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.”



NCL Passenger Files Lawsuit After Water Slide Incident

On April 6, 2016 a Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Escape passenger filed a lawsuit in  the Federal  Southern District Court of  Florida, after alleging she suffered injuries inside the water slide aboard their cruise ship.

Gisella Llanes, who is a resident of Miami-Dade County Florida,  said that  she was aboard Norwegian Escape and was using the enclosed water slide when she got stuck on the slide and couldn’t get out. The lawsuit alleges a “mechanical/engineering failure” caused the incident.

Llanes alleges the Norwegian Escape had two water slide attendants on duty, one at the top of the slide and one at the bottom of the slide. Their duty was to assist passengers onto and off the slide and coordinate with each other before each passenger used the slide.

While using the slide she got stuck and yelled for help. But, the two crew members in attendance at the water slide sent another passenger down the water slide, even though she had not exited.

She allegedly suffered “left ankle bruise, swelling and limping along with neck/head injury. She is suing the cruise line for $75,000.

The lawyer who filed the lawsuit, is not a Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. He is licensed to practice in Florida, but he does not claim to be a “maritime lawyer”. That is very important. Only lawyers who are bar certified in the specialty area can claim, even loosely, the are Maritime Lawyers.

On his website he says, “I began my career as a student intern with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office and was able to handle a case load as a student. From 1997 – 2002 when I graduated Law School I was a Public Defender here in Miami-Dade County defending people and handling serious criminal cases including felonies such as drug trafficking, murder, and people accused of sexual crimes.”

A few years back, I reported a lawyer to the Florida Bar, for a number of Bar regulation violations, including claiming he was a Maritime Lawyer, which  was deceptive.  He was not a Maritime Law Certified Lawyer. The Bar made him clean up the deceptive advertising on his website.

Before hiring a maritime attorney, check out the list of lawyers who have faced Disciplinary Action including suspension and being disbarred.  Some lawyers practiced law any way.  There were 226 lawyers who were disicplined by the Florida Bar, from April 4 to June 30, 2016 alone.  A thousand or more have faced the bar in any given year.

If the lawyer you are considering for a case, has not faced disciplinary action and are on the  Florida Bar website list of Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certified Lawyer, you have done your due diligence.  Our Cruise Laws website has more information.

Video: Norwegian Escape Aqua Park Water Slides

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

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 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. 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. 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

Kaylyn Rose Sommer Norwegian Pearl Overboard

Kaylyn Rose Sommer from  Charleston, South Carolina identified as woman #cruise ship passenger overboard off the coast of Cuba yesterday during the Mad Decent Boat party music festival

Norwegian Pearl Passenger Overboard Search Underway

Cruise Ship Deaths: Search underway off the coast of Cuba after a  female passenger who jumped off Norwegian Pearl during the Mad Decent Boat Party music cruise from Miami to Cozumel

Rapper Pitbull Norwegian Escape Godfather

Miami, Florida rapper Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull, to be Norwegian Cruise Line’s godfather in a christening ceremony November 9 and will also perform.Norwegian Escape


Norwegian Cruise Line has a reputation for non-traditional cruising, focusing on freedom and flexibility for guests.


Cruise Ship Passenger Dies From Broken Heart

#Cruise Ship Deaths: When the love of her life passes away from cancer earlier this year, family says  wife of 62 years dies from a broken heart. A Love Story.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, Elizabeth Fascia, 82, from Albany, New York embarked from Boston, Massachusetts on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda with her family aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s cruise ship Norwegian Dawn.

Only a few hours after setting sail, Elizabeth Fascia suffered an aneurysm that ruptured her esophagus. The captain turned Norwegian Dawn. back to Boston, where Elizabeth Fascia was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Early the next morning, on Saturday May 30, Elizabeth Fascia died at Massachusetts General Hospital from what family members called “a broken heart”.

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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.

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Norwegian Sun Crew Member Body Found

#Cruise Ship Missing: Body washed up on Horse Island, Alaska through to be missing cruise ship crew member.

July 3, 2015, Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago, 27, a crew member from Brazil who was working aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun was reported overboard.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was notified Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago jumped overbord without a life jacket around 0416 hours on Thursday morning while the Norwegian Sun was south of Douglas Island, near Juneau Alaska.

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.

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Two Cruise Ship Passengers Drown

Sunday,  a cruise ship passenger girl, age 10, drowns in cruise ship pool and elderly female passenger drowns on river cruise.

On May 17, 2015, Colleen Blair, from Brooklyn, New York, was sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem on day two of a 7-day Bahamas cruise, with her three children. Two of her children were in the adult pool on deck 12 without her constant supervision. Both had to be rescued, one of the children died.

The cruise ship was off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the time.

Cruise Bruise Investigates has learned from an online obituary, the child is Katelyn A. Blair from Brooklyn, New York.

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Norwegian Jewel Crew Cocaine Arrest

#Cruise Ship Drugs: A kilo of cocaine was discovered hidden on a Norwegian Jewel galley crew member while the cruise ship was in Roatan, Honduras.

April 16, 2015, a cocaine arrest aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel was reported by several Honduran newspapers.

The reports say police arrested Kenneth Antonio Salas Taylor, 36, a crew member working aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship in the galley as an assistant cook.

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New Cruise Ship Webcams Added

Cruise Ship Cameras: Expansion includes #cruise ship bow cams, bridge cams, wedding cams, with 14 cruise lines validated.

Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruises, Greenpeace International, Hapag-Lloyd, Hurtigruten Cruises, P & O Cruises, Phoenix Reisen Cruises

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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.

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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


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