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The Fire on the Royal Caribbean Ship Grandeur of the Seas

For the first time in a while, a cruise ship that was involved in a catastrophe (or near catastrophe) wasn't owned by Carnival. (You can read about the most recent Carnival cruise ship incident here, which also discusses the many other disasters the industry giant has been involved with over the past year or so.) Instead, the affected ship this time - the Grandeur of the Seas - belongs to Royal Caribbean, the second largest cruise ship operator in the world after Carnival. Early on Memorial Day, the Grandeur of the Seas caught on fire, causing panic and an immediate crisis situation on a ship at sea with over 2,000 guests on board. Below is an overview of the fire on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, an episode that for the most part has now concluded, with the ship's passengers home or en route thereto, although there is an ongoing investigation into what caused the fire in the first place. Read more [...]

The Carnival Triumph and its Newest Problems – Man Still Missing in Mobile River

Evidently, the problems never end for the Carnival Triumph, the Carnival cruise ship that has been involved in two headline-making ordeals so far this year. The most recent Carnival Triumph problem occurred yesterday, when high winds caused the ship to break away from a repair dock in Mobile, Alabama. A guard tent on the shipyard grounds and the two men within it were also blown into the waters of the Mobile River. One man was recovered and is being treated at a hospital, but the other man is still missing. The Carnival Triumph has been recovered and secured to the dock, with tugboats standing by as a precautionary measure. This most recent Carnival Triumph incident is not tied to the guard shack and the missing man, other than that both problems were caused by the same strong winds. Read more [...]

The Carnival Dream Failure – Equipment Problems Ruin Another Carnival Cruise

The Carnival ship Carnival Dream is currently docked in St. Maarten in the Caribbean because of equipment malfunctions. The failure of the Dream, which is being described as a "technical issue" by Carnival, has led to various problems on the ship, with one passenger complaining to CNN that human waste is all over the floors of some bathrooms because of overflow. Some of the elevators on board the Carnival Dream are also not working, an issue that is presumably tied to the reported power outages occurring on the ship. Read more [...]

The Ordeal of the Carnival Triumph “Cruise from Hell”, Now Docked in Alabama

The Carnival Triumph, the Carnival cruise ship that was adrift in the Gulf Mexico for the past five days, finally arrived to a port in Mobile, Alabama early today. The large cruise ship was disabled after a fire in the engine room knocked out power and compromised sanitation on board. The ship had more than 4,200 people on board. They arrived to port hungry and dirty, but nevertheless relieved that the Carnival Triumph ordeal had ended at last. Read more [...]

The Thomson Cruises Lifeboat Accident in the Canary Islands

Five people died and another three were injured today when a lifeboat fell from the Thomson Majesty, the newest cruise ship in the Thomson Cruises fleet that was docked in La Palma, Canary Islands, which are part of Spain. All of the eight people affected by the lifeboat accident were crew members of Thomson, which is owned by the German company TUI. The lifeboat fell off the vessel during an emergency drill, plummeting nearly 100 feet (30 meters) and then crashing into the water below. Although there were about 2,000 passengers on board the Thomson Majesty, none of them were involved in the emergency drill. Read more [...]

Whether Francesco Schettino, Disgraced Captain of the Costa Concordia, is Responsible for the Shipwreck

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concodia that crashed off Isola del Giglio, Italy in January 2012, attended a hearing in Italian court yesterday in connection to his role in the disaster. The hearing likely marks the beginning of a high-profile (and potentially lengthy) court saga that will have Francesco Schettino at its center, as the Costa Concordia captain is expected to be charged with causing the shipwreck, abandoning ship, and numerous counts of manslaughter. Eight others, including three people who worked for Costa Crociere's crisis center, are also facing possible charges. Read more [...]