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.”

Ouch!

 

Princess Cruises fined $40M for Dumping Oily Waste into Sea

Christopher Keays, 27. from, Scotland, worked on a ship as a junior engineer with the Caribbean Princess. Now he is a millionaire. A federal judge in Miami awarded Keays $1 million Wednesday, April 19, 2017  for blowing the whistle on the Princess Cruise Lines’ illegal dumping of oily waste into the ocean.

The case resulted in  a verdict where a federal judge imposed a $40 million fine on Princess Cruise Lines for intentionally polluting the ocean and placed the Carnival Corporation subsidiary on probation for five years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

The DOJ said the fine represents the largest penalty for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution in U.S. history.

The company previously agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges for illegally dumping 4,227 gallons of oily waste 23 miles off the coast of Britain on Aug. 23, 2013, within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The company also falsified official logs in order to hide the pollution. Officials said the pollution also occurred in U.S. waters.

“These violations of law were serious, longstanding and designed to conceal illegal discharges,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood said in a statement. “The sentence in this case should ensure that these crimes do not take place in the future and should also send a strong message to others that illegally polluting U.S. waters will not be tolerated.”

Video: Princess Cruises fined $40M for dumping oily waste into sea

Cruise Lines International Association Sues Juneau Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juneau Alaska Cruise Ships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cruise ship at the dock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juneau, Alaska Government Improvements

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

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

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

2016 Cruise Ship Friends of the Earth Report

Juneau Alaska Contentious Cruise Industry History 

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

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

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

Resources: 

Video: Time to Explore Juneau! Alaska Cruise Travel Vlog

Princess Cruises World Fresh Marketplace

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

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

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

 

Two Casual Specialty Restaurants

  • Planks BBQ
  • Steamers Seafood

Top-Deck Dining Venues including:

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

Video: Past Caribbean Princess Dining Options (2015)

Carnival Corp Lifetime Ban Over Cruise Ship Artwork Auction Lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

History: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respondents are all entitled to summary judgment because:

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

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

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

4. the $100 deposit has been refunded.

 

Editor’s Footnote: 

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

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

Resources:

Painting bought at sea proves to be no treasure

Ebay Auctions for Cuban artist Alexandra Nichita Artwork

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

Video Playlist: Cruise Ship Art Auctions

 

Crown Princess Ultimate Balcony Dinner

This Orlando, Florida couple celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on a Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess cruise on April 27, 2010. Watch the video to see for yourself.

Since it was a special occasion, they ordered The Ultimate Balcony dinner. The Princess Cruises description says, “Enjoy an intimate, romantic dining experience with breathtaking views and a special meal served by your own dedicated waitstaff on your stateroom balcony.

Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.

Available on all ships, the  is a unique Princess dining experience. This item may be ordered aboard by contacting room service or pre-purchased as a special service item (item #3011).”

The $32 half bottle of champagne can be exchanged for a $32 full bottle of red wine.

The video poster says, “The filet mignon was done perfectly and the lobster was HUGE!!! Way too much food…..the whole thing lasted about 2 hours….if you can afford it….you should DO IT…..just DO IT!!! It was AMAZING!!!! $50/pp”.

Video: Crown Princess Ultimate Balcony Dinner

Cruise Ship Hoverboard Banned By Some Not All Cruise Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.

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

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

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

Video: Hoverboard fire

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.

 

Sun Princess Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

Australia Sun Princess cruise ship passenger overboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in Cruise Bruise News Daily

Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cruise Bruise News Daily for Saturday, February 18, 2017

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

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

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

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Explosion While Docked in Port

Cruise Ship Fires: Explosion aboard the Princess Cruises #cruise ship Emerald Princess damaged stern of the ship and kills one.

Around 5:00, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess cruise had an explosion, which damaged the stern of the cruise ship. One crew member was killed during the explosion.

The explosion which was heard miles away, brought fears of a terror attack at the port. Early report say a 45kg gas bottle reportedly exploded and flew through the air.

 

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Passenger in Wheelchair Mowed Down

Cruise Bruise: Royal Princess #cruise ship passenger in a wheelchair was killed while the couple were in port.

Wolfgang Goldammer and his wife Monika Goldammer from Kiel, Germany were passengers aboard Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess on Thursday, January 26, 2017 when they went into port at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

Wolfgang Goldammer was being pushed in his wheelchair by his wife, when a vehicle crashed into the couple. Wolfgang Goldammer was killed, his wife was injured.

Read article for more details.

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

New Yorker Dies On Cruise Honeymoon

Cruise Bruise: A New York #cruise ship passenger has died during his Royal Princess Caribbean honeymoon cruise while on a snorkeling excursion.

Martin Stephen Brutosky, 64, from New York was on a Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess cruise ship excursion with his newlywed wife Diane Montero in Antigua for their honeymoon on December 3, 2016. The couple had been married on November 12, 2016.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths.

Cruise Ship Damages Cayman Islands Coral Reef

Pullmantur Cruise’s Zenith while legal, properly anchored in George Town, Cayman Islands damages coral reef with anchor after weather pushed the cruise ship from the anchorage.

Watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling are among the most popular activities on Grand Cayman as the island is known for its coral reefs and underwater sea walls along with a number of shipwrecks.

As well, Grand Cayman Island also has a number of natural attractions: the blow holes in the East End district, the Mastic Trail that runs north to south through the center of the island, Hell in the West Bay, and the acclaimed Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, to name a few.

Cruise ships drop anchor off of George Town, on the west side of Grand Cayman, and then tender into port.  All major cruise line call at the Cayman Islands including AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and others.

The diving and snorkeling excursions are very popular with cruise ship passengers.

See our Caribbean Cruise Ship Tracker

Cruise Ship Fire – Grand Princess Near Hawaii

Princess Cruises has cancelled the Grand Princess San Francisco to Hawaii cruise after an electrical fire stalled the cruise ship on Monday.

On Monday, November 30, 2015 Princess Cruises Grand Princess experienced a switchboard malfunction sparked a small fire hours around 0530 hours while the cruise ship was sailing toward Hawaii, about 100 miles northeast of Hilo when the fire broke out in its engine room with approximately 2,600 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard.

Grand Princess had embarked from San Francisco, California on Wednesday, November 25 and was on the fifth day of the 15-day cruise to Hawaii and Mexico when the electrical fire broke out.

According the United State Coast Guard (USCG),The fire caused Grand Princess to lose propulsion and electricity.

Read more on Cruise Ship Fires

Cruise Ship Passenger Ireland Medevac Death

American passenger from New York aboard Princess Cruises Regal Princess got a medevac off the coast of Ireland during transatlantic #cruise, died in Irish hospital.

Alice Ann Jacob, 72, from Brewster, New York was on a “bucket list” Transatlantic cruise with her daughter Alethea aboard Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess on September 24, 2015. Jacob suddenly got ill while the cruise ship was off the coast of Ireland, requiring an Irish Coast Guard.medical evacuation from the cruise ship via helicopter.

Jacob was medevaced to Cork University Hospital in Ireland. Cork University Hospital is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only Level 1 trauma center in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

Cruise Line Customer Services Ratings – 32 Cruise Lines

Expansion today on Cruise Ship Complaints includes latest ratings for more USA and Canadian Cruise Lines.

There is a WARNING for one cruise line with 1233 complaints, river cruise lines, lake cruise lines, major ferry lines, harbor cruises, dinner cruises, more resources to help resolve cruise line customer service issues.

 

Browse the Cruise Ship Complaints website by cruise line

Family Gets Cruise Ship Death Free Legal Aid

#Cruise ship crew member’s  body indicates foul play, free seamen legal aid gets $65,000 death settlement for family, with no legal fees.

Lemuel Lizada from Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines, had been a cruise ship crew member aboard Princess Cruises Star Princess for about a month when he died on June 14, 2014, shortly after speaking with family, who he called daily.

Lemuel Lizada got his job at Princess Cruises through Magsaysay Maritime Corp, who called the family on June 15, 2014, to tell them their son had died aboard the Star Princess. The cause of death was stated as “cardiopulmonary disease.”

July 28, 2014, Lemuel Lizada’s body arrived back in the Philippines and the family ordered an autopsy. The autopsy report stated that Lemuel had died from “traumatic injuries.” The family believes Lemuel Lizada was murdered. With no witnesses, the family was getting nowhere. They repeatedly requested a death certificate and were ignored.

Read more on Cruise Ship Deaths

 

Sapphire Princess Lose Two In Hawaii

Sylvia Clark and Alvin Letken passed away in Hawaii 8 years ago today, creating rumors and conjecture.

On May 9, 2007, Sylvia Clark, a US citizen sailing aboard Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess passed away from natural causes while the cruise ship was near Honolulu, Hawaii.

This one of two deaths this day,  aboard Sapphire Princess created a lot of rumor and conjecture about some great mysterious event taking place, which was not the case.

Video – The Sapphire Princess was caught in fog in January, 2007. it blew the horn over 100 times. 3 seconds, every 2 minutes, for 7 hours.

Happy Cruise Shipping Miami

Seatrade Cruise Global is the Cruise Industry’s Premier Global Event. It is the only event guaranteed to bring together every facet of the business including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.  #Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 was a “Happy” event for the cruise industry. Yes!

Topics of special note

The State of the Cruise Industry: North and South America
Market trends, the health of source markets from Canada and the U.S. to Latin America, infrastructure developments, opportunities and challenges will be discussed. Cruise line leaders will consider key regions, from Canada/New England, down the U.S. East Coast to the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Central America and the Panama Canal. Alaska, the U.S./Canada Pacific coast, Hawaii and South America, from the Amazon to Antarctica, Brazil and the long Chilean shore are up for discussion, as well.

