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  • Cruise ship Infinity slams into Ketchikan dock

    06/03/2016 10:46:57 PM PDT · by gettinolder · 38 replies
    vanity ^ | 06/03/16 | myself
    Linking to a YouTube video showing Cruise ship Infinity slamming into berth 3 Ketchikan Alaska. I use the float adjacent to pick up clients from here till September (fishing charter) My wife left work less than hour before collision and could hit this berth with a rock from her office. We had high winds today gusting 40 knots plus. You can see thrusters in full on mode and I understand pilot/captain attempted to drop anchor. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPNfLmcUO0
  • The €1billion floating town is finally delivered: World's biggest cruise ship with 18 decks [tr]

    05/13/2016 7:19:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 99 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 13, 2016 | Becky Pemberton
    The world's biggest-ever cruise ship, the 227,000-tonne Harmony of the Seas, a luxury home on the waves for 8,500 passengers and crew, was handed over by a French shipyard on Thursday after a 40-month engineering feat. At 218ft, it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 1,187ft length makes it 164ft longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The immense floating town, which cost close to one billion euros (Ł800 million), has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members.
  • Cruise Ship Passengers Helping Themselves To Free Coffee & Donuts At Homeless Shelter

    We get it: Cruises can be expensive, and often the food and drink at ports of call can be pricier than what you pay back home. But that doesn’t mean you have to bogart the free coffee and donuts at the homeless shelter near the dock. For many cruise ships making the trip up the Pacific coastline to Alaska, the small city of Ketchikan is the first stop heading north, allowing travelers to get off the ship for a bit, walk around and do a bit of shopping before moving on to the next port. Earlier this week, at a...
  • China Yangtze River cruise ship death toll rises to almost 400

    06/06/2015 6:44:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06/06/2015
    Disaster teams searched the Yangtze River on Saturday for dozens of missing bodies from the Eastern Star as the death toll in the cruiser's capsizing rose to nearly 400, making it China's deadliest boat disaster in nearly seven decades. Authorities have attributed the overturning of the ship late Monday to sudden, severe winds, but also have placed the captain and his first engineer in police custody. Passengers' relatives have raised questions about whether the ship should have continued its cruise after the storm started in a section of Hubei province and despite a weather warning earlier in the evening. The...
  • Hundreds Missing After Chinese Cruise Ship Sinks on Yangtze

    06/01/2015 8:58:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 77 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06-01-2015 | EDWARD WONG
    BEIJING — Most of the 458 passengers aboard a chartered cruise ship were still missing on Tuesday morning more than 12 hours after it sank during a storm along the central Yangtze River, according to a report by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency. Fewer than a dozen people had been rescued, local news media reported, indicating that this could be the worst such disaster in East Asia since the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol last year.
  • Bahamas Celebration Cruise Ship Runs Aground: 'No Danger Of It Sinking'

    11/02/2014 8:10:14 PM PST · by barmag25 · 27 replies
    Tribune242 ^ | 11/2/14 | BY DENISE MAYCOCK
    #SEVEN hundred passengers and crew members were evacuated from the Bahamas Celebration after the cruise ship ran aground outside Freeport Harbour on Friday night. #Salvage crews have spent the day assessing the damage caused by “a small hole in the side of the vessel” after it ran aground 200 yards outside the port around 9pm. The ship returned to port and all passengers and crew left the ship safely.
  • Cruise Ship Stuck off Norway, No Damage

    11/01/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | AP
    A Bahamas-registered cruise liner that ran aground in northern Norway a few months ago did it again on Saturday, in sight of the pier where it was to be moored. The Norwegian rescue services say passengers had been allowed to leave the "Marco Polo" cruise ship, which was carrying more than a thousand people when it ran aground in the Lofoten archipelago early Saturday. Rescues services said they were hoping to pull the 176-meter (580-foot) "Marco Polo" free at high tide late Saturday. Tugboats and a coast guard vessel had tried in vain to free the vessel by pushing it...
  • Ebola-linked cruise ship passenger cleared; hospital apologizes for mistakes

