Princess Cruises Holland America Line Both Sue Port Excursion Partner

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

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

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

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

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

Princess Cruises Losing Millions of Dollars To Legal Issues

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

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

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

Turkey Cruise Line Port Calls Cancelled

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

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

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

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

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

Princess Cruises v.  Sea Song Tours Lawsuit Stated Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Norwegian Escape Miami Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard Death

On April 19, 2017 around 0300 hours, a male cruise ship passenger jumped overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape. The cruise ship embarked from Miami, Florida at 1600 hours on Saturday April 15, 2017 for  a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Escape spent two and half days at sea before being scheduled to arrive in Charlotte Amalie. The cruise ship stayed in port from 0800 hours until 1800 hours.

Norwegian Escape then sailed onto Tortola in the British Virgin Island to arrive at 0700 hours and spend eight hours in port. While sailing to Tortola, the male passenger who has not yet been named, allegedly jumped from the 14th deck.

Norwegian Escape called on the radio (see video below) they had a man overboard and Celebrity Cruises Summit and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas joined in the search to find the passenger.

Royal Virgin Islands Police Force say his body was recovered several hours later and taken to British Virgin Islands (BVI) for repatriation back to the United States.

When we know the name of the passenger, the case will be added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website. The last case added for a cruise ship passenger on our Cruise Ship Deaths website, was also from Norwegian Escape.

Norwegian Escape is sailing onto Nassau, Bahamas, where she will arrive and dock from noon to 1900 hours on Friday and is due to return to Miami on Saturday April 22. Norwegian Cruise Line Schedules.

Norwegian Escape Live Cruise Ship Tracker

Video: Man Overboard NCL Escape April 19th 2017 (live during the incident)

19 Years Ago Amy Lynn Bradley Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

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

Read more at Cruise Ship Missing


Sib Hashian Boston Drummer Dies on Stage During Legends of Rock Cruise

Sib Hashian, 67, the drummer for rock group Boston, died onstage Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Hashian was performing at Legends of Rock Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Independence of the Seas. CPR was performed without results.

Artist performing included Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, REO Speedwagon, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Thin Lizzy, Don Felder, The Marshall Tucker Band, John Mayall, Todd Rundgren, Mark Farner, Nazareth, April Wine, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Rick Derringer, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett Derek St. Holmes, The Weight Band, The Artimus Pyle Band, Gary Hoey, Carolyn Wonderland, Two Wolf and Pink Talking Fish.

Read more on the Cruise Ship Deaths website.

Arctic Cruise Ship Expedition Views Melting Away

2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record

If you want to see the arctic by cruise ship, it may be melting before you eyes, current scientific models indicate. Capture the moment on your bucket list while there is still something to see.

The Arctic defined, “The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost-containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.”

Arctic Tundra in Summer

Arctic Tundra in Summer

According to a March 19, 2015 article published by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent Is Lowest On Record, “The sea ice cap of the Arctic appeared to reach its annual maximum winter extent on Feb. 25, according to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers), this year’s maximum extent was the smallest on the satellite record and also one of the earliest.”

According to NSIDC,  “When weather outside gets unusually cold, people sometimes say that the weather is Arctic. Sometimes that is true, because the weather and climate in the Arctic can also have a strong effect on atmospheric conditions in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, both for short-term weather and long-term climate. Weather and climate in the far north are very different than weather in the middle latitudes, where most people live, but it is not always bitterly cold.”

Cruise Lines with Arctic itineraries include Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Polar Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Line and Quark Expeditions to name a few.  To discover if an Arctic cruise should be on your bucket list, browse our video playlist below.

You can track cruise ships in Alaska  or track cruise ships in Northern Europe

Video Playlist: Cruise Bruise Arctic Cruises



Cruise Ship Hoverboard Banned By Some Not All Cruise Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.

