Earth Day 2017 Campaigns plus Google Doodle Video

Ten Important Earth Day Campaigns:

1. Global Environmental and Climate Literacy Campaign.

2. Campaign for Communities Engages with Mayors and Local Officials

3. Women and Girls in Leadership – Supporting the rise of women in the environmental movement

4. What Should We Do to Take Part? – The cost and consequences of inaction are too high to risk

5. Climate Change Science and Basics – The undeniable truth about climate change

6. The Importance of Green Schools – Greening every school in America within a generation

7. Climate Education Week Easy-to-use climate science 101 for your K-12 students

8. Save the Whales While We Still Can – These iconic species face threats across the oceans

9. The Canopy Project – The Canopy Project plants trees to help communities around the world

10. Registering Millions of Climate Voters – Take action by organizing and mobilizing the vote

See All Earth Day Campaigns

Video: Earth Day tips and facts on Google Doodle: Let’s Make a Happier Planet

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

Norwegian Escape Miami Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard Death

On April 19, 2017 around 0300 hours, a male cruise ship passenger jumped overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape. The cruise ship embarked from Miami, Florida at 1600 hours on Saturday April 15, 2017 for  a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Escape spent two and half days at sea before being scheduled to arrive in Charlotte Amalie. The cruise ship stayed in port from 0800 hours until 1800 hours.

Norwegian Escape then sailed onto Tortola in the British Virgin Island to arrive at 0700 hours and spend eight hours in port. While sailing to Tortola, the male passenger who has not yet been named, allegedly jumped from the 14th deck.

Norwegian Escape called on the radio (see video below) they had a man overboard and Celebrity Cruises Summit and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas joined in the search to find the passenger.

Royal Virgin Islands Police Force say his body was recovered several hours later and taken to British Virgin Islands (BVI) for repatriation back to the United States.

When we know the name of the passenger, the case will be added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website. The last case added for a cruise ship passenger on our Cruise Ship Deaths website, was also from Norwegian Escape.

Norwegian Escape is sailing onto Nassau, Bahamas, where she will arrive and dock from noon to 1900 hours on Friday and is due to return to Miami on Saturday April 22. Norwegian Cruise Line Schedules.

Norwegian Escape Live Cruise Ship Tracker

Video: Man Overboard NCL Escape April 19th 2017 (live during the incident)

The Russian Connection Cruise Ship Overboard Mystery

David Svyatetskiy, 22, a Russian-American cruise ship passenger who lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, was traveling with his family aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape, when he died aboard the cruise ship in the middle of night on the second night of the cruise.

The cause of death, depends on who you ask. Two government agencies, so far, are calling it a “suicide”.  Though, there is no word if the FBI are or will investigate. The family calls it an “accident” on their Gofundme  page. But, is there a third possibility?

Svyatetskiy spoke Russian as his first language, but also spoke fluent English as well. He was a graduate of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. He then attended college at Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He was on track to graduate in 2018, with a goal of becoming an engineer. He reportedly was an excellent student, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Questions remain, such as why would a Russian-American student with a 4.0 grade point average, quite suddenly would decide to take his own life in the middle of the night? If suicide was the intent, why not just jump into the sea, as many others have in the past? Instead, he falls to his death, landing several decks below.

 

Google warning notice on God Will Provide Russian church website, where credit card and banking information is given online by visitors.

Was a toxicology report performed in Miami when the cruise ship returned?Were there alcohol and/or drugs in the blood of this honor student?

If substance abuse  was a possibility, how would a student with a 4.0 GPA, suffer as his brother had with abuse,  and still excel in his studies?

If  he had a substance abuse problem, then why wasn’t he getting treatment, at the same treatment program his brother is affiliated with, the Russian church treatment program, God Will Provide,  as seen in the video below?

 

Recently, we posted an article titled, Cruise and Travel Excursion Selfies Photo Deaths and Injuries Extreme Daredevils. Could it be David Svyatetskiy, was a daredevil as well?

The article includes dozens of young people who died while filming extreme selfies. One of them was  Russian Andre Retrovesky, 17, who died on September, 24, 2015 .  Andrey Retrovesky, from Vologda, Russia, addicted to daredevil selfies, calling himself Drewsssick online, died during a selfie stunt. He climbed to the top of a nine-story building with a friend in an effort to capture a photo that would make him appear to be falling from the roof. The rope used to secure him snapped and he plunged to the ground.

