SS Morro Castle Fire Monument

On the Asbury Park boardwalk located at 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey, visitors will find the SS Morro Castle Monument. The monument is located less than an hour from Cape Liberty Cruise Port at Bayonne, New Jersey cruise ship terminal and the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal across the Hudson, River in New York.

Anthem of the Seas calls Cape Liberty her home port. Christened on April 20, 2015, the massive cruise ship has a capacity of 4,905 passengers. Those passengers leaving and returning from a Caribbean cruise, sail right past the monument for the SS Morro Castle fire as they pass Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The SS Morro Castle Fire on September 8, 1934 resulted in the deaths of 135 Passengers and Crew. The cruise ship, huge for her time, had 480 passengers and 240 crew aboard, when the cruise ship caught fire.

At around 2:50 a.m. on September 8, while the SS Morro Castle was sailing around eight nautical miles off Long Beach Island, New York, a fire was detected in a storage locker within the First Class Writing Room on B Deck, which quickly spread within minutes.

Captain Warms attempted to beach the ship, but the growing need to launch lifeboats and abandon ship forced him to give up this strategy. Within 20 minutes of the fire’s discovery (at approximately 3:10), the fire burned through the ship’s main electrical cables, plunging the ship into darkness. As all power was lost, the radio stopped working as well. The crew only got off one SOS call before the radio was silent. Read more on Cruise Ship Fires

Video: SS Morro Castle Fire

Cruise Ship Norwegian Joy Float Out Papenburg Germany

Launched by Norwegian Cruise Lines on  March 4, 2017, Norwegian Joy has 20 Decks, 3,900 passenger capacity with a crew of 1,700 and the cruise ship will fly the flag of the Bahamas, though it will be home ported in Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing), China.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines says on their webite, “China Summer of 2017, Norwegian Joy will be the fleet’s most innovative ship to date. Styled exclusively for Chinese travelers, guests can expect an upscale resort style vacation with world-class entertainment, fine international dining, unrivaled duty-free luxury shopping with the freedom and flexibility found on all Norwegian Cruise Line ships.”

Norwegian Joy has a park, two-level racetrack,  a water park, Galaxy Pavilion which has simulator rides and interactive video walls and an upscale shopping district with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to world-renowned global luxury brands.

Video: Norwegian Joy float out

Cruise Lines Hiring Cruise Ship Pool Lifeguards

Several cruise lines are adding lifeguards and child swim vests to their cruise ship pool areas. They have been trained through the cruise line’s partnership with StarGuard Elite, based in Florida. The water safety program will also include a 15 minute presentation for children and parents, during the Adventure Ocean open house session on embarkation day.

Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and others have recently added the shipboard position of Lifeguard along with Disney Cruise Line who already have lifeguards.


One recent advertisement online said they are seeking Lifeguards with experience in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Applicants are required to possess current Lifeguard certification and a minimum of two years of experience as a Lifeguard is preferred. Additionally, prior customer service experience will also be preferred.

Here is an excerpt of the job description recently posted on the Princess Cruises’ job vacancies pages:

  • Monitor and operate all water-based recreation facilities including, opening, closing and monitoring the safety and volume of the swimming pool and general activities around the pool areas including environmental issues.
  • Assist with investigating any medical situations or security matters that may arise, and promptly report to Deck and Medical departments.
  • Work with Security team to correct any Security issues in order to maintain a safe and secure shipboard environment in line with the Company’s Core values.
  • Ensures the well-being of Princess’ guests by keeping pool areas clean, answering guest questions, enforcing policies, rules and regulations of water based recreation locations and environs.
  • Monitors the pool areas and environments while providing any guest service assistance as necessary.
  • Efficiently and calmly reacts to incidents where any individual may be in need of minor first aid or lifesaving actions (prior to the medical team’s attendance).
  • Always responds promptly to resolve Guest concerns, escalating issues to a supervisor, the Bridge or medical team as appropriate.
  • Regularly and willingly attends scheduled safety and compliance-related meetings and training as deemed necessary, including but not limited to, in-service training, re-certification etc.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to travel the world as a key part of Princess Cruises’ shipboard safety team. Princess Cruises operates 18 ships sailing to hundreds of worldwide destinations.


