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September 01, 2015

Last April, Paul and Cindy Dowhaniuk had booked a cruise with Princess Cruises as a special treat for her 55th birthday. The plan was to visit Universal Studios in Florida and then board the cruise ship there which was to travel across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom.

However, shortly before they were due to leave, Paul’s mother in law passed away and it appeared they would have to cancel the cruise which was due to leave Fort Lauderdale on April 25. However the...

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August 31, 2015

In December 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that it thought that there might be a safety problem concerning vehicles which had a keyless ignition.

It appeared that with this type of vehicle it was easy to leave the car running inadvertently and if it were in a garage or other enclosed space there was a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In their report, the NHTSA listed new safety rules but to date, some four years...

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August 30, 2015

Given the prevalence of norovirus and other gastro intestinal illnesses on cruise ships, the cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchens on board are of paramount importance.

The logistics of feeding up to 5,000 passengers in over 20 restaurants and cafeterias almost 24 hours a day is a massive task.  On board the Carnival Freedom for example, on each cruise 150 workers bring on board 240 pallets laden with food. On Disney’s Magic cruise ship they bring on board around 3,125 gallons...

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August 29, 2015

According to the United States Coast Guard, when it comes to cruise ship deficiencies one of the main problems is the system for the evacuation and rescue of passengers.

Every year a list is released showing the main deficiencies which have been identified during the regular inspections of the cruise ships. In 2014 the top of the list was fire screen doors which did not work with 55 instances. This was following by 36 cases of lifeboat problems, 30 cases of the means to escape being blocked and 25 occasions where there were problems with the crew and their training program. This included not being able...

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August 29, 2015

According to the United States Coast Guard, when it comes to cruise ship deficiencies one of the main problems is the system for the evacuation and rescue of passengers.

Every year a list is released showing the main deficiencies which have been identified during the regular inspections of the cruise ships. In 2014 the top of the list was fire screen doors which did not work with 55 instances. This was following by 36 cases of lifeboat problems, 30 cases of the means to escape being blocked and 25 occasions where there were problems with the crew and their training program. This included not being able...

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August 28, 2015

Hot tubs and whirlpools are a common way to relax, especially on board a cruise ship.

Unfortunately not many people know that when they get into a whirlpool they are potentially exposing themselves to a wide range of what could be fatal bacteria. As they lie back in the warm water, their pore open up allowing a whole range of bacteria to enter the skin which can lead to skin infections, lung infections such as legionnaires disease, and urinary tract infections.

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August 27, 2015

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention around 10 people drown every single day in the United States making drowning the fifth cause of deaths caused by an intentional injury.

What is even sadder is that around one in five of those who drown are children under the age of 14 and for every child who drowns and dies another five suffer from near drowning injuries.

When it comes to cruise ships there are over 1.5 million...

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August 27, 2015

On Wednesday, August 19, 65 year old Carol Ann Dimas from San Jose, California died following a fall or a jump from the Carnival Glory cruise ship. 

The incident happened around five miles from Roatan, off the coast of Honduras as the ship was on its way to Grand Cayman as part of a seven day cruise.

According to fellow passengers, she was spotted in the ocean just after she fell and they threw a life jacket to mark where she was. Unfortunately when they ran to...

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August 26, 2015

In June 2014 three children burned to death in a mobile home and their parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state Department of Children and Families as well as two of its employees.

The children died in a mobile home in North Jacksonville when 32 year old Jennifer Fowler and her husband, 56 year old Rickey Fowler were in the Duval County lock up under arrest. The pair had been arrested 48 times in Florida and on at least five occasions, they had both been in jail at the same time.

The children who died were four year old Richard Fowler, two year old Rachel and 10 month old...

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August 25, 2015

On Wednesday, August 19, 65 year old Carol Ann Dimas from San Jose, California died following a fall or a jump from the Carnival Glory cruise ship. 

The incident happened around five miles from Roatan, off the coast of Honduras as the ship was on its way to Grand Cayman as part of a seven day cruise.

According to fellow passengers, she was spotted in the ocean just after she fell and they threw a life jacket to mark where she was. Unfortunately when they ran to...

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