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Safe Cruise

Project Safe Cruise Press Release: See www.projectsafecruise.blogspot.com & details below. Leave a message if you have experienced incidents involving poor security & safety practices of cruise lines. Hearings are scheduled; we will provide them to Congress. We must act to insure passenger safety. The current lack of safety & security is not acceptable especially after 9/11. On 5/12/05, we were on the Carnival Destiny near Aruba when an elderly couple disappeared without a trace.

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Government could save $50 billion per year by having two shifts of white collar employees work each day. Office space costs $50,000/year for each employee yet we only use space 30% of time. We can no longer afford to have banker's hours for all. With over 2 million federal employees this cost-free paradigm change could avoid lay offs/furloughs and reduce pollution. See new plan at http://whitecollargreenspace.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Norovirus Attacks Cruise Ship Six Months After Earlier Outbreak


A cruise ship has been hit with an outbreak of norovirus just six months after dealing with another bout of the stomach bug earlier this year.
The Crown Princess ship docked in San Pedro, in Southern California today as passengers and crew members dealt with an outbreak of the flu-like norovirus. The virus has sickened at least 172 people on board, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The same ship, part of the Princess Cruises fleet, had another outbreak of the gastrointestinal virus in April according to the CDC. In that outbreak 152 people fell ill with either a norovirus or E. coli infection.

http://abcnews.go.com/health/norovirus-hits-cruise-ship-months-earlier-outbreak/story?id=26953623

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Another Person Goes Overboard on Bahama Celebration Cruise Ship

www.huffingtonpost.com

AP by  DAVID McFADDEN   http://twitter.com/dmcfadd                                                                         
The U.S. Coast Guard searched the waters between the Bahamas and South Florida on Sunday looking for a man reported missing from a cruise ship.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Two Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers Fall Overboard off Australia (or were they pushed?)

Two Carnival Cruise Ship Passengers Fall Overboard off Australia (or were they pushed?) We will never know because cruise line companies from foreign countries spend as much money lobbying Congress as Walmart.

www.cruisejunkie.com

200 Passengers have gone Overboard since 1995

www.huffingtonpost.com

SIDNEY -- Authorities were conducting an air and marine search Thursday off Australia's east coast for two cruise passengers who were believed to have fallen overboard the night before...

The couple and seven of their family and friends were among 2,680 passengers on a South Pacific cruise. The ship's last stop was Mare Island in New Caledonia, which it left on Monday, bound for Sydney. The couple were discovered missing as passengers disembarked, said Peter Taylor, spokesman for the ship's operator, Carnival Cruise Lines.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Atlantic Wire
Carnival Won't Reimburse Coast Guard For Poop Cruise Rescue
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/04/carnival-wont-reimburse-coast-guard-poop-cruise-rescue/64195/

Even though Carnival Cruise Lines was negligent regarding the Stranded "Triumph" cruise ship week from Hell, they refuse to pay the Coast Guard back for the cost of the rescue.  Carnival had a totally inadequate and possible non-existent emergency plan.

Is Carnival on Welfare? -They are one of the greediest corporations in the world.  They care about profits but not the safety and security of passengers, most of which are Americans:
  • Cruise Lines spend million$ more on lobbying than Walmart in order to avoid have effective safety measures and other regulations and to avoid taxes.
  • Cruise lines do not care about the environment:
    Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines
    Disabling Accidents, Collisions, and Fires, 1990 - 2010 
  • Carnival, which is headquartered in Miami but incorporated for tax purposes in Panama, paid just $3 million in income tax benefits on $1.9 billion in pretax income last year, according to company documents. This is the same as if I made $100,000 last year and only had to pay $75.00 in taxes Carnival saves 1/2 billion dollars per year by not paying U.S. taxes.
  • In 1990, Micky Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines renounced his U.S. citizenship, in an effort to avoid estate tax in the United States and returned to Israel and founded Arison Investments.[4]  He cheated the United States out of $10 billion.
  • Far from offering its services reluctantly, Carnival Cruise Lines sought to enlist President Bush's brother in its quest to win a $236 million deal to place Hurricane Katrina evacuees aboard three of its ships, according to e-mail exchanges cited in a new congressional analysis.
  • Senator Waxman has accused Carnival of profiteering, in part because the contracts reimbursed the company for what it would have earned under normal operations, including revenue from casino games and liquor sales.
  • Did Governor Bush feel obligated to help Carnival because of the massive amounts of money Carnival and its employees spend each year on lobbying and campaign donations?
Carnival does not want to see that tax status jeopardized just because three major ships are clearly operating in the United States. After it won the FEMA bid, Carnival appealed to Treasury Secretary John W. Snow for a waiver of U.S. taxes. "We do not want to jeopardize our tax exemption, nor do we want to interrupt our relief efforts for failure to secure this assurance from the Treasury Department," wrote Howard Frank, Carnival's chief operating officer.
Cruise line council President Crye said the company will reduce its billings under the contract by the amount of income taxes forgiven. The waiver would spare Carnival and its employees the paperwork of filing tax returns.
But critics say Carnival deserves to be treated no differently than a hotel housing relief workers under a FEMA contract. "Carnival should be contributing to the relief effort just like all other taxpayers are," McIntyre said. "Why should they be singled out for special treatment, just because they've been so good at tax avoidance in the past
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With the help of John McCain and the millions of dollars they spend on lobbying each year, they have prevented the passage of any meaningful legislation to improve safety and security on cruise ships. Royal Carribean is still incorporated in Liberia so they can avoid regulations, taxes, and corporate responsibility. The also flagged their ships for years there for the same reason. The millions of dollars they paid in fees helped finance Charles Tayor when he murdered close to 400,000 humans in Africa.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taylor_(Liberia) ‏

