David Svyatetskiy, 22, a Russian-American cruise ship passenger who lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, was traveling with his family aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape, when he died aboard the cruise ship in the middle of night on the second night of the cruise.
The cause of death, depends on who you ask. Two government agencies, so far, are calling it a “suicide”. Though, there is no word if the FBI are or will investigate. The family calls it an “accident” on their Gofundme page. But, is there a third possibility?
Svyatetskiy spoke Russian as his first language, but also spoke fluent English as well. He was a graduate of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. He then attended college at Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He was on track to graduate in 2018, with a goal of becoming an engineer. He reportedly was an excellent student, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Questions remain, such as why would a Russian-American student with a 4.0 grade point average, quite suddenly would decide to take his own life in the middle of the night? If suicide was the intent, why not just jump into the sea, as many others have in the past? Instead, he falls to his death, landing several decks below.
Google warning notice on God Will Provide Russian church website, where credit card and banking information is given online by visitors.
Was a toxicology report performed in Miami when the cruise ship returned?Were there alcohol and/or drugs in the blood of this honor student?
If substance abuse was a possibility, how would a student with a 4.0 GPA, suffer as his brother had with abuse, and still excel in his studies?
If he had a substance abuse problem, then why wasn’t he getting treatment, at the same treatment program his brother is affiliated with, the Russian church treatment program, God Will Provide, as seen in the video below?
The article includes dozens of young people who died while filming extreme selfies. One of them was Russian Andre Retrovesky, 17, who died on September, 24, 2015 . Andrey Retrovesky, from Vologda, Russia, addicted to daredevil selfies, calling himself Drewsssick online, died during a selfie stunt. He climbed to the top of a nine-story building with a friend in an effort to capture a photo that would make him appear to be falling from the roof. The rope used to secure him snapped and he plunged to the ground.
See the video below, then read more about this puzzling case on Cruise Bruise.
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When Robin Fair, 53 from Troy, Ohio did’t come home from her birthday cruise to the Bahamas, her family wanted answers. They were told, while dining in the cruise ship restaurant, she allegedly choked on food around 2135 hours.
But, her alleged boyfriend wasn’t in the restaurant with her, so he allegedly said, he didn’t know what happened. The next thing anyone knew, Fair was dead in a hospital in the Bahamas and her body needed to be repatriated back to Ohio.
The cause of death didn’t seem so cut and dried. Either she had a heart attack, according to one of her friends, or if you believe the medical examiner in the Bahamas, she died from an obstructed airway.
Since she died during a meal in the cruise ship restaurant, either theory could be true. A heavy meal can indeed cause a heart attack. But, you would think a medical examiner would find the air way obstructed and could certainly see, it was the cause of death.
If the cause of death was asphyxia/airway obstruction by food, the family may be looking to sue the cruise line, because it was an issue which ‘may’ have been resolved at the restaurant. Her family went to Florida looking for answers, not trusting the medical examiner.
If there is an update to the details, it will be updated on the Cruise Ship Deaths case page.
Le Bistro Restaurant
There was a similar case back in 2014. Betty B Novick, 75 and her husband Joseph A Novick, 78 from Boynton Beach, Florida were sailing at sea between St. Lucia and Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Pearl on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Betty Novick died while dining in the Le Bistro Restaurant aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship when she choked on a piece of steak and died.
Her husband sued the cruise line claiming an employee didn’t cut up her steak into small enough pieces, causing her to choke.
Mr. Novick had broken his arm during the cruise, had his arm in a sling and asked an employee to cut up the steak for his wife, something he typical did for her. Read more about this cruise line lawsuit.
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.
Mai Ly, of Tampa, Florida sailed aboard Carnival Bruise Lines, Carnival Magic back in February, as reported in a Cruise Bruise article posted earlier this month.
Mike King of Melbourne, Florida was on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing in late February 2017 with his wife when he found a ring in their cabin safe.
The hunt for the owner went public and days later, the owner came forward, Mai Ly, of Tampa, Florida.