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

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

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

Video: Hoverboard fire

Lawsuit Anthem of the Seas Hurricane Hermine Injuries

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Anthem of the Sea embarked from Bayonne, New Jersey on February 6, 2016 with 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew aboard, for a seven-day cruise to Florida and the Caribbean.

At the time there were National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center warnings issued for Hurricane Hermine in the Atlantic ocean. We followed this hurricane live in real time, as we do all tropical storms and hurricanes on our Cruise Ship Weather website.

One passenger posted an incredible video on Youtube from his third deck cabin, showing it being plunged into repeated darkness as the waves rise, covering his cabin window. (see video at the bottom of this post) “Anthem Of The Seas Vs huge waves and 120 mph winds. Viewed from my room on the third floor.”

Cruise passenger Frank Deluca from New Jersey filed a lawsuit on February 25, 2017. The lawsuit seeks class action status and alleges in the  complaint, which we downloaded from the court website, the following:

  • “This Class Action lawsuit deals with Defendant RCCL’s knowing and intentional decision to sail the Anthem of the Seas, carrying more than 4,000 paying passengers, directly into the path of a Hurricane. More than 4,000 passengers were subjected to hours of sheer terror as the gigantic cruise ship was battered by hurricane force winds and more than 30 foot waves. This terror was amplified by the recent El Faro tragedy, wherein a cargo ship knowingly sailed into a hurricane and 33 crew members all perished. Just months after one of the worst maritime tragedies in recent history, Defendant RCCL’s knowing, intentional and reckless conduct subjects RCCL to the imposition of punitive damages.
  • Remarkably, the two prior sailings of the Anthem of the Seas were delayed by as much as a day, due to bad weather. Nonetheless, prior to setting sail on Saturday February 6, 2016, there were numerous forecasts which predicted the storm which the Anthem of the Seas encountered.At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center first headlined the possibility of storm forced winds for Sunday, February 7, along the eastern coast near Cape Hatteras, NC. The NOAA indicated that winds would increase from 35-50 knot during the day to 40-55 knots Sunday night. The NOAA also forecasted seas to increase from 12-20 feet during the day to 15-28 feet Sunday night.
  • At approximately 4:20 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016, the NOAA issued a storm warning for Sunday, February 7, with winds of 30-55 knots during the day, increasing to 40-55 knots Sunday night. The NOAA also forecasted seas at 11-18 feet during the day and seas at 18-25 feet during the night.
  • The subject vessel left for its voyage at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday February 6, 2016.Concurrent with embarkation, at approximately 3:34 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, NOAA upgraded the storm warning to a Hurricane Force Wind Warning. The NOAA was forecasting winds of 65 knots and 30 foot seas for Sunday, February 7.
  • RCCL knew or should have known of these hurricane force wind warnings, but none the less, the Anthem of the Seas left the Cape Liberty Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 6, 2016, intending to sail to the Bahamas, carrying more than 4,000 paying passengers.
  • As the vessel was leaving Port, Captain Claus Andersen informed the passengers that there was a weather system building along the east coast and he intended to outrun the growing storm.In other words, RCCL was knowingly sailing directly towards a quickly intensifying hurricane.
  • As predicted, by 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016, the hurricane-force winds and rough seas were battering the vessel so severely that Captain ordered all passengers to be confined in their staterooms until further notice.
  • While confined to their staterooms for approximately twelve hours, passengers were holding onto their beds and/or whatever they could find in order to keep from falling due to the severe crashing of waves and listing of the vessel. Furniture was overturned and tossed through out the vessel; broken glass littered all levels of the vessel; a portion of the ceiling collapsed; elevators became inoperable; waves crashed through open and/or shattered balcony doors; and water rushed in through numerous other areas of the vessel.
  • Waves were crashing over the top of the lifeboats tethered along the side of the Anthem of the Seas as the ship listed heavily to either side. At times the vessel listed (tilted) as far as 45 degrees and the passengers were violently thrown across their cabins.
  • Passengers scrambled to search for life jackets or flotation devices but were unable to do so. There were numerous families with small children aboard the vessel and parents did their best to protect themselves and their young children who were crying uncontrollably and screaming in sheer terror. These are examples of the extensive damage done to the vessel in the storm:

On Monday, February 8, 2016, RCCL decided to turn the Anthem of the Seas around and head back to New Jersey.”