Cruise Europa Galley Fire Monday

Minoan Lines Ferry Cruise Europa Fire December 21, 2015 Cruise Europa reported a galley fire aboard, with nearly 800 aboard.

On December 21, 2015, Cruise Europa, a ferry owned by Greek shipping company Minoan Lines had a fire aboard in the galley with an estimated 781 passengers aboard. The fire was no electric, instead cause by galley workers.

The cruise line stated the sprinkling fire fighting system stopped its extension and quickly extinguished it. The ship was inspected and permitted to continue at sea with no passenger or crew injuries reported.

Cruise Europa home ports is Palermo, Italy and the ferry runs a schedule consisting of Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras.

Cruise Bruise the Book Untold Stories

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

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

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

Read more on Cruise Bruise


Ghosts at Sea – Cruise Ship Deaths Morbid Reality Tour

Cruise Ship Deaths Fans: Which cruise ships have had the most horrific deaths at sea? The  Cruise Ship Deaths Morbid Reality Tour of haunting cruise experiences.

Ghosts at Sea – Choose A Haunting Cruise Experience

With the number of cruise ship deaths each year, the question is posed, could ghosts be haunting these cruise ships and their cruise ship cabins. From brutal, bloody murders, to passengers and crew found hanging by their necks in their cabin or on deck, speculation of haunting is something a select group of fearful people consider when deciding to book a cruise and choose their cabin. Others seek to sail aboard a cruise ship which may present a spooky aura to their cabin or common areas of the cruise ship. This select group of morbid reality fans seek to discover if a cruise ship is haunted by those who have passed away aboard.

What is a Haunting? – Wikipedia defines haunted places as, “A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building’s past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past.”

If we apply this theory to Cruise Ship Deaths, we have actual events including deaths by drug and/or alcohol overdose, violent bloody murders aboard cruise ships, children murdered aboard cruise ships by their parent, those found hanging by neck aboard cruise ships, including those murdered aboard then tossed overboard and others who may be restless souls, walking the halls of the cruise ship at night.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths website

Terrorists Murdered Cruise Ship Passenger

October 8, 2015 – 30 years ago today, after terrorists hijacked the Star Lauro Line  Achille Lauro, they murdered wheelchair bound cruise ship passenger Leon Klinghoffer.

Leon Klinghoffer, 69, from New Jersey, born September 24, 1916, was on a cruise aboard Star Lauro’s Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985 with his wife Marilyn when the vessel was seized by terrorists at sea near Egypt. The terrorists took control of the cruise ship in the Mediterranean off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt

Hijackers, four armed Palestinian terrorists boarded the vessel and took the ship passengers and crew as hostages. The operation was mastermind by Mohammed Abul Abbas.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Passenger Ship Fire 544 Aboard

MV Wonderful Star passenger ship caught fire while docked early this morning with 544 people aboard, 2 of 59 crew members injured. The ship was located in Ormoc, located on Leyte Island in the Philippines.

Two crew members of the 59 crew members working aboard MV Wonderful Star were reportedly injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Video footage captured by witnesses to the fire show several people jumping overboard into the sea as they tried to escape the fire.

Read more on Cruise Ship Fires

Two Cruise Ship Crew Members Overboard

Norwegian Cruise Line Pride Of America crew members injured during fall in life boat in Hilo Hawaii. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 two crew members in their 30s were injured aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America when they fell overboard during repairs of a life boat while the cruise ship was in HIlo, Hawaii.

