Princess Cruises fined $40M for Dumping Oily Waste into Sea

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

Pooped DJ Whoo Kid, Waka Flocka Flame Banned From NCL Cruise Ships

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.

Video: Gronks Party Ship 2016 After movie

 

 

 

 

 

Acapulco Mexico Attempt At Luring Tourists To Drug Violence Plague Region Failing

Acapulco Attempts Cruise Party Atmosphere Revival

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.

Editors Note: 

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.

 

Video Playlist: Our Time in Puerto Aventuras

 

Suitcase With Body Inside Washes Ashore at Rimini Italy

Italian police are investigating if the remains of an Asian woman found in the Port of Rimini, Italy are those of missing cruise ship passenger Li Yinglei. Yinglei, 36,  has been missing since she disappeared from MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46.

The last time Li Yinglei was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise.

Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) also known as Angie, was a cruise and wedding planner who started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015. The couple lived in Dublin, Ireland with their two children.

Belling was arrested when he attempting to embark on a flight to Ireland after the cruise ship docked. State prosecutor Maria Tamburelli, claims the couple were having financial problems and Mr Belling killed his wife on board on February 10 after the couple and their kids had supper together at the Four Winds restaurant on board but did not turn up for breakfast the next morning.

MSC Magnifica embarked on February 9 at Civitavecchia, Italy with port calls at Malta, Greece and Cyprus.

Mediterranean Sea hydrodynamics where Li Yinglei is thought to have gone overboard, have a southeastern flow of circulation, making it most likely if the orange suitcase washes ashore, it would be on a beach anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. It is highly unlikely the suitcase with Li Yinglei could wash ashore at Rimini, Italy.

According to local reports, the young “Asian woman” that was found in the blue suitcase,  was the body of an emaciated, naked Asian woman, wrapped up in plastic bags, believed to be aged 35 to 40-years-old. The color of the suitcase does not match the color of the suitcase which is missing along with Li Yinglei.

As well, the body  is described as being 1.7 metres tall, which investigators say is too tall to be missing Li Yinglei, who is described as being 1.5 metres tall.

Belling attorney Luigi Conti said he has heard the body that has been recovered does not match the description of Ms Li. “The body in the suitcase is 170cm in height, but Daniel Belling’s wife is smaller than that,” he said. “I am also told it is a different type of body than that of Mr Belling’s wife.”

There is a video on our case page, which shows a body of an Asian woman of Li Yinglei’s  size being hidden into a suitcase on  our missing cruise ship passenger alleged murder case page.

 

Cruise Book Readers Club – The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware

From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Editorial Reviews

Review
“A classic “paranoid woman” story with a modern twist in this tense, claustrophobic mystery…The cast of characters, their conversations, and the luxurious but confining setting all echo classic Agatha Christie; in fact, the structure of the mystery itself is an old one: a woman insists murder has occurred,everyone else says she’s crazy. But Lo is no wallflower; she is a strong and determined modern heroine who refuses to doubt the evidence of her own instincts.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Ware’s follow-up to her best-selling debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, is a gripping maritime psychological thriller that will keep readers spellbound.  The intense final chapters just might induce heart palpitations.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)

“Ruth Ware is back with her second hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-tingling tale.” (Marie Claire)

“[The Woman in Cabin 10] generate[s] a dark, desperate tension that will appeal to Ware’s and Gillian Flynn’s many fans. This is the perfect summer read for those seeking a shadowy counter to the sunshine.” (Booklist, Starred Review)

“A fantasy trip aboard a luxury liner turns nightmarish for a young journalist in The Woman in Cabin 10, the pulse-quickening new novel by Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood.” (O Magazine)

“[A] snappy thriller set on the high seas… The first chapter will grab your attention, force it against a wall and hold it there until the end.” (Associated Press)

“Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 is an atmospheric thriller as twisty and tension-filled as her 2015 debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood… The novel’s tone is dark and claustrophobic as Lo continues her search for the woman even though someone is trying to stop her — maybe even kill her.” (The Washington Post)

“If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, get ready to curl up with this suspenseful mystery.” (Bustle)

“Haunting and absurdly suspenseful.” (PureWow)