You can track Anthem of the seas on our Live Cruise Ship Tracker.

Video: Anthem of the Sea in Hurricane Hermine

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.

Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Trump Muslim Ban Scientist Gets Pulled Aside After Cruise

Cruise Bruise: A scientist from San Francisco gets interrogated after gay #cruise due to Trump Muslim ban.

Maysam Sodagari, 32,  a scientist from San Francisco, California was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Allure of the Seas during a Caribbean cruise on January 29, 2017, when he disembarked at Port Everglades, Florida and was immediately separated from his friends and placed in an interrogation room.

Read the full article and see another video on Cruise Bruise.

RCCL Lawsuit Filed After Filmmaker Films Own Death

Lawsuit Filed After Filmmaker Films Own Death

Lawsuit Filed After Filmmaker Films Own Death

Cruise Bruise: A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a gay filmmaker who jumped overboard, as he and his husband both filmed the #cruise ship death.

The lawsuit filed on November 1, 2016, states that on November 6, 2015, Bernardo Texeira Garcia and his legally married spouse, Erik Elbaz, were paying passengers on Defendant’s vessel, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Oasis of the Seas, which was in navigable waters.

Read more on Cruise Bruise.

RCCL Sued After Truck Driver Hits Excursion Bus

RCCL Sued After Truck Driver Hits Excursion Bus

RCCL Sued After Truck Driver Hits Excursion Bus

Cruise Bruise: Royal Caribbean sued after excursion bus driver and #cruise ship passengers become victim of truck driver passing car in curve on Jamaican road.

Eight of the passengers have filed a lawsuit a year later, it’s interesting to note that the family of Crystal Glewwe, including husband Rick Glewwe who is a Minnesota Substance Church Pastor, is not a party to this or any other lawsuit related to this incident.

However, Rick Glewwe’s daughter Kayden Glewwe who was on the excursion bus as well, had serious injuries which resulted in surgery after the accident for a broken clavicle.

Read more on Cruise Bruise.

Bernardo Elbaz Oasis of The Seas Overboard

Bernardo Elbaz identified as #cruise ship passenger #overboard in Caribbean. Bernardo Garcia Teixeira​ Elbaz is a missing cruise ship passenger aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Oasis of the Seas on November 6, 2015.

Elbaz  intentionally jumped from the 7th deck to a lifeboat on the 6th, around 0345 hours on Friday, November 6, 2015.

The lifeboat was wet from prior rain. He slipped off the lifeboat after clinging to it for a short time, before dropping into the sea.

Husband has hired lawyer, intends to sue, lawyer was allegedly told, client #gay couple faced #hate comments by crew.

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FBI Closes Case Cruise Ship Overboard

Cruise Ship Deaths: FBI has closed the case of a woman, who went  overboard soon after embarking her Royal Caribbean Cruise Line  #cruise ship in Port Everglades, Florida. FBI investigation determined that the possible cause of this situation was a suicide.

A’riel Brianna Marion, 21, from Tennessee was sailing board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Allure of the Seas with her mother on September 16, 2012, when she went overboard. Allure of the Seas had just embarked from Port Everglades, Florida when the event took place at 9:25 pm.

Allure of the Seas had just set sail on a seven day cruise to the Bahamas. The captain received a call that something had fallen overboard. The cruise ship continued on, as there was no specific “thing” overboard. A security officer reviewed the CCTV footage around 10:27 pm and noted a woman going overboard.

The official United States Coast Guard (USCG) report states that Allure of the Seas staff reported a passenger was standing on her stateroom balcony on deck 10 and was struck by something she described as large and hard which hurt her, but did not injure her. Allure of the Seas staff stated that she did not hear any noises, such as screams or voices.

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Donations Pouring In For Cruise Ship Preemie Baby

Haiden Morgan’s parents Emily and Chase have raised the goal limit twice on GoFundMe for micro-preemie baby born 109 days early on cruise at sea.

The family apparently didn’t add travel insurance for their cruise. Now, as the outcome has indicated, cruising without travel insurance with a pregnant woman and a preschool age child was not a good idea. They are relying on the kindness of others. The family has a Go-fund Me page called, Haiden’s Medical Journey with a goal of $10,000. As of September 23, 2015 the family had raised $350.

An update on September 23 stated, “Chase and I are both overwhelmed with all the support and generosity that everyone has given us. We originally set a random goal of $10k, and would never have thought that we would ever reach this goal. We know that the medical expenses are going to far exceed the original goal, and from the advice of many other s we are slightly raising the goal. We are forever grateful for everyones’ prayers, thoughts and donations. We will be keeping everyone updated with Haiden’s progress and journey in the coming future.”

Independence Of The Seas Miracle Baby Preemie

Cruise ship passenger  Emily Morgan gives birth months early aboard cruse ship at sea to one pound eight ounce  micro-preemie baby boy Haiden after 30 minutes labor.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Emily Morgan who runs a gymnastic and cheer leading center and Chase Morgan who is a Costco forklift operator, along with their 3-year-old daughter Chloe were on a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Independence Of The Seas when Emily, 28, who was pregnant, suddenly went into labor. Emily’s due date was December 18, so her doctors cleared her for the trip.

The second night into the cruise, at sea, Emily Dimick Morgan, from Ogden, Utah, went into labor with the labor pains increasing. Thirty minutes later, the baby boy arrived 109 days early. The baby boy was named Haiden Morgan, a “micro-preemie” and he weighed only one pound, eight ounces at birth and was only 13 inches long.

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.


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Teacher Of The Year Dies On Cruise

Darryl Butler, 34,  teacher of the year, dies on #cruise ship Navigator Of The Seas in Honduras.


Darryl Butler, 34, from the Dallas, Texas area was on a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Navigator Of The Seas with his wife Courtney Butler for their first wedding anniversary on Thursday, July 9, 2015. when he passed away while the cruise ship was in Roatan, Honduras.
Darryl Butler, originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he was buried, had been a teacher for seven years. He taught 6th grade social studies and was Lakeside Middle School Little Elm Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015. Little Elm is a suburb of Dallas, Texas. A gofundme type page was set up You Caring. It raised $14,922 for the expense associated with Butler’s death

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Damned If They Do & Damned If They Don’t – Storm Itinerary deviation sparks mutiny

Another irrational  passenger #mutiny staged over #cruise ship itinerary deviation due to severe storm Typhoon Goni. (photo: view from cabin, cruise ship in hurricane)

Passengers Mutiny in Wusongkou China – September 1, 2015

It was a ‘Damned If They Do – Damned If They Don’t’ situation for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)’ Quantum of the Seas, when the cruise line put passenger and crew safety first, choosing to steer clear of Japan due to Typhoon Goni, instead calling in South Korea.

The passenger mutiny went on for hours with hundreds of passengers refusing to disembark,some having to be forcibly carried off the ship by crew. The cruise ship passenger mutiny delayed the boarding of passengers for the next voyage at Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in the Baoshan District of China, following a nine-day voyage.

Numerous news agencies reported the mutiny, as did Royal Caribbean on their blog. The RCCL blog reported, “About 300 passengers from Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas had to be forcibly removed because they were upset about an itinerary change. Royal Caribbean had given passengers free Wi-Fi and lobster dinners during the voyage to try to make up for the change.”