Ly said the ring was an heirloom passed down from her grandmother.
Ly told the newspaper, she took the ring off and put it into the safe when she went into port. “…it’s one of few items that survived her grandmother’s departure from Vietnam to Hong Kong and was of great comfort to Mai when her grandmother died two years ago.”
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.
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.
Mike King of Melbourne, Florida was on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing in late February 2017 with his wife. As the couple were packing up to disembark the cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida, King checked inside the cabin safe. As he was moving his hand around in the safe, in one far rear corner he felt something. It was the ring pictured here.
The Carnival Cruise Line Lost and Found policy is clear.
“All leftover items recovered on board are forwarded to our Lost and Found Department and kept for thirty (30) days. You can send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a detailed description of the item(s) in question as well as the last place seen. We will do everything possible to locate the item(s).
All item(s) that are located will be shipped to guests at their expense (including a $20.00 USD handling fee). A Lost and Found representative will contact you to make arrangements for delivery.
Please be advised that electronic cigarettes that have been left behind will not be sent back to our shoreside Lost and Found Department due to the fact that many have leaked and/or caused damage.”
But, King chose to take the ring home and try to find the owner on his own. “It felt like it was more of a family heirloom,” he said. King said he doesn’t know if the ring would be worth much, but he said the thought that it could carry sentimental value to someone concerned him; after all it was in the safe.
“Things went through my head of looking in lost and found boxes — things never really get back to their rightful owners,” he said.
Now, instead of Carnival securing the ring, King has the ring and the odds of the person who lost it, finding him are remote at best. Three Carnival cruise ship sailed from Port Canaveral in late February. Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sunshine. But, there is no hint from King which cruise ship safe held the ring.
In late 2005, I began tracking cruise ship deaths. That interest began with Cruise Bruise, the first of my 55 cruise industry websites, with some documenting incidents at sea during a cruise. The point of Cruise Bruise was, to gather data in order to identify trends and to alert passengers to potential dangers, so that they might protect themselves from events which might end badly. Information is power.
Early on, the numbers were increasingly growing, making it look like the cruise industry was by and large unsafe. But, after nearly eleven years of tracking events taking place on the high seas, in cruise ship ports, on cruise ship excursions and those incidents which take place during the course of the cruise vacation, both on the way to the cruise, during the cruise and on the way home after the cruise, the statistics show a different trend.
With statistics, the larger the sampling is, the better trends can be properly identified. On our Cruise Ship Deaths website, there are at least 128 cases of people who died from natural causes and it’s far from complete. Now, the lawyers who make their money filing lawsuits against the cruise industry, won’t tell the public, the natural causes comprise the largest percentage of deaths at sea. They make their money trying to prove someone was negligent and that “someone” is the more than fifty cruise lines which comprise the deep-pocket cruise industry.
We dig especially hard for those natural causes cases, because, they happen nearly every day, often several during a single cruise. They demonstrate, that deaths are not uncommon on cruises. But, for the most part, those death cases are not news worthy to mainstream media. It is difficult, if not nearly impossible to show negligence when a sober person dies during sleep, while sailing on the high seas. That, however, does not prevent from the lawyers from trying their best to make the cruise line look negligent.
The trend in cruise ship deaths throughout the year is somewhat surprising. One might think the peak cruising season from June to September would have the most amount of deaths at sea. This is not the case. January is the number one month for deaths at sea, which include death during the trip, before and just after the cruise as well,
As a whole, if we were to name a cruise ship death season based on the numbers of deaths we have documented, it would be November through February. Somewhat surprising, is the lowest month of the year for deaths, is October with 33 deaths. October is known for fall foliage cruises which are popular with middle age adults and senior citizens. But, the college kids are back in school and there is far less silliness and hi-jinks which contribute in growing numbers to young adult cruise ship deaths.
A new feature on the Cruise Ship Deaths website as part of our 2017 upgrade is, the “Faces of Cruise Ship Death” found on the main page. As of this moment, there are 185 featured death cases. These are, for the most part, people who died doing something they loved and died from natural causes.
