Princess Cruises Holland America Line Both Sue Port Excursion Partner

Princess Cruises and  Holland America Line filed a lawsuit against a partner in Turkey on February 28, 2017. The lawsuit complaint alleges the trading partner, Sea Song Tours (SST), overcharged the cruise lines. The lawsuit alleges four points:

  • 1. Breach of Contract
  • 2. Breach of Implied-in-Fact Contract
  • 3. Breach of the Implied Covenant of  Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • 4. Unjust Enrichment/Restitution.

This  lawsuit also reveals some interesting facts, which novice cruise ship passengers might not know. The cruise lines are pimping out their passengers to vendors in countries where Western passengers are part of a multi-million dollar, marketing scheme.  It is being done in a geographic region that is unstable and currently under U.S. State Department warnings.

“Since approximately 2005, Defendant SST has contracted with the Plaintiffs on a yearly basis to operate a shopping concession at Turkish ports that are called upon by the Plaintiffs’ cruise ship vessels, and said agreements were referenced as that year’s Shopping Agreement.”

That shopping agreement included “Each year, the promises remained the same: the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.

Princess Cruises Losing Millions of Dollars To Legal Issues

Cruise Bruise asked Princess Cruises Lawyer Jeffrey Maltzman, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of his client, if he had any comment on the litigation. Maltzman represented me a case a few years back and I agreed, if a case came up, to consult him before writing any articles about his client.  “If you would like to state anything about the case, I will be happy to include it.  Maltzman responded,  “I am not sure the lawsuit is really newsworthy.   It is simply a breach of contract claim alleging that SeaSong breached a business advertising contract with HAL.”

That is partially true; but, there is a much bigger “newsworthy” picture here. It is interesting to note, the lawsuit was filed by Maltzman,  three months after a December 1, 2016, FBI announcement, that Princess Cruises had been proven to be in violation of U. S. regulations.  A  federal judge “imposed a $40 million fine on Princess Cruise Lines for intentionally polluting the ocean and placed the Carnival Corporation subsidiary on probation for five years.”

That fine was imposed after Christopher Keays, 27. from, Scotland, a cruise ship junior engineer, notified authorities that the cruise line was illegally dumping prohibited items into the ocean. On April 19, 2017, Keays was awarded $1,000,000 as reward for blowing the whistle.

Turkey Cruise Line Port Calls Cancelled

Then, consider these facts impacting Princess Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises,  Holland America, Cunard and P&O Cruises canceled calls in Turkey through at least the end of 2017. Our cruise ship schedule for Turkey shows both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, who are both parties to the lawsuit,  still have Turkey calls scheduled in fall 2017. It is a huge money grab for those cruise lines as the case below illustrates. 

Then, more bad  news affecting Carnival Corp revenue came to light. On March 28, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a formal Travel Warning for Turkey that cites increased threats from terrorist groups throughout the country.

“U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning. The agency noted that in late October it ordered the departure of family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul “based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.”

This is important, because just today, the India Times reported, ” Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached a “final stage”. ” However, several news sources claim the April 3, 2017  St. Petersburg, Russia terror attack was financed from Turkey.

On the other hand, numerous Russian media sources reported  on April 19, 2017, saying that  “Turkey’s introduction of limitations on the supply of agricultural products from Russia, including wheat,  was a stab in the back”. The Mediterranean has gone from bad, to worst for cruise ship calls and their profitability, with Turkey right in the midst of the cruise industry safety and profitability issues.

Princess Cruises v.  Sea Song Tours Lawsuit Stated Facts

“Plaintiff HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, N.V., (hereafter “HAL”) is a limited liability corporation duly organized and operating under the laws of the State of Washington. HAL is a full-service cruise line entity headquartered at 450 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, USA, and HAL’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 annual cruises to 415 ports of call in 98 countries, territories, and/or dependencies, which includes ports of call in Turkey.

