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Monday, January 26, 2015

On Monday, Italian prosecutors called for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, to be sent to jail for 26 years and three months for the shipwreck of the cruise ship which left 32 people dead. This is made up of 14 years for multiple charges of manslaughter, nine years for causing a shipwreck, three years for abandoning ship and three months for not contacting authorities as the accident was happening.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Serenade of the Seas cruise ship, owned by Royal Caribbean, was due to depart on Sunday 25 January from New Orleans, but it has been confirmed by Coast Guards that the departure was delayed due to a broken water pipe and electrical problems.

The Serenade of the Seas was traveling upriver on Saturday some 10 miles north of Venice, when the ship began experiencing difficulties with the navigational system, and it had to be was pulled by several tugboats until it reached the Julia Street pier, where it then docked. It appears that the ship still had power but the navigation system was not working....

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

There has been a fire onboard the Fred Olsen cruise ship Boudicca off the coast of Morocco.

The Boudicca, is on an 18 night Cape Verde and the Canaries cruise, which left Southampton, England on 20 January.

According to passengers on board, the ship, which is carrying more than 1,000 people, was left with no power after the fire in the engine room. They were called to the lifeboat stations in the middle of the night and told to put on their life jackets shortly...

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Measles is a very nasty virus, and many people think it has been eradicated in the United States along with many other countries. Unfortunately it seems it is reappearing in the country and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that 644 cases have been confirmed in the U.S in 2014, which is the most since 2000. These cases include an outbreak in California, with the most recent one being traced to a visitor to Disneyland who had not been vaccinated.

The main problem is that measles is one of the most contagious of the infectious diseases known to man. It can easily cause major outbreaks,...

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

In late February 2014, Dana Hastings was a passenger on board a Carnival Cruise ship together with her two children, Ramsey and Trey. They were all sharing a cabin as the children were minors.

The ship was sailing off the coast of Florida when Hastings claims that an employee of the cruise ship, who she believes was the pit boss of the onboard casino, followed her back to her cabin and sexually assaulted or raped her. Her two children were also present in the cabin at the time and were witness to the event.

Hastings has now filed a federal lawsuit against the cruise line employee in Miami...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Although it is true that the numbers of passengers and crew getting killed or injured on a cruise ship is not that high in comparison to the numbers who go cruising, it does happen.

A recent report has stated that on average 10 people die on a cruise ship each year, from what are called “operational incidents’ which are fires, explosions, ships sinking and the like, and over 60 are injured in the same way. These deaths and injuries do not include slips and falls, as there is no data on that. Nor do they include natural deaths. In addition to these deaths and injuries, according to the Centers for...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The family of a Carnival Cruise Line crew member who died as a result of his work on board ship has won a $3.6 million settlement.

The Plaintiff was an Italian who worked on four different Carnival Cruise Line ships as an electrician for a period of 15 years which ended in 2000. His work involved exposure to asbestos, as it was used to insulate boilers and pipes and similar objects. Although asbestos has been banned for use in several countries around the world, some still use it, often illegally, and put their employees at risk.

Asbestos, if left undisturbed, causes no problems and is an...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

On Thursday, the Coast Guard proposed new security measures for cruise ships to try and better protect passengers and ensure that any crimes which are committed at sea are properly investigated.

The new measures include proper training of crew members as to how to respond to claims of sexual assault, accurate preservation of crime scenes and gathering of evidence, informing passengers of crimes aboard the ship, and efficient video surveillance systems to issue an alert if someone falls overboard.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Americans are now sailing all over the world, but passengers should be aware that there are some ports of call which are not as safe as others.

Ports in Venezuela can be especially dangerous due to a mix of problems with violence and narcotics in the country. For example in February a passenger on a Carnival cruise was shot and killed during a robbery attempt on Margarita Island, which lies off the coast of Venezuela.

The U.S. State Department says that U.S. citizens are being specifically targeted in El Salvador, and that there have been 33 U.S. citizens killed there in the past four years....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Every year around 25 people fall overboard from cruise ships. So what should you do if that happens to you?

On the face of it one would think it must be difficult to fall, given the high railings on the deck. But just last week 22 year old American Frank Jade fell overboard and no one on his ship noticed. Luckily he was spotted by another cruise sailing the same route.

Unfortunately if you do fall off a cruise ship the odds of survival are not good. But there are some ways you can give yourself the biggest chance of beating those odds.

The first factor is how far you actually fall.  The...

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