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Pregnant Cruise Passenger Miscarries Baby

#Cruise Bruise: Widespread anger from anti-cruise industry bloggers and news media after  pregnant passenger denied boarding, miscarries the next month.

February 8 2014, Michelle Ligori, her husband Frank and their two sons, began telling their story to the media after she was denied permission to board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines,”Oasis of the Seas.” During the standard pre-board check in, a customer service clerk asked her if she was pregnant. At the time Ligori had recently found out she was less than two months into her term and she replied, “Yes.”

Ligori said the clerk told her that she would not be able to board Oasis of the Seas,  if she didn’t have a note from a doctor stating that she was fit to travel.

The events that followed the Ligori family were, “nearly two days of their cruise lost and an around and additional $1,500 travel expenses.” Their long-awaited family vacation became a “disaster” and led Michelle Ligori on a crusade to warn other women about the ordeal and question if she would travel with Royal Caribbean in the future. Explaining that Royal Caribbean was reviewing its policies and would consider further discussions with their family about their experiences.

The reality is this, babies can be born REALLY early and while on a cruise it puts the mother and child at risk. The decision to cruise while pregnant should not be taken lightly.  The cruise ship hospital is not equipped for very serious issues such as preemie births. This video show what happened on one cruise when a passenger gave birth to a 1 pound Micro Preemie.

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Constance Kovach Cruise Honeymoon Death

Cruise Ship Deaths: #Cruise ship  honeymoon death submitted to us, latest of our many  online cruise industry memorials.

Constance Peek (Connie) Kovach, 69, from Warner Robins, Georgia, was on her honeymoon cruise in Alaska, when she had a cardiac event during her sleep and passed away in her cabin aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Jewel Of The Seas on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

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Micki Kanesaki Cruise Ship Murder

New charges filed against  Lonnie Kocontes, hiring a hit man to kill another wife, 9 year old #cruise cold case continues.

Authorities investigating Micki Kanesaki’s death had Lonnie Loren Kocontes’ his new wife, Amy Dao Nguyen, who he married in Nevada, testify before an Orange County grand jury, which helped to hinder the case against Kocontes. But her story changed when she testified for investigators again in 2013. Nguyen allegedly told investigators Kocontes coached her in what to say before her grand jury testimony and told her to lie.

Nguyen alleged that she knew Kocontes was going to kill Kanesaki, he told her before they left on the Royal Caribbean CruiseLines’ Island Escape cruise, but she didn’t alert authorities. She was given immunity from prosecution, because she lied to the grand jury and said knew of the murder plot but, did not alert anyone. Soon after, Kocontes was arrested in Florida and held for extradition to California.

May 2015, While still in jail, Kocontes allegedly drafted a letter in which his wife stated that her 2006 testimony was accurate and that she was forced to lie in 2013. Then, according to prosecutors, Kocontes hired two inmates to take the letter to Nguyen, have her sign it, then kill her. One of the two inmates told his lawyer about the alleged plot and new charges were filed. Kocontes now faces two counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of solicitation to bribe a witness. Kocontes says he was set up.

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Cruise Passenger John Ali Radwan Arrested

 Liberty Of The Seas passenger cash theft at hot tub, seen on camera. Florida man with priors arrested.

On May 4, 2015, John Ali Radwan, 29, from Florida was arrested for a theft which took place aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruise ship Liberty of the Seas.

Ian Sinisgalli was in the Liberty of the Seas hot tub early in the morning on Monday, May 4, 2015 when he met John Ali Radwan. Sinisgali put his pants down by the hot tub, which had an estimated $500 cash inside.

Later, Sinisgalli discovered his cash was missing and reported the theft to cruise ship security. Liberty of the Seas surveillance video showed Radwan removing the money from Sinisgalli’s pants.

John Ali Radwan is not a stranger to law enforcement. This is the third arrest he’s had in Florida since February 2013, when he was arrested and charged with stalking.

Video: Liberty of the Seas hot tub.

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