carnival cruise ship in its article which it published last night, although a video produced by WINK News showed footage taken of the...

  • Passenger Arrested for Breaking Girlfriend’s Jaw and Arm on Norwegian Breakaway

    A passenger attacked and severely injured his girlfriend ten days ago onboard the Norwegian Breakaway, according to court filings in a criminal case filed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. An affidavit of an FBI agent who investigated the incident filed together with the criminal complaint* in the case of U.S. v. Smiley (case number 3:19-mj-02201-SCC)...

  • Celebrity Crew Member’s “Brazen Rape of Colleague”

    The recent news of a crew member sexually assaulting a woman on an unidentified cruise ship sailing to St. Thomas reported by several newspapers in the U.S. Virgin Islands involved what the prosecutor is characterizing in court documents as a “brazen rape of his colleague.” The criminal complaint, supporting affidavit of the investigating FBI agent, and...

  • Crew Member Indicted for Cruise Ship Sexual Abuse

    The Virgin Island Consortium reported today that a crew member was arraigned in Federal District Court for the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a passenger on a cruise ship. The newspaper announced the charges against a Filipino crew member by the name of Louie Isom Mangampat. According to the...

  • Celebrity Xpedition Runs Aground in the Galápagos, Passengers Evacuated

    The El Universo newspaper reports that the Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship ran aground and became stranded on a sandbar yesterday evening. The newspaper states that the cruise ship ran aground Tuesday at Punta Vicente Roca, located north of Isabela Island in the Galapagos. The Celebrity ship sent an alert yesterday evening. The Armed Forces of Equador...

  • Suicide Attempts by Filipino Crew Members Demonstrate Need for Shipboard Psychologists

    Today, the popular Crew Center published two articles regarding recent attempts by Filipino seafarers to end their lives. First, Crew Center mentioned a 24-year-old Filipino crew member, employed by MSC Cruises as a buffet steward, who reportedly posted several comments on social media regarding the long work hours and the little rest during his first contract...

  • Norwegian Star Suffers Propulsion Problems

    The Norwegian Star experienced a problem with one of its azipods over the weekend, apparently resulting in a fire of some type, resulting in a cancelled port on its last cruise. NCL then continued the next cruise without any mention to the new guests that there had been a fire or whether the ship had...

  • Carnival Freedom Belches Smoke in Cayman Islands

    This past week, the Carnival Freedom cruise ship was photographed belching thick black smoke while arriving in George Town, Grand Cayman. The photograph was taken by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. It was taken on Tuesday, October 29th. The twelve-year old Carnival ship left Galveston, Texas on the evening of October 27th and arrived...

  • Passenger Goes Overboard From Hurtigruten’s MS Finnmarken

    A Norwegian newspaper reports that a woman in her 40’s fell from the deck of a Hurtigruten cruise ship as it approached the port in Ålesund. Sunnmorsposten reports that the unidentified woman was located in the water about an hour after she went overboard from the M/S Finnmarken following an extensive search involving a helicopter and six...

  • Grandfather of Toddler Who Fell From Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Arrested

    The Associated Press reports tonight that a grandfather who police say dropped the young child from the Freedom of the Seas docked in Puerto Rico last in July has arrested on charges of negligent homicide in the child’s death. Today, a judge ordered the arrest of Salvatore Anello after state prosecutors submitted evidence that the 2...

  • Spanish Rescue Company Medevacs Passenger From Celebrity Reflection

    The Spanish Rescue Company, Salvamento Marítimo, medevaced a 73 year-old woman from the Celebrity Reflection today. El crucero Celebrity Reflection solicitó ayer la evacuación médica de un pasajero danés de 73 años cuando se encontraban a 50 millas al oeste de Palma de Mallorca. Nuestro helicóptero Helimer 215 lo trasladó al hospital de Son Espases. #SeguridadMaritima...

  • Police: Disney Youth Counselor Molested 10-Year-Old Child on Disney Magic

    A Disney crew member is heading toward trial in Miami-Dade County on multiple criminal charges that he engaged in lewd and lascivious molestation of a ten year old child aboard the Disney Magic. The Miami-Dade County Police Department arrested 24 year old Oliver Lovatt on allegation that he sexually molested a young boy in the “Oceaneer...

  • Coast Guard Medevacs Crew Member From Norwegian Joy

    The United States Coast Guard medevaced an ill crew member Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8th,  from the Norwegian Joy, approximately 30 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Oregon. The 61-year-old Filipino man reportedly was suffering heart complications. The Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship contacted the 13th Coast Guard District Command Center around 12:40 p.m. that...

  • Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger in Critical Condition From Carnival Valor

    The United States Coast Guard medevaced a twenty-three year old passenger from the Carnival Valor yesterday morning according to multiple news accounts. WKRG-New Orleans reports that the Coast Guard medevaced the male passenger from the Carnival cruise ship just off the coast of Venice, Louisiana early Tuesday morning. The Coast Guard station in New Orleans...

  • Two Crew Members Jump fom Celebrity Summit into Saint Lawrence River

    Two Celebrity crew members apparently jumped from the Celebrity Summit cruise ship earlier this week. Canadian fire-rescue and coast guard departments rescued them both from the cold Saint Lawrence River. Several newspapers reported that the crew menbers apparently jumped into the river in Quebec City early on  Monday morning. Le Soleil newspaper reported that the fiirst crew...

  • Man Overboard From MSC Divina, Rescued

    A passenger went overboard from the MSC Divina late last week, according to a passenger who reported the incident to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein who operates the popular CruiseJunkie web site. The passenger stated “Last week we were on the MSC Divina and there a person went overboard. Around 6 in the morning the...

  • Former Royal Caribbean Youth Activities Manager Arrested for Sexual Crimes Against Minor

    A former Royal Caribbean employee, identified as someone who previously “ran children’s programs for Royal Caribbean International,” has been charged with multiple sexual crimes against a 12 year old boy, according to several newspapers. Andrew Meeks, age 35, a fourth-grade school teacher in Wisconsin, who is on a forced leave of absence during a police investigation, made his...

  • Engine Room Fire on the Carnival Legend

    A fire broke out on the morning of Friday, September 20, 2019 on the Carnival Legend while the cruise ship was sailing into Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, according to Crew Center. The popular cruise related website stated that the master of the ship made an announcement around 7:15 a.m.  for firefighting teams to respond...

  • Ten Years of Cruise Law News

    This weekend was the ten year anniversary of this blog. The first day of publishing Cruise Law News was September 15, 2009. Over the last decade, I’ve published 3,075 articles about cruise ship related issues.  An average of over two million people read around two million pages of Cruise Law News a year.  It is the...

  • Smoke and Mirrors: Cruise Line Scrubbers Turn Air Pollution Into Water Pollution

    Cruise ships are a major source of air pollution which causes and/or contributes to a wide range of serious health problems such as respiratory ailments, lung disease, cancer and premature deaths. The pollutants from ship engines exhaust gases include sulfer oxides(SOx) as well as non-combustible particulate matter and black carbon. A video of a Carnival cruise...

  • Alaska Fines HAL $17,000 After Westerdam Discharges 22,500 Gallons of Grey Water into Glacier Bay National Park

    The State of Alaska yesterday fined Holland America Line (HAL) around $17,000 for dumping untreated grey water from one of its cruise ships. NPR reported that HAL’s Westerdam cruise ship was visiting the national park a year ago, on September 11, 2018, when a crew member illegally discharged grey water.  Details of the illegal dumping are...

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