“A great modern whodunit!” (New York Post)

“Ruth Ware’s thrilling suspense novel captivates.” (US Weekly)

The Woman in Cabin 10 bucks the trend of disappointing follow-ups, and is every bit as taut and provocative as the earlier book.” (Independent)

“With a flawed but likeable heroine, and a fast moving plot, it makes for a stylish thriller.” (Sunday Mirror)

“A twisted and suspenseful mystery that entangles friendship, identity and memory with a possible murder…. Subtly tips its hat to authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers” (Metro)

“With a churning plot worthy of Agatha Christie, and fresh on the heels of her bestselling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware twists the wire on readers’ nerves once again. “Cabin 10” just may do to cruise vacations what “Jaws” did to ocean swimming. You’ll be afraid to go out on the water.”  (StarTribune)

“This beach read thriller has sun, suspense, and goes well with SPF.” (TheSkimm)

“Ware does something more than write the next Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, even if she writes in that wheelhouse. Ware puts her own stamp on the genre… The Woman in Cabin 10 is good: it’s creepy, it’s frustrating, and it’s interesting. It brings elements of our current fixations into the realm of the thriller/mystery in the best possible way.” (Electric Literature)

“With a churning plot worthy of Agatha Christie, and fresh on the heels of her bestselling thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware twists the wire on readers’ nerves once again. “Cabin 10” just may do to cruise vacations what “Jaws” did to ocean swimming.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“Ware’s propulsive prose keeps readers on the hook and refuses to let anyone off until all has been revealed.” (Shelf Awareness)

Named by the Washington Post as “One of the best mystery books and thrillers of 2016”

“No one does spooky without the supernatural element better than Ruth Ware, and The Woman in Cabin 10 is proof for any who doubt it.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Lots of twists and surprises in an old-fashioned mystery.” (R.L. Stine Thrillist)

About the Author
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. She is married with two small children.

Read more about this book, The Woman in Cabin 10

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19 Years Ago Amy Lynn Bradley Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

It was 19 years ago yesterday that Petersburg, Virginia cruise ship passenger  Amy Lynn Bradley, 24, went missing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Rhapsody Of The Seas on March 24, 1998, but was never seen disembarking.

Her family has reason to believe she is still alive, because she disappeared while the ship was in port.

Amy was traveling with her mother, father, and younger brother. Her family has maintained all along she is still alive and  investigators have been hired in the past to locate her, without results.

There is a $25,000 reward offered for information on this case. See FBI video below

Read more at Cruise Ship Missing

 

Woman Takes Cruise With $100k Stolen From Bank Account

Initially, it appeared be a banking error, when $100,000 landed in a Sydney, Australia woman’s bank account. But, quickly police discovered  the spending spree which included a cruise, was not after her bank made an error and deposited $100,000 into her bank account, instead of a Maryborough, Australia pharmacy’s bank account.

She was part of phishing scam.  Wendy Janine Baulch  spent $60,000 having a good time. She used the money to fly to Florida and take a luxury cruise from Miami to Sydney.

In the beginning it looked like Australian retailer Pharmacy4Less mistakenly deposited the cash into Baulch’s account on December 31, 2014. She quickly booked a cruise and sailed the high seas on a 30-day cruise aboard Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Amsterdam.

But, as the story unfolds, defense lawyer Howard Posner said, “The proposition is that she was a small cog in a large machine and a mule, but that she dipped her fingers into that till more than she should have done,” Mr Posner said. “It’s not that she spent her ill-gotten gains; it’s that she stole from the thieves.”

She also booked another cruise from Sydney to Rangoon, Burma, but was arrested right before she boarded. Baulch was arrest in Sydney before being extradited to Queensland where she was charged with fraud and computer hacking related offences. She spent two nights behind bars before being released on bail.

When she appeared in court, Magistrate Wendy Cull ordered Ms Baulch to surrender her passport to police and ordered her to not apply for an exit visa to leave Australia.

Police opposed her bail on the grounds she was a flight risk but Magistrate Wendy Cull agreed to release her from custody on condition she surrender her passport and report weekly to police.

During her bail application, duty lawyer Howard Posner said the allegations seemed to show Baulch was a minor player in a larger Phishing criminal group and this was not just an unfortunate bank error.

