Although most people set out on a cruise vacation to relax, it is not uncommon for drug rings to attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of illegal substances across borders, using the cruise as a cover for an otherwise normal vacation. As it turns out, this is not a foolproof plan, as a trio in 2016 discovered when they attempted to smuggle $16 million of cocaine into Sydney, Australia. This week, the second woman involved in the incident appeared in court for her sentencing hearing. She will receive her official sentence next week.
Category: Maritime Matter of the Week
When you set out on a cruise, you expect that the security personnel aboard your ship are there to protect you. Unfortunately, in the wake of the violent episodes aboard the Carnival Legend, many are saying that this was not the case, with security using heavy-handed tactics that may have increased instead of mitigated the violence.
Last week, two Royal Caribbean cruises were afflicted with a norovirus that left hundreds of passengers in a compromised state of health. While viruses are a concern, accident and injury at sea are also a problem, especially when so many cruise lines would prefer to shirk responsibility for the role they played in harming their passengers or crewmembers.
The case of Kenneth Manzanares, the Utah man charged with killing his wife Kristy aboard the Emerald Princess this summer has gripped headlines for months. This week, a judge ordered the trial’s start date to be pushed from April 23, 2018 to November 5, 2018 due to the complex nature of the case.
For most, heading out on a cruise vacation is meant to be a memorable and exciting experience! And while that is certainly the case for many, there are some at sea with more sinister motives. Drug smuggling is more common on cruises than anyone would like. But, as a recent court sentence reveals, it is not an action that goes unpunished.
For many, the thought of a cruise vacation brings to mind visions of blue skies and fresh sea breezes. Unfortunately, that is simply not the reality. A recent undercover investigation revealed just how polluted air on deck really is.