As a percentage, there are few mysteries to be found. The cruise ship deaths photographs show a wide cross-section of society, indicating, the impossibility of identifying who might not make it back to the home port alive. Though, clearly behavior can sometimes predict who might end up in the sea, or be found dead in their cabin.
We are not finished with the page yet. As we add the rest of our older cases they will be added to the bottom of the page, by date. As we add cases in the future, they will be added to the top of the page. However, if we get cases which are from the past, somewhere in the middle, we will attempt to place them within the list, more or less where they belong historically.
The purpose of the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths is to put a human face to a statistic and to honor those who died doing something they loved. We are drawing attention to the fact that, life is about being born, living a life worth living and then leaving lifetime memories for those loved ones, a person leaves behind. For some, living life is about making memories, participating in events which will be remembered by others long after their life has ended.
To that end, we celebrate natural causes cruise ship deaths at sea with our new Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths feature. We all have to die sometime; dying while doing something a person loves, is a much better memory for those we leave behind. Though, we would be remiss not to honor those who contributed to the cruise industry with their talent and knowledge, which have had a positive impact on the cruise industry. As well, Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths honors the lives of those who died at the hands of others .
Featured Suspicious Cruise Ship Deaths
In the Faces of Cruise Ship Deaths image above, there is a proven cruise ship murderer, suspected murderer, one person proven to have been murdered aboard, three negligent homicides, a collection of those who deliberately jumped overboard and those who died in port. The 185 featured cases (and growing) are a cross section from each type of cruise ship death.
Tammy Grogan, 35, from Ohio worked for a local Dentist in the West Toledo area of Ohio. She is described as being very nice and very pleasant by those who knew her. She was aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Imagination when she disappeared on September 10, 2006.
The missing cruise ship passenger, previously unidentified, was named on September 13, 2006. She was traveling with her 14 year old son, sister, and two friends, on a four-day cruise to Key West and Calica, which is the port for Playa del Carmen. The ship’s last port of call in Mexico was Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. A family member reported Tammy missing, 32 hours after she was last seen. Not suspicious, not suspicious at all. Read More
Annette Mizener, 37, from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was traveling with her parents Wally and Heidi Knerler and teenage daughter Danielle aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Pride. Mizener was in cabin #6169 on December 4, 2004. She was part of a group of 200 passengers from the Las Vegas Hilton.
On the last night of a West Coast cruise from Los Angeles, while off the coast of Mexico, Annette had left to go play bingo. She had won at bingo twice already on the cruise, and was supposed to meet her parents for the 10pm bingo. In fact, she said she wanted to arrive early to get a good seat.
When she didn’t show up, her parents became concerned and her father began to look for her. He searched for her in the casino. A witness said she was in the casino at 9:30pm. As he continued to search, he heard her name paged, and became very worried. The crew had found her handbag on deck, and had paged her to give it back. Read More
Neha Chhikara, 23, from India, worked as a crew member along with her husband Ankit Dalal who worked in a position of management aboard Monarch Of The Seas on January 1, 2010 when she went missing.
Neha, a former air hostess with Indigo Airlines, is reported to have jumped into the sea from Monarch Of The Seas while the cruise ship was in the Bahamas, as a result of physical and mental abuse from her husband and his family while she was working aboard the cruise ship.
Her family has accused Neha’s husband Ankit Dalal, father-in-law Doctor S. S. Dalal, who is also the chief medical officer at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, mother-in-law Nirmal Dalal and her sister-in-law for harassing Neha for a dowry, soon after her marriage to Ankit Dalal. Read More
Cruise Ship Deaths is not a complete database of all deaths at sea. There is quite simply no reliable database for those statistics. At best, there are websites which pretend to be reliable sources. They are reliable sources of rumors, at best. We do our best to give a wide range of actual, verified deaths, to fairly represent the cruise industry deaths as a whole.
