The last thing you want on your vacation is to experience inclement weather. Especially when you’re on a cruise ship, a major storm can make for very uneasy seas and dangerous sailing conditions. Fortunately, when faced with two tropical storms this week, Carnival Cruise Line rerouted three of their ships to keep everyone out of harm’s way.
For five years, victims impacted by the Costa Concordia disaster have waited for some sense of closure. Now that the former captain, Francesco Schettino, will spend the next 16 years in prison, that long-awaited healing may begin.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend an entire cruise vacation at sea? The passengers aboard the Carnival Fantasy just found out, when a technical difficulty prevented the ship from reaching its destination of Cozumel, Mexico.
A weekend jet ski trip narrowly escaped tragedy when the riders floated into the path of an oncoming cruise ship. Both were pulled to safety, but the near miss reminds us of the potential danger caused by being in the vicinity of cruise ships.
Cruise ships are not something you expect to see in your back yard. A Florida couple had a terrifying experience last week, when they feared the Celebrity Equinox was headed straight for their living room.
The Seabourn Encore cruise ship broke free from its moorings on Sunday and crashed into a nearby vessel, while in Timaru, New Zealand. Investigations are underway. No passengers were harmed, but it’s a good reminder to expect the unexpected.
This week, a life raft fell from the side of Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas while in Charleston Harbor. Last year, a number of life raft incidents raised concerns about raft safety. This incident further highlights potential problems with these safety devices.
A few weeks ago, we reported the tragic death of a cruise passenger that took place during a bike tour of Tauranga. Now, her name has been released, as more details of the accident come to light.
22-year-old Nathan Skokan is reported to have intentionally jumped overboard from Independece of the Seas this month. After a 38 hour search, crews were called off.
In late August, the captain of the Spirit of Baltimore fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the boat into two recreational vessels, as well as a wharf. The case has brought the issue of fatigue to the forefront.
Cruise ships can bring great economic benefit to a port of call. However, if residents of the town disapprove, and the presence of cruise ships presents potential safety hazards, it may not be the best plan, after all.
The river cruise American Star crashed into Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge on Black Friday. The cause may have been a technical malfunction.
You may have thought hurricane season was over. But, this week, Hurricane Otto proved us wrong. The Norwegian Pearl was rerouted as a result.
Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean roughly one month ago, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. Now, one month later, Grand Bahama welcomes the Carnival Valor as the first ship to the newly re-opened port.
This week, one cruise passenger was killed and nine others were injured in a crash during their on-shore excursion. Is it time to increase safety and screening procedures for this aspect of the cruise experience?