Carnival’s PR Nightmare Continues: Carnival Dream Stuck in Caribbean Port with Generator Issue

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By Colleen Jenkins and Phil Wahba March 14 (Reuters) - A Carnival Cruise Lines ship with 5,600 passengers and crew was stuck at a Caribbean port with equipment trouble on Thursday, a month after another Carnival vessel was disabled by a fire that trapped thousands of passengers at sea for days. The incident is the latest black eye for an industry battered by problems … [Read more...]

Derelict Cruise Ship M/V Lyubov Orlova Spotted [UPDATE]

MV Lyubov Orlova

UPDATE Jan. 24, 2013: Cannibal Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Story Hijacks the Internet -FAQ Update: According to data from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency obtained by AFP, the derelict Lyubov Orlova has been spotted roughly 1,300 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland at coordinates 49-22.70N and 044-51.34W. Original (Feb. 3): The deck of the M/V Lyubov … [Read more...]

Thomson Majesty Accident – Five Crew Killed During Lifeboat Drill on Cruise Ship [UPDATE 3]

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Update 3: We spoke with a lifeboat industry insider today about the specifics of the lifeboat system that ultimately killed 5 sailors. Preliminary investigations are pointing to a failure of the lifeboat hoisting cable. A failure of one side of the hoisting cable, our source notes, would have resulted in the downward swinging of the lifeboat as the entire load of the … [Read more...]

Carnival Cruise Ship Adrift Off Mexico After Engine Room Fire

Carnival Triumph seen in this undated handout picture provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. REUTERS/Carnival Cruise Lines/Handout

Update: Incident Photos – Carnival Triumph Dead in the Water MEXICO CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp under its Carnival Cruise Lines brand, was adrift 150 miles (241 kilometers) off southern Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Sunday after a fire that caused no injuries, the company said in a statement. The engine room … [Read more...]

Drydocks World to Convert QE2 Ocean Liner to 5 Star Luxury Hotel

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The Queen Elizabeth 2, the ocean liner known as the QE2 that plied the Atlantic for almost 40 years, will be moored in Asia as a 400-room luxury hotel after plans to keep the ship in Dubai were scrapped. Drydocks World, a unit of state-owned Dubai World, signed an agreement with Oceanic Group Pte Ltd., a cruise company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, to … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Orders Third Oasis-Class Ship from France

Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has pulled the trigger on a third (and possibly fourth) Oasis-class cruise ship from STX Europe. Royal Caribbean placed the order for the new ship at STX France's Saint-Nazaire shipyard, a departure from STX Finland's yard in Turku where the first two Oasis-class ships - Oasis of The Seas and Allure of The Seas - were built. Travel Weekly reports that the … [Read more...]

Concordia’s Sister Ship Damaged in Pier Allision in Marseilles

The Costa Pacific

Strong winds caused a Costa Crociere cruise ship to slam against a pier in Marseilles, France, leaving a nearly 30-foot long gash in the side of the ship above the waterline. In a statement, Costa Crociere says that strong gust of wind caused the Costa Pacifica to make contact with a mooring point at about 8 a.m. Tuesday during a berthing maneuver at the port of Marseille. … [Read more...]