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Italian police are investigating if the remains of an Asian woman found in the Port of Rimini, Italy are those of missing cruise ship passenger Li Yinglei. Yinglei, 36, has been missing since she disappeared from MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46.
The last time Li Yinglei was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise.
Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) also known as Angie, was a cruise and wedding planner who started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015. The couple lived in Dublin, Ireland with their two children.
Belling was arrested when he attempting to embark on a flight to Ireland after the cruise ship docked. State prosecutor Maria Tamburelli, claims the couple were having financial problems and Mr Belling killed his wife on board on February 10 after the couple and their kids had supper together at the Four Winds restaurant on board but did not turn up for breakfast the next morning.
MSC Magnifica embarked on February 9 at Civitavecchia, Italy with port calls at Malta, Greece and Cyprus.
Mediterranean Sea hydrodynamics where Li Yinglei is thought to have gone overboard, have a southeastern flow of circulation, making it most likely if the orange suitcase washes ashore, it would be on a beach anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. It is highly unlikely the suitcase with Li Yinglei could wash ashore at Rimini, Italy.
According to local reports, the young “Asian woman” that was found in the blue suitcase, was the body of an emaciated, naked Asian woman, wrapped up in plastic bags, believed to be aged 35 to 40-years-old. The color of the suitcase does not match the color of the suitcase which is missing along with Li Yinglei.
As well, the body is described as being 1.7 metres tall, which investigators say is too tall to be missing Li Yinglei, who is described as being 1.5 metres tall.
Belling attorney Luigi Conti said he has heard the body that has been recovered does not match the description of Ms Li. “The body in the suitcase is 170cm in height, but Daniel Belling’s wife is smaller than that,” he said. “I am also told it is a different type of body than that of Mr Belling’s wife.”
It was 19 years ago yesterday that Petersburg, Virginia cruise ship passenger Amy Lynn Bradley, 24, went missing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Rhapsody Of The Seas on March 24, 1998, but was never seen disembarking.
Her family has reason to believe she is still alive, because she disappeared while the ship was in port.
Amy was traveling with her mother, father, and younger brother. Her family has maintained all along she is still alive and investigators have been hired in the past to locate her, without results.
There is a $25,000 reward offered for information on this case. See FBI video below
Royal Caribbean International announced March 22, 2017, they are introducing a non-refundable deposit and a change fee for all Grand Suites and above booked through the cruise line’s onboard booking program, known as the NextCruise program.
Royal Caribbean says, “With the change, suite guests who reserve their future cruise while onboard will now require a full, nonrefundable deposit. Assuming these guests commit to the original selection and do not adjust their ship or sail date in the future, there is no impact imposed by this new policy adjustment. Should guests opt to alter their cruise selection in the future, a change fee of $100 per guest will be incurred. All Suite cancellations are now subject to a nonrefundable fee in the amount of the deposit. ”
When asked if non-refundable deposits will become standard for Royal Caribbean, the cruise line’s response via a statement was, “In recognition of the high demand onboard for our Suite inventory and the added value of the NextCruise onboard credit, non-refundable deposits are currently only applicable to onboard Suite bookings.”
Any Suite bookings made prior to the policy change will not be affected by the change fees and non-refundable deposit policies.
When asked if non-refundable deposits will become standard for Royal Caribbean, the cruise line’s response via a statement was, “In recognition of the high demand onboard for our Suite inventory and the added value of the NextCruise onboard credit, non-refundable deposits are currently only applicable to onboard Suite bookings.”
Any Suite bookings made prior to the policy change will not be affected by the change fees and non-refundable deposit policies.
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Brandon Paul, 23, of Floral City, Florida fell overboard from the eighth deck of the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Victory cruise ship about o300 hours. The ship was about 33 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
Carnival Victory embarked on a Caribbean cruise on March 20, 2017 from Miami, Florida 4-day cruise cruise with calls at Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Miami on Friday, March 24, 2017.
A Coast Guard cutter and airplane from Miami were dispatched to search for Paul.
Paul’s Facebook page says he went to Canby High School in Canby, Oregon and graduated from the school in 2012.