Thames River Terrorist Police Terrorism Drill

The Met, the Port of London Authority, London Coastguard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, London ambulance service and London fire brigade took part in the terrorism drill exercise to test their readiness for an actual terror event against a cruise ship.

Senior counter-terrorism officer, assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, said the security services have thwarted 13 potential terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom in less than four years.

Last year I posted an article, Terror Attack on Cruise Ship Terrorism Labeled Black Swan Event, which discusses what the cruise industry to doing to protect passengers and crew from terrorism and pirate attacks.

Preparing for terror event on a cruise ship or in cruise port is not a scare tactic, it is based on historical events. On March 18, 2015, two cruise ships, MSC Splendida and Costa Fascinosa were in port at Tunis, Tunisia on a cruise ship excursion to the Bardo National Museum, when a group of terrorists opened fire on the group who were exiting their tour buses, killing or wounding more than 50 cruise ship passengers.

In June 2015 a gunman killed 30 Britons on a beach in Tunisia.”. By the time Seifeddine Rezgui, 23,  was killed by Tunisian security forces he had murdered 38 people, and left another 39 wounded. Of those killed, 30 were British.

Preparing for a cruise ship terror attack is not just a scare tactic, it is a clear and present danger.

On October 8, 1985 – American Leon Klinghoffer, 69,  who was cruise ship passenger from New Jersey, was murdered during a terrorist attack aboard the cruise ship Achille Lauro.

On July 12, 1988, three gunmen had boarded City Of Poros along with other passengers at Aegina, Greece. They waiting on the ship until it was several miles from shore and then attacked around 8:30pm that evening, 11 people were killed.

Earlier this year, on January 6, 2017,  Esteban Santiago aka Aashiq Hammad, from Anchorage, Alaska, 26, exited his flight into terminal 2, entered a restroom and pulled out a handgun from his check luggage.

He exited the restroom and began shooting airline passengers in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five Cruise Ship Passengers were murdered in the terrorist attack . We as passengers, crew and cruise lines must be prepared and vigilant.

Video: Armed police stage anti-terrorist drill on Thames cruise ship

Cruise Passengers Left Die in Nassau Bahamas

While browsing videos for Nassau, Bahamas today, one particular video caught my eye. The video was titled “Cabbage beach Nassau Bahamas unsafe. I needed to know more and the 15 minute video outlines a day in port for two cruise ship passengers who were “left to die”. So, naturally, it came under investigation by Cruise Bruise Investigates. This is what the investigation of the video turned up.

Debra and Richard Bontempt from Doyleston, Ohio took a Carnival Cruise Lines’  Carnival Elation Bahamas cruise from Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The cruise ship called at Nassau, Bahamas on September 12, then at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas the next day.

The couple disembark the cruise ship in Nassau, dine, go to shop at the Straw Market to buy things for their four kids and want to put their feet in the sand. They change into their swimsuits.

A tropical disturbance had come off the coast of Africa, so there was the threat of poor weather and it had begun to rain. Tropical Storm Julia was forming that day in the Bahamas, but it was only a disturbance at that time. The next day, Tropical Storm Julia was named, while it was off the Florida coast.

The couple asked where there was a beach and are told about Cabbage Beach, a beautiful beach with postcard perfect, pink sands, near million dollar homes. They take a taxi to the beach.

They are pitched by locals repeatedly for excursions and goods they sell. She claims one of the men were more or less stalking them to pitch their goods.

Debra says the crime rate is not as reported, it is very dangerous there. She outlines the reasons she calls the port “unsafe” in her video.

She says they got talked into renting a jet ski for an hour to get away from the men “stalking them”. From there, things went wrong.

The jet ski broke down and they were stranded after the current pushes them out to the coral reef a mile or two from shore. She gets cut on her legs and feet in “shark infested waters”.

A second cruise ship from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has departed the port, leaving just Carnival Elation. They begin to think they are going to miss the cruise ship departure. (you can track  Carnival Elation with our live cruise ship tracker)

The couple attempt to swim back to shore. With the tide coming in, the jet ski getting ripped apart on the reef, they are in danger of not getting back and she is endanger of drowning, as they fight the tide. They lose sight of each other, choking on the sea water washing over them. She is tired and having a hard time getting to shore. She says they were “left to die”. Ultimately, a fishing boat rescues them and takes them back to shore and the cruise ship.