Plaintiff PRINCESS CRUISE LINES, LTD., (hereafter “PCL”) is a limited liability corporation duly organized and operating under the laws of the State of California. PCL is a full-service cruise line entity headquartered in Bermuda with its Principal Place of Business in California at 24305 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91355, USA, and PCL’s fleet of 17 ships taking more than one million passengers to more than 300 annual ports of call on six continents, which also includes ports of call in Turkey.

HAL & PCL (hereafter collectively “the Plaintiffs” and/or “HAL & PCL”) are both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest cruise line company in the world, which is headquartered at 3655 N.W. 87 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33178, USA.

Defendant ORIENT DENIZCILIK TURIZM SANCYI VE TICARET, A.S., d/b/a SEA SONG TOURS, (hereafter “Defendant SST” and/or “SST”) is Turkish corporate entity of an unknown type duly organized and operated under the laws of Turkey. Defendant SST is a Turkish travel agency that is headquartered at Binbirdirek Mah. Peykhane Caddesi No: 33, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey.

Since approximately 2005, Defendant SST has contracted with the Plaintiffs on a yearly basis to operate a shopping concession at Turkish ports that are called upon by the Plaintiffs’ cruise ship vessels, and said agreements were referenced as that year’s “Shopping Agreement.”

Each Shopping Agreement was more or less identical in that the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.

Each year, the Plaintiffs offered a Shopping Agreement to Defendant SST, and Defendant SST either accepted said agreement expressly or impliedly by conduct.

Each year, the promises remained the same: the Plaintiffs contractually promised to extol the quality and uniqueness of Defendant SST’s wares to its cruise line passengers prior to mooring in Turkey, and in exchange, Defendant SST contractually promised to pay the Plaintiffs either a percentage of its shopping commissions upon meeting sales thresholds or Defendant SST paid the Plaintiff’s a guaranteed sum of money.

Each year, the Plaintiffs did all of the significant things that the contract required it to do, which included, but was not limited to, the following acts:

Distributed promotional materials to each cruise line passenger’s cabin that contained merchant descriptions and maps for Defendant SST’s merchants;

Recommended Defendant SST’s merchants in all communications with the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers regarding Turkish ports of call;

Played Defendant SST’s “shopping video” that encouraged the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers’ patronage at Defendant SST’s merchants stores in Turkey;

Allowed time for “shopping stops” at Defendant SST’s merchants in Turkish ports of call after the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers’ shore excursions in Turkey;

Abstained from the promotion of other Turkish port merchants whose goods were similar to Defendant SST’s merchants to the Plaintiffs’ cruise line passengers; and

Permitted Defendant SST to tell the Plaintiffs which Turkish port merchants Plaintiffs could send its cruise line passenger customers to under the shopping agreements.

If that year’s contract was not contemporaneously signed, the Plaintiffs and Defendant SST understood that a contract impliedly governed their conduct due to a history of prior dealings.

Here, the parties to each year’s shopping agreement never recanted or reneged on their contractual duties to perform at any point in time. The Plaintiffs always upheld its contractual promises to Defendant SST and directed their cruise line passengers to SST’s merchants, and the net commissions and/or a guaranteed payment owed to the Plaintiffs under that year’s shopping agreement was always paid by Defendant SST.

For example, in 2013, that year’s Shopping Agreement was not signed by until October 14, 2013, and at that time approximately eighty percent of the Plaintiffs’ cruises to Turkey had already occurred. Yet, Defendant SST paid the Plaintiffs as though an express contract bound the parties for the entirety of 2013.

Attached hereto as Exhibit “B” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails exchanged in February of 2014 between Defendant SEFER and Mark Barnard (Plaintiffs’ Onboard Revenue Manager) that related to Defendant SST’s payment of $316,734.56 net commissions due to the Plaintiffs under the 2013 Shopping Agreement.

Moreover in 2014, as was the case for the vast majority of the time under the 2013 Shopping Agreement, the Plaintiffs and Defendants acted in accordance with the existence of a binding written contract in 2014 when no signed writing controlled that year’s Shopping Agreement.

