The Coast Guard in Alaska medevaced a 55-year-old cruise passenger from the Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship approximately 25 miles southeast of Montague Island in the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. Air Station Kodiak dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the cruise ship after Air Station Anchorage received a request from the master of the Regent cruise ship indicating that the woman was suffering from internal bleeding. View Full Post
Vision of the Seas Descends Into Drug-Fueled Orgy During Mediterranean Cruise? Last year, Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed with the producers of a reality television show called "Shipmates" to use the cruise line’s Vision of the Seas in the filming of the program. Channel 4 TV in the UK used the Vision as the setting for what the producers describe as a "party-fueled luxury cruise ship" sailing in the Mediterranean Sea with a horde of thousands of 20 year-olds "seeking the ultimate party experience on the once-in-a-lifetime experience." Promoting a theme of "sun, sea & sass," the TV producers said that the partying shipmate contestants would compete in challenges where other passengers would vote the drunk participants as either winners or losers. View Full Post
Royal Caribbean Buys Majority Stake in Silversea Cruises Today, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that it is acquiring a 66.7% stake in Silversea Cruises for $1,000,000,000 (billion) and assuming around $500,000,000 (million) in debt. As a privately held cruise brand, Silversea operates nine ships with two newbuilds, Silver Moon and Silver Dawn, which are under construction for delivery in 2020 and 2021, with an option for a sister ship. View Full Post
Jury Returns $20,000,000 Verdict for Seriously Injured Royal Caribbean Officer on Voyager of the Seas A Miami-Dade County jury returned a verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruises of more than $20,000,000 on behalf of an officer who was injured on the Voyager of the Seas during an accident in 2008. Royal Caribbean officer Lisa Spearman was seriously and permanently injured when a watertight door crushed her right hand when she came to the assistance of the cruise ship nurse. View Full Post
FEMA Pays Exorbitant Price for Charter of Carnival Fascination After Hurricane Maria According to WRLN in Miami, FEMA grossly overpaid Carnival Cruise Line to charter the Carnival Fascination to provide housing for FEMA workers following Hurricane Maria.  According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Daniel Rivero, WLRN states that FEMA agreed to pay Carnival $74,700,000 to provide accommodations aboard the Carnival Fascination to house federal aid workers and first responders in St. View Full Post