See the video below, then read more about this puzzling case on Cruise Bruise.

Video: Only The Bible”: Rehab Center Offers Drug Addicts New Life With Christ

 

Let the Music Play Carnival Miracle Music Video

“Let the Music Play”

I filmed the video in the Gulf of California, Mexico at 6:30 AM Leaving Cabo San Lucas on the Carnival Cruise ship “Miracle” Top of the ship Level 12. I got up early to catch the sunrise. It was a beautiful morning with the sunrise, the Blue sky, the clouds and the wind in my hair.

The video turned out great. I am getting better at my 360/Tiny world videos plus they are a blast to make. I love the music and arrangement in the song. It is a fun EDM song to sing and super easy to play on piano.

Here are some of the Lyrics.
Verse 1:
Here we go lets take a ride we go so far away,
You will find your self in the spotlight
everyone’s trying to sail away
Everyone’s got their own way
Live in the moment and find your place in this world

Turn up the music and lose your self
Feel it now, It feels so right
So, Baby, let’s stay it turns me on, let the music play
I like the sound
Let me hear you sing it
Doo Doo too doo do dun dum
— at Gulf of Mexico.

Video: Let The Music Play (Ron Martyn Music Video)

USCG Cutter John McCormick Arrived Ketchikan Alaska

The new United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter John McCormick arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska Friday morning after a 40-day journey from Florida.

Captain Shannan Greene says the new cutter will provide more response capability for the entire Southeast Alaska region.

“Even though they are homeported here in Ketchikan, they will be patrolling throughout Southeast Alaska, doing all Coast Guard missions,” she said. “(The cutter has) a lot more capability. The boat is 154 feet long. We’re going from 1,800 mission hours per year to 2,500, and from a crew of 16 to a crew of 23, so a lot more capability for us here in Southeast.”

The ship will be open to the public on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 10:00am.

Coast Guard cutter tours at US Coast Guard, 1300 Stedman St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA. The Coast Guard is offering tours aboard the newly commissioned cutter, John McCormick, from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday at Station Ketchikan.

Visitors should park and the lower base and walk down to the pier. The base will close to incoming visitors at 12:30 pm to make sure all have an opportunity to complete the tour. Be sure to bring a photo ID.

Video: USCG Cutter John McCormick

Video: Ketchikan Alaska Drone Footage

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Treatment

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

Bahamas Search Underway Honeymoon Cruise Passenger Overboard

Reco Scott, 32, from Decatur, Illinois,  was on his honeymoon, when he fell overboard early this morning while the Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Liberty was in the Bahamas.

Reco Scott went overboard from deck nine around 0500 hours Friday, April 7, 2017.

This case is now on the Cruise Ship Missing website and if he is not found, Reco Scott will be moved to the Cruise Ship Deaths website.

You can track Carnival Liberty on our live cruise ship tracker.

Other Newleywed Death Cases

Darla J Mellinger Banner

George Allen Smith IV

Karen Roston

Video Playlist: Bahamas Cruises

Cruise Lines International Association Sues Juneau Alaska

One year ago, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) filed a lawsuit (1:16-cv-00008-HRH) on behalf of their member cruise lines against Juneau, Alaska. Its members include 12 cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises, against the  City and Borough of Juneau,  Alaska (“CBJ”).

In the past year, Juneau has spent more than $283,000 in legal fees defending the case and has now added  another $100,000 to defend the legal action.

It is interesting to note, that less than a month ago,  the Juneau assembly voted 7-1 to exempt on board sales and services on cruise ships in port. The city Finance Department estimated the exemption would cost about $100,000 annually.

Court documents Cruise Bruise has attained, says that “The City and Borough of Juneau,  Alaska  assessed out-of-state cruise visitors entry fees, which  are used by CBJ to pay for projects that bear no relationship to costs created or services provided by CBJ to cruise ships calling in Juneau.

The entry fees produce revenues that exceed the expenses that CBJ incurs to provide services or facilities to cruise vessels; they were imposed without consideration of specific services being provided to cruise vessels; they have been used to fund future projects that provide no direct benefits to the passengers who actually pay the fee or to the vessels that transport the passengers; their proceeds have been appropriated to projects that do not have the legally-required relationship to services or facilities provided to cruise ships; and they discriminate against cruise visitors over other modes of transportation.

