(Holland America Line)

Jury Awards $21.5M To Cruise Passenger Struck In The Head By Ship’s Sliding-Glass Doors

While automatic doors can be very useful — especially on a cruise ship where maybe you don’t want to go around touching too many door handles — they’re not only useless when they don’t work right, but they can hurt: a federal jury has ordered cruise line Holland America to fork over $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who suffered a minor brain injury when he was struck in the head by a ship’s sliding-glass door. [More]

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Carnival Cruise Ship Liberty Stuck In St. Thomas After Engine Fire

Are there worse things than not being on schedule? Yes, but at least the more than 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty have access to working toilets: after an engine fire broke out Monday morning, the 10-year-old vessel has remained docked in St. Thomas instead of continuing on its journey. [More]

A diagram from the FTC complaint showing how millions of automated marketing robocalls were made each day under the guise of a political survey.

Telemarketers Accused Of Using Political Robocalls To Pitch Caribbean Cruise Packages

While people at various points on the political spectrum may disagree about many topics, one sentiment many of them share is a distaste for prerecorded phone calls from political organizations. Like them or not, they’re generally legal even if the recipient is on the federal Do Not Call list. But when you use a supposedly political telemarketing call to ultimately shill for a cruise line, you’ve crossed over into the dark side. [More]

Woman Will Spend $164K In 2015 To Continue Living On Cruise Ship That’s Been Her Home For Last 7 Years

Woman Will Spend $164K In 2015 To Continue Living On Cruise Ship That’s Been Her Home For Last 7 Years

Perhaps you fancy yourself a regular captain of the high seas due to your yearly cruise trip. Get back to swabbing decks though, folks, because there’s a woman who’s been living on a cruise ship longer than most of the crew, after almost seven years of making her home there. [More]

Cruise Passenger Falls From One Ship, Gets Rescued By Another 5 Hours Later

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The high seas can be perilous, despite the best efforts of cruise ships to protect passengers from going overboard. So when a passenger on a Royal Caribbean Cruise somehow ended up in the water, he was extremely lucky that a Disney cruise ship happened to come by a few hours later to rescue him. [More]

Welcome to the halls of norovirus infamy, Dawn Princess.

Norovirus Strikes At Least 200 Passengers On Princess Cruise Ship In New Zealand

Another cruise in the news, another batch of passengers clutched in the gross embrace of that scourge of all pleasure vessels on the high seas, norovirus. A Princess Cruises ship in New Zealand has had 200 passengers fall ill recently, struck with the nasty gastrointestinal illness. [More]

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]

(Adam Fagen)

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]

(JoelZimmer)

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]

(Damian)

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]