Speakers:
Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line
Roberto Fusaro, Managing Director, South America, MSC Cruises, and Chairman, CLIA–ABREMAR
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises
Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises

In the Galley and Behind the Bar: The Latest Trends in Hotel Operations/Food and Beverage
Robot bartenders are shaking up the cruise world and cavernous main dining rooms are going the way of the shuffleboard. This session will serve what’s next in hotel operations with a particular focus on food and beverage trends. Panelists will examine what goes into supporting all the dynamic F&B changes at sea, from equipment to human resources, training and scheduling, supply and logistics. How are advance online bookings impacting food service operations and delivery, beverage sales and guest satisfaction? What are the plusses and minuses of applying technology in service areas such as arming waiters and bartenders with tablets? Will more technology lead to lower staffing needs?

Moderator:
Dietmar R. Wertanzl President, DRW Hospitality

Speakers:
Brian Abel, Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Royal Caribbean International
Deborah Golden, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Interbrands USA
Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President, Fleet Operations, Silversea Cruises

Upscale Cruise Market: What’s Next?
With several of the upscale brands building or planning new ships, what is the next generation of upscale cruise vessels going to look like and feature?  With the brands all now looking for much higher load factors, what impact will that have on design? What is guest feedback saying about upscale cruisers’ requirements, both onboard and ashore?

Moderator:
Tony Peisley, Director, A.R. Peisley International, and Author of the Seatrade research report “End of the Beginning for Cruising”

Speakers:
Hans Birkholz, Chief Executive Officer, Windstar Cruises
Sarina Bratton, Chairman, Asia-Pacific, Ponant
Richard D. Meadows, President, Seabourn, and President, Cunard North America
Charles A. Robertson, Chairman and CEO, Pearl Sea Cruises
Edie Rodriguez, President and COO, Crystal Cruises
Enzo Visone, Chief Executive Officer, Silversea Cruises

Safety Reminder: Cruise Ship Pool Decks Are Slippery

#Cruise Bruise: A reminder to walk carefully on the pool decks, they are wet and spilled substances such as sun tan lotion or sweet beverages mix to increase risk.

Constantly remind children not to run while aboard the cruise ship, especially on or around the swimming pool deck.

While on the topic of swimming pools,  parents need to be mindful of where their child or children are at all times. Children are naturally dawn to water and may quickly wander away. It only takes a few seconds for the vacation of a life time to become the cruise from hell, with a child fighting for their life after a distracted parent loses sight of their child. If you are sailing with a child, please do NOT drink to excess while on the cruise ship or in port.  Responsible parenting skills never go on vacation.

For Carnival Cruise Lines their ticket contract specifies, “Carnival reserves the right to refuse to serve alcohol to any passenger. Guest acknowledges that the minimum age permitted for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages aboard Carnival’s vessels is twenty-one (21). Guest agrees to supervise all persons under age twenty-one (21) under Guest’s charge to insure that they do not violate this, or any other, shipboard regulation. Guests who attempt to purchase alcohol by using false identification or the Sail & Sign card of a Guest who is twenty-one or older will be deemed in violation of this policy.

Any Guest twenty-one or older who attempts to or purchases alcohol for any Guest under twenty-one will also be deemed in violation of this policy. Guest agrees that Carnival has the right to disembark any Guest who violates this policy and as well as any adults traveling with minors who violate this policy or any other shipboard regulation.”

For Princess Cruises their passenger ticket contract specifies, “Carrier may disembark or refuse to embark You, confine You in a stateroom, quarantine You, restrain You, change Your accommodations or disembark You at any time if, in the sole opinion of Carrier, the Captain or any doctor, You or any minor or other person in Your care during the Cruise are unfit for any reason for the Cruise, or Your presence might be detrimental to Your health, comfort or safety or that of any other person, or in the judgment of the Captain is advisable for any reason. Carrier reserves the right to request a letter from Your physician attesting to Your fitness to travel, but by requesting such letter does not waive its right to disembark or refuse to embark You as set forth in this Section.

Except as otherwise provided, if You are required to remain on board the ship or elsewhere, due to injury, illness, or disability, or due to action of any government or authority, or for any other reason not the fault of Carrier, You must pay or reimburse Carrier for all resulting costs and expenses including for food, transportation, accommodation, medical and/or repatriation services for You and those accompanying You. If You become unfit to travel for any reason during the Cruise and/or You disembark early, or if You are refused passage, or Your reservation is cancelled if You book a cruise after Carrier has advised You that You are no longer allowed to sail, Carrier shall not be liable for any refund, payment, compensation, or credit of any kind.”

The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines passenger ticket contact outlines, Passenger understands and agrees that Carrier has a zero tolerance policy for illegal activity and shall report such activity to the appropriate authorities. d. Each adult Passenger undertakes and agrees to supervise at all times any accompanying minors to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Section 8. e. Carrier may also change accommodations, alter or cancel any activities of, deny service of alcohol to, confine to a stateroom or quarantine, search the stateroom, property or baggage of any Passenger, change a Passenger’s Land Tour, disembark or refuse to embark the Passenger and/or any Passenger responsible for any minor Passenger, or restrain any Passenger at any time, without liability, at the risk and expense of the Passenger, when in the sole opinion of Carrier or Captain the Passenger’s conduct or presence, or that of any minor for whom the Passenger is responsible, is believed to present a possible danger, security risk or be detrimental to himself or the health, welfare, comfort or enjoyment of others, or is in violation of any provision of this Agreement.  “