Plaintiffs allege that the entry fees are excessive and illegal under federal constitutional and statutory protections. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief barring the continued imposition of the entry fee in whole or in part. Since 1990, CBJ has assessed and collected a series of fees against cruise vessels and their passengers. Which has increased over the years.

In February 1990, CBJ enacted a port dues ordinance, enacted as Ordinance No. 89-52, which charged $0.05 per ton per vessel to fund capital improvements to port facilities.

Juneau Alaska Cruise Ships

Nine years later, on October 5, 1999, CBJ voters passed the Marine Passenger Fee initiative, Proposition 1, which charged a $5.00 entry fee per cruise ship passenger (“Marine Passenger Fee”) in addition to port dues. CBJ then adopted Ordinance No. 2000-01 am to codify the terms of the entry fee and to provide for the administration and collection of the fee. See City and Borough Code, Ch. 69.20, et seq.

In Apri1 2002, CBJ enacted Resolution No. 2150, a temporary port development fee that imposed a $1.73 fee per passenger for capital projects said to be port-related. By 2007, CBJ had increased this fee to $3.00 per cruise ship passenger (“Port Development Fee”), and in 2011, CBJ repealed its sunset date, making the tax permanent. See Resolution Nos. 2163, 2294b, 2423b-am, and 2552.

Since 2012, the CBJ has collected, from a per passenger tax separately imposed on cruise ships by the State of Alaska, an additional $5 per cruise passenger visiting CBJ on vessels greater than 250 passengers (the “Commercial Passenger Vessel Excise Tax”). See AS Sec. 43.52.230.

The Cruise Lines have objected and continue to object to CBJ’s misuse of the entry fees noted in paragraphs 18, 19, and 20 (collectively, the “Entry Fees”) on numerous occasions without relief.

The Cruise Lines members operate large cruise ships that enter Alaska waters while engaged in interstate and international commerce. The Cruise Lines operate vessels on the navigable waters of the United States while carrying passengers subject to the Entry Fees.

The Cruise Lines must collect the Entry Fees and remit them to CBJ at their own expense. In addition, the ordinance imposes accounting and record keeping obligations on the Cruise Lines, and the Cruise Lines are subject to penalties for late payment of the Entry Fees.

The Cruise Lines have been charged and have paid the Entry Fees each time their vessels have called at CBJ’s port since CBJ imposed the Entry Fees.

Cruise ship at the dock

The Entry Fees discriminate against cruise travel over other modes of transportation; passengers arriving in Juneau by air or ferry (including the Alaska State Ferry) are not assessed special entry fees to fund government services or projects of general community benefit, like those described more fully in paragraphs 28 and 29.

The Entry Fees discriminate against large cruise ships. Ships accommodating 20 or fewer passengers and ships without berths or overnight accommodations for passengers are exempted from paying the $5 per passenger Marine Passenger Fees. Vessels under 200 tons, noncommercial vessels, and state-owned ferries are exempted from paying the additional CBJ $3 Port Development Fee. Vessels under 250 passengers are exempted from paying the additional $5 per passenger Commercial Passenger Excise Tax received by the State of Alaska and appropriated to specific projects by the CBJ.

Revenues generated by the Entry Fees bear no reasonable relationship to the actual costs incurred by CBJ to provide services to the cruise vessels and the passengers paying the fees.

CBJ has spent the proceeds from the Entry Fees, or significant portions thereof, on activities which are unrelated to and/or which have not provided any benefits to passengers and vessels. One example is $10 million collected and allocated to build a man-made recreational island, elevated walkways, and infrastructure to support a whale statute located nearly a mile away from the cruise ship docks.

CBJ has also applied revenues raised by the aforementioned Entry Fees to a variety of other projects and expenses that provide general benefits to the community, but do not recoup costs incurred by CBJ in providing services to vessels and passengers. By way of example, CBJ has appropriated Entry Fees during the period of Fiscal Year 2001 to Fiscal Year 2016 for the following:

(a) $22 million to fund CBJ general government operating expenses;
(b) $11 million to fund projects within the CBJ roaded service area, which includes a number of projects that benefit CBJ generally and or provide no direct benefits to the vessels and cruise passengers;
(c) $2 million for city bus services where individual passengers already pay bus service fees; $594,000 for operations, maintenance, capital improvements, and expansion of the Juneau International Airport; and
(e) $447,000 for upgrades to a private dock that CLIA vessels and passengers are not able to utilize.