    10/19/2014 6:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/19/2014 | By Ben Brumfield
    A cruise ship plowed through the waters of a Texas port on Sunday with precious cargo on board -- the end of a small Ebola scare. A passenger had been loosely linked to the only patient to die from the disease in the United States, but health authorities cleared her after an odyssey at sea. After voluntarily isolating herself in her cabin, she remained symptom-free and her lab tests looked good, the Galveston County Health Authority said. She and a travel partner were allowed to disembark. The drama goes back to her work as a lab supervisor at Texas Health...
  • Mexico says “no thanks” to Ebola cruise ship

    10/18/2014 6:26:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/18/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday Noah introduced you all to the exciting new vacation opportunity which some have begun calling Ebola Cruise. The Carnival Magic somehow wound up setting sail with one of the Texas health care workers who may have been in contact with some of the lab specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan prior to his death from the Ebola virus. To be clear, it seem impossible that Carnival could have had any way to know this was the case, and the fault – if any is to be found – should not lie with their management, but with the CDC and...
  • A Caribbean Cruise Ship Can't Dock Because Of A Worker Who May Have Had Contact With The Ebola Virus

    10/17/2014 5:42:43 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10-17-2014 | Dina Spector
    Dina Spector October 17, 2014 Thousands of passengers are trapped aboard a Carnival Magic cruise ship with a Dallas health worker who may have handled specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian patient with Ebola who later died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The US Centers for Disease Control alerted the cruise operator on Wednesday that a passenger on the ship was a lab supervisor at the hospital where Duncan was treated, USA Today reports. The unnamed woman, who was traveling with her husband, has agreed to remain isolated in a cabin, the State Department said in statement, while the...
  • Ebola Stricken Cruise Passenger Denied Entry to Belize

    10/17/2014 2:29:49 AM PDT · by eastforker · 73 replies
    Maritime news ^ | October 17, 2014 | World Maritime News Staf
    A Dallas hospital nurse exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms and her husband, travelling on board Carnival Magic, have been denied entry to Belize. The couple has been prevented from entering Belize City to be airlifted to the U.S.A., and is currently on a ship tender unable to return to the cruise ship, according to the Belizean media reports.
  • Report: Cruise ship carrying Texas Ebola health worker refused entry in Belize

    10/17/2014 12:22:04 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 17 Oct 14 | Fred Barbash
    The Belize coast guard is refusing to allow passengers from a cruise ship to come ashore because it’s carrying a Texas hospital worker who handled a lab specimen from the man who died of Ebola in Dallas, according to news reports from Belize. A White House official confirmed to the Associated Press early Friday morning that that the unnamed Dallas health care worker is on the ship and is “self-quarantined.” But the White House did not identify the country.
  • Israelis Detained on Board Norwegian Jade as Cruise Ship Docked in Port of Tunis

    03/10/2014 7:30:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | March 9, 2014 | Shiryn Ghermezian
    Israelis Detained on Board Norwegian Jade as Cruise Ship Docked in Port of Tunis Israeli tourists were denied the right to disembark from the Norwegian Jade, a vessel operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line, when it stopped in the Port of Tunis, Tunisia recently, Jewish human rights organization B’nai Brith Canada said on Sunday. As passengers prepared to get off the ship to visit the North African republic, the Israelis were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government, the group said in a statement. The cruise line did not advise the passengers in advance that Israeli...
  • 'Ghost Ship' Lyubov Orlova - Abandoned Cruise Ship Filled w/ Cannibal Rats Headed for British Shore

    01/23/2014 7:11:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 23, 2014, | Stephen Rex Brown
    Abandoned cruise ship filled with cannibal rats headed for British shore The Lyubov Orlova has been detected off the coast of Scotland. Its only passengers are demented, disease-ridden rats feeding off each other. An abandoned cruise liner teeming with inbred cannibal rats is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean and possibly about to run aground on Britain’s coastline, according to a new report. The Lyubov Orlova has been drifting east from Canadian waters since last year. Newly detected beacons off the dilapidated vessel’s rescue boats indicate it is was recently off the west coast of Scotland, raising concerns it could run...
  • Two men dead on ‘Love Boat’

    08/13/2013 10:56:00 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 13, 2013 | WENN.COM
    Two men died and eight others were hospitalized after a toxic gas build-up on board the luxury ship featured in hit TV show The Love Boat. The decommissioned vessel, named Pacific Princess, was heading in to dock on the coast of Turkey for the last time on Saturday following news it is to be scrapped. It began taking on water as it neared the shore, and several crew members entered the engine room to pump it out. Reports suggest a deadly build-up of exhaust fumes poisoned ten workers, killing two of them. The other men were treated in hospital for...
  • Schumer calls for cruise ship bill of rights

    03/17/2013 1:02:44 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2013 | Associated Press
    Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a "bill of rights" to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships. The New York Democrat says Sunday he'll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures.
  • Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby

    02/24/2011 8:21:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    Right Network/Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-24-2011 | Jim Hoft
    Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:07 PM The Obama Administration won’t send the military to rescue US citizens in Libya. They don’t want to look like war-mongers. Stranded: An estimated 600 U.S. citizens are stuck on board the Maria Dolores (pictured) in Tripoli, and won’t leave until at least Friday (Daily Mail)The Obama Administration is STILL grappling with whether or not to send the military into Libya to rescue US citizens.CNN reported, via HotAir: The senior U.S. official also said the “prudent planning” for...
  • CRUISE LINER EXEC WRITES SCATHING LETTER TO OBAMA OVER NEW REGULATIONS

    10/08/2012 7:58:01 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/8/12 | Erica Ritz
    The most common complaints by business-owners against the current administration tend to revolve around the economic uncertainty and increased regulation that have made it next to impossible to plan for the future. Stephanie Gallagher, the president of World City America Inc., is lending her voice to the fray after the Obama administration reportedly moved to prevent American cruise liners from being eligible to get the long-term financing under Title XI that make building something as massive as a cruise ship possible. As Royal Caribbean acquires its third Oasis-class ship from Finland, Gallagher writes that World City America has invested over...
  • Documents reveal al Qaeda's plans for seizing cruise ships, carnage in Europe

    05/01/2012 6:41:10 AM PDT · by battletank · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2012 | Nic Robertson, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    Investigative journalist Yassin Musharbash, a reporter with the German newspaper Die Zeit, was the first to report on the documents. One plan: to seize passenger ships. According to Musharbash, the writer "says that we could hijack a passenger ship and use it to pressurize the public." Musharbash takes that to mean that the terrorists "would then start executing passengers on those ships and demand the release of particular prisoners." The plan would include dressing passengers in orange jump suits, as if they were al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and then videotaping their execution.
  • (pic) If Obama Was Captain Of A Cruise Ship...

    01/30/2012 12:45:36 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-30-12 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Inspired by this story from The Hill
  • Carnival Fails Crisis 101 in Costa Response

    01/29/2012 3:57:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | January 27, 2012
    With bodies still trapped inside Costa Concordia’s underwater tomb, Carnival (CCL: 30.48, 0.00, 0.00%) now finds itself at the heart of scrutiny only likely to rise along with the death toll. Carnival’s worst-ever wreck and one of the most high-profile incidents since the Titanic sank 100 years ago, it’s hard to imagine such a massive company blaming the disaster on a single person -- even if he did abandon ship early and steer a little too close to shore. Even worse, while Carnival has vehemently denied earlier reports that it would offer survivors a 30% discount off future cruises, instead...
  • Divers recover Madonna intact from shipwreck chapel

    01/21/2012 8:28:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 47 replies
    She was found inside the ship's chapel, submerged up to her shoulders, but in one piece. Fire department divers wrapped her in a white towel, and used a nylon belt to hold it in place so she would not be damaged as they pulled her out. On Saturday, the plaster statue of the Madonna from the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner stood in a white tent on the port of Giglio, still wrapped in the same towel.
  • gCaptain’s John Konrad Narrates the Final Maneuvers of the Costa Concordia [VIDEO]

    01/20/2012 12:09:04 PM PST · by dickmc · 4 replies
    gCaptain (maritime blog) ^ | January 19, 2012 | John Konrad
    This locally acquired information playback shows the course and actions of the Concordia based on locally broadcast ship information prior to --and after-- the rock collision and subsequent grounding. Well worth watching. Clearly looks like captain error if he was at the helm. Incidentally this is an excellent site if you have an interest in maritime matters.
  • The Chicken of the Sea: A Modern Tale of Fear, Failure, and Cowardice

    01/19/2012 5:05:43 AM PST · by SLB · 21 replies
    Albert Mohler ^ | Jan 19, 2012 | Albert Mohler
    The sight of the giant cruise ship Costa Concordia listing in the deadly embrace of the sea is a now a graphic symbol of failure. Its timing is absolutely eerie, coming so close to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. But, unlike the Titanic, this disaster did not take in the middle of the ocean, far from the range of observation. The Costa Concordia appears to be almost touching the rocky Italian coastline. The digital revolution ensures that we are all able to see the wreck of the ship in living color. And then came the story....
  • Report: Captain claims he "tripped" into lifeboat

    01/18/2012 9:26:58 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 106 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 18, 2012 | ap
    (CBS/AP) The cruise ship captain under fire for abandoning his vessel while thousands of passengers scrambled for rescue has reportedly come up with an explanation for his flight - he accidentally tripped and fell into a lifeboat: Capt. Francesco Schettino stated: "I didn't even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60 to 70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That's how I found...
  • Costa Concordia passenger Amelia Leon 'lucky to be alive'

    01/17/2012 2:34:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 01-17-2012 | Staff
    A woman from Birmingham (UK) says she feels lucky to be alive after arriving home safely from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy. Amelia Leon, 22, was in her cabin with her boyfriend, a crew member, when the liner struck the rocks on Friday. [snip] Ms Leon, a professional singer, said she felt very emotional following the shock of what she had experienced, and knowing people are still missing. She said: "The TV went on to the floor and completely smashed and the lights went out. 'This is horrible' "Obviously lots of people were pushing and shoving but...
  • Full transcript: Convo between cruise ship captain and port authority

    01/17/2012 8:45:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    http://www.wlsam.com ^ | 01-17-2012 | Staff
    GIGLIO, Italy (WLS) - Audio recording of the conversation between Capt. Francesco Schettino and Port Authority officials after the doomed Italian luxury cruise liner Costa Condcordia struck rocks Friday was released Tuesday morning. At least 11 people were killed in the aftermath, according to Italian media, and dozens more are still missing. The following is a translation of the recording, which was posted on the news website Corriere della Sera: Captain Schettino: It's Capt. Schettino. Port Authority: Schettino, listen to me, there are people trapped onboard, now you go back, you will go with your rescue boat under the stern...
  • Divers use explosives to blow holes in hull of capsized cruise liner ...

    01/17/2012 6:13:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 17th January 2012 | Lee Moran
    Italian navy divers have set off explosives to create openings in the hull of a cruise ship that ran aground near a Tuscan island, in a desperate effort to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew. Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero said micro-charges placed on the side of the ship created four openings to allow divers 'to enter easily for the search'. Extensive debris and the 'sideways' nature of the ship has hampered rescuers from getting into sections of the stricken vessel. The holes were made both above and below the water level. Television footage showed the holes to...
  • Stricken cruise liner captain DID abandon ship before passengers AND refused to go back when ordered

    01/17/2012 6:57:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-17-12 | By Lee Moran and Nick Pisa
    Francesco Schettino to appear before judge today Arrested on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship Ignored order from coastguard to return to ship 'Offered to return to doomed cruise liner, but only to collect black box' Junior officers led a 'mutiny' after he dithered in giving orders Seventh person was found dead in shipwrecked vessel, rescuers say this morning 35 Britons on board reported safe and well, more than 60 people injured, 29 still missing Reports Schettino was dining with passengers when the accident happened The Costa Concordia's captain did abandon ship before hundreds of his passengers, it has...
  • Italy's most hated man: Facebook anger at skipper of doomed cruise liner ...