She faults the town for not having more security in the port and on the beach which could have prevented them from being so desperate to get away from the men pitching their goods and services, they took a jet ski to get away from them. Bontempt tells her story in the video below, “to warn others”.  Listen to her story and you decide.

Video: Cabbage beach Nassau Bahamas unsafe

Cruise Ship Passenger Fight Security Inside Pool and Hot Tub

While adding videos to our Youtube playlists, we noticed an odd video surfaced on Youtube one month ago.

It appears a group of passengers are arguing, appearing to be close to an out and out brawl. One passenger aboard an unidentified cruise ship splashes three security officers with hot tub water, soaking them.  The passenger jumps into the pool, evading security.

As the scene progresses, they all end up back on the hot tub deck, with five security officers trying to detain the passenger. One security officer has his handcuffs out and ready to slap them on the passenger. It ends up with one security officer drug into the hot tub, completely drenched.  The man in white shirt in the hot tub is one of the five security officers.

Reenactment Video Shows Missing Cruise Passenger Police Theory

Reenactment video shows police theory in a new video on our Cruise Bruise Investigates case page.

The Case History:

Cruise wedding planner and travel agent Li Yinglei, 38, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her Apple computer programer husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017.

When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen. Police say he murdered her and threw overboard in her suitcase.  See video on Cruise Bruise

Billing Seeks to Leave Prison For Apartment During Cruise Missing Wife Investigation

New information related to the cruise ship missing passenger case of Li Yinglei, who disappeared form MSC Magnifica on February.  Daniel Belling’s attorney Luigi Conti has asked the court if his client could leave Rome’s Regina Coeli prison  and stay at an apartment in Rome while the investigation into his “missing” wife continues.

Belling’s contention that Li Yinglei is “missing” has lead to an INTERPOL investigation into her disappearance. The details of this case are so far-fetched, the case has been added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website.

However, witnesses and people connected to the case have added more odd facts to this troubling case. The case has been updated today. Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths.

 

Missing Cruise Passenger Owned Cinderella Weddings Cruise Website

As previously posted, Li Yinglei, 36, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017. When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen.

Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) alsp know as Angie to her business clients, started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015 which offered wedding packages, including wedding dress rentals, decor and photo album design. The couple were married in 2010.

The couple also had a range of podcasts on their website, which featured Angie’s narration on different travel destinations and festivals around Ireland, as well as cruises.

The about page on the website says, “Cinderella’s Wedding is Dublin’s emerging brand in the Wedding and Corporate industry. We pride ourselves on our innovative and trendy touches that make all the difference. Our high quality bespoke service is tailored to match your every requirement to ensure that your event is above and beyond your expectation.

We strive to create magnificent designs that reflect the persona and desires of our clients and couples, by listening to your ideas and finding out what makes you smile. From intimate to sophisticated to flamboyant and stylish, Cinderella’s Wedding will turn your dreams into reality.

Don’t let your choice of venue dictate your theme of your event, contact Cinderella’s Wedding Specialists and be assured we will work closely to achieve a night that you and your guests will cherish and remember for a life time.

Having transformed some of the most exquisite venues around the country, here at Cinderella’s Wedding we have what it takes to make your special occasion a Cinderella event. We aim to make your day a signature event, unique and reflective of your own vision.”

This case is still unfolding. Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Police Allege Woman Murdered Tossed Overboard

Li Yinglei, 36, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017. When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen.

Li Yinglei, who by some reports had adopted the English name Angie, was of Chinese nationality but was living in Ireland with her German husband and their children.

The last time she was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise, when the family went into a Genoa, Italy tourist souvenir shop.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Cruise Bruise the Book Untold Stories

Ten years ago today, Cruise Bruise was launched and much has happened, much more than you read on the website. In celebration of the Cruise Bruise Ten Year Anniversary, the untold story is being written in a new book.