On Paul’s Facebook page there is one post of note. Four years ago, when he was 19-years-old, on March 2, 2013, Paul posted on Facebook, “I want a present from everyone I ever met. Preferably alcohol maybe drugs.”
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You can see live, in real time Carnival Victory searching for missing cruise ship passenger, Brandon Paul.
Carnival Victory searching for missing cruise ship passenger, Brandon Paul.
Also searching for missing cruise ship passenger is cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.
Carnival Victory has ended the search for Brandon Paul. The Cruise ship has is now heading back the United States.
Thursday , March 23, the search was called off. Cuban search and rescue authorities as well as two Coast Guard planes and a cutter were involved. The search lasted for 16 hours and covered 3,469 square miles before it was suspended at 7:31 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.
The annual Sydney Skinny Swim was held on Sunday March 19, 2016 from 8:00 to 3:00.
The Sydney Skinny is an annual event, held for the fifth year in 2017. The event website says, “The swim is not a competition, nor is it timed. Swimmers set off in waves with a flash of exhilaration and the sheer enjoyment of a lovely swim.”
The annual event is held at Cobbler’s Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 11 kilometer from the Overseas Cruise Terminal in Sydney.
The Sydney Skinny swim is a short 900 meter swim, around a diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters of Middle Head – Sydney Harbour National Park.
An event you would only find in Australia, cruise passengers could attend the event then sail away on a South Pacific cruise. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas was in port that day, departing on an 11 Night South Pacific Cruise at 18:30 hours. It was perfect timing to take the morning charity fundraiser dip, then embark on a luxury South Pacific Cruise.
A United States Federal Maritime Commission judge ordered Princess Cruise Lines to end its blacklisting of Lisa Cornell, of Weston, Florida. Administrative Law Judge Clay Guthridge found the company violated US law by banning Cornell, a top-tier member of Princess’s loyalty program, for reasons other than safety or security.
The blacklisting was over a $585.00 lawsuit related to buying art on a Carnival Cruise Lines sailing.
Cornell was blacklisted from Carnival Corp cruise travel after she was placed on a “do-not-book” list. Carnival products include Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fathom, P&O Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises.
“Princess has not articulated any legitimate transportation-related factors that would support its refusal to allow Lisa Cornell to sail on its cruise ships,” Guthridge wrote in a 74-page decision.
The dispute began on a 2007 cruise, when Lisa Cornell bought two lithographs (not oil paintings) and had the pieces of art shipped home. What she said arrived the artwork was different artwork from she bought during the cruise, so she cancelled the sale.
Cornell sued after Princess Cruises kept 15 per cent of the artwork sale price, which was clearly stated in the terms of the sale. Cornell said the term violated an advertised money-back guarantee and she won the lawsuit.
In February 2007 Lisa Cornell was a passenger on Carnival Imagination. During an onboard art auction run by Carnival concession Global Fine Arts (GFA), Lisa Cornell purchased two limited edition lithographs from Cuban artist Alexandra Nichita, dubbed by the media as “the petite Picasso.”
After bidding on the two items at the auction Lisa Cornell was presented with written agreements which were required to be signed before the sale was deemed consummated. Lisa Cornell signed both contracts.
The contracts signed by Lisa Cornell both specifically stated that the items shown onboard were “samples” and that the actual print sent may be fulfilled through a shoreside warehouse and that the purchases were refundable, excluding the buyer’s premium which was added to each auction price.
In an auction the buyer’s premium is typically a percentage of the bid price which is added onto the cost of the item to reimburse the auction house for the costs of the auction and auctioneer. The two pieces purchased by Lisa Cornell had a total sale price including tax shipping and the buyer premiums of $2422.05 each. The non refundable premium was identified on each contract.
After returning home from the cruise and prior to receiving her purchased art Lisa Cornell cancelled the order GPA promptly refunded Lisa Cornell the full purchase price including shipping charges and taxes exactly as stipulated in the purchase contracts. Lisa Cornell had signed GPA contract stating refunds would reduced by retaining only the buyer’s premium.
