In Italian court, Irishman Sean Ruddy and Brit David Freeburn got a six month prison sentence and a €200 fine on Saturday. They were caught souvenir hunting in November 2013 in Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, and convicted for stealing a bag with the Costa Concordia logo on it.They were detained by Italian police after they were caught on CCTV entering the vessel.
Two South Africans (Melvin Lotter (31) and Hendrick Johannes Venter (33))were imprisoned for four months and received a €200 fine each. All of them were formerly employed by salvage firm Titan Micoperi. They were all fired after their arrests.
A brawl involving a large family, guests and staff members became life threatening until over twenty Carnival Cruise Line passengers were removed from the Carnival Legend. The brawl was described as a “bloodbath.”
The Carnival Legend was scheduled to dock in Melbourne Saturday after ten days in the South Pacific. The brawl forced an unscheduled stop in Eden, New South Wales. Police unloaded the unruly passengers after the early morning fight.
More ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any year since the Vessel Sanitation Program began in 1990. Failures included 5 Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line, one from Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line, one from Miami-based Oceania Cruises and one from Deerfield Beach-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and the Caribbean ferry, Ferries Del Caribe’s Kydon failed twice.
Over three hundred passengers became ill on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Florida with over 332 cases of gastrointestinal illness. The Independence of the Seas returned Saturday to Port Everglades, Fla., after a five-night cruise. Reports were made of passengers throwing up all over the ship while trying to get to the ships doctors. Read more
Norovirus, an infection of the gut, is highly contagious and has symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, fever, aches and pains and other symptoms. An outbreak of a highly contagious stomach illness known as norovirus sickened more than 90 people on a cruise ship docked in Brisbane, Australia. This is the fourth such outbreak on the Sun Princess this year.
Tropical Storm Cindy, currently in the Gulf of Mexico has led Carnival Valor and Carnival Triumph to change their five-night Western Caribbean cruises. The storm they are avoiding is located 305 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile the Southern Caribbean is being affected by Tropical Storm Bret, which formed Monday afternoon.
The cruise operator failed to accept the findings of UK medical experts, so Costa Concordia survivors will be flying back to Italy. Those who were injured “are now having to undergo further medical assessments, say that returning to Italy is “likely to only serve to compound the trauma” experienced by the victims.”