Australian Restaurant Waitress Wrestles Goanna Lizard

Mimosa Cottages and Mimosa Wines and Drystone Restaurant located in Bunga via Bermagui in New South Wales, Australia offers quiet solitude and serves up wine and great food with entertainment. The 200 acre property lies in a coastal valley between pristine beaches and national parks.

Mimosa Cottages has two cottages available for holiday rentals, nestled in the heart of the Sapphire Coast, Mimosa lies at Bunga midway between the coastal townships of Bermagui and Tathra. Each cottage has an unique personality. Both have wood burning fireplaces (wood supplied) and are fully furnished and equipped.

The smaller cottage, constructed from rammed earth is romantically situated overlooking the vineyard and is perfect for couples or a small family.

The larger cottage, a charmingly renovated old style farmhouse, sleeping up to 9 guests is nestled alongside picturesque Brockellos Creek.

The Drystone Restaurant on the Mimosa Wine property serves lunch or dinner on the deck overlooking the mountains. The live entertainment is typically an unexpected goanna.
The goanna is a type of Australian monitor lizard, which plays a large role in Aboriginal mythology and Australian folklore. They can range in size from seven inches to eight-feet-long.
The goanna is a predatory lizard which is carnivorous with sharp teeth and claws and are not afraid of people. The make a hissing sound  and will flick their forked tongue at you if they feel threatened.
A waitress got customer’s attention when she drug out a hungry goanna by the tail at Drystone Restaurant, as seen in this video.

Hidden Havana Atlas Obscura 5 Day Tour

Atlas Obscura is offering Hidden Havana,  a five day guided adventure in Havana, Cuba beginning on April 26, 2017 with five days of culture and Cuban experience ending on April 30, 2017. The cost for this Havana, Cuba travel tour is  $2,795.00 per person, for the lucky 35 who book this amazing experience.

Day 1: Meet Atlas Obscura in Miami, Florida
Day 2: Hit the Ground and Explore Havana
Day 3: Art, Architecture, and Cigars
Day 4: Santeria, Rituals, and Mortality
Day 5: Optional Extension: Cuban Countryside

The Hidden Havana includes:

  • Chartered flights between Fort Lauderdale and Havana.
  • Cuban visa.
  • Government-mandated health insurance while in Cuba.
  • All lodging in double-accommodation rooms in Miami the night of our arrival and in private Cuban casas in Old Havana (Single supplement for a private room is available for $299, and an additional $99 for those taking the extension. Otherwise we’ll work to place single travelers together.)
  • Breakfast daily in your casa.
  • All other meals in Havana.
  • Some of the very best private guides in Havana, as well as private transportation throughout the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events, including museums, the cigar factory, all nightspots, private dance lessons, and Hemingway’s estate.
  • A full briefing packet for each explorer, including country information, final itinerary, logistical and contact information, recommended reading list, and packing list.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura Society members, excited to explore all that Havana has to offer!

More tour information

Cruise Ship Passengers Treated to Rocket Launch

The weather in Florida was perfect for a rocket launch yesterday to celebrate the end of a cruise for thousands of  lucky cruise ship passengers.

Cruise ship passengers disembarking four cruise ships at Cape Canaveral, Florida were treated to the sight of a rocket launch and a rocket landing.

The CRS-10 Falcon 9 rocket was launched from pad 39a at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 9:39 a.m. EST, as passengers began disembarking.

The launch was across the channel from Cape Canaveral and could be seen by passengers and crew aboard Disney Wonder, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty as well as Oasis of the Seas.


10 minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket – the part that gives it enough power to get off the ground – had flown back to land, touching down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force.

Space X expects to launch another reusable recovered rocket as early as October to test whether they work as well the second time around.

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Spam in World’s Deepest Trench

Mariana Trench Deep Sea Garbage Location

Mariana Trench Deep Sea Garbage Location

Today in Cruise Bruise News Daily

Ocean currents have brought the worst of humanity to the deepest recesses of the ocean. The effects on sea life have been profoundly disturbing.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research researching the Mariana Trench found garbage including can’s of SPAM and beer cans, pharmaceutical waste, world war munitions, rope, plastic and other ugly reminders of humanities impact on our oceans.