    01/16/2012 5:12:26 PM PST · by NCjim · 80 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Jaunary 16, 2012
    The captain of the Costa Concordia has become the most hated man in Italy. Francesco Schettino, 52, is at the centre of a Facebook hate campaign after being squarely blamed for the cruise liner running aground. Thousands have taken to the web to vent their fury at the so-called ‘Captain Coward’, who is now claimed to have ‘skimmed’ past the Tuscan isle of Giglio not just to salute a retired officer but also to impress his head waiter’s family on shore. Many scorned his decision not to remain with his stricken ship. The official death toll rose to six yesterday...
  • Cruise ship runs aground off Italy; deaths reported

    01/13/2012 6:37:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 145 replies · 1+ views
    A cruise ship with up to 4,000 people on board ran aground on the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, on Friday night, and UK media reported that at least two people died. The Telegraph said some passengers jumped from the steeply listing Costa Concordia and swam a short distance to the island. A photo in the Telegraph showed the brightly lit ship teetering just outside a harbor wall. Sky News quoted coast guard officials as saying two people died.
  • 2 Killed in Norway Cruise Ship Fire

    09/15/2011 6:17:58 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | September 15, 2011 | BJOERN H. AMLAND
    Two people were killed and at least nine injured on Thursday in a fire on a cruise liner operating on a popular route along Norway's craggy coast, officials said. Police said they received information that an additional four people were missing, but could not immediately confirm it. Nine people were taken to the hospital, two with serious burns and smoke injuries. The MS Nordlys, with 262 people on board, was evacuated after it caught fire at 9:20 a.m. (0720 GMT) before arriving in Alesund, 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of Oslo. More than 100 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before...
  • Cruise ship drug dealing alleged in Virgin Islands

    02/11/2011 2:49:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/11/11 | AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A California man was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on suspicion of selling drugs to fellow passengers on a Caribbean cruise, officials said Friday. Steven Barry Krumholz, 51, of West Hollywood, was arrested on board the Allure of the Seas in St. Thomas, said Jeffrey Quinones, a spokesman in Puerto Rico for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ship had just come from the Bahamas on a charter billed as the "world's largest gay cruise."
  • Cruise Passengers Make Slow Way Home (live video)

    11/11/2010 6:59:29 AM PST · by CedarDave · 47 replies · 1+ views
    NBC San Diego ^ | November 11, 2010 | NBC San Diego
    Two tugboats slowly pulled a disabled cruise ship with nearly 4,500 passengers and crew toward San Diego on Wednesday. The 952-foot Carnival Splendor crept into cell phone range and the onboard phone system started working on a limited basis, allowing passengers mostly cut off from communication since an engine fire Monday to finally reach their loved ones. Officials said the ship could arrive in San Diego as early as midday Thursday. Source: Cruise Passengers Make Slow Way Home | NBC San Diego
  • Passengers await help on crippled cruise ship

    11/10/2010 3:54:55 PM PST · by ransomnote · 39 replies
    AP via DaytonDailyNews ^ | November 10, 2010 | JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO — The nearly 4,500 passengers and crew of the Carnival Splendor have no air conditioning or hot water. Running low on food, they have to eat canned crab meat and Spam dropped in by helicopters. And for at least another 24 hours, they have no way out. What began as a seven-day cruise to the picturesque Mexican Riviera stopped around sunrise when an engine room fire cut power to the 952-foot vessel and set it adrift off Mexico's Pacific coast.
  • Bomb hoax delays cruise ship off Florida

    03/29/2010 4:33:23 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies · 393+ views
    YahooNews ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) – A Carnival cruise ship was held off the Florida coast for several hours on Sunday while authorities searched the vessel and arrested a drunk passenger on bomb hoax charges, the Coast Guard said. No explosives or hazardous materials were found and the ship, the Carnival Sensation, was allowed to dock at Port Canaveral on Florida's Atlantic coast Sunday morning, Coast Guard petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson said. The ship carried 3,470 passengers and crew and was headed back to Port Canaveral after a three-day cruise to the Bahamas when a passenger reported hearing another passenger make...
  • Largest cruise ship squeezes under Danish bridge (AGW Alert!)

    11/01/2009 4:34:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 86 replies · 3,073+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 11/1/09 | JAN M. OLSEN
    The world's largest cruise ship cleared a crucial obstacle Sunday, lowering its smokestacks to squeeze under a bridge in Denmark. The Oasis of the Seas — which rises about 20 stories high — passed below the Great Belt Fixed Link with a slim margin as it left the Baltic Sea on its maiden voyage to Florida. Bridge operators said that even after lowering its telescopic smokestacks the giant ship had less than a 2-foot (half-meter) gap. Hundreds of people gathered on beaches at both ends of the bridge, waiting for hours to watch the brightly lit behemoth sail by shortly...
  • World’s largest cruise ship sets sail (can hold 6300 folks; maiden voyage to Florida)

    10/30/2009 8:46:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 74 replies · 8,219+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/30/09
    World’s largest cruise ship sets sail Oasis of the Seas features 2,700 cabins, can accommodate 6,300 passengers The Associated Press updated 11:06 a.m. ET Oct. 30, 2009 HELSINKI - The world's largest cruise liner on Friday began its maiden voyage to Florida, gliding out from a shipyard in Finland with an amphitheater, basketball courts and an ice rink on board. The 16-deck Oasis of the Seas spans 1,200 feet (360 meters) from bow to stern. Its 2,700 cabins can accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,100 crew. Commissioned by Royal Caribbean International, the ship cost $1.5 billion and took two and a...
  • World's Most Expensive Cruise Ship

    10/16/2009 6:46:50 PM PDT · by kingattax · 71 replies · 2,204+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 10-15-09 | Evelyn Rusli
    In December, travelers will be able to board a $1.4 billion ship five years in the making. After five years of planning and construction, Royal Caribbean is unveiling the Oasis of the Seas, a $1.4 billion ship that will be the largest and tallest cruise liner in the world when it takes its maiden voyage this December. At 1,184 feet from stem to stern, it's nearly as long as the Empire State building is tall--while rivaling the amenities of any world-class Las Vegas resort. A crew of roughly 2,160 will man 18 decks and tend to 5,400 passengers (assuming two...
  • 'Swine flu liner' docks in France

    07/31/2009 7:03:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 389+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 31, 2009
    A cruise ship carrying dozens of victims of swine flu among its 5,000 passengers and crew has docked in the south of France, officials have said. Sixty crew members have so far been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, while 70 of their colleagues were also showing signs of being infected, they added. They will be treated on board the ship while it docks at Villefranche-sur-Mer.
  • Women assault cops in melee on cruise ship

    06/22/2009 2:06:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,557+ views
    KOMOnews.com ^ | 6/21/09 | KOMO Staff
    SEATTLE - Two police officers were assaulted by women as they responded to a huge brawl aboard a cruise ship early Sunday on the Seattle waterfront. The officers responded to the scene at about 1:40 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a large-scale disturbance aboard a cruise ship docked in the 1100 block of Alaskan Way. When police arrived, they found a chaotic scene of more than 100 people on the dock, many of them shouting and arguing. Officers then learned that some passengers were still physically fighting aboard the ship. Officers moved to the dock to begin clearing...
  • Man rescued in Florida after falling from cruise ship (Big Dummy!)