Unhappy that GFA had enforced the contractual agreement by retaining the $585 buyer’s premium Lisa Cornell filed a lawsuit, Lisa Anne Cornell v. Global Fine Arts, in Florida State Court under Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and engaged in a protracted cross country litigation war, which was file by her husband, who was a California attorney, Warc Cornell.
In order to avoid spending legal fees early in the litigation GFA made a statutory offer of judgment to Lisa Cornell in the amount of $2500, pursuant to Florida Statute. A statutory offer of judgment in Florida entitles the party making the offer to recover their attorneys fees from the point the offer was made through the conclusion of the case if the party rejecting the offer fails to obtain a verdict at least 25% above the offer.
The lawsuit states, “After settlement had been agreed but before the agreement was signed, Lisa Cornell raised the issue of whether she would be allowed to cruise in the future. GFA which provides art auctions on cruise ships but does not own or operate any cruise ships on its own was unaware of whether any cruise lines had banned her from sailing but was concerned some lines may have already done, so based on the fact the Complainants had a clear history as vexatious litigants, a proven record of ignoring contractual agreements and had threatened at least one Carnival affiliated company to “litigate this matter to the end of time.”
In the settlement it was stated, “GLOBAL FINE ARTS INC GFA agrees that from this date forward it will not take any action to encourage or entice any cruise line to refuse to grant either Lisa Cornell or Ware Cornell passage on any guise ship. It is expressly agreed and acknowledged by the Cornell Parties that GFA is not it cruise line and does not control the booking policies and practices of any cruise line. Under the express written terms of the Settlement Agreement GFA made it clear that it could not guarantee that any cruise line would want Cornell as a customer in the future and promised only that from the date of the settlement forward it would not take any action to encourage any cruise line to bar Lisa Cornell from sailing. All parties signed the Settlement Agreement and Complainants dismissed the Original Lawsuit with prejudice on October 8 2010.”
But, it didn’t end there and the litigation went on and on. When Cornell tried to booked a cruise through Princess Cruises and made a $100 deposit, the ticket was cancelled and a refund was not made to her. Thus beginning the next wave of litigation.
It concluded, “Nonetheless even if the Settlement Agreement were interpreted to only apply to claims arising from or related to the original dispute Princess decision not to sell a cruise to Lisa Cornell is based entirely upon events which directly relate to and arose from that dispute including her history of ignoring signed written agreements, her history of vexatious litigation tactics and her threats of future litigation. It is rather ironic that this new FMC Complaint is yet another example of the Complainants refusing to acknowledge and abide by the terms of contracts they have signed.
While the Federal Maritime Commission plays an important role in regulating maritime commerce it lacks:
1. Subject matter jurisdiction for this dispute and therefore should summarily dismiss Complainants FMC Complaint Further the FMC Complaint should be dismissed because
2. as there is no statute basis for the claims raised by the Complainants
3. the Complaint is barred by the doctrines of collateral estoloppel and res judicular, and
4. Princess has the legal right to refuse to sell a vacation cruise to Lisa Cornell given her six year history of vexatious litigation threats and refusal to honor contracts has signed In the alternative
Respondents are all entitled to summary judgment because:
1. the claims raised in this FMC Complaint have already been released by the Complainants
2. neither PLC or Carnival have ever taken any action to restrict the ability of either Mr or Mrs Cornell to vacation on their cruise ships
3. None of the Respondents have ever restricted the ability of G Ware Cornell Jr to vacation on their cruise ships and
4. the $100 deposit has been refunded.
In research over the past 12 years related to cruise ship artwork auctions, I’ve found that in general: 1. alcohol is involved 2. auctions increase adrenaline 3. the artwork is not an investment 4. it is common for artwork to end well over actual artwork value 5. resale of the purchased artwork will end in a disappointing low resale value.
Cruise Ship Artwork, would generally speaking, not be considered to be a “good investment”. Research the document sold price history of any artwork before purchase. These are typically not good buys as an “investment”, but there are exceptions. Buy the piece because you like it, not as an investment. Watch the video playlist below to learn more.
