Oprah Winfrey treating her staff to Mediterranean cruisewww.suntimes.com
June 19, 2009
BY MARK BIEGANSKI Staff Reporter
Oprah Winfrey : the world's greatest boss?
For the second time in recent years, she's making a strong case for that title by taking her entire staff and their families on vacation. This time they're going on a lavish Mediterranean cruise.Winfrey and her staff will leave Chicago on Saturday. The cruise ship will stop in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Malta. She is covering transportation, food, drinks and activities at port stops.
In 2005, Winfrey celebrated the end of her "Wildest Dreams" season by surprising her staff with an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.
According to Chicago-based Best Travel, a cruise like the one Winfrey is taking her staff on costs about $5,400 a person. The billionaire employs more than 100 people at her Chicago based TV production company which recently featured an interview with the parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann.
Speaking of missing persons:
Since the year 2000, 116 cruise ship passengers have gone overboard.http://www.cruisejunkie.com/Overboard.html
I hope her staff did some research before planning the cruise. The cruise lines are some of the greediest, unethical, profit grabbing corporations on earth. They employ individuals from third world countries under sweat shop conditions which are just a step away from slavery. 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)
. Winfrey had her DNA
tested for the 2006 PBS
program African American Lives
. The genetic
test determined that her maternal line originated among the Kpelle
ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia
. I started my blog in 2005 after two grandparents were murdered on the carnival cruise ship we were on and there was no investigation. They didn't even turn the ship around to look for the bodies for over 8 hours. I also have evidence that the cruise lines have threatened a newspaper to kill a story that put the industry in bad light. I hope somenone can share this with Oprah's staff.
115 individuals have gone overboard since the year 2000. 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?"
How many more people must get killed at the intersection before we put up a stoplight? We are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore. Take a cruise that is. Americans should be encouraged to travel domestically until independent law enforcement is on every cruise ship.