Ten years ago today, Cruise Bruise was launched with less than two dozen cases. At the time, I thought it was a lot. Then, the investigations began and cases started piling up on my desk. People began bringing my attention to other cases, current and past. Over the years, there was a never ending stream of people who called themselves “cruise victims”. I admit, with my own history of being a victim, it was easy to almost always take their story at face value. Then, do a basic investigation in order to substantiate their claim. Really deep investigations into cases didn’t come until years later and were certainly an eye-opener.

Associations were created with nothing more than trust. Over the years, that trust was betrayed, time and time again, with the truth about people, their motives and secret agendas rising to the surface. The truth is this. The media and online publications such as mine, are targets for greedy people who seek to use a story for financial gain. These people, who go to any length to get media attention, we call media whores. They sell their souls for a few moments, few days or few months of fame, mostly seeking their fortune at other’s expense. So, I began walking away from previous bonds, becoming reliant on my own ability to research facts, before deciding if a case would be featured on Cruise Bruise. This is a video promotion from our early days.

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Fake Doctor Working On Cruise Ship Arrested

When a man is  arrested for posing as a doctor after getting hired as the cruise ship physician, we learn how scammers infiltrate our world, in every aspect of our lives.

Whether it’s a scam artist or just a person aspiring to a selected field of greatness, the outcome is the same. People are duped into thinking they are interacting with a person of quality, a person they pay for quality and they are short changed. The bottom line is this. If someone is intent on defrauding you or your business, it will happen, no matter how much due diligence you exercise. It happens every day, in every country around the world.

I bring as an example, the case of Andres Parras, 57, a resident of North Miami, who had been practicing medicine without a valid license at Finlay Medical Center in Hollywood, Florida and was working aboard a cruise ship as the ship’s doctor. Parras submitted a Florida medical license when he applied for a position as the ship`s doctor. The number on the medical license in Parras` personnel folder at AIDA Cruises belonged to a different doctor, according to information from the state Department of Professional Regulation.

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Guatemalan Judge Arrested Aboard Disney Dream

Guatemalan Judge Hector Trujillo arrest aboard Disney Dream, 240 page indictment on alleged racketeering, money laundering, $200 million  bribery, kickbacks scheme involving soccer federation officials for past 25 years.

Friday, December 4, 2015 Guatemalan Judge Héctor Trujillo, 62, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who boarded Disney Dream and went to Trujillo’s cruise ship cabin. Trujillo was on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, when he was arrested after cruise ship docked at 1545 hours..

Hector Trujillo was indicted in 240 page indictment by United States Attorney along with Alfredo Hawit, Ariel Alvarado , Rafael Callejas, Brayan Jimenez , Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Rafael Salguero, Costas Takkas, Reynaldo Vasquez, Jack Warner, J Uan Angel Napout, Manuel Burga, Carlos Chavez, Luis Chi Riboga, Marco Polo Del Nero, Eduardo Deluca, Rafael Esquivel, Eugenio Figueredo, Nicolas Leoz, Jose Maria Marin, Jose Luis Meiszner, Romer Osuna, Ricardo Teixei Ra, Aaron Davidson, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis.

(Video: CARLOS HECTOR TRUJILLO SINGS IN EGEIRO MINISTRIES – March 2014)

Hector Trujillo the indictment says “is a citizen of Guatemala, was an individual employed by and associated with the enterprise. From in or about at least 2010 to the present, Trujillo was the general secretary of FENAFUTG.” The National Football Federation of Guatemala (Spanish: Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala), known as FedefutGuate or FENAFUTG. FENAFUTG is a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

The indictment says, “At various times relevant to the Indictment, including the present, Trujillo was also a judge on the Constitutional Court of Guatemala.”.

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Cruise Bruise Changes To Mobile Friendly Design

Please excuse our dust as #CruiseBruise changes colors, new mobile-friendly version, joining our Live Cruise Ship Tracker, Cruise Ship Missing, Cruise Ship Complaints, Cruise Ship Cameras, Cruise Port Views and Cruise Laws. Changes to this Cruise Bruise blog we be launched in February 2017.

April 17, 2015 – Mobile-friendly
We began to developing a new website design, which is friendly to all screen resolutions, including tablets and mobile phones.

As the websites are converted, the color change signifies the new mobile-friendly template. The blue and green template is the 2012-2014 version. The blue only template is the version friendly for all devices.

In truth, if you remove each case where:

  • an employee injured another person or ship full of people, violating their terms of contract,
  • children who were injured during a lack of parental supervision,
  • people who became ill during an event which was unrelated to ship services,
  • had pre-existing conditions which worsened during a cruise resulting in death,
  • people who were victims of a crime committed by someone they were in a relationship with,
  • people who failed to exercise due diligence and caution while in dangerous areas on the ship,
  • people who didn’t adhere to internationally accepted personal safety standards, whether incidents involved alcohol or not, what remains wouldn’t be enough to launch a single cruise industry awareness website.

Information and truth are powerful weapons, Cruise Bruise will continue to seek the truth and report it using the Freedom Of Information Act. Our new agenda is to follow truth, no matter where it leads us. An example of change in agenda is our, free of charge, rapidly increasing collection of unedited cruise industry lawsuits, which paint a much clearer picture of events taking place at sea.

While we will not post each cruise industry case or documents from every case, cases we post will be official court documents comprising complaints filed against the cruise industry or cases where a cruise line was involved in a non-maritime law legal action. We will be operating under the assumption our visitors share an intellectual demographic profile which renders them capable of reading the court documents and coming to their own conclusion of who the real victim is, if there is one, in each case.

 

Seabourn Spirit Cruise Ship Pirate Attack 10 Years Ago

Cruise Bruise Investigates:  Hero Michael Groves saves Seabourn Spirit cruise ship passengers in the most violent pirate attack on a  #cruise ship ten years ago today. Seabourn Spirit attacked with Ak47s and rocket-propelled grenades.

Seabourn Spirit was nearly boarded by pirates and no doubt a hostage situation would have played out just as it did with the Le Ponant, only with passengers involved if not for the bravery of Michael Groves. Michael Groves was working as a security officer aboard Seabourn Spirit.

For his heroic efforts, Groves received the Queen’s Gallantry Medal from the Queen herself at Buckingham Palace on May 16, 2007. Men are not labeled “heroes” and given medals for bravery by the Queen for ‘minor events’. That was the first clue lots of information was missing about this incident, information Queen Elizabeth II had at hand.

Mr Groves, a 42-year-old crew member who was a former UK policeman, dodged the pirate’s small arms fire and rocket-launched grenades, and used a fire hose to try to force the pirates away from the cruise ship. Two grenades were fired into the ship, but Mr Groves fought off the pirates and prevented them from boarding. When he was honored by the Queen for his bravery, Mr Groves said: “As soon as I went on the deck I came under automatic fire. A rocket grenade blew me off my feet.”

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Family Gets Cruise Ship Death Free Legal Aid

#Cruise ship crew member’s  body indicates foul play, free seamen legal aid gets $65,000 death settlement for family, with no legal fees.

Lemuel Lizada from Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines, had been a cruise ship crew member aboard Princess Cruises Star Princess for about a month when he died on June 14, 2014, shortly after speaking with family, who he called daily.

Lemuel Lizada got his job at Princess Cruises through Magsaysay Maritime Corp, who called the family on June 15, 2014, to tell them their son had died aboard the Star Princess. The cause of death was stated as “cardiopulmonary disease.”

July 28, 2014, Lemuel Lizada’s body arrived back in the Philippines and the family ordered an autopsy. The autopsy report stated that Lemuel had died from “traumatic injuries.” The family believes Lemuel Lizada was murdered. With no witnesses, the family was getting nowhere. They repeatedly requested a death certificate and were ignored.

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Cruise Ship Missing Passenger Case Not Overboard

The family of  cruise ship passenger reported overboard now thought to be held captive aboard the #cruise ship SuperStar Gemini.  Family says he didn’t have key card to enter room, couldn’t go overboard.

Numerous  reports are now saying the family believes Rajkumar Agarwal has been held captive aboard the cruise ship, after the “severe fight” he had with the cruise ship officer. They say Rajkumar didn’t have the key to the cabin and couldn’t possibly have accessed the cabin then jumped overboard.

