Brawl Cuts Short Legend Cruise


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.

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Dirty 2017: Filthy Cruise year

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.

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91 Passengers Infected by Norovirus Outbreak On Cruise Ship

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.

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Tropical Storm Cindy Affects Cruise Ship Itineraries

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.

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Costa Concordia survivors in legal battle

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.”

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Italian court: Costa Concordia Captain’s 2012 shipwreck sentence Upheld

The 16-year prison sentence for Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia was upheld by an Italian appeals court. Francesco Schettino appealed against the sentence handed down in 2015. Schettino was found guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning passengers. The appeals court rejected the prosecutor’s request to extend the term to 27 years.Schettino can appeal. The ruling also bars him from working on a ship for five years. Schettino was sentenced in February 2015 to 16 years and one month in prison after a judge ruled that his recklessness was responsible caused Costa Concordia to hit underwater rocks off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio.