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  • Cruise Coronavirus Crisis: Crew Members on the Ruby Princess Plea for Help

    A number of crew members aboard the Ruby Princess have requested assistance as the cruise ship remains drifting off the coast of Australia for over a week. The crew members, who have requested to remain anonymous, have stated that several of the most seriously ill seaman have been transported from the ship. The crew is...

  • Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas Denied Permission to Call on Ports During Australian Cruise

    Today we received the following information from several crew members on the Voyager of the Seas which is sailing an Australia itinerary after departing from Sydney. The future scheduled ports include Mystery Island and Vila in Vanuatu as well as several ports of call in New Caledonia – Mare, Lifou, and Noumea: “The Voyager of...

  • Man Overboard From Norwegian Jewel

    A cruise passenger reportedly went overboard from a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, according to several newspapers. The Norwegian Jewel was on a 12-day Australia-New Zealand cruise when the passenger went overboard near the east coast off the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand’s North Island. The man went overboard around 7:00 P.M on Sunday (New Zealand time)....

  • Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Vasco da Gama Loses Power Off Coast of Australia

    A radio program in Sydney, Australia, the Alan Jones radio show, is reporting that Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Vasco Da Gama (formerly the P&O Pacific Eden) lost power to its engines in the Gulf of St. Vincent off Adelaide, Australia earlier today. The radio station 2GB’s Steve Price spoke to passengers onboard, who reportedly said: Approximately...

  • Person Missing From Golden Princess

    A person (either a cruise guest or crew member) is presumed to have gone overboard from the Golden Princess according to a passenger on the Princess cruise ship. Shortly after 6:15 p.m. EST today (10:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 22 – Australia time), a cruise passenger from Adelaide, Australia posted the following information on Twitter: AIS data show the...

  • Royal Caribbean Passenger Arrested for Attempting to Throw Partner Overboard from the Radiance of the Seas

    According to ABC News in Australia, a cruise passenger was arrested after he tried to throw his partner overboard from Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas. According to the Mercury newspaper, witnesses heard screaming followed by an emergency alarm. The Daily Mail identified the cruise passenger as David James Fysh.  According to the Epoch Times,  a fellow passenger commented on the...

  • Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun

    A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80’s. In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard. The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a...

  • Passenger Reported Overboard From P&O’s Pacific Dawn

    ABC News in Australia reports that a woman has gone overboard from the P&O Pacific Dawn today. The cruise ship left Brisbane, Australia last weekend on a cruise of the Pacific Islands. The P&O ship is now conducting a search for the missing guest. P&O released a statement today stating that a crew member observed the...

  • Passenger on Carnival Spirit Assaulted After Wrongly Identified By Ship Security as a Pedophile

    An Australian cruise passenger, Mr. Sun, sued Carnival Australia after the cruise line falsely accused him of exposing himself to two young girls on the Carnival Spirit. According to an Australian new station, the incident occurred during a cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia in December 2016. Ship security personnel were notified that a man had...

  • Carnival Security Tries to Cover-Up Ship Brawl

    A video of a brawl on the Carnival Legend shows Carnival security officers and other security personnel kicking passengers while they are on the floor. Carnival officers are also shown trying to prevent other passengers from videotaping the violence. The video, which was taken by a passenger and aired by Australia’s 3AW693 Talk Radio, is circulating on social...

  • Passenger Medevaced From Carnival Spirit

    A Westpac rescue helicopter medevaced a passenger from a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia yesterday . The 40-year-old passenger was reportedly suffering a stroke on the Carnival Spirit cruise ship about 50 miles from Port Macquarie on NSW’s mid-north coast. The rescue helicopter winched the passenger from the...

  • Another Big Cruise Ship Drug Bust in Australia

    The federal police in Australia report that its law enforcement officers and the Australia border protection agency seized thirty (30) kilos of cocaine stashed aboard an unidentified cruise ship which docked in Sydney on November 30, 2017.  Four passengers were arrested on the ship and escorted from the cruise ship – a 41-year-old Belgian woman...

  • Overboard Passenger from Sun Princess Rescued

    A passenger who went overboard into the Pacific Ocean from the Sun Princess cruise ship as it sailed between Brisbane and New Caledonia was rescued today.  Shortly after 4 P.M. local time today, the “man overboard” announcement came over the bridge. A newspaper in Australia reported that it took about 15 minutes for the ship to...

  • Passenger Alleges Sexual Assault on Explorer of the Seas

    News 7 in Australia reports today that a cruise passenger on a Royal Caribbean ship arriving in Sydney, Australia alleges that she was a victim of sexual assault by another passenger during the cruise.     The news account states that the Explorer of the Seas arrived in Sydney after a nine day cruise to...

  • Three People Medevaced from P&O Cruise Ships

    Two crew members and a passenger were reportedly medevaced from two P&O cruise ships within a 24 hour period, according to several newspapers in Australia. The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that Rescue 500, the Queensland Government air rescue helicopter service, medevaced a male patient from the Pacific Pearl about 70 nautical miles east of the...

  • Drug Bust Reveals Flaws in Cruise Ship Security

    The widely reported drug bust of three passengers this week on the Sea Princess cruise ship in Australia uncovered serious shortcomings in Princess Cruises’ shipboard security.   We have written about dozens of drug busts of relatively small quantities of cocaine on cruise ships over the years.  But 95 kilos (over 209 lbs.!) of cocaine...

  • 95 Kilo Cruise Ship Cocaine Bust in Sydney Harbor

    Multiple news sources are reporting that today, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested three cruise ship passengers who were smuggling 95 kilos (over 209 lbs.) of cocaine into the port in Sydney, Australia. SkyNews says that the AFP arrested a 63-year-old man and two women, age 23 and 28, after Australian police with sniffer dogs searched the...

  • HAL’s Upgraded Cabin From Hell

    A couple on a cruise spent a little extra for the proverbial room-with-a-view only to find that HAL had a little surprise – it didn’t tell them beforehand about a crew member using a grinding tool outside their cabin’s window.  The YouTube caption says: “Thanks for telling us when you upcharged us $600 extra for...

  • Norovirus? Over 300 Passengers Sickened on Golden Princess

    9News in Australia reports that the Golden Princess cruise ship docked in Melbourne this morning “after hundreds of passengers were struck down with gastro.” The newspaper reports that “more than 300 passengers” on-board the cruise ship are believed to have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness. Princess Cruises spokesman praised the ship’s crew and medical personnel...

  • VIDEO: “Murky Waters – The Dark Side of the Cruise Industry”

    An Australian newspaper published a mini-documentary about cruise ship dangers in Australia today. SBS’ “The Feed” published Murky Waters: The Dark Side of the Cruise Industry, written and produced by Hannah Sinclair. The video takes a look at a part of cruising that many Australians may be disturbed to learn – sexual assaults, drugs, excessive alcohol...

  • Passenger Medevaced from Diamond Princess

    A cruise ship passenger suffering from an undisclosed medical condition has been medevaced from a Princess cruise ship sailing to Sydney.  The ABC News network in Australia reports that a Westpac rescue helicopter was dispatched to the Diamond Princess after a passenger became ill. A doctor, paramedic and rescue crewman were first winched down from the...

  • Dawn Princess’ Gastro-Hell-Cruise Finally Over

    A news station in Australia reports that passengers on a Princess cruise ship, the Dawn Princess, from Melbourne to New Zealand, are relieved that their cruise has ended after norovirus has plagued their ship. The report stated: “It is believed as many as half of the 1800 passengers were forced into quarantine after suffering from vomiting...

  • Gastro Bug Hits Sea Princess

    A news station in Australia reports that “at least 70 passengers on the cruise ship Sea Princess have been struck down by a severe gastro bug.” Meanwhile, there are norovirus measures taking place on the Pacific Pearl heading toward Sydney following advice from the Australian Health Department, including not allowing passengers to use the self-serve...

  • Emergency Liferaft Deployed on Drunken Celebrity Solstice Cruise to Nowhere

    This morning I received messages from readers of Cruise Law News indicating that a passenger deployed a liferaft from a canister during a three night “cruise to nowhere” sailing from Australia. One person on the ship said: “I have just returned from a 3 night cruise on the celebrity Solstice out of Sydney, Australia. On the...

  • “Seasick Princess” Redux: Princess Cancels Another Cruise on the Sea Princess

    The newspapers in Australia are blasting Princess Cruises for canceling another cruise on the Sea Princess, again at the last minute, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. We previously reported on the cancellation of the September 14th sailing because the cruise ship went into dry dock to try and perform repairs to the ship engines after...

  • Australia Investigates Death of Passenger on Sun Princess

    The Courier Mail newspaper reports today on a case involving the death of a 72 year old passenger aboard the Sun Princess cruise ship. The circumstances surrounding the passenger’s medical treatment on the ship have led the Attorney General of Queensland to order an inquest into the death. Australian cruise passenger Betty Virgo was sailing...

  • Death & Lawlessness? or the Best Vacation Possible? Australian Newspaper Explores Conflicting Views of Cruising

    A newspaper in Australia presents two sides of the cruise industry today.  The main article is entitled: Death, Assaults, lawlessness … the Dark Side of the Cruise Industry. It’s a must read article for everyone interested in the historical view of the problems which continue to plague the cruise industry: missing passengers, excessive alcohol, drugs and...

  • Celebrity Cruises Kicks Elderly Couple Off Millennium Cruise Ship

    A Cruise Law News reader from Australia alerted me of a newspaper article published on Thursday discussing how Miami-based Celebrity sent an elderly couple packing from the Millennium cruise ship a month ago. The Cairns Post reports on the disturbing story of Celebrity kicking 78 year old cruise passenger Adry Arnold and her husband off...

  • Sun Princess Passenger Disappears

    A passenger has gone overboard from the Sun Princess cruise ship. News sources are reporting that a 73 year old man has disappeared from the Princess cruise ship which was sailing from Western Australia to Darwin. The man was reported missing by his wife. A search was conducted approximately 40 nautical miles north of Cape...

  • Luxury Yacht Catches Fires, Explodes & Sinks

    One of the areas of cruising which we rarely touch upon is ultra-luxury cruising. But today, the press in Australia are covering a terrifying fire which quickly engulfed and sank a “superyacht” with 16 people aboard. 7 News reports that the fire occurred on the 135 foot Seafaris. The 16 people on the yacht consisted...

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