The accident happened around 1400 hours local time when the two cruise ship crew members were in the life boat lowering it while doing repairs and the lifeboat broke free of Pride Of America, dropping the two crew members into the sea at Hilo Bay, a reported distance of 45-feet.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Stena Jutlandica Collision 530 Passengers Aboard

Stena Jutlantica collides with tanker entering Gothenburg, Sweden. Port and ship photos with live tracker.

Stena Line Ferry Stena Jutlandica Collision With Tanker Ternvind in Gothensburg Sweden

On Sunday July 19, 2015, Stena LIne’s ferry Stena Jutlandica which sails between sailing between Frederikshavn, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden was hit by the tanker Ternvind, as they were entering the harbor at Gothenburg, Sweden around 0230 in the morning.

Stena Jutlandica had about 530 passengers aboard when she collided with a Danish-flagged tanker Ternvind which had a crew of 13 aboard near Gothenburg. Reports state that no Tanker Ternvind crew were injured during the collision and no passengers from Stena Jutlandica were injured as well.

Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking

Eastern Star cruise ship sinks during storm with over 450 aboard

Cruise Ship Sinking: Eastern Star #cruise ship sinks during storm with over 450 aboard. Rescue underway.

On Monday, June 1, 2015, around 9:38 pm, Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corporation’s Eastern Star sinks during a Cyclone on the Yangtze River in China, about 110 miles west of the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan.

There were 456 people aboard, when the cruise ship was hit by reported 80 mph winds, listed an estimated 45 degrees, then flipped over.

The area had received about six inches of rain in the prior 24 hours with winds reaching 80 mph during the storm. Meteorologist from China said that a tornado flipped the cruise ship. The tornado, rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of 86-100 mph when it struck Eastern Star, was about a half-mile wide and lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes. The Eastern Star cruise ship known as MV Dong Fang Zhi Xing in China, 251 feet long and 36 feet wide, was carrying 405 passengers, 5 travel tour agents and a crew of 46 during a, 11-day, 930 mile cruise ship voyage from Nanjing to Chongqing, China.

Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking

Norwegian Dawn Free After Grounding

Rising tide helped Norwegian Dawn free from grounding in Bermuda. Now awaiting inspection before return to Boston.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Dawn Grounding In Bermuda With 2,675 Passengers and 1,062 Crew Members Aboard.

On May 19, 2015, Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship Norwegian Dawn grounded while the cruise ship was in Bermuda when the cruise ship lost power and drifted into shallow water.

Norwegian Dawn had with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members aboard when she left the Port Of Boston for the cruise to Bermuda, where the cruise ship grounded with 3,737 people aboard.

Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking

May – Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness Month

Why are there  more cruise ship deaths in May than any other month? Angel Holcomb death 4 years ago today,  May 2, 2011. Cruise Bruise and Cruise Ship Deaths has designated May as Cruise Ship Deaths Awareness Month due to the far too many deaths at sea this month.

May kicks off the summer travel season and holidays some find to be drinking party times includes Mother’s  Day in many nations.

May and includes the American Holiday of Memorial Day, observed on the fourth Monday of May and the Canadian Holiday of Victoria Day.

Victoria Day is a Canadian national, statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honors Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Be safe and enjoy your cruise!

Video: Cruise ship safety animation


Read more on Cruise Bruise

Cruise Bruise Investigates Tampa Port Drug Bust

Cruise Bruise Investigation into the drug smuggler who flipped on 6 #cruise ship crew members and the Princess drug smuggler who ran the operation, full story with complete documentation.

Jason Leon Carmichael, 21, Arkine John, 21, Alfred Kernel Elvis Ince, 24, Teffan Shem Delice, 29, and Johnson Dwain Cherubin, 30, Desrick Devon Gordon, 23 were crew members who worked in the galley aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun when the cruise ship docked in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

They disembarked the cruise ship with more than five kilos of cocaine, smuggled off the cruise ship strapped to their bodies. Acting suspiciously upon disembarking, the men were followed by Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) special agents.