The persons against whom the Entry Fees are assessed and collected include citizens and resident aliens of the United States and foreign citizens, the vast majority of whom reside outside Alaska. Some of these passengers will not visit Alaska again, and they therefore have no interest in and derive no benefit from projects that CBJ may build or complete in the future.

From Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2016, CBJ has levied against and collected from Cruise Lines over $35 million. During the same time, CBJ also collected over $20 million in State Passenger Fees from the State of Alaska intended to support local harbor infrastructure. Moreover, CBJ annually collects approximately 18 to 20 percent of all local sales taxes from visitors (the overwhelming amount of visitors are cruise passengers) to Juneau and appropriates these funds to support general government services and infrastructure.

Plaintiffs and their Cruise Line members have been damaged and continue to be damaged by the wrongful imposition and collection of the Entry Fees.”

I think it would be safe to say, the cruise lines are not making any friends among Juneau, Alaska’s 32,406 citizens,  as they drain the city coffers with this long drawn out legal action. But, the friendship ended back in 1999 when Alaska realized the cruise ships were deliberately polluting their ports and the ocean. On the flip side, the cruise lines may want to rethink calling at the cruise port.  There has been a profound change in crime in Juneau, recently, which may make the city much less desirable as a cruise ship port. Crime and the threat of violence has been a reason cruise lines pulled out of other cities, such as Acapulco, Mexico; Istanbul, Turkey;  Incheon, South Korea and Busan, South Korea.

Juneau, Alaska Government Improvements

The Juneau, Alaska government website states, “Juneau has two cruise ship docks located in the downtown waterfront. There are also two private cruise ship docks in the area. Together they serve nearly 1 Million passengers a season (May through September). The current city owned docks provide berthing for one ship up to 800 feet in length and one Panamax ship up to 1,000 feet in length.

Public amenities in this area include a pedestrian promenade, visitor center, bus staging, public parking, and a Port/Customs Building housing the Port of Juneau Field Office and the offices of the US Customs and Border Protection. All of these facilities have been built within the last five years which provide a safe, efficient, and pleasant experience for visitors and locals alike. Other amenities nearby include a grocery store, restaurants, gift shops, coffee shops with wifi, a public library with public computers, a post office, payphones, and public transportation.

Improvements in this area is entering the final phase which will construct two new floating berths capable of handling one Panamax ship up to 1,000 feet in length and one post-Panamax ship up to 1,100 feet in length. Construction of this project will be in two phases with Phase I (south berth) commencing in late September 2015 and completed in May 2016. Phase II (north berth) will begin construction in late September 2016 and be complete by May 2017.”

2016 Cruise Ship Friends of the Earth Report

Juneau Alaska Contentious Cruise Industry History 

October 1999, voters in Juneau, Alaska, approved by a 5-to-2 ratio an initiative to charge each cruise ship passenger $5 for visiting their city. The result came three months after a guilty plea by the Royal Caribbean International cruise line to charges of dumping pollutants into Alaskan waters.

Juneau Mayor Egan said that despite apologies to three southeastern Alaska cities by the president of Royal Caribbean, the residents remained outraged. The cruise line, which agreed in court to pay $18 million in fines, pleaded guilty to polluting coastal waters around the United States; this included dumping dry-cleaning chemicals and other toxic wastes into a channel within the Juneau city limits and dumping oily bilge water into a canal between Skagway and Haines.

The fine was so large because the crew lied to the US coast guard when asked about the slicks trailing its ships. It also comes after evidence was found that it had indulged in a fleet-wide conspiracy to dump oil into US coastal waters.

Resources: 

Video: Time to Explore Juneau! Alaska Cruise Travel Vlog

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

 

Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Drone View

Saturday, March 25, 2017 drone view of Port Canaveral, Florida Port Authority cruise ships in port. Four cruise ships in port included Carnival Cruise Line’s  cruise ship Carnival Magic, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine.

This is an incredible drone view of the port and the four cruise ships docked in the port.

The video description says, “Take a tour around Port Canaveral, Florida. See all of the great sites to be seen from the air. You will see the observation tower, cruise ships, space x landing pad, cargo ship and all of the restaurants and shops.”.Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Schedule

Our real time Live Cruise Ship Trackers for these four cruise ships can be found below:

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Video: Port Canaveral From Above

Princess Cruises World Fresh Marketplace

Princess Cruises World Fresh Marketplace boasts food stations from around the world that offer endless variety, regional favorites and customizable options for every palate.