Attached hereto as Exhibit “C” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails sent throughout 2014 from Sezai Ozdemir (Defendant SST’s Financial Controller) to Defendant SEFER and the Plaintiff’s employees relating to the juxtaposition of Defendant SST’s expected 2014 shopping sales with its actual 2014 shopping sales and a comparison of the net commissions to Defendant SST’s guaranteed payment amount of $631,000.00.

Attached hereto as Exhibit “D” to Plaintiffs’ Complaint is a true and correct copy of emails sent in November of 2014 from Defendant SEFER to Plaintiff’s employees regarding Defendant SST’s owing $790,229.29 under the 2014 shopping agreement to the Plaintiffs.”



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)

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.


Video: Time to Explore Juneau! Alaska Cruise Travel Vlog

Sun Princess Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in Cruise Bruise News Daily

Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

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

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

If you are viewing this post after February 18, 2017,  click on the Archive text link to view the Cruise Bruise News Daily newspaper from today.

Cruise Ship Passengers Dead Tortola Bus Crash

Cruise Bruise: Eighteen # cruise ship passengers injured, two dead in fatal British Virgin Islands bus crash. When names are known, those cases will be moved to the website.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) reported on Sunday, December 6, 2015 around 1100 hours, a privately owned tour-bus full of Celebrity Cruises Summit cruise ship passengers crashed at Cane Garden Bay in British Virgin Islands of Tortola, injuring 20 people aboard. Two female passengers from the United States died from their injuries.

Video of Cane Garden Bay in British Virgin Islands of Tortola

Celebrity Summit was anchored at the cruise pier in Road Town, Tortola when the cruise ship passenger went ashore.

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Two San Diego Cruise Ships Epidemics

Two San Diego Cruise Ships Report Sick Passengers

Two San Diego #cruise ship reporting epidemics. The CDC is investigating epidemics which included 228 sick with Norovirus type symptoms.

Cruise ship Norovirus-like symptoms having been affecting passengers sailing out of San Diego, California this past week. Celebrity Infinity and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Legend Of The seas both were affected with more than 3% of the cruise ship passengers sick with vomiting and diarrhea.

The epidemics were reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both cruise ships were on 14-day cruises, which accounts for growing numbers of increasingly sick passengers while the cruise ship keeps passengers at home.

Due to the extra added cost of medical care aboard cruise ships, which is not covered within the cost of the booked cruise, many passengers tend to nurse themselves along until they are very ill, instead of seeking medical care aboard the cruise ship in the earlier stages of the virus. Since it takes a cabin quarantine to help limit the spread, and quarantine is only ordered when medical attention is sought, the virus spreads quickly, affecting many who continue to roam the cruise ship freely.

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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

Cruise Ship Ticket Contracts – Read Before Booking

Parenting Cruise Contract – Read Passenger Ticket Contract in Full

  • Read the ticket contract and parental consent form completely before booking each and every cruise to ensure the updated passenger contract and minor child consent form haven’t changed since a prior cruise. Know the rules, follow the rules without exception.
  • Never assume that using a personal electronic communications device is a substitute for hands-on parenting. It violates the cruise line policy for minor child supervision aboard.
  • Never assume that the crew including security should or will watch the children under any set of circumstances while they are on deck. It violates the cruise line policy for minor child supervision aboard.


READ the #cruise ticket contract, BEFORE you book a cruise. Ignorance is no excuse #cruise contracts for:  CCL   NCL   RCCL   HAL   OC  CL


Video: Hidden Costs of Cruises

Inyoman Bagiada Cruise Ship Crew Member Overboard

Inyoman Bagiada, 45, a crew ship cook from Indonesia, was aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Constellation off the coast of Cozumel when he went overboard while the cruise ship was near Cuba in the Caribbean Sea off the Yucatan peninsula around 0200 hours Wednesday January 29, 2014

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