The results have been , tested for signs of pollutants called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) were positive for PCBs and PBDEs.

Science Alert says,  “Scientists have found that “extraordinarily high” levels of banned industrial chemicals are contaminating marine life more than 10 km deep (6 miles) into the Mariana Trench, and just a few kilometers above that, beer cans and plastic bags litter the seabed.

Pacific Ocean Currents

Pacific Ocean Currents

A team from Newcastle University in the UK has been sampling small, prawn-like crustaceans called amphipods from the depths of two of the world’s deepest trenches – the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and the Kermadec Trench near New Zealand.”

While some of the garbage found in the Mariana Trench could have come from Japan, South Korean, China, Vietnam or the Philippines, some could have come from Canada, the United States or Australia just as easily.

As the winds sweep across the ocean surface, they drive the ocean surface currents. Over periods of months to years they set up a global circulation of surface currents, which reflects the patterns of the prevailing winds.

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Royal Caribbean Cancels 2017 Turkey Calls

Royal Caribbean Cancels 2017 Turkey Calls

Royal Caribbean Cancels 2017 Turkey Calls

Royal Caribbean Cancels Turkey Port

“Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel all scheduled stops in Turkey for the 2017 cruise season, citing “unpredictability” in the country.

In a statement to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said that due to the current unpredictability of Turkey, and taking guests’ and crew members’ safety and well being into account, Royal Caribbean has decided to replace our calls in Ephesus (Kusadasi) with alternate ports-of-call for the 2017 Europe season.

“We truly regret having to take this action and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Any decision we make is made in an abundance of caution and safety, as your clients experience in our ports of call is always our utmost priority.”

This will affect the following ships:
Brilliance of the Seas will now call on Mykonos, Greece.
Jewel of the Seas will now call on Rhodes, Greece.
Rhapsody of the Seas will now call on:
Kotor, Montenegro
July 14th: Chania, Greece
October 7th: Mykonos, Greece
Guests that purchased a Royal Caribbean Shore Excursion for their day in Kusadasi, a full refund will be processed to the original form of payment within one week.”

Navigator of the Seas Live Blog Day 1

The blog today also included Navigator of the Seas Live Blog Day 1 of nine-night Navigator of the Seas adventure. The blog outlines the beginning of the day getting to and arriving at the ship.  “The staterooms opened at 1:15pm and we got our first look at our Grand Suite on deck 10. The room is massive, and the bathroom might be the real highlight.”

You can read the rest of the blog entry here.

Sun Princess Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Auckland entertainer Will Martin was aboard Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, in a gig as a headliner entertainer on Friday, February 17, 2017 around 4:00 pm local time when he reported to his Facebook fans, that  a cruise ship passenger went overboard.

Sun Princess was sailing between Brisbane Australia in the Northwestern province of Queensland and New Caledonia, when the man overboard (MOB) alert went out over the ship’s public address system.

Two life rings were tossed overboard and the cruise ship stopped, turned around and deployed a rescue boat to look for the woman who was not named. Within a reported 15 minutes the ship had turned around to look for the passenger.

However, the woman never made it to either life rings. Around 4:30, the passenger had been located by the rescue boat and was being returned to the cruise ship.

Typically, passenger overboard incidents are categorized as suicides or suicidal behavior. It’s virtually impossible to accidentally fall from a cruise ship.  Suicidal behavior incidents typically fall into the “alcohol was involved” sub-category. Though, they are commonly acts by young thrill seekers, testing their abilities without considering the science of a cruise ship moving at an average speed of 20 knots (26 mph).

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017, Kevin Wellons, a passenger from Michigan went overboard from Carnival Elation. Wellons was on a 5-day Bahamas cruise with his girlfriend when he went missing from the cruise ship.

Wellons was the second person overboard in 2017.  Jeon Pierre Knorr, 74, went overboard while and he and his wife were on a 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard MSC Cruises’s MSC Divina on January 2, 2017.

In 2016, our Cruise Ship Deaths website documented and confirmed 11 people who went overboard from cruise ships. In 2015, Cruise Ship Deaths confirmed 28 people went overboard.

It is very rare for a person who goes overboard to be found alive. August 2016, Ms Fan, 32, was on a Royal Caribbean cruise with her family when she alleged that she leaned over a railing too far and fell into the sea.

However, photos of the woman taken two days later, after a fishing boat came upon the woman and returned her to the cruise ship tell a different story. The short Asian woman could not have possibly accidentally fallen overboard by leaning over the railing too much; her center of gravity was too low for the 45 inch high railings.

These accounts, which are far too common, are usually created by persons who impulsively jumped overboard. Finding themselves in the sea and plucked from the ocean by rescuers, they fabricate an accidental fall over the railing. In one case, a woman claimed her boyfriend had tried to murder her.

On July  19, 2015, Flora Stuardo, 53, from Turin, Italy went overboard from the cabin balcony where she and her boyfriend Giovanni Piawere, were guests.  Costa Cruises’ Costa Fortuna was in Flam, Norway on a nine-day Northern Europe cruise when she was rescued from the ocean. She later recanted and said he did not push her.

Sarah Alexandra Kirby went overboard from  Carnival Destiny on October 21, 2012,  en route from Miami to Jamaica. After being in the ocean for an hour and a half, she was rescued by the cruise ship crew searching from within their rescue boat. Kirby admits alcohol was involved and she later filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines for letting her get drunk.

September 3, 2009, a male passenger, 34, was aboard Carnival Sensation, when he crawled over his cruise ship cabin balcony after he argued with a woman. Witnesses who heard the argument, reported the man said he would jump and she told him to go ahead.

June 16, 2009, Larry Miller, 46, was aboard Carnival Inspiration, when he alleged that he was leaning overboard as the ship sailed into Tampa, Florida. He was found clinging to a buoy in the harbor.

Noojady Nithynanda Shetty, 49 and his wife Kasturi Nithyanda Shetty, 47, both from India,  were aboard Superstar Virgo on April 13, 2009, when he threatened to jump overboard during an argument. He jumped and she jumped in to rescue him. She was rescued, his body washed ashore two weeks later. His family alleges he was murdered for his money.

On March 5, 2007, Airforce Cadet Ernesto Guzman, 22, and Certified Lifeguard Clarice Partee, 20, fell overboard from Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess. Both were recovered. The couple were allegedly doing a “mutual activity” fueled by alcohol, when Partee fell overboard and Guzman jumped in to save her.

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Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

In today’s issue, Royal Caribbean Friday Photos, a creek in Florida turned red overnight, the world’s tallest sandcastle has been completed in India, Hunting for New York’s Best Animal Hearts, Bulgaria’s Museum of Socialist Art, Watch an Airplane Land on One of the World’s Shortest Airport Runways, Found: A Drug Catapult at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Watch Shark Come Within Inches of Divers in ‘Magical’ Encounter, Found: A Possible Eighth Continent, A Military Chopper Touched Down to Stop and Ask For Directions in Kazakhstan, Watch How Drones Fight Pirate Fishing From the Sky.

In our  cruise travel videos Royal Caribbean Lunch Buffet Food 150+ Items @ Windjammer Marketplace Allure of the Seas, Groove Cruise Los Angeles 2017 – On Sale Now, Fishing for Piranha in the Peruvian Amazon: Cruise Excursions, Coast Guard conducts two rescues in Hawaiian Islands saving 7, Dolphins taking the ship out, Trade your snowsuit for a swimsuit and escape the chill of winter with a #DisneyCruise tropical getaway, Chichen itza: Holland America Cruise Excursion, Atlantis Bahamas Cruise Adventure.

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Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Fires: Explosion aboard the Princess Cruises #cruise ship Emerald Princess damaged stern of the ship and kills one.

Around 5:00, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess cruise had an explosion, which damaged the stern of the cruise ship. One crew member was killed during the explosion.

The explosion which was heard miles away, brought fears of a terror attack at the port. Early report say a 45kg gas bottle reportedly exploded and flew through the air.

 

Cruise Port View Washington DC Leak

Cruise Port View Washington DC Leak

Cruise Port View Washington DC Leak

Washington DC page gets leak. Thousands of We The People White House petitions deleted from White House website, the good, bad and ugly.

Cruise Bruise Investigates the 11,000+ petitions missing from the Washington DC White House website. From day one, the administration took control of the White House website, deleted any sign of the prior administration, including all the We The People petitions.