The new “East Meets West” street food specialty counter features comfort foods like French crepes, Asian noodles, German grilled sausages and Japanese satays to name just a few!

The Bakery serves made-from-scratch Western, European and Asian breads and pastries.

 

Two Casual Specialty Restaurants

  • Planks BBQ
  • Steamers Seafood

Top-Deck Dining Venues including:

  • The Salty Dog Grill
  • Slice (formerly Pizzeria)
  • Coffee & Cones (formerly Scoops)
  • The Mix (formerly Blackbeard’s Bar

Video: Past Caribbean Princess Dining Options (2015)

Wonderful Wednesday Wildlife Window

The University of Queensland researchers were brought into ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’, more than five years ago by the aboriginal Goolarabooloo community.

“Nowhere else in the world has as many dinosaurs represented by track that Walmadany does,” Steve Salisbury, a paleontologist at The University of Queensland and lead author of the study, says in a video describing the area.

Included among those many dinosaur tracks is the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. At approximately 1.75 meters long (about 5 feet, 9 inches), the track came from some sort of giant sauropod, a long-necked herbivore.

Thousands of approximately 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints are embedded in a stretch of land that can only be studied at low tide.

Dampier Peninsula

“Your journey takes you to the Dampier Peninsula, through Pindan bush, open woodland through to beaches, tidal flats and the mangrove creeks of the Indian Ocean and King Sound. Here is a place waiting to be explored: the red earth landscape, the unspoiled beaches – leave the everyday behind and be guided by your sense of adventure.

For a unique, immersive experience, take a tour with a local Aboriginal guide to sample bush foods, catch mud crabs, or learn the local craft of spear making. You can also discover the surrounding waters, filled with fish, turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and whales coming home.” Visit Broome

Video: Jurassic Park: World’s largest ever dinosaur footprint found in western Australia

 

 

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.

 

Caribbean CDC Travel Alert Zika Virus Outbreaks

Medical facilities on cruise ships can vary widely depending on ship size, itinerary, length of cruise, and passenger demographics. Generally, shipboard medical clinics can provide medical care comparable to that of ambulatory care centers. Although no official agency regulates medical practice aboard cruise ships, consensus-based guidelines for cruise ship medical facilities were published by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 1995, most recently updated in 2013. The ACEP guidelines, which are followed by most major cruise lines, state that the cruise ship medical facilities should maintain the following minimum capabilities:

Provide emergency medical care for passengers and crew; Stabilize patients and initiate reasonable diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; Facilitate the evacuation of seriously ill or injured patients.

Cruise ship medical clinics deal with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “Approximately 3%–11% of conditions reported to cruise ship infirmaries are urgent or an emergency. Approximately 95% of illnesses are treated or managed aboard, and 5% require evacuation and shore side consultation for medical, surgical, and dental problems. Approximately half of passengers who seek medical care are older than 65 years. Most (69%–88%) passenger dispensary visits are due to medical conditions, of which respiratory (19%–29%) and gastrointestinal (GI) (9%–10%) illnesses are the most frequently reported diagnoses. Approximately 10%–25% of passengers report seasickness, and injuries (typically from slips, trips, or falls) account for 12%–18% of medical visits. Death rates for cruise ship passengers, most often from cardiovascular events, range from 0.6 to 9.8 deaths per million passenger-nights.”

Bugs BeGone

Bugs BeGone

Women who are pregnant or could be pregnant  should use extra precautions in the following cruise ports: Bugs BeGone

Recent Caribbean Outbreak Travel Alerts

March 10, 2017 – Zika Virus in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands.

More CDC Zika Virus Information

 

Cruise Ship Sydney Australia Skinny Dip Event

The annual Sydney Skinny Swim was held on Sunday March 19, 2016 from 8:00 to 3:00.

The Sydney Skinny is an annual event,  held for the fifth year in 2017.  The event website says, “The swim is not a competition, nor is it timed. Swimmers set off in waves with a flash of exhilaration and the sheer enjoyment of a lovely swim.”

The annual event is held at Cobbler’s Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 11 kilometer from the Overseas Cruise Terminal in Sydney.

The Sydney Skinny swim is a short 900 meter swim, around a diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters of Middle Head – Sydney Harbour National Park.

