The first tropical storm of the 2017 hurricane season has been name. Friday, April 21 Tropical Storm Arlene was named. While the storm posed no threat to land, nor cruise ships, it has been a wake-up call that the hurricane season is arriving early in recent years.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. We cover the storms in real time at CruiseShipWeather. com and provide this information for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
The tropical storm names for 2017 are Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina,Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.
In 2016, Hurricane Alex which formed in the Northeastern Atlantic, developed on January 12, five months before the official start of the season. It was the earliest hurricane of the season since Hurricane Alice in 1955. When the storms are named, we cover them here on the Cruise Ship Wave Network blog. Follow our blog for storm updates and other relevant cruise industry news.
In 2016, we went live numerous times during Hurricane Matthew, after everyone else evacuated. We watched and filmed on our balcony as Hurricane Matthew came ashore in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, even after we lost power. Our live Hurricane Matthew videos, and the after math videos were posted to our public Facebook Group. One video of note you will see, was early during Matthew, right after the power went out on October 8, 2016, the automatic doors in our lobby began opening and closing like they were possessed, with a witch frantically flying on her broom.
We also have live real time coverage as it happens, which can be found on our Cruise Ship Atlantic Ocean Live Hurricane Cyclone Forecast page. This page is automatically updated by NOAA, so you see it has it happens, before any news station reports it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have many people around the world who have made home page, our Cruise Ship Weather page they prefer the most.
Cruise Ship Weather also has historical data on previous storms in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific oceans. We have the historical Atlantic Ocean Storm Tracks, Caribbean Storm Tracks, Gulf of Mexico Fueled H5 Hurricanes 1900-2015 and much more historical trend graphics.
One of the features at Cruise Ship Weather is our The Cruise Ship Weather Network Cruise Ship Most Recent Earthquakes With Epicenter Map. This information is really helpful for knowing what might happen while you are in port, any cruise port, around the world. For example, a Magnitude 6.0 earthquake which took place today, Apr 23, 2017 4:48 AM, was located OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE . The notifications on this page are set up for major earthquakes, measured to be 6.0 or greater.
Princess Cruises and Holland America Line filed a lawsuit against a partner in Turkey on February 28, 2017. The lawsuit complaint alleges the trading partner, Sea Song Tours (SST), overcharged the cruise lines. The lawsuit alleges four points:
1. Breach of Contract
2. Breach of Implied-in-Fact Contract
3. Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
4. Unjust Enrichment/Restitution.
This lawsuit also reveals some interesting facts, which novice cruise ship passengers might not know. The cruise lines are pimping out their passengers to vendors in countries where Western passengers are part of a multi-million dollar, marketing scheme. It is being done in a geographic region that is unstable and currently under U.S. State Department warnings.
“Since approximately 2005, Defendant SST has contracted with the Plaintiffs on a yearly basis to operate a shopping concession at Turkish ports that are called upon by the Plaintiffs’ cruise ship vessels, and said agreements were referenced as that year’s Shopping Agreement.”
That shopping agreement included “Each year, the promises remained the same: the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.
Princess Cruises Losing Millions of Dollars To Legal Issues
Cruise Bruise asked Princess Cruises Lawyer Jeffrey Maltzman, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of his client, if he had any comment on the litigation. Maltzman represented me a case a few years back and I agreed, if a case came up, to consult him before writing any articles about his client. “If you would like to state anything about the case, I will be happy to include it. Maltzman responded, “I am not sure the lawsuit is really newsworthy. It is simply a breach of contract claim alleging that SeaSong breached a business advertising contract with HAL.”
That is partially true; but, there is a much bigger “newsworthy” picture here. It is interesting to note, the lawsuit was filed by Maltzman, three months after a December 1, 2016, FBI announcement, that Princess Cruises had been proven to be in violation of U. S. regulations. A federal judge “imposed a $40 million fine on Princess Cruise Lines for intentionally polluting the ocean and placed the Carnival Corporation subsidiary on probation for five years.”
That fine was imposed after Christopher Keays, 27. from, Scotland, a cruise ship junior engineer, notified authorities that the cruise line was illegally dumping prohibited items into the ocean. On April 19, 2017, Keays was awarded $1,000,000 as reward for blowing the whistle.
Turkey Cruise Line Port Calls Cancelled
Then, consider these facts impacting Princess Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Cunard and P&O Cruises canceled calls in Turkey through at least the end of 2017. Our cruise ship schedule for Turkey shows both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, who are both parties to the lawsuit, still have Turkey calls scheduled in fall 2017. It is a huge money grab for those cruise lines as the case below illustrates.
Then, more bad news affecting Carnival Corp revenue came to light. On March 28, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a formal Travel Warning for Turkey that cites increased threats from terrorist groups throughout the country.
“U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning. The agency noted that in late October it ordered the departure of family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul “based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.”
This is important, because just today, the India Times reported, ” Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached a “final stage”. ” However, several news sources claim the April 3, 2017 St. Petersburg, Russia terror attack was financed from Turkey.
On the other hand, numerous Russian media sources reported on April 19, 2017, saying that “Turkey’s introduction of limitations on the supply of agricultural products from Russia, including wheat, was a stab in the back”. The Mediterranean has gone from bad, to worst for cruise ship calls and their profitability, with Turkey right in the midst of the cruise industry safety and profitability issues.
Princess Cruises v. Sea Song Tours Lawsuit Stated Facts
“Plaintiff HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, N.V., (hereafter “HAL”) is a limited liability corporation duly organized and operating under the laws of the State of Washington. HAL is a full-service cruise line entity headquartered at 450 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, USA, and HAL’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 annual cruises to 415 ports of call in 98 countries, territories, and/or dependencies, which includes ports of call in Turkey.
Plaintiff PRINCESS CRUISE LINES, LTD., (hereafter “PCL”) is a limited liability corporation duly organized and operating under the laws of the State of California. PCL is a full-service cruise line entity headquartered in Bermuda with its Principal Place of Business in California at 24305 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91355, USA, and PCL’s fleet of 17 ships taking more than one million passengers to more than 300 annual ports of call on six continents, which also includes ports of call in Turkey.
HAL & PCL (hereafter collectively “the Plaintiffs” and/or “HAL & PCL”) are both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest cruise line company in the world, which is headquartered at 3655 N.W. 87 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178, USA.
Defendant ORIENT DENIZCILIK TURIZM SANCYI VE TICARET, A.S., d/b/a SEA SONG TOURS, (hereafter “Defendant SST” and/or “SST”) is Turkish corporate entity of an unknown type duly organized and operated under the laws of Turkey. Defendant SST is a Turkish travel agency that is headquartered at Binbirdirek Mah. Peykhane Caddesi No: 33, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey.
Since approximately 2005, Defendant SST has contracted with the Plaintiffs on a yearly basis to operate a shopping concession at Turkish ports that are called upon by the Plaintiffs’ cruise ship vessels, and said agreements were referenced as that year’s “Shopping Agreement.”
Each Shopping Agreement was more or less identical in that the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.
Each year, the Plaintiffs offered a Shopping Agreement to Defendant SST, and Defendant SST either accepted said agreement expressly or impliedly by conduct.
Each year, the promises remained the same: the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.
Each year, the Plaintiffs did all of the significant things that the contract required it to do, which included, but was not limited to, the following acts:
Distributed promotional materials to each cruise line passenger’s cabin that contained merchant descriptions and maps for Defendant SST’s merchants;
Recommended Defendant SST’s merchants in all communications with the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers regarding Turkish ports of call;
Played Defendant SST’s “shopping video” that encouraged the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers’ patronage at Defendant SST’s merchants stores in Turkey;
Allowed time for “shopping stops” at Defendant SST’s merchants in Turkish ports of call after the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers’ shore excursions in Turkey;
Abstained from the promotion of other Turkish port merchants whose goods were similar to Defendant SST’s merchants to the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers; and
Permitted Defendant SST to tell the Plaintiffs which Turkish port merchants Plaintiffs could send its cruise line passenger customers to under the shopping agreements.
If that year’s contract was not contemporaneously signed, the Plaintiffs and Defendant SST understood that a contract impliedly governed their conduct due to a history of prior dealings.
Here, the parties to each year’s shopping agreement never recanted or reneged on their contractual duties to perform at any point in time. The Plaintiffs always upheld its contractual promises to Defendant SST and directed their cruise line passengers to SST’s merchants, and the net commissions and/or a guaranteed payment owed to the Plaintiffs under that year’s shopping agreement was always paid by Defendant SST.
For example, in 2013, that year’s Shopping Agreement was not signed by until October 14, 2013, and at that time approximately eighty percent of the Plaintiffs’ cruises to Turkey had already occurred. Yet, Defendant SST paid the Plaintiffs as though an express contract bound the parties for the entirety of 2013.
Attached hereto as Exhibit “B” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails exchanged in February of 2014 between Defendant SEFER and Mark Barnard (Plaintiffs’ Onboard Revenue Manager) that related to Defendant SST’s payment of $316,734.56 net commissions due to the Plaintiffs under the 2013 Shopping Agreement.
Moreover in 2014, as was the case for the vast majority of the time under the 2013 Shopping Agreement, the Plaintiffs and Defendants acted in accordance with the existence of a binding written contract in 2014 when no signed writing controlled that year’s Shopping Agreement.
Attached hereto as Exhibit “C” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails sent throughout 2014 from Sezai Ozdemir (Defendant SST’s Financial Controller) to Defendant SEFER and the Plaintiff’s employees relating to the juxtaposition of Defendant SST’s expected 2014 shopping sales with its actual 2014 shopping sales and a comparison of the net commissions to Defendant SST’s guaranteed payment amount of $631,000.00.
Attached hereto as Exhibit “D” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails sent in November of 2014 from Defendant SEFER to Plaintiff’s employees regarding Defendant SST’s owing $790,229.29 under the 2014 shopping agreement to the Plaintiffs.”
Christopher Keays, 27. from, Scotland, worked on a ship as a junior engineer with the Caribbean Princess. Now he is a millionaire. A federal judge in Miami awarded Keays $1 million Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for blowing the whistle on the Princess Cruise Lines’ illegal dumping of oily waste into the ocean.
The case resulted in a verdict where a federal judge imposed a $40 million fine on Princess Cruise Lines for intentionally polluting the ocean and placed the Carnival Corporation subsidiary on probation for five years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
The DOJ said the fine represents the largest penalty for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution in U.S. history.
The company previously agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges for illegally dumping 4,227 gallons of oily waste 23 miles off the coast of Britain on Aug. 23, 2013, within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The company also falsified official logs in order to hide the pollution. Officials said the pollution also occurred in U.S. waters.
“These violations of law were serious, longstanding and designed to conceal illegal discharges,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood said in a statement. “The sentence in this case should ensure that these crimes do not take place in the future and should also send a strong message to others that illegally polluting U.S. waters will not be tolerated.”
Video: Princess Cruises fined $40M for dumping oily waste into sea
On April 19, 2017 around 0300 hours, a male cruise ship passenger jumped overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape. The cruise ship embarked from Miami, Florida at 1600 hours on Saturday April 15, 2017 for a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Escape spent two and half days at sea before being scheduled to arrive in Charlotte Amalie. The cruise ship stayed in port from 0800 hours until 1800 hours.
Norwegian Escape then sailed onto Tortola in the British Virgin Island to arrive at 0700 hours and spend eight hours in port. While sailing to Tortola, the male passenger who has not yet been named, allegedly jumped from the 14th deck.
Norwegian Escape called on the radio (see video below) they had a man overboard and Celebrity Cruises Summit and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas joined in the search to find the passenger.
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force say his body was recovered several hours later and taken to British Virgin Islands (BVI) for repatriation back to the United States.
When we know the name of the passenger, the case will be added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website. The last case added for a cruise ship passenger on our Cruise Ship Deaths website, was also from Norwegian Escape.
Norwegian Escape is sailing onto Nassau, Bahamas, where she will arrive and dock from noon to 1900 hours on Friday and is due to return to Miami on Saturday April 22. Norwegian Cruise Line Schedules.
David Svyatetskiy, 22, a Russian-American cruise ship passenger who lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, was traveling with his family aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape, when he died aboard the cruise ship in the middle of night on the second night of the cruise.
The cause of death, depends on who you ask. Two government agencies, so far, are calling it a “suicide”. Though, there is no word if the FBI are or will investigate. The family calls it an “accident” on their Gofundme page. But, is there a third possibility?
Svyatetskiy spoke Russian as his first language, but also spoke fluent English as well. He was a graduate of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. He then attended college at Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He was on track to graduate in 2018, with a goal of becoming an engineer. He reportedly was an excellent student, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Questions remain, such as why would a Russian-American student with a 4.0 grade point average, quite suddenly would decide to take his own life in the middle of the night? If suicide was the intent, why not just jump into the sea, as many others have in the past? Instead, he falls to his death, landing several decks below.
Google warning notice on God Will Provide Russian church website, where credit card and banking information is given online by visitors.
Was a toxicology report performed in Miami when the cruise ship returned?Were there alcohol and/or drugs in the blood of this honor student?
If substance abuse was a possibility, how would a student with a 4.0 GPA, suffer as his brother had with abuse, and still excel in his studies?
If he had a substance abuse problem, then why wasn’t he getting treatment, at the same treatment program his brother is affiliated with, the Russian church treatment program, God Will Provide, as seen in the video below?
The article includes dozens of young people who died while filming extreme selfies. One of them was Russian Andre Retrovesky, 17, who died on September, 24, 2015 . Andrey Retrovesky, from Vologda, Russia, addicted to daredevil selfies, calling himself Drewsssick online, died during a selfie stunt. He climbed to the top of a nine-story building with a friend in an effort to capture a photo that would make him appear to be falling from the roof. The rope used to secure him snapped and he plunged to the ground.
See the video below, then read more about this puzzling case on Cruise Bruise.
Video: Only The Bible”: Rehab Center Offers Drug Addicts New Life With Christ
I filmed the video in the Gulf of California, Mexico at 6:30 AM Leaving Cabo San Lucas on the Carnival Cruise ship “Miracle” Top of the ship Level 12. I got up early to catch the sunrise. It was a beautiful morning with the sunrise, the Blue sky, the clouds and the wind in my hair.
The video turned out great. I am getting better at my 360/Tiny world videos plus they are a blast to make. I love the music and arrangement in the song. It is a fun EDM song to sing and super easy to play on piano.
Here are some of the Lyrics.
Here we go lets take a ride we go so far away,
You will find your self in the spotlight
everyone’s trying to sail away
Everyone’s got their own way
Live in the moment and find your place in this world
Turn up the music and lose your self
Feel it now, It feels so right
So, Baby, let’s stay it turns me on, let the music play
I like the sound
Let me hear you sing it
Doo Doo too doo do dun dum
— at Gulf of Mexico.
Video: Let The Music Play (Ron Martyn Music Video)
At a glance, all cruise ships calling in ports for a certain physical country, political country or collection of cruise ports are placed into a single cruise calendar.
This process allows our visitors to see on a single page, a collection of cruise ships calling on a single calendar. An example of this would be the Panama Canal. While technically, the Panama Canal is not a country, instead a physical location, the calendar collects itineraries for ships transiting the Panama Canal.
Some countries get so few cruise ship calls at this time, putting all the calls on a single calendar, makes better sense than forcing the visitor to drill through port after port to see which cruise ships are calling at each port.
In the example of South Korea, seen to the right, the cruise ports of Jeju Island, Incheon, and Busan are all seen on one schedule. This may be especially relevant in the coming months with tensions building in South Korea.
Other websites providing this information would have the visitor click to navigate eight to ten pages on their website to view these same ports once they enter the main page of their website.
This is because of website revenue models. There are four primary types of website revenue, subscription, CPA ads, CPM ads and CPC ads.
Subscription revenue demands you pay up front for access to the content. Many website owners do this because they don’t get enough visitors to enable them to earn a decent monthly income with the following advertising models, or their website doesn’t meet the guidelines for acceptance into the follow revenue models.
CPA, or cost per action, pays the webmaster when you sign up for something an advertiser offers on their website. Examples might be, signing up for third party travel insurance for a trip or cruise.
CPM revenue pays the webmaster for every thousand page views they get. This is the big reason spammy websites such as Hollywood scandal websites place the content for a single article over 20-30 pages. The website tricks you into lots of page views, in order to get to the ‘big news story’, which is placed on the last page of an article.
CPC revenue is gained when the website owner is paid when the visitor clicks on an ad, views content then actively surfs the advertisers’ website for a specified period of time.
As true web geeks, we don’t publish website content just for revenue, we publish with a genuine interest in making the internet a better place to educate and enhance the lives of adults on a wide range of topics. Our income is secondary. This is why we try to get the visitor to the content they were seeking, as quickly possible.
Long ago established internet protocol, requires the web business owner to get the visitor to the content they seek in three clicks from entry to the website, to the page they seek. Our new and revised, Combined Cruise Port Schedules by Country, cruise calendars can get the visitor to the content they seek in two clicks, if the visitor arrives on Cruise Port Schedules website main page.
You may not know, back in 2005 (my first website was launched in 1999) the first cruise industry website we published was Cruise Bruise. Cruise Bruise became so large, it was getting nearly impossible to navigate the website using the three click rule. Over the subsequent 12 years, we broke up Cruise Bruise into topic specific websites, with the three click rule in mind. The three click rule policy is something newby webmasters routinely violate.
Not only that, many of the website pages which were originally part of Cruise Bruise are not really about “Bruise” topics taking place at sea, so it didn’t make sense to publish them on Cruise Bruise. Such is the case, for our Live Cruise Ship Tracker network (circa 2009), which is now comprised of 18 websites.
Note on the cruise port schedule screen shot above, each country has a “Combined” schedule, which includes all the ports in one particular country. The term “country” is not necessarily politically based on a single country. Instead it collects the schedules for a specified area. Such as the case of the Combined European Port Schedules.
You will note England, Ireland and Scotland are all part of the United Kingdom political territory, but listed as individual nations on the Combined European Port Schedule. This is more of a relevant European geographical grouping.
Please note, when you click on a specific port call detail in our cruise port schedules, the entry will open up to give you access to more information, such as the cruise ship tracker for that particular cruise ship, cruise ship camera webcams, cruise port views and cruise ship weather. These are very handy features during hurricane season.
As we work through the 2017/2018 upgrades, all those websites will also be rolling out new features.
The Country Cruise Ship Schedules are rolling out through the end of the month, based on passenger popularity. If you don’t see a “country” schedule on our website which is of interest to you , request it. Do check back during the next 30 days, to see 160+ Combined Cruise Port Schedules by Country and more ports added to our Cruise Port Schedule offerings.
The new United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter John McCormick arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska Friday morning after a 40-day journey from Florida.
Captain Shannan Greene says the new cutter will provide more response capability for the entire Southeast Alaska region.
“Even though they are homeported here in Ketchikan, they will be patrolling throughout Southeast Alaska, doing all Coast Guard missions,” she said. “(The cutter has) a lot more capability. The boat is 154 feet long. We’re going from 1,800 mission hours per year to 2,500, and from a crew of 16 to a crew of 23, so a lot more capability for us here in Southeast.”
The ship will be open to the public on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 10:00am.
Coast Guard cutter tours at US Coast Guard, 1300 Stedman St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA. The Coast Guard is offering tours aboard the newly commissioned cutter, John McCormick, from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday at Station Ketchikan.
Visitors should park and the lower base and walk down to the pier. The base will close to incoming visitors at 12:30 pm to make sure all have an opportunity to complete the tour. Be sure to bring a photo ID.
Our FREE (NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED) cruise industry schedules/calendars have been updated for 51 cruise lines . Cruise Line Schedules are now live. Why does this matter to you? Other websites require you to pay for access, or sign-up, so they can spam you with offers and potentially sell their list to spammers. Your privacy is #1 with us.
Still, other websites only show you the current month calendar, making it impossible for you use the calendar for cruise industry related work throughout the year, so you can look back on the history where a certain cruise ship was locate, where it had been months after a news event takes place.
As computer techs ourselves, we hate spam and will never ask you to give your personal information to us or anyone else. Best of all, our schedules are 100% mobile friendly. Use your desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone or flip phone to view a schedule, hassle-free. There is never a download to view our ship, line or port schedules.
The first 172 Cruise Ship Schedules of 400+ ships for 2017/2018 are now live. Though, you can see any ship, by going to the Cruise Line Schedule, while we work on the other ship schedules. We are working on the rest of the list at this time. Cruise Port Schedules are compiling now. Schedules by Country are live later this week.
All schedules are mobile friendly and give you several options to view. As a calendar by the week or month or as as a list.
Of course, you always get FREE no registration required, easy one click access to our entire network of cruise industry websites from the links found at the top of every schedule page. We are working to get the largest, free collection of cruise line, ship and port schedules found on the web with our news just a click away. As we find errors, we will work to correct those issues.
When Robin Fair, 53 from Troy, Ohio did’t come home from her birthday cruise to the Bahamas, her family wanted answers. They were told, while dining in the cruise ship restaurant, she allegedly choked on food around 2135 hours.
But, her alleged boyfriend wasn’t in the restaurant with her, so he allegedly said, he didn’t know what happened. The next thing anyone knew, Fair was dead in a hospital in the Bahamas and her body needed to be repatriated back to Ohio.
The cause of death didn’t seem so cut and dried. Either she had a heart attack, according to one of her friends, or if you believe the medical examiner in the Bahamas, she died from an obstructed airway.
Since she died during a meal in the cruise ship restaurant, either theory could be true. A heavy meal can indeed cause a heart attack. But, you would think a medical examiner would find the air way obstructed and could certainly see, it was the cause of death.
If the cause of death was asphyxia/airway obstruction by food, the family may be looking to sue the cruise line, because it was an issue which ‘may’ have been resolved at the restaurant. Her family went to Florida looking for answers, not trusting the medical examiner.
If there is an update to the details, it will be updated on the Cruise Ship Deaths case page.
Le Bistro Restaurant
There was a similar case back in 2014. Betty B Novick, 75 and her husband Joseph A Novick, 78 from Boynton Beach, Florida were sailing at sea between St. Lucia and Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Pearl on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Betty Novick died while dining in the Le Bistro Restaurant aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship when she choked on a piece of steak and died.
Her husband sued the cruise line claiming an employee didn’t cut up her steak into small enough pieces, causing her to choke.
Mr. Novick had broken his arm during the cruise, had his arm in a sling and asked an employee to cut up the steak for his wife, something he typical did for her. Read more about this cruise line lawsuit.
On April 6, 2016 a Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape passenger filed a lawsuit in the Federal Southern District Court of Florida, after alleging she suffered injuries inside the water slide aboard their cruise ship.
Gisella Llanes, who is a resident of Miami-Dade County Florida, said that she was aboard Norwegian Escape and was using the enclosed water slide when she got stuck on the slide and couldn’t get out. The lawsuit alleges a “mechanical/engineering failure” caused the incident.
Llanes alleges the Norwegian Escape had two water slide attendants on duty, one at the top of the slide and one at the bottom of the slide. Their duty was to assist passengers onto and off the slide and coordinate with each other before each passenger used the slide.
While using the slide she got stuck and yelled for help. But, the two crew members in attendance at the water slide sent another passenger down the water slide, even though she had not exited.
She allegedly suffered “left ankle bruise, swelling and limping along with neck/head injury. She is suing the cruise line for $75,000.
The lawyer who filed the lawsuit, is not a Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. He is licensed to practice in Florida, but he does not claim to be a “maritime lawyer”. That is very important. Only lawyers who are bar certified in the specialty area can claim, even loosely, the are Maritime Lawyers.
On his website he says, “I began my career as a student intern with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office and was able to handle a case load as a student. From 1997 – 2002 when I graduated Law School I was a Public Defender here in Miami-Dade County defending people and handling serious criminal cases including felonies such as drug trafficking, murder, and people accused of sexual crimes.”
A few years back, I reported a lawyer to the Florida Bar, for a number of Bar regulation violations, including claiming he was a Maritime Lawyer, which was deceptive. He was not a Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. The Bar made him clean up the deceptive advertising on his website.
The Gronk Cruise was hosted by Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Glenn Gronkowski and billed as the Rob Gronkowski & Family Cruise. More than a year later, the poop scoop has come out and it stinks to high hell.
It was also billed as the cruise party of the year, “Norwegian Pearl February 19-22, 2016 from Miami to Gronk’s Island – our own private island in the Bahamas – and Nassau for one hell of a beach party! Norwegian Pearl is decked out with multiple stages, 13 bars & lounges, a massive spa, pool, hot tubs, fitness center, bowling alley, and 24-hour room service! If this doesn’t sound Gronk’d enough for you, then you’re not ready to party with the big dogs.”
Well, big dogs poop, really big poop and somebody dumped a load by the Norwegian Pearl swimming pool, a really big load, topped with a $20 bill. The $20, was left for the crew member who had to clean up the mess from those “big dogs”.
The following performers appeared: Flo Rida, Redfoo, 3lau, Waka Flocka Flame, Sammy Adams, Brooke Evers, Brazzabelle, Dante, Costa, Finesse Mitchell, Robert Powell, Matt Rife, Big Rock Show, Electric Avenue, Carly Burruss, Dj Soulman and Headphone Disco.
Norwegian Cruise Lines took names and did their own version of a celebrity photo shoot before they issued a “no travel” ban on those involved. Looks like the Gronk Cruise was a one no-hit wonder.
Mai Ly, of Tampa, Florida sailed aboard Carnival Bruise Lines, Carnival Magic back in February, as reported in a Cruise Bruise article posted earlier this month.
Mike King of Melbourne, Florida was on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing in late February 2017 with his wife when he found a ring in their cabin safe.
The hunt for the owner went public and days later, the owner came forward, Mai Ly, of Tampa, Florida.
Ly said the ring was an heirloom passed down from her grandmother.
Ly told the newspaper, she took the ring off and put it into the safe when she went into port. “…it’s one of few items that survived her grandmother’s departure from Vietnam to Hong Kong and was of great comfort to Mai when her grandmother died two years ago.”
As seen on Cruise Bruise News today. Six cases of brain invading parasites, commonly known as rat lungworm disease, have so far been confirmed in Maui in the last three months, with more episodes currently being investigated.
Rat lungworm disease is caused by the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis, with the adult form of the parasite found only in rats.
The infection is spread when rats carrying the parasite excrete the larvae of the roundworm in their faeces. From there, it can be picked up by other animals, such as snails, slugs, freshwater shrimp, crabs, and frogs.
CDC – What is Angiostrongylus cantonensis?
Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a parasitic worm of rats. It is also called the rat lungworm. The adult form of the parasite is found only in rodents. Infected rats pass larvae of the parasite in their feces. Snails and slugs get infected by ingesting the larvae. These larvae mature in snails and slugs but do not become adult worms. The life cycle is completed when rats eat infected snails or slugs and the larvae further mature to become adult worms.
CDC – How can people get infected?
Maui, Hawaii rat lungworm disease
People can get infected by eating raw or under-cooked snails or slugs that are infected with this parasite. In some cultures, snails are commonly eaten. Some children, in particular, have gotten infected by swallowing snails/slugs “on a dare. ” People also can get infected by accident, by eating raw produce (such as lettuce) that contains a small snail or slug or part of one.
Certain animals such freshwater shrimp, crabs, or frogs, have been found to be infected with larvae of the parasite. It is possible that eating undercooked or raw animals that are infected could result in people becoming infected, though the evidence for this is not as clear as for eating infected snails and slugs. Of note, fish do not spread this parasite.
Prevention of A. cantonensis infections involves educating persons residing in or traveling to areas where the parasite is found about not ingesting raw or under-cooked snails and slugs, freshwater shrimp, land crabs, frogs, and monitor lizards, or potentially contaminated vegetables, or vegetable juice. Removing snails, slugs, and rats found near houses and gardens should also help reduce risk. Thoroughly washing hands and utensils after preparing raw snails or slugs is also recommended. Vegetables should be thoroughly washed if eaten raw.
There is no specific treatment for A. cantonensis infection. There is some evidence that certain supportive treatments may reduce the severity of headache and the duration of symptoms. Persons with symptoms should consult their health care provider for more information.
There is no specific treatment for A. costaricensis infections. Most infections resolve spontaneously though sometime surgical treatment is necessary to removed portions of inflamed intestine. Persons with symptoms should consult their health care provider for more information.
The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed six cases of rat lungworm disease on the island of Maui and three cases on the Big Island over the past three months, an official said Monday. No deaths have been reported.
Heather Stockdale Walden, an assistant professor in the department of infectious diseases and pathology at the University of Florida, said rat lungworm disease has “been endemic in Hawaii for at least 50 years, so it’s been there for a while.”
One year ago, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) filed a lawsuit (1:16-cv-00008-HRH) on behalf of their member cruise lines against Juneau, Alaska. Its members include 12 cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises, against the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska (“CBJ”).
In the past year, Juneau has spent more than $283,000 in legal fees defending the case and has now added another $100,000 to defend the legal action.
It is interesting to note, that less than a month ago, the Juneau assembly voted 7-1 to exempt on board sales and services on cruise ships in port. The city Finance Department estimated the exemption would cost about $100,000 annually.
Court documents Cruise Bruise has attained, says that “The City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska assessed out-of-state cruise visitors entry fees, which are used by CBJ to pay for projects that bear no relationship to costs created or services provided by CBJ to cruise ships calling in Juneau.
The entry fees produce revenues that exceed the expenses that CBJ incurs to provide services or facilities to cruise vessels; they were imposed without consideration of specific services being provided to cruise vessels; they have been used to fund future projects that provide no direct benefits to the passengers who actually pay the fee or to the vessels that transport the passengers; their proceeds have been appropriated to projects that do not have the legally-required relationship to services or facilities provided to cruise ships; and they discriminate against cruise visitors over other modes of transportation.
Plaintiffs allege that the entry fees are excessive and illegal under federal constitutional and statutory protections. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief barring the continued imposition of the entry fee in whole or in part. Since 1990, CBJ has assessed and collected a series of fees against cruise vessels and their passengers. Which has increased over the years.
In February 1990, CBJ enacted a port dues ordinance, enacted as Ordinance No. 89-52, which charged $0.05 per ton per vessel to fund capital improvements to port facilities.
Juneau Alaska Cruise Ships
Nine years later, on October 5, 1999, CBJ voters passed the Marine Passenger Fee initiative, Proposition 1, which charged a $5.00 entry fee per cruise ship passenger (“Marine Passenger Fee”) in addition to port dues. CBJ then adopted Ordinance No. 2000-01 am to codify the terms of the entry fee and to provide for the administration and collection of the fee. See City and Borough Code, Ch. 69.20, et seq.
In Apri1 2002, CBJ enacted Resolution No. 2150, a temporary port development fee that imposed a $1.73 fee per passenger for capital projects said to be port-related. By 2007, CBJ had increased this fee to $3.00 per cruise ship passenger (“Port Development Fee”), and in 2011, CBJ repealed its sunset date, making the tax permanent. See Resolution Nos. 2163, 2294b, 2423b-am, and 2552.
Since 2012, the CBJ has collected, from a per passenger tax separately imposed on cruise ships by the State of Alaska, an additional $5 per cruise passenger visiting CBJ on vessels greater than 250 passengers (the “Commercial Passenger Vessel Excise Tax”). See AS Sec. 43.52.230.
The Cruise Lines have objected and continue to object to CBJ’s misuse of the entry fees noted in paragraphs 18, 19, and 20 (collectively, the “Entry Fees”) on numerous occasions without relief.
The Cruise Lines members operate large cruise ships that enter Alaska waters while engaged in interstate and international commerce. The Cruise Lines operate vessels on the navigable waters of the United States while carrying passengers subject to the Entry Fees.
The Cruise Lines must collect the Entry Fees and remit them to CBJ at their own expense. In addition, the ordinance imposes accounting and record keeping obligations on the Cruise Lines, and the Cruise Lines are subject to penalties for late payment of the Entry Fees.
The Cruise Lines have been charged and have paid the Entry Fees each time their vessels have called at CBJ’s port since CBJ imposed the Entry Fees.
Cruise ship at the dock
The Entry Fees discriminate against cruise travel over other modes of transportation; passengers arriving in Juneau by air or ferry (including the Alaska State Ferry) are not assessed special entry fees to fund government services or projects of general community benefit, like those described more fully in paragraphs 28 and 29.
The Entry Fees discriminate against large cruise ships. Ships accommodating 20 or fewer passengers and ships without berths or overnight accommodations for passengers are exempted from paying the $5 per passenger Marine Passenger Fees. Vessels under 200 tons, noncommercial vessels, and state-owned ferries are exempted from paying the additional CBJ $3 Port Development Fee. Vessels under 250 passengers are exempted from paying the additional $5 per passenger Commercial Passenger Excise Tax received by the State of Alaska and appropriated to specific projects by the CBJ.
Revenues generated by the Entry Fees bear no reasonable relationship to the actual costs incurred by CBJ to provide services to the cruise vessels and the passengers paying the fees.
CBJ has spent the proceeds from the Entry Fees, or significant portions thereof, on activities which are unrelated to and/or which have not provided any benefits to passengers and vessels. One example is $10 million collected and allocated to build a man-made recreational island, elevated walkways, and infrastructure to support a whale statute located nearly a mile away from the cruise ship docks.
CBJ has also applied revenues raised by the aforementioned Entry Fees to a variety of other projects and expenses that provide general benefits to the community, but do not recoup costs incurred by CBJ in providing services to vessels and passengers. By way of example, CBJ has appropriated Entry Fees during the period of Fiscal Year 2001 to Fiscal Year 2016 for the following:
(a) $22 million to fund CBJ general government operating expenses; (b) $11 million to fund projects within the CBJ roaded service area, which includes a number of projects that benefit CBJ generally and or provide no direct benefits to the vessels and cruise passengers; (c) $2 million for city bus services where individual passengers already pay bus service fees; $594,000 for operations, maintenance, capital improvements, and expansion of the Juneau International Airport; and (e) $447,000 for upgrades to a private dock that CLIA vessels and passengers are not able to utilize.
The persons against whom the Entry Fees are assessed and collected include citizens and resident aliens of the United States and foreign citizens, the vast majority of whom reside outside Alaska. Some of these passengers will not visit Alaska again, and they therefore have no interest in and derive no benefit from projects that CBJ may build or complete in the future.
From Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2016, CBJ has levied against and collected from Cruise Lines over $35 million. During the same time, CBJ also collected over $20 million in State Passenger Fees from the State of Alaska intended to support local harbor infrastructure. Moreover, CBJ annually collects approximately 18 to 20 percent of all local sales taxes from visitors (the overwhelming amount of visitors are cruise passengers) to Juneau and appropriates these funds to support general government services and infrastructure.
Plaintiffs and their Cruise Line members have been damaged and continue to be damaged by the wrongful imposition and collection of the Entry Fees.”
I think it would be safe to say, the cruise lines are not making any friends among Juneau, Alaska’s 32,406 citizens, as they drain the city coffers with this long drawn out legal action. But, the friendship ended back in 1999 when Alaska realized the cruise ships were deliberately polluting their ports and the ocean. On the flip side, the cruise lines may want to rethink calling at the cruise port. There has been a profound change in crime in Juneau, recently, which may make the city much less desirable as a cruise ship port. Crime and the threat of violence has been a reason cruise lines pulled out of other cities, such as Acapulco, Mexico; Istanbul, Turkey; Incheon, South Korea and Busan, South Korea.
Juneau, Alaska Government Improvements
The Juneau, Alaska government website states, “Juneau has two cruise ship docks located in the downtown waterfront. There are also two private cruise ship docks in the area. Together they serve nearly 1 Million passengers a season (May through September). The current city owned docks provide berthing for one ship up to 800 feet in length and one Panamax ship up to 1,000 feet in length.
Public amenities in this area include a pedestrian promenade, visitor center, bus staging, public parking, and a Port/Customs Building housing the Port of Juneau Field Office and the offices of the US Customs and Border Protection. All of these facilities have been built within the last five years which provide a safe, efficient, and pleasant experience for visitors and locals alike. Other amenities nearby include a grocery store, restaurants, gift shops, coffee shops with wifi, a public library with public computers, a post office, payphones, and public transportation.
Improvements in this area is entering the final phase which will construct two new floating berths capable of handling one Panamax ship up to 1,000 feet in length and one post-Panamax ship up to 1,100 feet in length. Construction of this project will be in two phases with Phase I (south berth) commencing in late September 2015 and completed in May 2016. Phase II (north berth) will begin construction in late September 2016 and be complete by May 2017.”
2016 Cruise Ship Friends of the Earth Report
Juneau Alaska Contentious Cruise Industry History
October 1999, voters in Juneau, Alaska, approved by a 5-to-2 ratio an initiative to charge each cruise ship passenger $5 for visiting their city. The result came three months after a guilty plea by the Royal Caribbean International cruise line to charges of dumping pollutants into Alaskan waters.
The fine was so large because the crew lied to the US coast guard when asked about the slicks trailing its ships. It also comes after evidence was found that it had indulged in a fleet-wide conspiracy to dump oil into US coastal waters.
Mike King of Melbourne, Florida was on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing in late February 2017 with his wife. As the couple were packing up to disembark the cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida, King checked inside the cabin safe. As he was moving his hand around in the safe, in one far rear corner he felt something. It was the ring pictured here.
The Carnival Cruise Line Lost and Found policy is clear.
“All leftover items recovered on board are forwarded to our Lost and Found Department and kept for thirty (30) days. You can send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a detailed description of the item(s) in question as well as the last place seen. We will do everything possible to locate the item(s).
All item(s) that are located will be shipped to guests at their expense (including a $20.00 USD handling fee). A Lost and Found representative will contact you to make arrangements for delivery.
Please be advised that electronic cigarettes that have been left behind will not be sent back to our shoreside Lost and Found Department due to the fact that many have leaked and/or caused damage.”
