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    Princess Cruises announced that it reached a settlement with the Department of Justice Thursday, ending a three-year investigation that the company broke environmental laws by illegally dumping oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. "The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship," said Assistant Attorney General Cruden. "It reflects very poorly on Princess's culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better. Hopefully, the outcome of this case has the potential not just to chart a new course for this company, but for other [...]
    Two passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas were found dead Wednesday after the vessel docked at the Old San Juan Pier in Puerto Rico. Authorities identified the men as Joseph M. Ambrussi, 62, and William Alan Forsytte, 55. One of the men died while the ship was sailing to San Juan, the other passed away as the ship arrived at port. The bodies showed no signs of violence and had died of natural causes. The men were traveling with their wives. The incident came on the day the port was celebrating a new record of cruise ship arrivals [...]
    A Holland America cruise ship that was scheduled to depart from Tampa on Friday will undergo a sanitation procedure after passengers became sick from a Norovirus outbreak. The cruise line said that some guests on the ms Oosterdam became ill during a 15-day cruise that departed from Rome, Italy on Nov. 3. Holland America said the type of illnesses reported strongly suggests Norovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the outbreak. The CDC said that 86 passengers and 18 crew members became ill. There were 1,843 passengers on the ship with 796 crew members. Passengers with symptoms of the illness were isolated [...]
    Two mega-ships are sailing out of Port Canaveral for the first time: the Norwegian Epic and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. The Epic joined Oasis over the weekend after completing its journey from Spain. Oasis began its first sailing from the port a week earlier. Epic and Oasis are the third and ninth largest cruise ships in the world. The Epic weighs 155,873 tons and is currently sailing three to seven-night cruises out of Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The Oasis weighs 225,282 tons and is sailing a series of seven and eight-night voyages to the Caribbean, replacing Royal Caribbean's Freedom [...]
    A P&O cruise ship passenger has died and nine others injured after their tour bus crashed during a shore excursion in the Caribbean. The passenger died from their injuries from the accident in Dominica on Wednesday. The cruise ship Azura departed from Southampton on October 28th with more than 3000 guests on board. Passengers injured in the accident have not been named, and the majority have now been discharged from a hospital. The bus was operated by a shore excursion provider, carrying 12 passengers at the time of the accident. Representatives of P&O Cruises remain in Dominica at the hospital to support those injured. "Our thoughts [...]
    A couple of cruise ships passengers returning to their ship successfully fought off an armed robber in New Orleans. According to the police report, the two passengers were approached by an armed man wearing dark clothing with a bandana covering his face on Canal Street Tuesday night at around 11:45 p.m. The man, armed with a semi-automatic weapon, ordered the passengers to hand over their wallet and purse. The couple fought off the robber in a short "tussle" before fleeing the scene. The two passengers were on their way back to their cruise ship, Oriana, which was docked at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal. The [...]
    Royal Caribbean Cruises has been sued for allegedly not making an effort to save a passenger who fell overboard from the Oasis of the Seas ship. The cruise line is also accused of not recovering the body of Bernardo Texeira Garcia. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Erik Elbaz, Garcia's husband, who states that ship employees were hostile towards the couple before the incident.? Elbaz says the workers used homophobic taunts and slurs, but their complaints to supervisors were ignored. Elba alleged that one employee on the Oasis of the Seas called Garcia a "pedophile." The couple returned to their cabin very [...]
    Two cruise ship passengers who were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges in Australia are due to appear in court today. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice of the State of New South Wales, Melina Roberge, 23, and Isabelle Lagace, 28, are expected in court in Sydney to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Also to appear is Andre Tamine, 64, who was arrested with them aboard the MS Sea Princess. On Aug. 29, Australian police discovered 200 pounds of cocaine hidden in suitcases on the MS Sea Princess. The estimated value of the drugs is $30.5 million. All three [...]
    A Disney Wonder crew member was arrested after he allegedly sodomized a female crew member. The alleged incident occurred last Thursday when the Disney Wonder ship employee, from St. Lucia, sexually assaulted a fellow crew member. The Wonder is undergoing repairs in dry dock in Cadiz Spain. The two crew members knew one another and spent the night together. But the next morning, the man wanted to have anal sex with the woman. The female crew member, a British national, was forced to have sex and she immediately reported the incident to police. Police appeared at the shipyard and arrested the alleged assailant. Police [...]
    A former Holland America cruise ship worker who sexually assaulted and tried to kill a passenger was sentenced to 30 years. Ketut Pujayasa, 31, has already served 2 1/2 years in federal prison for the violent attack on the woman during a cruise that left Port Everglades in February 2014. Pujayasa used his master key to make entry to the woman's room and his on her balcony until she fell asleep. He admitted that he then attacked her for almost 60 minutes, which included choking her with electrical cords and trying to throw her into the ocean from the balcony. The former Holland [...]