An event you would only find in Australia, cruise passengers could attend the event then sail away on a South Pacific cruise. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas was in port that day, departing on an 11 Night South Pacific Cruise  at 18:30 hours.  It was perfect timing to take the morning charity fundraiser dip, then embark on a luxury South Pacific Cruise.

Track Explore of the Seas – on our Live Cruise Ship Tracker

Where – Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, Australia.

Charity Event: This year our chosen charity Partners are again, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) and our new Partner, Charlie Teo’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Age restrictions – All participants must be over 18 years of age to swim Skinny.

Start time – Event site opens at 8am and we’ll be finishing up at 3pm.

Swim time – Swimmers will select the wave they want to swim in, with waves starting at 8.45am.

Website: www.thesydneyskinny.com.au

Video: Swimmers bare it all for the annual Sydney Skinny Charity  Event

Carnival Corp Lifetime Ban Over Cruise Ship Artwork Auction Lawsuit

A United States Federal Maritime Commission judge ordered Princess Cruise Lines to end its blacklisting of Lisa Cornell, of Weston, Florida.  Administrative Law Judge Clay Guthridge found the company violated US law by banning Cornell, a top-tier member of Princess’s loyalty program, for reasons other than safety or security.

The blacklisting was over a $585.00 lawsuit related to buying art on a Carnival Cruise Lines sailing.

Cornell was blacklisted from Carnival Corp cruise travel after she  was placed on a “do-not-book”  list. Carnival products include Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fathom,  P&O Cruises,  Cunard,  Holland America Line and  Seabourn Cruises.

“Princess has not articulated any legitimate transportation-related factors that would support its refusal to allow Lisa Cornell to sail on its cruise ships,” Guthridge wrote in a 74-page decision.

The dispute began on a  2007 cruise,  when Lisa Cornell bought two lithographs (not oil paintings) and had the pieces of art shipped home. What she said arrived the artwork was different artwork from she bought during the cruise, so she cancelled the sale.

Cornell sued after Princess Cruises kept 15 per cent of the artwork sale price, which was clearly stated in the terms of the sale.  Cornell said the term violated an advertised money-back guarantee and she won the lawsuit.

History: 

In February 2007 Lisa Cornell was a passenger on Carnival Imagination. During an onboard art auction run by Carnival  concession Global Fine Arts (GFA), Lisa Cornell purchased two limited edition lithographs from  Cuban artist Alexandra Nichita, dubbed by the media as “the petite Picasso.”

After bidding on the two items at the auction Lisa Cornell was presented with written agreements which were required to be signed before the sale was deemed consummated.  Lisa Cornell signed both contracts.

The contracts signed by Lisa Cornell both specifically stated that the items shown onboard were “samples” and that the actual print sent may be fulfilled through a shoreside warehouse and that the purchases were refundable, excluding the buyer’s premium which was  added to each auction price.

In an auction the buyer’s premium is typically a percentage of the bid price which is added onto the cost of the item to reimburse the auction house for the costs of the auction and auctioneer. The two pieces purchased by Lisa Cornell had a total sale price including tax shipping and the buyer premiums of $2422.05 each. The non refundable premium was identified on each contract.

After returning home from the cruise and prior to receiving her purchased art Lisa Cornell cancelled the order GPA promptly refunded Lisa Cornell the full purchase price including shipping charges and taxes exactly as stipulated in the purchase contracts.  Lisa Cornell had signed GPA contract stating refunds would reduced by retaining only the buyer’s premium.

Unhappy that GFA had enforced the contractual agreement by retaining the $585 buyer’s premium Lisa Cornell filed a lawsuit, Lisa Anne Cornell v. Global Fine Arts,  in Florida State Court under Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and engaged in a protracted cross country litigation war, which was file by her husband, who was  a California attorney, Warc Cornell.

In order to avoid spending legal fees early in the litigation GFA made a statutory offer of judgment to Lisa Cornell in the amount of $2500,  pursuant to Florida Statute. A statutory offer of judgment in Florida entitles the party making the offer to recover their attorneys fees from the point the offer was made through the conclusion of the case if the party rejecting the offer fails to obtain a verdict at least 25% above the offer.

The lawsuit states, “After settlement had been agreed but before the agreement was signed, Lisa Cornell raised the issue of whether she would be allowed to cruise in the future. GFA which provides art auctions on cruise ships but does not own or operate any cruise ships on its own was unaware of whether any cruise lines had banned her from sailing but was concerned some lines may have already done, so based on the fact the Complainants had a clear history as vexatious litigants, a proven record of ignoring contractual agreements and had threatened at least one Carnival affiliated company to “litigate this matter to the end of time.”