Advice to passengers who want to take their hoverboard on a cruise – leave it at home. Hoverboards have been identified as a fire risk, making them a danger to cruise ships.
The US airline industry has banned hoverboards from flights aboard American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.
The hoverboards have become so risky for air travel, The United States Postal Service has stopped shipping hoverboards by air as well.
Amazon and Target both temporarily suspended sales, and Overstock.com has stopped selling hoverboards at all.
The devices’ rechargeable lithium-ion cells contain a potentially flammable solution, which can explode if the battery is damaged, defective or overcharged.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Issued a press statement over a year ago on January 20, 2016. “CPSC is looking into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards. Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire. This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”
For more than a year, the writing has been on the wall, as reports of fires have been increasing. On March 10, 2017, an “off-brand hoverboard” caused a home fire, killing Ashanti Hughes, 3, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her two sisters are in critical condition.
Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.
Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls Hoverboards From Website John Kell. Fortune. February 22, 2016.
Target Halts Sales Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns: Report Sarah Berger. International Business Times. February 22, 2016.
Airlines Ban Boards For Their Tendency to Spontaneously Ignite Katie Sola. Forbes. December 14, 2015.
Delta, United, and American Airlines are the latest to ban ‘hoverboards’ Sean O’Kane. The Verge. December 11, 2015.
Travel Advisory. Hoverboards and Similar Devices December 12, 2015.
Hoverboards’ no longer welcome on Singapore Airlines flights Stephen Lambrechts. TechRadar.com. December 22, 2015.
All of the USA’s big airlines now ban hoverboards Ben Mutzabaugh. USA Today December 14, 2015.
Hoverboards banned by major airlines Ahiza Garcia. CNN. December 11, 2015.
Malaysia Airlines bans hoverboards Yahoo News. December 19, 2015.
Salve Regina University bans hoverboards amid safety investigation. BostonGlobe.com. Associated Press. December 16, 2015.
Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line all identify the hoverboard as a prohibited item, but not due to fire risk. They fall into the roller blade, Segway, Heely Shoes, bicycle category for mobility on the cruise ship.
Though Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines do not specifically identify them as prohibited. Technically, if you drive to the port, you could pack a hoverboard to use at other ports during the cruise. But, given the video below, why would you?
While adding videos to our Youtube playlists, we noticed an odd video surfaced on Youtube one month ago.
It appears a group of passengers are arguing, appearing to be close to an out and out brawl. One passenger aboard an unidentified cruise ship splashes three security officers with hot tub water, soaking them. The passenger jumps into the pool, evading security.
As the scene progresses, they all end up back on the hot tub deck, with five security officers trying to detain the passenger. One security officer has his handcuffs out and ready to slap them on the passenger. It ends up with one security officer drug into the hot tub, completely drenched. The man in white shirt in the hot tub is one of the five security officers.
Reenactment video shows police theory in a new video on our Cruise Bruise Investigates case page.
The Case History:
Cruise wedding planner and travel agent Li Yinglei, 38, embarked on a MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her Apple computer programer husband Daniel Belling, 46, and their two children ages six and four on February 9, 2017.
When the cruise ship returned to Civitavecchia, Italy, Belling disembarked with his children, but Li Yinglei was nowhere to be seen. Police say he murdered her and threw overboard in her suitcase. See video on Cruise Bruise
A lot of new information surfaces in the MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica cruise ship passenger missing case of Li Yinglei. So, now Cruise Bruise in investigating this missing person case.
Her husband Daniel Belling said his wife left the ship in a Mediterranean Sea port to go back home to their home in Dublin, Ireland because she was “bored with the cruise” . . . or maybe she went home to China to see her family. Her mother says differently. Her young children say differently.
Police are looking for Li Yinglei’s suitcase fearing she may be inside it. A photo of the orange suitcase is circulating on the internet in hope someone will see it and report the suitcase location.
