Bahamas Paradise Grand Celebration Death Heart Attack Or Choking On Food

Rand Memorial Hospital

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.

Grand Celebration

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.

Hawaii Travel Warning Rat Lungworm Disease Cases Rise

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.


Angiostrongylus cantonensis

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.

Angiostrongylus costaricensis

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.

Nine Cases

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.”

Read more: Rat Lungworm Disease

Video: Beyond the Fear: A Documentary about Rat Lungworm Disease

Crown Princess Ultimate Balcony Dinner

This Orlando, Florida couple celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on a Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess cruise on April 27, 2010. Watch the video to see for yourself.

Since it was a special occasion, they ordered The Ultimate Balcony dinner. The Princess Cruises description says, “Enjoy an intimate, romantic dining experience with breathtaking views and a special meal served by your own dedicated waitstaff on your stateroom balcony.

Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.

Available on all ships, the  is a unique Princess dining experience. This item may be ordered aboard by contacting room service or pre-purchased as a special service item (item #3011).”

The $32 half bottle of champagne can be exchanged for a $32 full bottle of red wine.

The video poster says, “The filet mignon was done perfectly and the lobster was HUGE!!! Way too much food…..the whole thing lasted about 2 hours….if you can afford it….you should DO IT…..just DO IT!!! It was AMAZING!!!! $50/pp”.

Video: Crown Princess Ultimate Balcony Dinner

Cruise Bruise Youtube Channel Expands

The Cruise Bruise Youtube channel was launched nearly ten years ago on April 12, 2007. Just as Cruise Bruise expanded into more than 50 websites since 2005, so has our social media presence. We now have more than 70 social media accounts, across seven platforms including Youtube. As we expanded into some topic areas, in other areas we have pulled back.

Our evolution in the cruise travel industry has been focused on intelligent, rational thinking centered on promoting safety through education, helping passengers to make wise decisions which will enhance their cruise and travel experience.

We find those messages are best expressed using photo and video graphics to drive the message home, visually.

Our Cruise Bruise Youtube channel reflects both the Cruise Awareness and Cruise Promotion sectors of our network. We have more than 1,100 videos posted in more than 50 video playlists and growing daily.

You may have noticed our new blog has a big focus on using videos as part of our posts. The new Blog design was instrumental in bringing our vision for 2017/2018 together.

The Youtube channel is being updated weekly, with new videos added almost every day as we put out the Cruise Bruise News Daily newspaper.  Our newspaper has a section for both photos and videos, our own, the cruise lines, passengers,  crew, USCG, scientists, environmentalists and travel in general.

As our cruise schedules are updated this month, you will notice an increasing presence of videos related to the individual cruise line schedules, cruise ship schedules, or cruise ports schedules. This expansion is  in coordination with the expansion of our cruise ship tracker network which is adding new cruise port trackers.

Video: Carnival Cruise Food (see more food, buffets on our Youtube Cruise Food playlist)

Cruise Ship Shaped Mall Highlights Amazing Cruise Port Experience

The ultimate cruise junkie port of call will take you to Whampoa Garden. Whampoa Garden is the largest private housing estate located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was built on the site of the former Whampoa Dockyards by Hutchison Whampoa Property and is the location of a huge cruise ship shaped shopping mall, Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa.

Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa shopping mall has over 1.4 million square feet of shopping space, including 300 shops. It is one of the largest shopping, dining and entertainment centers in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

There is also a promenade along sea side, from Laguna Verde to Hunghom Pier. It is also linked to the Avenue of Stars. Residents can walk from Hunghom Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier in about 40 minutes. with an amazing view of Victoria Harbour.

With the streamlined cruise ship as the landmark, Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa comprises a unique combination of themed worlds, including Whampoa Gourmet Place, Fashion World, Treasure World, Home World, Amazing World and Pebbles World.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is huge and located 8.8 kilometers (5.5miles) from Whampoa Garden making it an easy trip during your day in port at Kowloon. Some cruise lines offer free ferry connections or free shuttle buses to tour the city. Because they are free, the wait to board the buses can take a long time, perhaps an hour or more, cutting down the time you have to explore.

Another option is the long line of taxis at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, which you can quickly grab if there is no line of waiting passengers and be on your way. Taxi prices are flat rate and fixed by the government, so there is no haggling or price gouging.

While at the terminal, do make your way to the rooftop garden for an incredible view of the city and a great photograph opportunity.

