CRUISE NEWS: Over 100 Holland America Passengers Fall Ill in Suspected Norovirus Outbreak

A Holland America cruise ship has departed from Tampa following and outbreak of what the company suspects to be Norovirus. The ship set sail for the Caribbean after a thorough sanitation process and inspection by the CDC.

After departing from Rome, Italy on Nov. 3, 86 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the ms Oosterdam reported symptoms typical of Norovirus, the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in US adults. Affected passengers were isolated to their cabins, while the crew began a sanitation process that involved the disinfection of elevator […]

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CRUISE NEWS: One Cruise Passenger Killed, Nine Injured in Offshore Excursion Bus Crash

A passenger of the P&O ship Azura has been killed and nine others injured in a bus accident during an offshore excursion in the Caribbean.

The collision occurred midday Wednesday, as the victims rode on a bus carrying ten Azura passengers and twelve riders in total. The vehicle, operated by a shore excursion provider, was reportedly coming from the Emerald Pool, a popular tourist attraction on Dominica island. According to Dominica News Online, the bus collided with an oncoming vehicle, killing one British cruise passenger and […]

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Crew Member Dies, Three Injured In Norwegian Breakaway Safety Drill Accident

An accident during a routine safety drill aboard the Norwegian Breakaway today sent four crew members overboard, including a 41-year-old member who later died from his injuries.

According to a police spokesperson, via The Royal Gazette, the crew members were on a lifeboat when its wiring broke, leaving it dangling and dropping all four individuals into the ocean. The ship’s medical team responded immediately, and the crew members were sent to a local hospital for treatment where the yet unnamed Filipino crew member died. The other […]

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158 Passengers Hit with Norovirus Aboard Diamond Princess

Earlier today, an Australia media outlet reported 158 passengers aboard Diamond Princess contracted the Norovirus during a 12-day cruise from Sydney to New Zealand.  The cruise ship arrived in Sydney this morning.

The Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines resulting in severely uncomfortable nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Local health authorities were notified by Princess Cruises of the outbreak.

Director of the South Eastern Sydney local health district, Professor Mark Ferson, reported 158 of the 4,000 passengers and a number of crew members […]

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Seven Arrested After 24lbs of Cocaine Found Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Seven individuals were detained Sunday following the discovery of 24 pounds (11 kilograms) of cocaine aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine identified luggage containing the contraband during a cabin inspection prior to the Jewel of the Seas’ departure from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ten packages of the substance tested positive for cocaine and are valued at over $300,000.

Officials seized the contraband and detained seven individuals, including the cabin’s occupant. According to Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez, six of the seven […]

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Jamaica Tour Bus Accident Kills One Royal Caribbean Cruise Passenger, Injures Others

Earlier today, the Jamaica Observer reported that a number of cruise passengers sustained injuries in a a four-vehicle crash.  The passengers were traveling on a tour bus on their way back from the Dunn’s River Beach in St Ann along the Carey Park main road in Trelawny.

Injured passengers were taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital.  Subsequent Twitter posts by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line revealed that 21 passengers from Independence of the Seas participating in an excursion in Falmouth, Jamaica were involved in the crash.

“We are […]

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Princess Cruises Passenger Reported Dead in Snorkeling Accident

A Princess Cruise Line passenger sailing aboard Caribbean Princess has been reported dead following an off-ship snorkeling trip in Belize.

As reported by Breaking Belize News, 67-year-old Janice Mittelstadt was touring with Hugh Parkey’s Belize Dive Connection at Sergeants Caye. According to Tourism Police’s Superintendent Gualberto Garcia, Mittelstadt submerged suddenly, and was pronounced dead after being retrieved and administered emergency assistance. Though the cause of death is unknown, police called the incident a “snorkeling accident.”

The body has yet to receive a post-mortem examination, and it is […]

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Man Behind Bars for Molesting Girl Aboard Disney Cruise Ship

31-year-old Juan Manuel Palma Ortega has been charged with molesting a girl aboard a Disney cruise ship during a weekend cruise out of Port Miami.

As reported by WSVN, an 11-year old girl identified the Honduran man after alerting her parents that she had been fondled by the accused three times aboard the Disney Magic’s cruise. Ortega allegedly confessed to the wrongdoing, and is being detained on an immigration hold without bond.  Ortega faces three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor.  It is […]

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8 Year Old Boy Drowns in Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Pool

In another sad story, an eight year old boy has drowned aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas cruise ship.

The drowning occurred while the ship was at sea yesterday, Dec. 21.  The boy was noticed and pulled from ship’s pool by another passenger, at which point medical teams began CPR.

“Our medical team quickly responded and performed CPR for over 60 minutes,” Royal Caribbean shared in a statement. Extended efforts to revive the boy were unsuccessful.

This unfortunate loss would likely have been prevented if the cruise line […]

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Cruise Travel Insurance Can Save $25,000 on a Medical Evacuation

A number of recent stories have covered emergency medical evacuations of ill or injured passengers from cruise ships. These evacuations could arise from serious illness (such as a heart attack or stroke) or traumatic injuries suffered by the passenger in an accident aboard the cruise ship.

85 year old male passenger medevacted from Carnival Princess cruise ship due to internal bleeding
88 year old male passenger airlifted from the Carnival Victory cruise ship after suffering internal injuries.
63 year old female passenger evacuated from Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship after […]

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