 

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Damned If They Do & Damned If They Don’t – Storm Itinerary deviation sparks mutiny

Another irrational  passenger #mutiny staged over #cruise ship itinerary deviation due to severe storm Typhoon Goni. (photo: view from cabin, cruise ship in hurricane)

Passengers Mutiny in Wusongkou China – September 1, 2015

It was a ‘Damned If They Do – Damned If They Don’t’ situation for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)’ Quantum of the Seas, when the cruise line put passenger and crew safety first, choosing to steer clear of Japan due to Typhoon Goni, instead calling in South Korea.

The passenger mutiny went on for hours with hundreds of passengers refusing to disembark,some having to be forcibly carried off the ship by crew. The cruise ship passenger mutiny delayed the boarding of passengers for the next voyage at Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in the Baoshan District of China, following a nine-day voyage.

Numerous news agencies reported the mutiny, as did Royal Caribbean on their blog. The RCCL blog reported, “About 300 passengers from Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas had to be forcibly removed because they were upset about an itinerary change. Royal Caribbean had given passengers free Wi-Fi and lobster dinners during the voyage to try to make up for the change.”

This is what passengers missed.

FTC Sues Florida Cruise Line

Federal Trade Commission ( FTC) and 10 U.S. States sue cruise line for deceptive marketing practices, a #cruise industry first. Full court documents on our website.

On March 3, 2014 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), State of Colorado, State of Florida, State of Indiana, State of Kansas, State of Mississippi, State of Missouri, State of North Carolina, State of Ohio, State of Tennessee, and State of Washington, Plaintiffs, file a federal lawsuit in Florida against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc., a Florida corporation and (“Cruise Call Telemarketers”) Linked Service Solutions, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, Economic Strategy LLC, a Florida limited liability company, Pacific Telecom Communications Group, a Nevada corporation, International Telephone Corporation, a foreign corporation, International Telephone, LLC, a Wyoming limited liability company, Telephone Management Corporation, an Oregon corporation, T M Caller ID, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company, Scott Broomfield, Jason Birkett, Jacob deJongh, Fred Accuardi, and Steve Hamilton, Defendants.

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Cruise Ship Murder Cold Case Unsolved

U.S. Marshall’s wife, oldest #cruise ship murder cold case in history unsolved for 75 years now. Jessie Harper Mozee, 53, a resident of Nome, Alaska, who was a former teacher, boarded the steamship SS Seeandbee for a Great Lakes cruise to family in Cleveland. She was robbed, murdered and dumped overboard. Then, when her body washed ashore, police having no idea who she was, buried her in an unmarked grave.

Mozee had a large amount of cash with her and expensive jewelry including three diamond rings. She also had a maid, a woman who was a crew member aboard the ship, who tended to her while she was aboard the ship. The maid disappeared immediately after the cruise ended and so did the cash and jewelry. Cleveland police say the diamond rings were not found in Mrs. Mozee’s cabin, nor on her body when her body was recovered on July 31, 1940 at Geneva-On-The-Lake. The cash she brought with her on the cruise was also missing.

Great Lakes Cleveland  Cruise Tour Video

Jessie Mozee’s body was found two days after she was last seen alive, she had two black eyes, as if she had been beaten. Coroner Charles Webster who examined Mozee’s body, said that he doubted the bruises around her eyes were post-mortem or from hitting the water.

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Cruise Passenger John Ali Radwan Arrested

 Liberty Of The Seas passenger cash theft at hot tub, seen on camera. Florida man with priors arrested.

On May 4, 2015, John Ali Radwan, 29, from Florida was arrested for a theft which took place aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruise ship Liberty of the Seas.

Ian Sinisgalli was in the Liberty of the Seas hot tub early in the morning on Monday, May 4, 2015 when he met John Ali Radwan. Sinisgali put his pants down by the hot tub, which had an estimated $500 cash inside.

Later, Sinisgalli discovered his cash was missing and reported the theft to cruise ship security. Liberty of the Seas surveillance video showed Radwan removing the money from Sinisgalli’s pants.

John Ali Radwan is not a stranger to law enforcement. This is the third arrest he’s had in Florida since February 2013, when he was arrested and charged with stalking.

Video: Liberty of the Seas hot tub.

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