    06/15/2009 2:00:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 848+ views
    AP on Mercury news ^ | 6/15/09 | AP
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A man found clinging to a buoy after falling from a cruise ship in coastal Florida has been rescued. .. Carnival says the man told authorities he slipped after climbing on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat. The ship was returning from a four-day cruise. The case remains under investigation.
  • Italian Cruise Ship Fires on Somali Pirates

    04/26/2009 4:09:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 89 replies · 3,612+ views
    FOX/AP ^ | Apr. 26, 2009
    ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday. Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.
  • Italy Cruise Ship Fires on Somali Pirates

    04/26/2009 2:03:38 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 80 replies · 3,965+ views
    ROME — An Italian cruise ship fended off a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia, with its security forces exchanging fire with the bandits, the commander said Saturday. Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after security forces aboard the cruise ship returned fire. Domenico Pellegrino, head of the ship-owner Msc Cruises, told ANSA news agency that all 1,500 passengers and crew aboard the Melody were safe, and credited Pinto for his "cool-headed" handling of the incident. The attack occurred...
  • FBI launches investigation into missing cruise ship passenger

    12/29/2008 11:04:48 AM PST · by cll · 38 replies · 2,585+ views
    So. FL Sun Sentinel via KansasCity.com ^ | 12/29/2008 | Sofia Santana
    MIAMI | A Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship at the center of a missing person mystery returned to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning, where FBI agents stood waiting. Sunday they launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Seitz, 36, who was a passenger aboard the Norwegian Pearl, officials said. “We’re looking to see if a crime was committed on the high seas,” said FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock. He added that agents interviewed numerous passengers and crew members Sunday morning and searched the cabin Seitz was staying in for any potential clues to what may have happened...
  • ( Somali ) Pirates 'put down hostage revolt'

    12/09/2008 9:20:14 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,069+ views
    AFP...BBC ^ | 9 December 2008
    Somali pirates say they have thwarted an apparent revolt by the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship... sailors of the MV Faina tried to "harm" two of their captors. The ship is carrying 33 tanks and other weaponry and was seized by pirates two and half months ago. "Some crew members on the Ukrainian ship are misbehaving," the pirate said. "They tried to harm two of our gunmen late Monday. This is unacceptable, they risk serious punitive measures. "Somalis know how to live and how to die at the same time, but the Ukrainians' attempt to take violent action...
  • Cruise ship will evacuate to avoid pirate attack

    12/09/2008 8:02:28 AM PST · by george76 · 67 replies · 1,704+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2008
    A cruise ship will evacuate passengers before sailing past the Somali coast and fly them to the next port of call to protect them from possible pirate attacks, German cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd said Tuesday. An official with the European Union's anti-piracy mission said separately that it would station armed guards on vulnerable cargo ships _ the first such deployment of military personnel during the international anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Cruise ship stranded in Antarctica

    12/07/2008 9:35:54 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 1,133+ views
    AAP ^ | 8th December 2008
    Chilean naval crews are waiting for the high tide on Monday to try to free a cruise ship stranded in Antarctica, after the first attempt to refloat the vessel was unsuccessful. Attempts on Sunday to free the MV Ushuaia, which is stuck on the rock, tilted to one side and leaking fuel, proved to be more difficult than first thought. Eleven Australians were among 120 people on board the ship who had to be evacuated to Argentina after the vessel was damaged when it hit a rock on Thursday. US-based International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators executive director, Steve Wellmeier,...
  • Cruise ship carrying 122 adrift in Antarctica

    12/04/2008 4:40:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/08 | AP
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Argentine navy says a cruise ship carrying 122 people is adrift and taking on water in Antarctica but is no danger of sinking. .. 89 passengers .. 33 crew .. the "Ushuaia."
  • Could Pirates Attack Your Cruise Ship?

    12/02/2008 5:16:45 AM PST · by cll · 29 replies · 1,571+ views
    Cruise Critic ^ | 12/01/2008 | Carolyn Spencer Brown
    When Oceania Cruises announced this weekend that pirates had attempted to approach its Nautica as it cruised through the Gulf of Aden, it heightened existing concerns about passenger and cruise ship safety in that dangerous part of the world. Nautica's captain, officers and crew successfully evaded the pirates yesterday, which is obviously the good news. No one was injured, and the ship is not even off schedule at this point. Still, increasing attacks by pirates on cargo vessels and oil tankers, not to mention this latest incident affecting a cruise ship, begs the question: If you're on a cruise ship...