But, King chose to take the ring home and try to find the owner on his own. “It felt like it was more of a family heirloom,” he said. King said he doesn’t know if the ring would be worth much, but he said the thought that it could carry sentimental value to someone concerned him; after all it was in the safe.
“Things went through my head of looking in lost and found boxes — things never really get back to their rightful owners,” he said.
Now, instead of Carnival securing the ring, King has the ring and the odds of the person who lost it, finding him are remote at best. Three Carnival cruise ship sailed from Port Canaveral in late February. Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sunshine. But, there is no hint from King which cruise ship safe held the ring.
On March 27, 2017, Mexico’s biggest travel trade show, annual tourism fair Tianguis Turistico Mexico, kicked off in Acapulco, where organizers were hoping to inject new energy into the destination’s tourist industry. Acapulco and areas inland in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero have been plagued by high levels of crime and drug gang killings. Most cruise lines discontinued making port calls in Acapulco. Those cruise companies who continued to call, saw steep decline in bookings around 2010.
Just as the cruise industry was willing to try Acapulco again, Holland America Line (HAL) canceled eight cruise ship arrivals for 2017 over security concerns. “Given recent security concerns, Holland America Line has replaced its arrivals to Acapulco, Mexico, with alternative Mexican ports in eight cruises scheduled between 2017 and 2018,” said the cruise line in a prepared statement, adding that the safety of its clients was its “highest priority.”
Not all cruise lines have abandoned Acapulco cruise ship calls. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ cruise ship MS Europa is scheduled for a 17-day cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Acapulco, Mexico from June 1, 2017 to June 18, 2017 for € 7,690 per person. Sailing from Canada, Canadians will pay $10,930.83 (CAN).
The cruise will make an unusual call at Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, June 3 on the Willamette River at 1900 hours. Then, the cruise ship leaves Portland the next day, Sunday, June 4 with a day at sea before calling in San Francisco.
Targeted to beer loving Germans where the cruise line is located, the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises website says, “The EUROPA arrives in the state capital of Oregon via the Columbia and Willamette rivers. One of the special things about Portland is that it has over 32 breweries. Visit some of the best breweries* and taste some stouts, ambers and ales. Not far away are the steep banks and many waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge*: set out in the morning on a hike to enjoy the amazing sights.”
With calls at American ports of San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, they then cruise to the Mexican cruise ports of Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo before calling at Acapulco and Mexico City.
The passengers then have the choice to fly to Frankfurt, Germany. It appears the itinerary targets Germans who will fly to Canada to board their cruise, cruise to Mexico, then fly home to Germany.
U.S State Department Warnings – Acapulco (December 8, 2016)
Guerrero State (includes Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco, and Zihuatanejo)
Personal travel to the state of Guerrero, including Acapulco, is prohibited for U.S. government personnel with the exception of travel to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo by air. In Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas. The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015 for the third year in a row, and self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable. Read more
Tennis World USA Warnings – Acapulco (March 4, 2017)
Warning on the Tennis World USA website say, “The Guerriero State in South of Mexico is one of the most violent states in the World. Its three millions inhabitants listen, see or read about crime stories or kidnapping. According to the local press, three clans handle the drugs traffic and not even the thousands of soldiers can stop them.
In spite of that Acapulco, that is one of the most loved cities by tourists, welcomes some of the best tennis players in the World, this year including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The tournament is owned by Mextenis, ran by Pegaso Group, that handles the safety of the players, who are protected by bodyguards wherever they go. Also, they stay in the luxurious Princess Mundo Imperial hotel, which is very close to the beach and the tournament site too.” Read more
CBC Canada – Acapulco (March 13, 2016) –
As gangs fight in the street, violence-plagued Acapulco battles to lure back tourists
“Once known as a jet-set party town, Acapulco’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years due to a high rate of violent crime, often related to drug cartels.
Acapulco’s murder rate has earned it the title of Mexico’s most dangerous city, and one of the most dangerous places in the world.
In 2015, there were 903 homicides in Acapulco. With a population of just over 860,000, that makes Acapulco the world’s fourth-most violent city, according to Mexican think-tank Seguridad Justicia y Paz, which compiles the list based on per-capita murder rates. (Caracas, Venezuela was ranked first.)” Read more
InSight Crime Analysis – Acapulco ( April 3, 2017)
“The targeted security strategy does appear to have been successful in certain municipalities such as Acapulco in Guerrero, Monterrey in Nuevo León, and Puebla in the state of the same name. The respective decreases of roughly 15, 33 and 35 percent in the homicide rates in these municipalities are significant, given that these three areas have been at the heart of feuds between rival criminal groups vying for control of illicit economies.
But the few and rather slight security improvements are largely overshadowed by the extreme rise in homicides in numerous municipalities. And this dynamic serves as a reminder that Mexico’s security institutions continue to struggle to rein in violence in areas of states that have traditionally been hotbeds for organized crime.” Read more
Vice.com – Mexico’s Drug Cartels Love Social Media (Nov 4 2013)
“This vulnerability was already demonstrated when the hack group known as Anonymous, conducted attacks on the Zetas cartel in 2011, accessing their private data and threatening to reveal members’ names. However, the cartel quickly retaliated by “hiring” its own security specialists, and Anonymous backed down after one of its members was allegedly abducted.
Clearly, cartels aren’t packing their members off to computer science evening classes at the local community college, and it’s likely the more specialized experts have been kidnapped. “They may be engaging young computer scientists in Mexico and giving them a good salary, but if they still require a skill, they just kidnap someone who has it,” Antoine explained. “As of 2012, we had at least 36 cases of engineers who were snatched by the cartels, including an IBM employee, never to be seen again.” Read more
View from our Puerto Aventuras condo. Just out of view to the left, at the back of a cul-de-sac was the home of a well-known major drug lord. We stumbled upon the property at curb side, in error.
Note the date of the last article above, two months after we arrived in the state of Quintanaroo, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Akumal and Tulum. We were in Quintanaroo from August 27, 2013 to September 9, 2014. There is more cartel crime in the heavy tourism state of Quintanaroo, than is largely reported.
We were told by neighbors, who had seen an article on Vice.com, that during a period of three years, computer techs like us were being kidnapped and enslaved by the cartel to run their internet and communications.
Before arriving there in September 2013, this was not reported in main stream media. So, our ‘working retirement’ in Mexico was cut to 13 months and we rarely went outside of our Oceanfront gated community in Puerto Aventuras.
Internet privacy is once again in the news. Today in the news, which I found at online newspaper, The Hill, was an article about internet privacy. “The Republican push to eliminate Obama-era consumer data protections is sparking a new national debate over online privacy, and putting internet companies on the defensive.
The measure blocking the online privacy rules is on the desk of President Trump, who is expected to sign it.”
With the eruption of Russian hacking attacks and attempts to weaponize the information collected during these attacks, we question the wisdom behind the president’s obsession to repeal these particular protections.
President Obama’s 2012 comprehensive blueprint for consumer privacy included a BuySecure initiative to safeguard Americans’ financial security and steps to address issues related to big data and privacy in public services and the commercial sector. FACT SHEET: Safeguarding American Consumers & Families
Here are the federal acts we think are currently in danger of repeal, born in 2012 they were not completed until 2015 or later:
The acts are very quick reads; as you can see they are critical to our consumer protections. Repealing these acts would likely contribute to Russian hackers ability to remain incognito for extended periods of time. Removing the requirements of ISP or web business notifications to Department of Homeland Security and the FBI when larger attacks occur, may result in a hacker haven free from retribution.
The rules passed in 2015 and later, also resulted in FCC’s net neutrality rules. The Senate voted to repeal the rules under the Congressional Review Act, with the House following suit. The White House said Trump would sign the measure.
Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. According to the CNET.com article 13 things you need to know about the FCCs Net Neutrality Regulation, Net Neutrality is important to us as consumers for numerous reasons. We quoted only the first thing, as it explains the FCC’s Net neutrality order in three key rules:
No Blocking. Simply put: A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.
No Throttling. The FCC created a separate rule that prohibits broadband providers from slowing down specific applications or services, a practice known as throttling. More to the point, the FCC said providers can’t single out Internet traffic based on who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be or whether that content competes with the provider’s business.
No Paid Prioritization. A broadband provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. In short, the rules prohibit Internet fast lanes.
Internet privacy has greatly evolved since Cruise Bruise was added to our business network in late 2005. The cruise industry websites made massive expansions to our original network of websites launched in 1999. We grew with the internet that ‘had’ evolved and suffered through the internet’s domain name registrations wars and java, html, browser and search engine updates. It could be argued, that the web growth has been both positive and negative.
As the web improves, less technical or skilled users have become webmasters. Naturally, the intelligence level and mental stability of webmasters and blog owners devolved, resulting in a degraded Internet credibility. The quality of the content was reduced by once built in checks and balances. This lead to a growing belief in contradictions between privacy and free speech laws. Public stake holders such as Paypal, Facebook and Amazon struggle to constantly adopted new policies in an attempt to protect visitors.
Just this morning, I checked into Webmasterworld, (where I have been a member for 14 years) to look at discussions on the topic of Google Search Algorithm updates. The latest Google Search update, named “Fred”, was a topic covering the most recent post. I noted, one user with less experience than myself, stated that the Google update thread topic, “Fred” was “fake news”. I rest my case.
The Paypal website privacy states, “We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent.”
On the topic of freedom of speech, protected by the first Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website says, “The digital revolution has produced the most diverse, participatory, and amplified communications medium humans have ever had: the Internet. The ACLU believes in an uncensored Internet, a vast free-speech zone deserving at least as much First Amendment protection as that afforded to traditional media such as books, newspapers, and magazines.”
Who Has Control of Internet Privacy?
With the Trump federal government opening up internet privacy, far beyond what we have seen in the past, states are rushing to put in place their own internet privacy laws. How effective those regulations might be, may hinge on our national constitution. “The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied.”
So, in effect, if federal law is tighter on civil liberties in some cases but more liberal in other cases, the resulting laws of the land may seem contradictory at best or deranged and psychologically unbalanced at worst. On the current USA government (circa Obama) website page on privacy, the website states, “While many companies take steps to protect your personal information, there is no guarantee that it is protected to the degree that you’d like. Some companies may share or sell your information to other organizations. If a company’s databases are hacked, you could be a victim of phishing scams or identity theft . . . ”
USA.gov – Protecting Your Privacy (webpage source code)
State Laws Related To Internet Privacy
Can states prevail in an internet privacy war with the federal government? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the following states have or are in the process of state sponsored internet privacy laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The website stated, “This web page documents state laws in a limited number of areas: website privacy policies, privacy of online book downloads and reader browsing information, personal information held by Internet service providers, online marketing of certain products directed to minors, and employee email monitoring.”
History – Internet Privacy Circa 2006
Is internet privacy protecting internet criminal elements? The post below could be seen on Cruise Bruise back on August 11, 2006. After launching the website, we, as most all webmasters did, were checking through our website statistics. Back in the day, webmasters could learn so much more from their website statistics about who their visitor were, what they were looking for, if they found it, and what new content might make the website more relevant to their target market, than they can today.
CRUISE BRUISE PORTHOLE (Circa 2006)
“The most troubling day in our history, was when we discovered within a few hours on November 3, 2006 some very disturbing search queries from arriving visitors.
The following search terms brought visitors to this site, on this day: live sexual assault on minor, cocaine dose – pictures, can i bring marijuana on cruise, ayia napa orgy, Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, ghb cruise ship, and cruise weed. Think about the possibility of all those people being on the same cruise with you, and the dangers that a family ‘might’ face aboard.
It is a very dangerous world we live in today. Do not lose sight of that while you soak up the sun and the fun.”
December 2006 To February 2007 Stats – (How people found Cruise Bruise pages in search)
The term tin foil hat” is associated with paranoia and conspiracy theories.
It could be argued, some of these people would be better served on the Dark Web. The Dark Web is a hidden, twisted parallel web universe, an alternate internet world which the average person will never see. This is where privacy obsessive compulsive users and those who wear tin foil hats, intermix with criminals and deviants, with some of those trading in the dark web currency known as the bit coin. They roam freely in the dark recesses of the world wide web, hidden from mainstream internet user view.
These are some of the most enlightening search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise in the early days. We were the only website covering these topics (as they related to cruises) back in 2006-2008. So, we ranked highly, for these somewhat disturbing search terms, when taken in or out of context. A few words on a page, would trigger our pages at the top of the page, in search result queries for the oddest search topics. See the search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise.
ABOVE: Cruise Bruise visitor search terms, circa 2006. See link above, for odd full list of search terms bringing internet surfers to our website in 2006.
carnival cruise sex pictures
cruise ship sex
i like to buy sex in costa rica
nude photos on carnival cruise ships
butanediol retailers (July 17, 2006)
bomb dogs on cruise lines ( July 24, 2006)
british Ayia Napa greek cruise orgy photo
cocaine smuggling tips (July 28, 2006)
cruise ship drugged raped photos
cruise ship naked pictures (Sep 24, 2006)
cruise ship photos naked (July 23, 2006 AU)
Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate recipe (August 21, 2006)
group rapes in carnaval
how to bring marijuana on a cruise ship (July 16,2006)
how to smuggle” cocaine (August 21, 2006)
how to sneak onto a cruise ship (July 16, 2006)
“kiddie porn” (now that is scary)
kiddie porn webcams (Nov 14, 2006)
making love cams
Mega TV girls sex pictures Ayia Napa cruise boat
Dark Web Reaches Far and Wide
Consider this thought. The dark web is a bigger part of the entire picture, because it is more private by design and ‘may’ be a safe zone away from hackers.
Wired.com posted an article, which was very ‘dark web’ and fitting, for Halloween, October 31, 2014. The Wired article, Why Facebook Just Launched It’s Own Dark Web Site, states, “In a first-of-its-kind move for a Silicon Valley giant, Facebook on Friday launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website that runs the anonymity software Tor. That new site, which can only be accessed by users running the Tor software, bounces users’ connections through three extra encrypted hops to random computers around the Internet, making it far harder for any network spy observing that traffic to trace their origin.”
Sure enough, I went to the Facebook dark web domain to see for myself and Facebook had indeed gone to the privacy cloaking, dark web. There have been recent rumors since Trump took office that Facebook billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has serious political ambitions and may run for President in 2020. It is noted that 2020 has other meanings, such as 20-20 being a medical diagnosis for perfect vision. It looks like Mark Zuckerberg had 20-20 vision before Trump took office and saw this latest federal government, dark, ugly internet development coming.
Free Cruise Schedules
Our 2017 – 2018 cruise schedules are being updated at this time. As always, the cruise line schedules will be found on Cruise Line Schedules, each cruise ship schedule will be found on Cruise Ship Schedules and each port schedule will be found on Cruise Port Schedules. As before, each ship schedule will link to our cruise ship tracker for that ship and we will be archiving the schedules to provide a desperately needed resource for free cruise schedules.
The new schedules will include more cruise lines and their ships than any other cruise schedule, calendar, timetable website offers, absolutely free. There will be 52 cruise lines, 415 cruise ships and every port those cruise ships call at. The update is the most aggressive update so far. We have all the schedules collected and will be exporting them to a brand new database. This update includes the schedules being displayed on a new calendar, which is mobile-friendly.
Our schedules are currently being updated. This aggressive expansion is running slightly behind schedule. The update will roll out in stages, so some of our schedules can go live, as we roll out expansions. We will update again when the launch is starting to roll out.
