The Crown Princess (Princess Cruises)

Norovirus Strikes A Crown Princess Cruise For The Second Time This Year, Sickening 170

Some guests just refuse to leave, even when the party is over, it seems: For the second time in six months, Carnival’s Crown Princess, which sails the seas under the Princess Cruises brand, has hosted an outbreak of norovirus. The ship was met at the dock in Los Angeles yesterday by public health officials after more than 170 passengers and some crew fell ill on a 28-day cruise to destinations like Tahiti and Hawaii. [More]

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Carnival’s New Long-Range WiFi Service Keeps Passengers Connected – For A Hefty Price

For the past several years consumers traveling on cruise ships have shared a wealth of information and photos (remember the Poop Cruise?) while on their memorable voyages. Well, sharing their experiences – good and bad – with family, friends and the internet at large just got a bit easier, as long as you’re willing to pay a hefty WiFi charge. [More]

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Beer Cruise Ends In Disappointment For 121 People After Boat Runs Aground Near Statue Of Liberty

While the Statue of Liberty is definitely a prime tourist attraction, 121 beer enthusiasts were likely not too happy to be run aground near the Green Lady over the weekend, when their booze cruise as unexpectedly cut short. [More]

Cruise Ship Earns Nickname “Pandemic Princess,” Cancels Next Trip For Mechanical Reasons

Cruise Ship Earns Nickname “Pandemic Princess,” Cancels Next Trip For Mechanical Reasons

It’s not quite the second coming of the Poop Cruise, but 2,000 passengers who were set to board a Princess cruise near Perth, Australia are really sad since their trip has been canceled due to mysterious mechanical issues. This might not have attracted news attention if the last sailing of the same ship hadn’t experienced a norovirus outbreak, earning the nickname “Pandemic Princess.” [More]

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Cruise Ship Passengers Tell Senators Their Horror Stories During Committee Hearing On Industry Safety

From the widely reported horrific conditions of the Carnival Triumph’s Poop Cruise, to the nightmarish experience of sexual assault while onboard, cruise ship passengers recounted their horror stories during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing aimed at boosting protections for travelers in the industry. [More]

Cruise Lines’ Problem: You Already Hate Cruises

Cruise Lines’ Problem: You Already Hate Cruises

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who take cruises, and people who have already made up their minds that they hate cruises. The CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines says that it’s his company’s job to find the people in that second category and convert them. [More]

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6 Things Your All-Inclusive Vacation Might Not Include

All-inclusive trips to resorts or on cruise ships can be a convenient and relaxing, since your major expenses are already taken care of. They can suddenly become a lot more stressful when you learn that the things that make a vacation fun––excursions, fancy beverages, memorable meals––aren’t part of the package that you signed on for. [More]

Poop Cruise is back in the news.

33 “Poop Cruise” Passengers Want Carnival To Fork Over $5K Per Month Each For Life

A group of 33 passengers who were on the ill-fated “Poop Cruise” last year — also known as the Carnival ship Triumph — have been in court suing the cruise line and are now asking the company to shell out $5,000 in damages per person, every month for the rest of their lives. [More]

(Stephan J. Cox)

Norovirus Suspected Of Gripping Yet Another Cruise Ship In Its Nasty, Barfy Embrace

Federal health officials are on the vomit-filled trail once again as yet another cruise ship full of people have possibly been hit by norovirus. Around 114 passengers and 10 crew members reportedly fell ill during a weeklong cruise on the Holland America MS Veendam. [More]

Cruise Ship Worker Admits To Assaulting Passenger, Trying To Throw Her Overboard

Cruise Ship Worker Admits To Assaulting Passenger, Trying To Throw Her Overboard

Shocking news from aboard a Holland America cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, which sailed from Florida earlier this month set for the Caribbean: A ship worker reportedly confessed that he’d raped, beat and strangled a passenger before trying to throw her overboard from her balcony on Feb. 14, federal authorities say. [More]

Forget About Norovirus — There Are Caribbean Cruise Deals To Be Had

Forget About Norovirus — There Are Caribbean Cruise Deals To Be Had

With all the snow hitting the mid-atlantic region, we’re dreaming of warm, sunny days in the Caribbean. Taking that beautiful vacation on a cruise ship might not sound like the best idea, what with all the recent problems: norovirus and crippled ships (“poop cruise” anyone?). But if you’re looking for a good deal you might just find the best on a cruise, thanks to an overabundance of ships now sailing the area. [More]

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Days after Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas had to return to port early after hundreds of passengers fell ill, Carnival’s Caribbean Princess returned home to Houston last night, a day ahead of schedule, with at least 170 sick people on board. [More]

Live Dispatches From Royal Caribbean’s Barf Cruise: Passenger Takes To Reddit

Live Dispatches From Royal Caribbean’s Barf Cruise: Passenger Takes To Reddit

Earlier today, we shared with you the news that a Caribbean cruise out of the port of Bayonne, N.J. has become a plague-wracked hellscape instead of a vacation. Well, maybe that’s overstating it a little, but things on board are unpleasant. According to the Centers for Disease Control, so far 19% of the passengers and 4% of the crew have the mysterious gastrointestinal illness. One passenger who isn’t sick (yet) took to Reddit to answer random strangers’ questions. [More]

Don’t Like Your Cruise? Carnival WIll Pay You To Go Home

Don’t Like Your Cruise? Carnival WIll Pay You To Go Home

The 2012 Costa Concordia disaster and the infamous Poop Cruise of the Triumph in February of this year did a lot to hurt the reputation of the cruise industry worldwide. So Carnival has a novel idea: try a cruise, and if you don’t like it within the first day, they’ll pay you to go away. [More]

Now It’s Royal Caribbean’s Turn To Make The Whole Cruise Industry Look Bad

Now It’s Royal Caribbean’s Turn To Make The Whole Cruise Industry Look Bad

First Carnival had the infamous Poop Cruise and a string of other disasters. Now it’s another cruise line’s turn: this week, Royal Caribbean is in the news for seemingly abandoning an American passenger with a broken hip and his wife in Turkey, and for ending an Alaska cruise early because of a problem with the ship’s motor. [More]

Cruisin' with Paula -- it can happen.

While Paula Deen’s Business Partners Abandon Ship, Her Cruise Trip Adds An Extra Voyage

As of yesterday evening, Paula Deen had lost a handful of her business partners: Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Caesars Entertainment, Walmart and by the end of the day, Home Depot. Meanwhile, QVC and Target are still undecided. But one partner isn’t abandoning ship yet, and it happens to be an actual ship: Organizers of her annual “Paula Deen Cruise” event have added an extra voyage to the 2014 schedule. [More]

(Jeremy Brooks)

At Least You Won’t Get Stranded At Sea If The Cruise Ship Is Land-Bound

If you’ve found yourself entirely put off by the idea of climbing aboard a ginormous floating funhouse, for fear of say, becoming stranded at sea and wading around in sewage, but you still have a hankering for that maritime flavor, you’re in luck. A new hotel is touting itself as the world’s first cruise ship-themed accommodations.  [More]

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Catches Fire, Toilets Continue To Work

If you had been considering a cruise vacation because nothing has gone terribly wrong on any major ships in at least a couple of weeks, maybe you should reconsider. Passengers on their third day of a Royal Caribbean cruise were dragged out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and told to put their life vests on because of a fire on board. [More]