In the settlement it was stated, “GLOBAL FINE ARTS INC GFA agrees that from this date forward it will not take any action to encourage or entice any cruise line to refuse to grant either Lisa Cornell or Ware Cornell passage on any guise ship. It is expressly agreed and acknowledged by the Cornell Parties that GFA is not it cruise line and does not control the booking policies and practices of any cruise line. Under the express written terms of the Settlement Agreement GFA made it clear that it could not guarantee that any cruise line would want Cornell as a customer in the future and promised only that from the date of the settlement forward it would not take any action to encourage any cruise line to bar Lisa Cornell from sailing. All parties signed the Settlement Agreement and Complainants dismissed the Original Lawsuit with prejudice on October 8 2010.”

But, it didn’t end there and the litigation went on and on. When Cornell tried to booked a cruise through Princess Cruises and made a $100 deposit, the ticket was cancelled and a refund was not made to her.  Thus beginning the next wave of litigation.

It concluded, “Nonetheless even if the Settlement Agreement were interpreted to only apply to claims arising from or related to the original dispute Princess decision not to sell a cruise to Lisa Cornell is based entirely upon events which directly relate to and arose from that dispute including her history of ignoring signed written agreements,  her history of vexatious litigation tactics and her threats of future litigation.  It is rather ironic that this new FMC Complaint is yet another example of the Complainants refusing to acknowledge and abide by the terms of contracts they have signed.

While the Federal Maritime Commission plays an important role in regulating maritime commerce it lacks:

1. Subject matter jurisdiction for this dispute and therefore should summarily dismiss Complainants FMC Complaint Further the FMC Complaint should be dismissed because

2.  as there is no statute basis for the claims raised by the Complainants

3.  the Complaint is barred by the doctrines of collateral estoloppel and res judicular, and

4. Princess has the legal right to refuse to sell a vacation cruise to Lisa Cornell given her six year history of vexatious litigation threats and refusal to honor contracts has signed In the alternative

Respondents are all entitled to summary judgment because:

1.  the claims raised in this FMC Complaint have already been released by the Complainants

2. neither PLC or Carnival have ever taken any action to restrict the ability of either Mr or Mrs Cornell to vacation on their cruise ships

3. None of the Respondents have ever restricted the ability of G Ware Cornell Jr to vacation on their cruise ships and

4. the $100 deposit has been refunded.

 

Editor’s Footnote: 

In research over the past 12 years related to cruise ship artwork auctions, I’ve found that in general: 1. alcohol is involved 2. auctions increase adrenaline 3. the artwork is not an investment 4. it is common for artwork to end well over actual artwork value  5. resale of the purchased artwork will end in a disappointing low resale value.

Cruise Ship Artwork, would generally speaking,  not be considered to be a “good investment”.  Research the document sold price history of any artwork before purchase. These are typically not good buys as an “investment”, but there are exceptions.  Buy the piece because you like it, not as an investment. Watch the video playlist below to learn more.

Resources:

Painting bought at sea proves to be no treasure

Ebay Auctions for Cuban artist Alexandra Nichita Artwork

Huffington Post – Alexandra Nichita:“The most I’ve ever sold a painting for, I think, is somewhere around $400,000,” she says.

Video Playlist: Cruise Ship Art Auctions

 

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

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

Crystal Cruises Live Webcam Views Updated

Crystal Cruises live webcam views has been updated. Crystal Cruises webcams live on Crystal Cruises Ships, Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony, Crystal Esprit and Crystal Mozart webcams. Includes updates on bridge view cams, port view cams, starboard view cams and computer lab cams. View all Crystal Cruises Webcams or by ship.

Crystal Serenity Webcams

Crystal Symphony Webcams

Crystal Esprit Webcams

Crystal Mozart Webcams

Your can track Crystal Cruises ships live on our cruise ship tracker.

Video: Crystal Serenity coming into Ketchikan – Time Lapse

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

Arctic Cruise Ship Expedition Views Melting Away

2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record

If you want to see the arctic by cruise ship, it may be melting before you eyes, current scientific models indicate. Capture the moment on your bucket list while there is still something to see.

The Arctic defined, “The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost-containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.”

Arctic Tundra in Summer

Arctic Tundra in Summer

According to a March 19, 2015 article published by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record, “The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25, according to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers), this year’s maximum extent was the smallest on the satellite record and also one of the earliest.”

According to NSIDC,  “When weather outside gets unusually cold, people sometimes say that the weather is Arctic. Sometimes that is true, because the weather and climate in the Arctic can also have a strong effect on atmospheric conditions in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, both for short-term weather and long-term climate. Weather and climate in the far north are very different than weather in the middle latitudes, where most people live, but it is not always bitterly cold.”

Cruise Lines with Arctic itineraries include Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Polar Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Quark Expeditions to name a few.  To discover if an Arctic cruise should be on your bucket list, browse our video playlist below.

You can track cruise ships in Alaska  or track cruise ships in Northern Europe

Video Playlist: Cruise Bruise Arctic Cruises

 

 

Winter Storm Stella Cruise Ship Port Weather Outlook

Winter Storm Stella Graphics

Winter Storm Stella Graphics

Our Cruise Ship Weather website is following the progress of Winter Storm Stella in the Northeast United States cruise ship ports. For March 14 to March 18, 2017.

The four square weather graphic on this page shows the New York City and Bayonne, New Jersey radar, Boston Massachusetts radar and Portland, Maine radar.  The weather graphic bottom right shows the Atlantic Wind Speeds.

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow, ice.

Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.

 

 

 

What Defines A Blizzard?

Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).

Winter Storm Stella Outlook

Storm summary number 05 for upper Midwest to northeast winter storm NWS weather prediction center College Park, Maryland
1100 am EDT Tuesday, March 14 2017.

…strengthening winter storm bringing heavy snow, strong wind, and coastal flooding to portions of the northern mid-Atlantic and the northeast…

Blizzard warnings are in effect for areas of eastern Pennsylvania…northern New Jersey…eastern and northern New York…western Vermont…much of Connecticut and Massachusetts…northern Rhode Island …and along the immediate coastline in New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Video: Winter Storm Stella

Cruise Ship Hoverboard Banned By Some Not All Cruise Lines

Advice to passengers who want to take their hoverboard on a cruise – leave it at home. Hoverboards have been identified as a fire risk, making them a danger to cruise ships.

The US airline industry has banned hoverboards from flights aboard American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

The hoverboards have become so risky for air travel,   The United States Postal Service has stopped shipping hoverboards by air as well.

Amazon and Target both temporarily suspended sales, and Overstock.com has stopped selling hoverboards at all.

The devices’ rechargeable lithium-ion cells contain a potentially flammable solution, which can explode if the battery is damaged, defective or overcharged.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Issued a press statement over a year ago on January 20, 2016. “CPSC is looking into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards. Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire. This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”

For more than a year, the writing has been on the wall, as reports of fires have been increasing. On March 10, 2017, an “off-brand hoverboard”  caused a home fire, killing Ashanti Hughes, 3, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her two sisters are in critical condition.

Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.

  • Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls Hoverboards From Website John Kell. Fortune. February 22, 2016.
  • Target Halts Sales Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns: Report Sarah Berger. International Business Times. February 22, 2016.
  • Airlines Ban Boards For Their Tendency to Spontaneously Ignite Katie Sola. Forbes. December 14, 2015.
  • Delta, United, and American Airlines are the latest to ban ‘hoverboards’ Sean O’Kane. The Verge. December 11, 2015.
  • Travel Advisory. Hoverboards and Similar Devices December 12, 2015.
  • Hoverboards’ no longer welcome on Singapore Airlines flights Stephen Lambrechts. TechRadar.com. December 22, 2015.
  • All of the USA’s big airlines now ban hoverboards Ben Mutzabaugh. USA Today December 14, 2015.
  • Hoverboards banned by major airlines Ahiza Garcia. CNN. December 11, 2015.
  • Malaysia Airlines bans hoverboards Yahoo News. December 19, 2015.
  • Salve Regina University bans hoverboards amid safety investigation. BostonGlobe.com. Associated Press. December 16, 2015.

Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line all identify the hoverboard as a prohibited item, but not due to fire risk. They fall into the roller blade, Segway, Heely Shoes, bicycle category for mobility on the cruise ship.

Though Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines do not specifically identify them as prohibited. Technically, if you drive to the port, you could pack a hoverboard to use at other ports during the cruise. But, given the video below, why would you?

Video: Hoverboard fire