Depending on ocean currents, if the suitcase went overboard with her in it, the suitcase could wash ashore anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. With all the refugees coming ashore after boats capsize, it may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, searching thousands of miles of beach and islands which stretch along a war torn region of beaches.
The last photo in our slider shows the suitcase from the Heather Mack suitcase murder case. It is not a stretch, to think Li Yinglei might be inside the orange suitcase in the photo shown in the case photo slider. Read more on Cruise Bruise
New information related to the cruise ship missing passenger case of Li Yinglei, who disappeared form MSC Magnifica on February. Daniel Belling’s attorney Luigi Conti has asked the court if his client could leave Rome’s Regina Coeli prison and stay at an apartment in Rome while the investigation into his “missing” wife continues.
Belling’s contention that Li Yinglei is “missing” has lead to an INTERPOL investigation into her disappearance. The details of this case are so far-fetched, the case has been added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website.
However, witnesses and people connected to the case have added more odd facts to this troubling case. The case has been updated today. Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths.
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.
While on the beach at cruise ports around the world, there is more to do than spreading out on the sand to eat and drink. While some cruise ship passengers like to para-sail, wind surf, snorkel, dive or take excursions to local businesses, others prefer a more relaxed past time, shark tooth hunting.
This huge fossilized shark tooth was recently discovered by a diver off the North Carolina coast. It’s believed to be one of the largest ever found and belonged to 60 foot Megalodon shark! The tooth was found by Rochelle Bunning. Image from Irma Wilson of Hampstead, NC via the Topsail Gazette. It appears to measure over eight inches long, the largest recorded shark tooth we could find.
Mark Havenstein of Low Country Geologic found his “over seven-incher” on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 while scuba diving for fossils in a low country river in the ACE River Basin, Colleton County, South Carolina. The actual measurement of this amazing shark tooth is 7 3/32 inches, just shy of 7 1/8. This megalodon tooth had only a few minor imperfections; it required no restoration.
When hunting for shark teeth, these are some of the typical finds: Angustidens, Auriculatus, Bull, Chubutensis, Cow, Great white, Hammerhead, Hemipristis (hemi), Lemon, Mako, Megalodon (mega), Sand, Threser and Tiger.
Our shark tooth video playlist will show examples of most and give you some tips on where to look.
However, if you find a Fossilized Shark Tooth in another nation it could complicate your trip as it may be considered “cultural artifacts” or “national treasures”, and there can be penalties are severe. Check on the law in the countries you will be visiting. Last I heard, Mexico prohibited the export of all artifacts or treasures, including seashells.
Bringing shark teeth into the United States or Canada may be a problem, if the teeth are not totally clean. Those governments are fighting against bacteria and disease which may be within the attached soil or sand. There is no value in keeping the soil or sand attached to the tooth, so clean them completely in good clean water before packing to bring home.
Celal Kildag, 58, from Lüdenscheid, Germany was aboard MSC Cruises MSC Opera with his wife when the cruise ship arrived in Grand Cayman on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Kildag, originally from Dersim, Tunceli, Turkey was traveling on a German passport when he was arrested during passenger inspections when he disembarked the cruise ship.
Aranui 5 all-inclusive cruises have availability for 254 passengers accommodated in 103 cabins on 8 guest decks. The ship has a swimming pool, 2 spacious lounges & 2 conference rooms, 4 bars, fitness room, shop, a massage room, two elevators, as well as a washer and dryer on board the vessel, but no dry cleaning is available.
Cruise ship passengers aboard cruise ships, on excursions and travelers in general need to be aware of their surroundings as they shoot for the ultimate holiday selfie memory of their travels. More than 30 people have died during selfies, some of them so outrageous, they defy comprehension.
Henry Echevarria and his wife Lisa were hoping to become cruise passengers on January 22, 2016, when he attempted to board Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, Florida with a two-inch-long house key, formed into the shape of a hand gun.
But, port security refused to let the couple board with the key gun, saying it was a prohibited item, a “replica” gun.