Happy New Year 2020 Let Hope Lead The Way – It’s been a very interesting year and the cruise stories have been both good and bad. The good has been more cruise ships and ports, including Seattle are becoming shore power capable. Somewhere in the middle, we’ve added 57 deaths to Cruise Ship Deaths in 2019 – some who died doing what they loved. Unfortunately, there were two clusters of mass casualty deaths towards the end of the year, which all took place during shore excursions; Whakaari Volcano in New Zealand and Excursion bus accidental death in Belize. The most recent death on December 21 of Bruce Campbell was added earlier today.
Bruce Campbell from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was on a four-night cruise which embarked from Charleston, South Carolina, and was playing bingo aboard Carnival Sunshine when he suddenly had a stroke. He was debarked to a tug boat which met Carnival Sunshine at sea, performing ’emergency’ sea evacuation to a hospital in Freeport, Bahamas. At the time, his wife was said to have only $20.00 in her pocket and was left helpless in a foreign nation.
This is the part of the story I always hate because it demonstrates how quickly a cheap, short cruise with only one port call can end up costing almost $50,000. This is where I normally go into a rant about why people need to book cruises with travel insurance included. But, at this time of the year, a few days before Christmas, I totally get it. A small business owner and his wife scrimp to steal away for a few days away from their business and everything was included in their cruise, so they plan to enjoy the free amenities and the awesome view. They threw caution to the wind and boarded for a low-cost international, luxury cruise.
When the unexpected happened, Bruce and his wife Narcene had to rely on the compassion of others to help them meet a sudden, enormous financial burden after a medical emergency. Now, it depends on who you ask, as to how things turned out. Some called a Christmas Miracle. The video on our Bruce Campbell Cruise Ship Deaths page titled the video, “CHRISTMAS CRUISE NIGHTMARE – Cruise Couple with no Money Stranded in the Bahamas”.
Let Hope Lead The Way
But, at this point, Narcene would likely call it the worst day of her life. I would have to agree with that feeling. Narcene Campbell has just lost her soul mate and has to finalize his arrangements. She has also lost her business partner and pet store co-owner. At this point, all seems hopeless as she begins to plan the selling of their business, which she says would be too much for her step through the pet store door again. She also faces the task of finding new forever homes for all the critters who were awaiting new forever homes. Truly, there are so many things cruise insurance can never replace; Narcene Campbell was blessed by more than 203 people who opened their hearts and gave of themselves to help make her struggle just a little bit easier. Hope has lead the way.
On a lighter note, it’s New Year’s Eve and I’ve been watching my favorite cruise port video in Funchal Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. I’ve watched the New Years’ Eve celebration in Funchal every year since 2014, when I met Prince Renato II, of the country Pontinha, an island fort on Funchal harbor. The video below is from today’s celebration on Funchal harbor.
Video: New years eve – Funchal Madeira