As new petitions came flooding in, the new administration struggled to cope with the mounting work load with a very limited staff. Cruise Bruise received a tip that the hundreds, perhaps thousands of petitions were being deleted and we demanded proof. Proof is exactly what we got.  Our Washington DC Cruise Port Views website documents the case of the missing petitions.

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Cruise Bruise: Royal Princess #cruise ship passenger in a wheelchair was killed while the couple were in port.

Wolfgang Goldammer and his wife Monika Goldammer from Kiel, Germany were passengers aboard Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess on Thursday, January 26, 2017 when they went into port at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Wolfgang Goldammer was being pushed in his wheelchair by his wife, when a vehicle crashed into the couple. Wolfgang Goldammer was killed, his wife was injured.

Read article for more details.

Cruise Ship Cocaine Smuggling Ring Leader Arrested

Cruise Ship Cocaine Smuggling Ring Leader Arrested

Cruise Ship Cocaine Smuggling Ring Leader Arrested

Cruise Bruise: #Cruise ship Freedom of the seas Mother’s Day Jamaica cocaine smuggling ring, fifth woman arrested works at school district.

Rita Gray, 38, from Washington DC, a business manager with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) who has been placed on administrative leave, has turned out to be the ring leader of the Freedom of the Seas cocaine smuggling ring last mother’s day. Gray admitted she bought plane and cruise tickets for the women, and gave them what she called “spending money.”

Read the full article for more details.

Cruise Passenger Arrest Terror Attack

Interpol Red Notice cruise ship passenger terrorist arrest

Interpol Red Notice cruise ship passenger terrorist arrest

Cruise Bruise:  VIDEOS – A Turk #travel #cruise ship passenger on a German passport arrested after police get Interpol Red Notice for PKK group #terror attack.

Celal Kildag, 58, from Lüdenscheid, Germany was aboard MSC Cruises MSC Opera with his wife when the cruise ship arrived in Grand Cayman on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Kildag, originally from Dersim, Tunceli, Turkey was traveling on a German passport when he was arrested during passenger inspections when he disembarked the cruise ship.

Read the full article on Cruise Bruise.

Luxury Freighter Cruise Travel Secrets

Luxury Freighter Cruise Travel Secrets

Luxury Freighter Cruise Travel Secrets

Cruise Bruise: VIDEOS #Cruise #travel by cargo freight ship, luxury abounds for unpretentious passengers who don’t love the Vegas style cruise ship glitz.

Aranui 5 all-inclusive cruises have availability for 254 passengers accommodated in 103 cabins on 8 guest decks. The ship has a swimming pool, 2 spacious lounges & 2 conference rooms, 4 bars, fitness room, shop, a massage room, two elevators, as well as a washer and dryer on board the vessel, but no dry cleaning is available.

 

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Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Cruise Bruise: A scientist from San Francisco gets interrogated after gay #cruise due to Trump Muslim ban.

Maysam Sodagari, 32,  a scientist from San Francisco, California was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Allure of the Seas during a Caribbean cruise on January 29, 2017, when he disembarked at Port Everglades, Florida and was immediately separated from his friends and placed in an interrogation room.

Read the full article and see another video on Cruise Bruise.

Russia 2017 Cruises to Crimea

Russia 2017 Cruises to Crimea

Russia 2017 Cruises to Crimea

Cruise Bruise: Russia makes deal for $75 a day #cruise ship sailings from Sochi, Russia to Russia, Crimea and Turkey ports with plagued cruise history.

The discussions came after Putin ordered the Ministry to organize 2017 Crimea regular air and maritime traffic between Sochi, Russia and the Ukraine Crimea region. RMOT held preliminary talks with Sovfracht Group to launch regular passenger service to the seaports in the Crimea.

The history of Russian cruise ship travel has been  marked by disaster and controversy.

Read more on Cruise Bruise.

Cruise Broken Back Gets Emergency Medevac

Cruise Broken Back Gets Emergency Medevac

Cruise Broken Back Gets Emergency Medevac

Cruise Bruise: Woman, 20, with fractured spine gets medevac from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines #cruise ship Legend of the Seas,

A medevac took place 80km southeast of Wellington, New Zealand aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Legend of the Seas. A woman crew member, 20, from India suffered a lower back fracture and was airlifted on Wednesday, January 25, 3017.