In late 2005, I began tracking cruise ship deaths. That interest began with Cruise Bruise, the first of my 55 cruise industry websites, with some documenting incidents at sea during a cruise. The point of Cruise Bruise was, to gather data in order to identify trends and to alert passengers to potential dangers, so that they might protect themselves from events which might end badly. Information is power.
Early on, the numbers were increasingly growing, making it look like the cruise industry was by and large unsafe. But, after nearly eleven years of tracking events taking place on the high seas, in cruise ship ports, on cruise ship excursions and those incidents which take place during the course of the cruise vacation, both on the way to the cruise, during the cruise and on the way home after the cruise, the statistics show a different trend.
With statistics, the larger the sampling is, the better trends can be properly identified. On our Cruise Ship Deaths website, there are at least 128 cases of people who died from natural causes and it’s far from complete. Now, the lawyers who make their money filing lawsuits against the cruise industry, won’t tell the public, the natural causes comprise the largest percentage of deaths at sea. They make their money trying to prove someone was negligent and that “someone” is the more than fifty cruise lines which comprise the deep-pocket cruise industry.
We dig especially hard for those natural causes cases, because, they happen nearly every day, often several during a single cruise. They demonstrate, that deaths are not uncommon on cruises. But, for the most part, those death cases are not news worthy to mainstream media. It is difficult, if not nearly impossible to show negligence when a sober person dies during sleep, while sailing on the high seas. That, however, does not prevent from the lawyers from trying their best to make the cruise line look negligent.
The trend in cruise ship deaths throughout the year is somewhat surprising. One might think the peak cruising season from June to September would have the most amount of deaths at sea. This is not the case. January is the number one month for deaths at sea, which include death during the trip, before and just after the cruise as well,
As a whole, if we were to name a cruise ship death season based on the numbers of deaths we have documented, it would be November through February. Somewhat surprising, is the lowest month of the year for deaths, is October with 33 deaths. October is known for fall foliage cruises which are popular with middle age adults and senior citizens. But, the college kids are back in school and there is far less silliness and hi-jinks which contribute in growing numbers to young adult cruise ship deaths.
A new feature on the Cruise Ship Deaths website as part of our 2017 upgrade is, the “Faces of Cruise Ship Death” found on the main page. As of this moment, there are 185 featured death cases. These are, for the most part, people who died doing something they loved and died from natural causes.
As a percentage, there are few mysteries to be found. The cruise ship deaths photographs show a wide cross-section of society, indicating, the impossibility of identifying who might not make it back to the home port alive. Though, clearly behavior can sometimes predict who might end up in the sea, or be found dead in their cabin.
We are not finished with the page yet. As we add the rest of our older cases they will be added to the bottom of the page, by date. As we add cases in the future, they will be added to the top of the page. However, if we get cases which are from the past, somewhere in the middle, we will attempt to place them within the list, more or less where they belong historically.
The purpose of the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths is to put a human face to a statistic and to honor those who died doing something they loved. We are drawing attention to the fact that, life is about being born, living a life worth living and then leaving lifetime memories for those loved ones, a person leaves behind. For some, living life is about making memories, participating in events which will be remembered by others long after their life has ended.
To that end, we celebrate natural causes cruise ship deaths at sea with our new Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths feature. We all have to die sometime; dying while doing something a person loves, is a much better memory for those we leave behind. Though, we would be remiss not to honor those who contributed to the cruise industry with their talent and knowledge, which have had a positive impact on the cruise industry. As well, Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths honors the lives of those who died at the hands of others .
Featured Suspicious Cruise Ship Deaths
In the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths image above, there is a proven cruise ship murderer, suspected murderer, one person proven to have been murdered aboard, three negligent homicides, a collection of those who deliberately jumped overboard and those who died in port. The 185 featured cases (and growing) are a cross section from each type of cruise ship death.
Tammy Grogan, 35, from Ohio worked for a local Dentist in the West Toledo area of Ohio. She is described as being very nice and very pleasant by those who knew her. She was aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Imagination when she disappeared on September 10, 2006.
The missing cruise ship passenger, previously unidentified, was named on September 13, 2006. She was traveling with her 14 year old son, sister, and two friends, on a four-day cruise to Key West and Calica, which is the port for Playa del Carmen. The ship’s last port of call in Mexico was Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. A family member reported Tammy missing, 32 hours after she was last seen. Not suspicious, not suspicious at all. Read More
Annette Mizener, 37, from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was traveling with her parents Wally and Heidi Knerler and teenage daughter Danielle aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride. Mizener was in cabin #6169 on December 4, 2004. She was part of a group of 200 passengers from the Las Vegas Hilton.
On the last night of a West Coast cruise from Los Angeles, while off the coast of Mexico, Annette had left to go play bingo. She had won at bingo twice already on the cruise, and was supposed to meet her parents for the 10pm bingo. In fact, she said she wanted to arrive early to get a good seat.
When she didn’t show up, her parents became concerned and her father began to look for her. He searched for her in the casino. A witness said she was in the casino at 9:30pm. As he continued to search, he heard her name paged, and became very worried. The crew had found her handbag on deck, and had paged her to give it back. Read More
Neha Chhikara, 23, from India, worked as a crew member along with her husband Ankit Dalal who worked in a position of management aboard Monarch Of The Seas on January 1, 2010 when she went missing.
Neha, a former air hostess with Indigo Airlines, is reported to have jumped into the sea from Monarch Of The Seas while the cruise ship was in the Bahamas, as a result of physical and mental abuse from her husband and his family while she was working aboard the cruise ship.
Her family has accused Neha’s husband Ankit Dalal, father-in-law Doctor S. S. Dalal, who is also the chief medical officer at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, mother-in-law Nirmal Dalal and her sister-in-law for harassing Neha for a dowry, soon after her marriage to Ankit Dalal. Read More
Cruise Ship Deaths is not a complete database of all deaths at sea. There is quite simply no reliable database for those statistics. At best, there are websites which pretend to be reliable sources. They are reliable sources of rumors, at best. We do our best to give a wide range of actual, verified deaths, to fairly represent the cruise industry deaths as a whole.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017 drone view of Port Canaveral, Florida Port Authority cruise ships in port. Four cruise ships in port included Carnival Cruise Line’s cruise ship Carnival Magic, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine.
This is an incredible drone view of the port and the four cruise ships docked in the port.
The video description says, “Take a tour around Port Canaveral, Florida. See all of the great sites to be seen from the air. You will see the observation tower, cruise ships, space x landing pad, cargo ship and all of the restaurants and shops.”.
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The University of Queensland researchers were brought into ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’, more than five years ago by the aboriginal Goolarabooloo community.
“Nowhere else in the world has as many dinosaurs represented by track that Walmadany does,” Steve Salisbury, a paleontologist at The University of Queensland and lead author of the study, says in a video describing the area.
Included among those many dinosaur tracks is the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. At approximately 1.75 meters long (about 5 feet, 9 inches), the track came from some sort of giant sauropod, a long-necked herbivore.
Thousands of approximately 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints are embedded in a stretch of land that can only be studied at low tide.
“Your journey takes you to the Dampier Peninsula, through Pindan bush, open woodland through to beaches, tidal flats and the mangrove creeks of the Indian Ocean and King Sound. Here is a place waiting to be explored: the red earth landscape, the unspoiled beaches – leave the everyday behind and be guided by your sense of adventure.
For a unique, immersive experience, take a tour with a local Aboriginal guide to sample bush foods, catch mud crabs, or learn the local craft of spear making. You can also discover the surrounding waters, filled with fish, turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and whales coming home.” Visit Broome
Video: Jurassic Park: World’s largest ever dinosaur footprint found in western Australia