You can get to Hong Kong by cruise ship via AIDAbella, Amsterdam, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Millennium, Costa Victoria, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, MSC Lirica, MS Europa 2, Oceania Nautica, Ovation of the Seas, Queen Mary 2, Regent Seven Seas Voyager, Sapphire Princess, Seabourn Sojourn, Silver Shadow, Superstar Virgo or Volendam. Track these cruise ships calling at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal  in our Asia Cruise Ship Tracker

Video: Drone video of Whampoa Garden


Disney Cruise Line’s Chocolate Soufflé

Chocolate Soufflé
Serves 6

3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the soufflé cups
6 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting the soufflé cups
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
2 ounces (2/3 cup) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
4 eggs, separated

Vanilla Sauce (recipe follows)

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Set a full kettle of water on to boil.
  • Butter six 4-ounce soufflé cups and coat with sugar; set aside.
  • Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan; meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk to a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.
  • Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared soufflé cups. Place cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway the sides of the soufflé cups.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, with warm vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce

1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 tablespoons sugar
2 small egg yolks

  • Bring cream and vanilla bean to a low boil in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Combine sugar and egg yolks.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of boiling cream to egg mixture and stir well, then pour back into the remaining cream and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.

Cruise Line Customer Services Ratings – 32 Cruise Lines

Expansion today on Cruise Ship Complaints includes latest ratings for more USA and Canadian Cruise Lines.

There is a WARNING for one cruise line with 1233 complaints, river cruise lines, lake cruise lines, major ferry lines, harbor cruises, dinner cruises, more resources to help resolve cruise line customer service issues.


Browse the Cruise Ship Complaints website by cruise line

Cruise Ship Bon Voyage Parties On Rise

1,500+ #cruise party photos recipes, appetizers, cocktails, cakes, goodies for anniversary, birthday, retirement, wedding cruise parties.

Pre-Cruise Bon Voyage Parties – 600+ Cruise Ship Party Drinks

A cruise industry tradition, Pre-cruise bon voyage parties, are on the rise as Baby Boomers retire in record numbers. As well, the cruise industry wide-range of affordable cruises have made cruising a atop vacation choice for retirees’ children and grandchildren, who have begun to cruise with increasing numbers.

In the past, the dockside bon voyage (“have a nice trip” or “safe journey” ) parties where family and friends gathered by the hundreds to see their loved ones embark on the cruise of a lifetime were common place. Guests were sometimes able to bring family and friends aboard the cruise ship, who would get a sample of cruise ship culinary delights, refreshments, and a tour of the cruise ship, before the cruise ship sailed away. Bon Voyage parties were very different decades ago.

Now, with port security at an all time high, preventing anyone without a ticket from entering most cruise ship parking lots and never allowing anyone to board without going through rigorous security checks and proof of ticketing as well as valid passports, the dockside bon voyage party is nothing but a memory of days gone by.

However, the pre-cruise celebration is alive and well, it is just being held in different locations, far from cruise ship piers, within private residences, offices, reception halls and conference rooms around the world.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreaks

Cruise Bruise:  #cruise ship Norovirus outbreaks not the cruise line’s fault, but you can’t sue the air. May 9, 2015 – In this day of get rich quick lawsuit mentality, the first thought some people have when it comes to a Norovirus outbreak is to hire a lawyer and sue the cruise line. While most lawyers wouldn’t touch a Norovirus lawsuit, because there is no big money it, class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of cruise ships full of passengers who were sick, had their cruise “ruined” and need to blame somebody, anybody, with deep pockets preferred.

Lawsuits are based upon three elements, somebody had a loss, another person/entity is to blame and that person has the means to provide compensation for the alleged loss. Then, the burden of proving the person responsible was negligent, known or should have known or acted with deliberate malice will determine the outcome, when those three criteria are met. As a rule, most lawyers will not take a case worth less than $10,000. In their view, it’s not worth their time. In maritime law, most lawyers like to have a minimum lawsuit value of $75,000.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Happy Cruise Shipping Miami

Seatrade Cruise Global is the Cruise Industry’s Premier Global Event. It is the only event guaranteed to bring together every facet of the business including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.  #Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 was a “Happy” event for the cruise industry. Yes!

Topics of special note

The State of the Cruise Industry: North and South America
Market trends, the health of source markets from Canada and the U.S. to Latin America, infrastructure developments, opportunities and challenges will be discussed. Cruise line leaders will consider key regions, from Canada/New England, down the U.S. East Coast to the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Central America and the Panama Canal. Alaska, the U.S./Canada Pacific coast, Hawaii and South America, from the Amazon to Antarctica, Brazil and the long Chilean shore are up for discussion, as well.

Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line
Roberto Fusaro, Managing Director, South America, MSC Cruises, and Chairman, CLIA–ABREMAR
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises
Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises

In the Galley and Behind the Bar: The Latest Trends in Hotel Operations/Food and Beverage
Robot bartenders are shaking up the cruise world and cavernous main dining rooms are going the way of the shuffleboard. This session will serve what’s next in hotel operations with a particular focus on food and beverage trends. Panelists will examine what goes into supporting all the dynamic F&B changes at sea, from equipment to human resources, training and scheduling, supply and logistics. How are advance online bookings impacting food service operations and delivery, beverage sales and guest satisfaction? What are the plusses and minuses of applying technology in service areas such as arming waiters and bartenders with tablets? Will more technology lead to lower staffing needs?

Dietmar R. Wertanzl President, DRW Hospitality

Brian Abel, Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International
Deborah Golden, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Interbrands USA
Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President, Fleet Operations, Silversea Cruises

Upscale Cruise Market: What’s Next?
With several of the upscale brands building or planning new ships, what is the next generation of upscale cruise vessels going to look like and feature?  With the brands all now looking for much higher load factors, what impact will that have on design? What is guest feedback saying about upscale cruisers’ requirements, both onboard and ashore?

Tony Peisley, Director, A.R. Peisley International, and Author of the Seatrade research report “End of the Beginning for Cruising”

Hans Birkholz, Chief Executive Officer, Windstar Cruises
Sarina Bratton, Chairman, Asia-Pacific, Ponant
Richard D. Meadows, President, Seabourn, and President, Cunard North America
Charles A. Robertson, Chairman and CEO, Pearl Sea Cruises
Edie Rodriguez, President and COO, Crystal Cruises
Enzo Visone, Chief Executive Officer, Silversea Cruises

Healthy Meal Cruise Ship Fast Food Restaurant

Cruise Bruise: Portion control key to eating well on cruise ship, our  nutritional menu choice for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Johnny Rockets Restaurant.

The Johnny Rockets Grilled Chicken Club Salad when shared with another person, both persons only eating half the salad, has only 255 calories, falling within the range acceptable calories for a 1200 daily calorie menu.

The Sodium level is only 745 mg, the correct portion for a single meal with the daily recommended intake of 2,500 mg per day. With only 6 carbs, 14 grams of total fat and 3 sugars, this salad is considered a nice selection for those watching their diet due to heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.

For more healthy meal options, read more on the Cruise Bruise main website.

Carnival Cruise Lines Pens Deal With Tampa Micro Brewer

Carnival Cruise Lines and Tampa Cigar City Brewing sign exclusive deal to provide Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing #beer aboard CCL Florida-based #cruise ships.

Two of Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers will be featured aboard all 13 of Carnival Cruise Line’s Florida-based cruise ships. The line made the announcement last Sunday aboard the Carnival Legend at a ceremony at the Port of Tampa.

“Carnival continues to seek high-quality brands to enhance our guests’ experience, and Cigar City Brewing has been rated among the top craft breweries in the world,” said Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations. “Cigar City Brewing craft beers are a fantastic addition to our already extensive beverage menus and will provide our guests a chance to enjoy two delicious and refreshing beers that aren’t available on any other cruise line.”

The two offerings are the Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and Invasion Pale Ale.

The Tampa Cigar City Brewing website says, “At Cigar City Brewing we make beer we like to drink and toast those who choose to drink with us. Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion. We acknowledge that what we do at Cigar City Brewing isn’t for everyone, but we welcome all.”

The beers are described as “Many of the beers it produces – Jai Alai IPA, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale, Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale – reflect the sensibilities and ingredients of Florida. One of Cigar City Brewing’s most sought after beers is a special release called Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. The 11 percent ale is aged on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, ancho chiles, pasilla chiles, and cinnamon.”


Video:  Cigar City Brewing

Cruise Travel Insurance Mandatory

The Need for Cruise Ship Travel Insurance
Every week there is a new flurry of media articles outlining how badly the cruise industry treated passengers, with claims for missing ports, missed ships, denied passage, medical evacuations, injury incidents and those who went overboard during a cruise, as well as incidents which took place while in ports-of-call during the cruise or while enjoying a cruise ship excursion. The never steam of whiners has reached the point where if a passenger wakes up to skies with twenty percentage cloudiness, they want compensation because the sky didn’t look the same as the sky in the promotional images and videos.

The one-sided bad press and lawsuits that have plagued the cruise industry since the big cruising boom began in 2005 would come to trickle if the cruise industry had a policy of mandatory cruise insurance. The company I used for travel insurance in the past was Travel Guard. I was able to book the insurance online and print the documents and policy with my computer printer, then pay online, making for a quick, easy, painless transaction. The promotion for cruise travel insurance on the Travel Guard website indicates a few of the most common reason cruise insurance is strongly advised. The six reasons on the Travel Guard web site sum up much of the bad press the industry is saddled with, because travel insurance was not purchased.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Video: Travel Agents Urge Travel Insurance