Read more on Cruise Bruise.

Extreme Travel Selfie Deaths Injury Arrests

Extreme Travel Selfie Deaths Injury Arrests

Extreme Travel Selfie Deaths Injury Arrests

Cruise Bruise: 40 Selfie Photos #cruise ship or #travel selfies and daredevil selfies resulting in death, injury, arrests or great #vacation memories.

Cruise ship passengers aboard cruise ships, on excursions and travelers in general need to be aware of their surroundings as they shoot for the ultimate holiday selfie memory of their travels. More than 30 people have died during selfies, some of them so outrageous, they defy comprehension.

Read more on Cruise Bruise.

Gun Found in Cruise Passenger Luggage

Carnival Liberty Security Find Gun in Cruise Passenger Luggage

Carnival Liberty Security Find Gun in Cruise Passenger Luggage

Cruise Bruise: So many things can derail a dream #cruise, beginning with port security luggage scan, such as guns, grenades and ammo causing terror concerns.

Henry Echevarria and his wife Lisa were hoping to become cruise passengers on January 22, 2016, when he attempted to board Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, Florida with a two-inch-long house key, formed into the shape of a hand gun.

But, port security refused to let the couple board with the key gun, saying it was a prohibited item, a “replica” gun.

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Carnival Freedom Passenger Ganja Arrest Grand Cayman

Carnival Freedom Cannabis Drug Arrest

Carnival Freedom Cannabis Drug Arrest

Cruise Bruise: Carnival Freedom #cruise ship passenger arrested in Grand Cayman after buying cannabis from a local resident peddling drugs on the street.

Customs K-9 Unit was called and on arrival alerted officers to a small packet in the museum yard. It was wrapped in clear plastic and contained vegetable matter that proved to be ganja. The dog also alerted officers to the tourist’s backpack, which contained a small packet of ganja. Both men were arrested.”

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Sean Spicer Lies For Daddy Cruise Bruise Editor Opinion

Sean Spicer Lies For Daddy Cruise Bruise Editor Opinion

Sean Spicer Lies For Daddy Cruise Bruise Editor Opinion

Cruise Bruise: Before calling the media liars, you should make sure we can’t prove your facts are all lies. #Cruise Bruise investigates Trump claim, we the media lie.

Fake news on the Internet has become a huge problem in recent months, so much so, the issue of fake news has become news itself. We were shocked and horrified when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threw together a hasty, press briefing on Saturday, January 21, 2017, one day after his boss, President Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States.

But, honestly, we were surprised when Wikipedia labeled Sean Spicer’s page with the title, “Lies For Daddy”.

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Muslim Cruise Passengers Missing in Port

Muslim Cruise Passengers Missing in Port

Muslim Cruise Passengers Missing in Port

Cruise Bruise: Three Muslim #cruise passenger are missing in port after election state of emergency is called.

A President who took office as a result of a coup, refuses to leave after being voted out, wrecking havoc on a cruise ship call. Three DolusSea Cruise Line’s Rahala cruise ship passengers and two cruise ship crew are missing after The Gambia state of emergency is issued on January 20, 2017. The group went into port at Banjul, The Gambia.

Michael Nicholson Journalist Cruise Passenger Dead

Michael Nicholson Journalist Cruise Passenger Dead

Michael Nicholson Journalist Cruise Passenger Dead

Cruise Ship Deaths: British war journalist who covered attempted #cruise ship pirate attack has died on a cruise.

Nicholson and wife Diana were aboard Saga Cruises’ 9,570-ton, 348-passenger Spirit of Adventure on January 13, 2011, when the cruise ship with 350 passengers and 200 crew aboard was pursued by pirates as they sailed from Madagascar to Zanzibar.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths.

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

Cruise Bruise: A New York #cruise ship passenger has died during his Royal Princess Caribbean honeymoon cruise while on a snorkeling excursion.

Martin Stephen Brutosky, 64, from New York was on a Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess cruise ship excursion with his newlywed wife Diane Montero in Antigua for their honeymoon on December 3, 2016. The couple had been married on November 12, 2016.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths.