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Royal Caribbean Hikes Gratuities, Again

Shortly after the new year, Royal Caribbean will again increase the automatic gratuities which it charges its passengers. Royal Caribbean will hike the automatic gratuities which it adds onto its guests’ accounts (by more than 7%) to $14.50 per person, per day. Passengers who stay in suites will pay even

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U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Vision of the Seas

This morning the United States Coast Guard medevaced a 23 year old passenger from the cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas,  according to a Baton Rouge news station.
The young woman was suffering from “suspected internal bleeding from a prior incident.” It is less than clear what prior incident the

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Excursion Bus Crash in Mexico – Five Questions

What happened? On December 19, 2017, an excursion bus (identified as tourist bus number 1012, Mercedes Benz, license plates 82 RA7V), operated by a Mexican transportation company on behalf of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., carrying passengers from the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas and from the Celebrity Equinox (also

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Bus Accident in Mexico Kills 12 Cruise Passengers from Celebrity Equinox and Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas

Multiple news sources are reporting that at least twelve people died when a bus carrying anywhere from twenty-seven to thirty-one cruise passengers on an excursion to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico flipped over on a highway earlier today. Additional cruise passengers, with some sources suggesting up to eighteen people, were also

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Dangerous Railing on Carnival Fantasy

A follower of my blog sent me a video of a loose deck railing taken by a passenger yesterday on the Carnival Fantasy which is currently sailing from Mobile, Alabama to Cozumel, Mexico. 
The video (bottom) was posted to Facebook and shows the passenger pointng out a railing with heavily rusted brackets

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Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Carnival Dream

Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 17 year old passenger from the Carnival Dream.
The Carnival cruise ship was around 170 miles southeast of South West Pass, Louisiana, heading back to New Olreans after a Caribbean cruise.
The Dream contacted the Coast Guard stations in New Orleans at 8 a.m. indicating that

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Norovirus of the Seas

Its been a tough month for Royal Caribbean. More than 200 passengers became ill and five had to be hospitalized after an outbreak on the Ovation of the Seas during a two-week cruise between Sydney and Singapore, according to the Washington Post.
Local newspapers in South Florida are reporting today that the

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Medevac from AIDAblu in Rough Weather

The Portuguese Air Force medevaced a passenger from the AIDAblu cruise ship which was 257 kilometers from Montijo, Portugal. The rescue took place under adverse weather conditions, described as strong winds of approximately knots, and waves of eight meters. 
The medevac involved a  a 47-year-old man in need of urgent medical

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NTSB Blames Master of Celebrity Infinity for Crash into Ketchikan Dock

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the Celebrity Infinity’s allision with a dock last year in Ketchkan, Alaska was the master’s failure to plan, monitor, and execute a safe docking maneuver.
You can read the NTSB report here. A photo from the NTSB report is

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Carnival Breeze Receives Failing USPH Sanitation Score

According to crew members on the Carnival Breeze, the Carnival cruise ship was in Galveston Sunday  when the United States Public Health (USPH) came aboard the ship for a semi-annual sanitation inspection. According to these crew members, the USPH gave a failing score of only 77, although the Centers for

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