Teffan Shem Delice, Johnson Dwain Cherubin and Arkine John had picked up the cocaine in Roatan, Honduras on March 3, 2015 and were given a cell phone number for a woman named “Princess”. The men and their accomplices were to deliver the cocaine to “Princess” once they arrived in Tampa, Florida. Upon return to Roatan, cash was supposed to be paid to the person who gave the three Norwegian Sun crew members the cocaine in Roatan.

Once off the cruise ship, they met with two women, Simone Natoya Walters and Semarie Gail Ann Paul who received the cocaine and paid the crew members to mule the drug from Roatan, Honduras to Tampa, Florida for further distribution throughout the United States.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Three Terrorist Attacks At Sea

Mediterranean terrorist attacks on #cruise ships,  Greece,  Egypt, one in Asia, killed 128.  The Mediterranean is an  easy terrorist target for cruise ships, as history shows.

WG&A Superferry 14 February 27, 2004

Deadliest Terrorist Attack At Sea, Terrorists Bomb Destroys Ship, 116 Dead. The passenger ship Superferry 14 owned by WG&A was destroyed by a terrorist’s bomb on February 7, 2004 near Manilla killing 116 people. It was the Philippines’ worst terrorist attack, the world’s deadliest terrorist attack at sea. Read More

City of Poros on July 12, 1988

On July 12, 1988, Merchant Marine Minister Evangelos Yiannopoulos said the Cycladic Cruises’ cruise ship, City of Poros, carrying 400 passengers and 71 crew members aboard, was stormed by Palestinian gunmen, who killed nine tourists. Two more later died from their injuries, for a total number of 11 dead.

The passenger ship was returning from a daily island cruise in the Aegean Sea. 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 8:30 pm that evening. Read More

Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985

Leon Klinghoffer, 69, from New Jersey, born September 24, 1916, was on a cruise aboard Star Lauro’s Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985 with his wife Marilyn when the vessel was seized by terrorists at sea near Egypt. The terrorists took control of the cruise ship in the Mediterranean off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt.

Hijackers, four armed Palestinian terrorists boarded the vessel and took the ship passengers and crew as hostages. The operation was mastermind by Mohammed Abul Abbas.

The next day, Tuesday, October 8, when the terrorists were refused permission to dock at Tartus, the hijackers shot disabled cruise ship passenger Leon Klinghoffer, in the forehead and the chest. Leon was wheelchair bound, Read More

Video: Superferry 14 terror attack

Cruise Ship Oceania Insignia Fire

Cruise Ship Fires: Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Insignia #cruise ship had an engine room fire while in the Caribbean port of Saint Lucia, two contractors and one crew.

According to a spokesman with Oceania Cruises, three crew members members and two contractors were working in the area when the fire broke out and were transferred to a medical facility. Three of them did not survive their injuries.

Read more at Cruise Ship Fires and you can track other ferries and cruise ships with our Live Cruise Ship Tracker

Cruise Ship Passengers Were Safe On Holiday

Cruise Bruise: The long holiday weekend for USA Labor Day, proved to be safe for #cruise ship passengers and crew with no overboard incidents reported. Beautiful News.

A reminder of cruise ship safety rules:
Rough Seas – Be careful on decks when underway, especially the higher decks. Wind gusts can reach hurricane force and blow you off deck, even while holding onto somebody else. Only wear shoes with adequate tread when on deck never wear slick bottom dress shoes on deck.

In rough seas, stay off deck at all times and avoid windows and large movable objects. During an emergency go to the muster station with your party. Never rush there alone without knowing where each of you are.

Never carry a handbag ashore. If you must carry a bag use a hand purse with no shoulder strap. When possible place money, credit cards or valuables in in your front pant pockets or inside pockets of a jacket.

Never let children of any age, especially teens out of your sight for even a moment. Children alone are prime targets for victimization.

On that note, this video shows what some teens do when their parents leave children to their own devices. Carnival Liberty teen crawls over the railing and hangs above the sea while the cruise ship is underway. This could have gone so very wrong.