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Royal Caribbean Death: Cruise Ship Returns To Baltimore After Suspicious Death Of 62-Year-Old Woman

www.nydailynews.com
May 26, 2013

BALTIMORE — An FBI spokesman says a death aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has been classified as suspicious. The FBI is investigating the death of a 62-year-old Virginia woman who traveled on the Enchantment of the Seas. Royal Caribbean says the woman’s husband found her body Sunday inside her cabin. FBI Baltimore field office spokesman Rich Wolf says agents boarded the ship Monday after it returned to Baltimore as scheduled. He says an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause and manner of death, and agents are interviewing the unidentified woman’s husband. Wolf declined to say whether the woman suffered any trauma. The Enchantment of the Seas sailed to Florida and the Bahamas on a seven-night trip.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

www.inquisitr.com - Fourth Carnival Cruise Ship Reports Problems

MORE EVIDNCE THAT MILLIONAIRES WHO OWN CRUISE LINES PUT PROFIT$ ABOVE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THEIR PASSENGERS AND EMPLOYEES:

A fourth Carnival cruise ship has reported problems. The ship, called the Carnival Legend, reported an issue with an Azipod unit, which is a crucial part of the steering and propelling system.
In all, the Triumph, Elation, Dream, and Legend have all reported mechanical issues in the last month. Carnival’s issues began with the Triumph last month.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hell Week Proves that Carnival Cruise Lines Puts Profit$ Before Passengers Safety

Brawls, human waste, and free booze: the Carnival cruise from hell continues


 Carnival Cruise Lines and other Cruise Ship Corporations still do not care about the health and safety of their customers.

With the help of John McCain and the millions of dollars they spend on lobbying each year, they have prevented the passage of any meaningful legislation to improve safety and security on cruise ships. Royal Carribean is still incorporated in Liberia so they can avoid regulations, taxes, and corporate responsibility. The also flagged their ships for years there for the same reason. The millions of dollars they paid in fees helped finance Charles Tayor when he murdered close to 400,000 humans in Africa.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taylor_(Liberia) ‏

LikeBain Capital and other private equity firms we have heard about, Cruise Lines only care about partying, profitting, and the bottom line. 198 individuals have gone overboard since 1975.
See Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2010

Cruise Ship Deaths

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Will Carnival Cruise ship Captain be Charged with Murder and Abandoning Ship

Carnival Cruise Lines and other Cruise Ship Corporations still do not care about the health and safety of their customers.

With the help of John McCain and the millions of dollars they spend on lobbying each year, they have prevented the passage of any meaningful legislation to improve safety and security on cruise ships. Royal Carribean is still incorporated in Liberia so they can avoid regulations, taxes, and corporate responsibility. The also flagged their ships for years there for the same reason. The millions of dollars they paid in fees helped finance Charles Tayor when he murdered close to 400,000 humans in Africa.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taylor_(Liberia) ‏

LikeBain Capital and other private equity firms we have heard about, Cruise Lines only care about partying, profitting, and the bottom line. 173 individuals have gone overboard since 1975.
See Persons Overboard, 1995 - 2010

Cruise Ship Deaths
Hundreds of sexual assounts have occurred yet no one has been convicted.
CruiseRape.com
Some 50,000 people have become sick from over 250 illness outbreaks on cruise ships in the last 9 years.
having ships run aground is not new to the cruise industry See:
Ships that have Grounded, 1972 - 2010
Ships that have Sunk, 1979 - 2010

Cruise lines do not care about the environment:
Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines
Disabling Accidents, Collisions, and Fires, 1990 - 2010



Captain of luxury cruise ship faces charges
(NECN: Scot Yount) - The captain of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia now faces charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship, which was two and a half miles off course, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

The sight of the mighty ocean liner on its side just off the coast of an Italian resort island is frightening.

Three passengers from Little Rock, Ark., said after the ship hit the bottom, the ship was listing so badly they couldn't wait for the lifeboats.

"One of the boats was full of 200 people, went down and caught on the railing the lifeboat tipped sideways and then fell and swung and everybody was screaming," said Mark Plath.

All three jumped into the sea with about 150 other people.

"One of the crew members was actually telling us we need to stay on. And that's when Mark was saying no we don't need to stay on, because it was sinking so fast. Where we were standing is actually under water right now," said Justin Baines.

The accident happened just as many people were sitting down to dinner. The initial investigation shows the ship hit underwater rocks, ripping a 150 foot gash in the hull.
There were scenes of panic as passengers rushed to abandon ship. A cell phone video shot by Americans who were on board shows what many passengers are calling chaos.

"I can't believe our ship is sinking!" screams one person in the video.

Three people were confirmed dead. Most of the more than 4,200 people on board reached land by lifeboats.

About 70 people have not yet been accounted for.

This man told reporters that he heard a loud bang while in the restaurant and that he ended up in the water for an hour and a half.

Passengers complained there were no evacuation drills and that the crew of more than 1,000 was disorganized.

Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Goduti, of Wallingford, Conn., spoke to the Associated Press about her ordeal.

"It was so unorganized, our evacuation drill was scheduled for 5 p.m.," said Goduti, who had set out on the cruise of the Mediterranean hours earlier. "We had joked, 'What if something had happened today?'"

Reportedly, some Braintree, Mass., residents were on board the ship, but were rescued unharmed.

At this point, divers are working inside the ship to look for survivors or the bodies of those who are still missing.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Worker Missing From Ship ‎

Worker on Disney Wonder cruise liner disappears off Mexican coast

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 5:35 PM on 25th March 2011

A crewmember on a Disney cruise ship has been reported missing at sea off the western coast of Mexico.

The Mexican navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bahamian Maritime Authority are now leading the search for the woman, whose identity has not been released out of respect for her family.

Disney Cruise Lines spokesman Christi Donnan says the female crewmember was reported missing on Tuesday morning after she failed to report for a scheduled shift on the Disney Wonder.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Near-disaster Dec. 6 & 7 when wild waves struck cruise ship in dangerous passage between Cape Horn & Antarctica


Surviving 'the Drake Shake': Riding out an Antarctic-cruise nightmare

...The Clelia was thrashing about in the high seas. The cresting waves smacked the vessel as if it were a shuttlecock. Then one wave leaped to the fifth deck and ripped away the handrail, flinging it against the pilot's compartment windshield.

It broke the window, and seawater roared into the compartment, knocking out our communications, including radar. In a matter of seconds we went "blind" in a raging storm hundreds of miles from shore.

The National Geographic Society Explorer, another nature-tour boat in the passage, responded to our distress signal...

For a couple of anxious hours, I feared that the ship would go down. Passengers were being thrown out of beds and flung across cabins. We were being rattled like dice in a casino. Other than bumps and bruises, however, there were no critical injuries.

A rescue at sea was out of the equation. There was no chance of lifeboats being launched in a sea so turbulent. And forget life jackets! Death from hypothermia was a given in these frigid waters.

The ship shrieked and moaned with the violent twisting as we were buffeted by winds gusting from 50 to 70 knots per hour, and waves three to four stories high.

The creaking created by the constant battering was the cry of a ship in pain. It sounded like a death rattle. I thought it was just a matter of time...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spam-a-Lot, Sweat-a-Lot, New Themed Cruises from Carnival

http://www.naturalnews.com/030354_Carnival_cruises_Pop-Tarts.html

Stranded cruise line passengers rescued with Spam and Pop-Tarts

(NaturalNews) The U.S. Navy thinks Pop-Tarts are "emergency food supplies." The 3,000 passengers stranded on a Carnival Cruise Line ship that suffered an engine fire failure are now being "rescued" with junk food. All the on-board food spoiled when the ship refrigeration failed after the fire, so U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters have been airlifting food to the passengers to prevent them from having to miss a meal (because that would be unthinkable).

