Noro on the Veendam? A passenger sailing on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship near Greece contacted me today, stating that a number of guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms: "I’m currently on MS Veendam. Left Fort Lauderdale on October 20th and due to return to Fort Lauderdale on December 8th. Currently docked in Souda, Greece. View Full Post
Crew Member from India Missing from Carnival Inspiration The Times of India reports that an Indian crew member has mysteriously gone missing from a Carnival cruise ship while in transit from Mexico to Los Angeles since November 9th.  Symron Santana Almeida, age 33, a resident of Cuncolim, India reportedly was employed as a wiper in the engine room of the Carnival Inspiration.  The Times states that a Carnival spokesperson has been updating the family since November 12th. View Full Post
Bloomberg published an article today titled Why the Cruise Industry Is Booming in the Middle East. The lighthearted article casually mentions that passengers on the “fancy, all-inclusive Seabourn Encore were enjoying martinis and opera around the pool” off the coast of Somalia “where pirates occasionally hijack cargo ships” when an alarm sounded indicating that a small motorboat approached their cruise ship. View Full Post
Noro on the Anthem? A local news station in Philadelphia reports on a recent gastrointestinal outbreak on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. ABC-6 reports that a family from Philadelphia returned from a 7-night cruise aboar the Anthem which departed Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Saturday, November 4th. View Full Post
Norwegian Gem Suffers Power Problems in the Caribbean Less than a week after NCL-owned Oceania Cruises’ M/S Regatta experienced a power loss while cruising near Hawaii, the Norwegian Gem’s propulsion system partially failed according to a New York news station ABC-7NY. The NCL cruise ship was rerouted to Barbados where passengers were reportedly "erratically divided into groups" and flown back to Newark Airport Friday to essentially "fend for themselves." "There was no communication, we knew nothing about what was going to happen, if we were going to have a hotel to stay at," one passenger told the New York news station.  One passenger who contacted me said that "she was a "little disappointed because of the need to scramble and lose a day," but felt that NCL "did the best they could under the circumstances." She added "we were all notified Tuesday that we would by pass St. View Full Post