Well, the term "food" may be a stretch. The emergency supplies being dropped off include Spam, croissants and Pop-Tarts. The ingredients for Kellogg's Pop-Tarts include High Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial food coloring chemicals, soybean oil and processed wheat flour. I guess being on this ship is no carnival after all -- it's more like a diabetes camp, and by that I mean a camp to cause diabetes, not to cure it...

When I think of preparedness food, I don't think Pop-Tarts

That Carnival Cruise Lines and the U.S. Navy could somehow think that Spam and Pop-Tarts are rescue food is almost unimaginable. You would think they'd be far better off delivering some dried nuts, fresh oranges and superfood drink powders to keep the passengers alive. But no, they're living on Spam and Pop-Tarts.

Then again, maybe this is what the cruise line passengers expect. A cruise on a Carnival ship, after all, is primarily an exercise in gleeful gluttony, with free, unlimited food served every hour of the day and night. The sewage treatment sections of these ships are astonishing in their size and productivity. When they're actually functioning, that is. Toilet service was out on the ship for at least a day...

I suppose the idea that 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line passengers might fast for three days is unthinkable. Oh God no! These people might DIE if they don't get something to eat! So throw 'em some Pop-Tarts!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cruise Ship Kills Humpback Whale

A juvenile humpback whale collided with the 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess cruise ship and the crash killed the whale. The whale was found stuck on the bow of the cruise ship, and federal authorities are investigating the incident, reports Newsoxy.

According to AOL Travel, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokeswoman, Julie Speegle, tells the Juneau Empire, the ship was south of Juneau near Tracy Arm, when the whale became lodged on the bow.

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NOAA is conducting a necropsy on the animal.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Cruise ship passengers tell of deadly waves off Spain

http://www.breitbart.com
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The Mediterranean was heaving as the 68-year-old Italian stood in the cruise ship lounge. A moment later a monstrous wave shattered the windows and sent shards into her head, leaving her bleeding on the floor and calling out for her husband.

Torrents of water gushed into the Louis Majesty, pouring through several floors of the ship.

"I thought I would end up in the sea, drowned," said Anna Lita, who had a black eye and bandages on her head and hand Thursday.

The three waves that struck the Cypriot-owned ship Wednesday claimed two lives off the coast of northeast Spain. The vessel was carrying 1,350 passengers and 580 crew members, from a total of 27 countries.

Lita's husband Carlo, 69, who had been beside her on a sofa, was thrown in the air and ended up with five stitches in the head and a leg injury.

Another Italian, Giovanni Zanoni, said that after the waves blew out the windows of the lounge, the ceiling caved in and pandemonium broke out.

"People were screaming, panicking. They were grabbing life vests," Zanoni said. He said he saw one huge shard of glass hit a man in the face, killing him. It took a while to find the body because he was under the wreckage of the ceiling, Zanoni said.

The ship's owner and operator, Louis Cruise Lines, said the vessel was struck Wednesday by three "abnormally high" waves more than 33 feet (10 meters) high that broke glass windshields in the forward section on deck five, which is one of 10 used by passengers. Two people died and 14 were slightly hurt, the company said.

Large waves are not rare in the Mediterranean, but ones that size occur only once or twice a year, said Marta de Alfonso, an oceanographer with the Spanish government.

This accident happened in an area of the Mediterranean called the Gulf of Leon, which is known for big waves when storms hit...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

400 People on Celebrity Cruise Ship Suffer from Gastrointestinal Illness that is Sweeping the Ship

www.petergreenberg.com/

About one out of every four of the 1,800 passengers on the Celebrity Mercury has reported symptoms of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea.
Keep reading to find out what the ship is doing to treat the outbreak and prevent it from spreading.According to a Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman, Cynthia Martinez, the ship’s crew is instructing passengers to stay in their cabins until the virus passes. The crew will also scour the ship with enhanced cleaning efforts.
Meanwhile, sick passengers have been given over-the-counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol and Imodium.

Celebrity brought on another doctor and two nurses Monday to help treat the hordes of ill passengers.
Although it is not apparent at this time what exactly is causing the stomach bug, the cruise line has sent some samples to a lab to be analyzed.
Spending any amount of time on a Caribbean cruise kneeling before the porcelain throne is a worst-case scenario for travelers. But Celebrity is giving passengers certificates for future cruises to help make up for the time spent in quarantine.
The 12-day cruise departed from Charleston, South Carolina on February 15. The Celebrity Mercury has six more departures scheduled in upcoming months.
By Dan Bence for PeterGreenberg.com.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Woman jumps overboard on Royal Caribbean Cruise ship near Bahamas

Florida Today reports the Coast Guard is searching for a 23-year-old female cruise ship passenger who reportedly went overboard near the Bahamas about 4 a.m. today. She went overboard from the 12th deck of the ship near Nassau, Bahamas. The ship is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. According to RCCL, The guest was last seen at 3:45 a.m. At that time, the ship was sailing from Nassau to Coco Cay, Bahamas. As soon as the guest was reported missing, various public announcements were made onboard and a complete search of the ship, as well of CocoCay, was initiated. Shipboard closed-circuit camera footage captured the guest going overboard on deck 11, portside at approximately 4:11 a.m. Government officials have reviewed the footage and determined that the guest jumped overboard.

131 individuals have gone overboard since the year 2000.

2009 was the worst year with 25. Many of the deaths were never investigated thoroughly and were never solved. Foul play should be considered for all incidents until they are fully investigated. The Cruise Lines continue to tell the media that this is a rare occurence. Nothing has improved since our cruise in 2005 when a beloved and respected couple fell overboard and died and the ship did not return to where they fell for over 12 hours and then there was no investigation of their murder. In the most recent case, the captain was not even notified of the death until 8 hours later. If somone died or was injured in a bar or a restaurant could they get away with waiting 8 hours before reporting it. Negligence by the cruise line and perhaps Congress? There have been recent congressional hearings but no effective legislation.
Then again why would any of the cruise lines be concerned about the death of one customer?

http://safecruise.blogspot.com/2006/04/did-royal-caribbean-and-celebrity.html
“How & Why Did Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Help Liberian Dictator, Charles Taylor Brutally Kill over 300,000 Individuals in Africa in the 1990’s?”

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cruise Ship Crew Member Goes Overboard

wokv.com

(AP) __ The Coast Guard has located a cruise ship crew-member who went overboard near Miami.
Petty Officer Barry Bena says 31-year-old Robert Mado was located in the waters off Cutler Bay about two hours after the Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas issued a distress call Friday morning.

Bena says the crew-member is reported to be in good condition. The ship was about five miles off the Fowey Rocks near Biscayne Bay when Mado went overboard.

No further details were available on how he ended up in the water.

The Majesty of the Seas was en route to Miami from Key West.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cruise ship trapped in ice for four days

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/cruise-ship-stuck-in-antarctic-ice-3153483

More than 100 penguin-loving tourists including dozens from Britain are trapped by ice off Antarctica aboard a Russian ice-breaker cruise ship, officials and the tour operator said on Monday.

The Kapitan Khlebnikov is in a bay near Snow Hill island, located off the northeastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula, and cannot leave as the bay is sealed off with ice, the Russian transportation ministry said.

"The wind has currently slowed down in the area and the massing of the ice has ended. Everything is calm aboard the ice-breaker, nothing is threatening the passengers and crew," the ministry said in a statement.

"When the wind changes to a favourable direction, the ice-breaker will head into clear water and on to the port of Ushuaia," at the extreme southern end of Argentina, the ministry predicted.

There were 105 passengers aboard the vessel and the total delay in the ship's scheduled trip could be around two days, it added.

The ship has been at its current location for four days, German Kuzin, an official with the Far Eastern Shipping Company, the ship's owner, said in televised remarks.

"There's nothing to worry about there," Kuzin said. "To put it plainly, the ship got stuck between an island and an ice massif."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another Whale Killed by Princess Cruise Ship

http://www.motherjones.com/

A Supposedly Fun Thing That Seems To Kill Whales
— By Mark Follman Tue July 28, 2009 9:42 AM PST

Over the weekend, an adult fin whale—a threatened species in Canada—turned up dead in the waters at a cruise ship terminal in Vancouver. The rare marine giant was impaled on the bow of the “Sapphire Princess,” a Princess Cruises’ ship arriving from Alaska.But according to my source, two passengers who arrived on the Sapphire Princess in Vancouver this weekend said that several passengers on the ship had seen whales swimming around and under the ship as it traveled the Inside Passage cruise route just north of Vancouver Island.
Spaven, the DFO spokesperson, told the Vancouver Sun that she believes the whale was struck north of Vancouver Island, since fin whales aren’t normally found in the straits closer to Vancouver.
The Inside Passage is famously rich with marine wildlife and is a crucial habitat and migratory route for whales. As the Sun also reports: “This is the second time in the last 10 years that a cruise vessel has come into the Port of Vancouver with a whale caught on the bow. In that instance, in June of 1999, the Celebrity Cruise vessel MV Galaxy collided with an adult male fin whale, which likely happened as the ship transited the Hecate Strait north of Vancouver Island.”

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