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Today's cruise news (January 3)

Discussion in 'Cruises' started by RichardR, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. RichardR

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    The Courier Mail of Brisbane, Australia, reported on December 28, 2015, that Carnival Cruises is being sued by an Australian family following their pre-teen son's fall from the gangway of a cruise ship. Further details are at this point available only to subscribers.
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/

    A blogger on the cruise industry reported that the Bahamas had a record murder rate of 148 homicides in 2015, more on a per capita basis than such American cities as Detroit and New Orleans and on a per capita basis 10 times the number in the U.S. The homicides were concentrated in the capital, Nassau, which is the nation's major destination for cruise ship passengers. The U.S. State Department alone has issued 10 crime warnings in two years.
    http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2016/0...detroit-nassau-continues-with-mayhem-in-2016/
     
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  2. McNeal

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    1. http://www.couriermail.com.au/
    An article relating to an Australian law suit against Carnival Crusies is not presently showing when accessing the hyperlink. Furthermore, the "Courier Mail" is a bit of a gossip mongering, super market tabloid not known for it's serious news coverage.

    2. http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2016/0...detroit-nassau-continues-with-mayhem-in-2016/
    This Blogger is reknowned in both the cruise industry and maritime law circles.

    Jim Walker with the Walker & O'Neill Miami law firm is a well respected source for his Cruise and Maritime Blog.
    You will note that this article dissects the crime statistics in the Bahamas to demonstrate a direct link with a serious affect on the safety and well being of cruise ship passengers.

    This article is worth reading and keeping on file.
     
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  3. Neil

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    The Bahamas article is well worth mentioning to warn cruisers to be careful when in that port. Crime has been increasing in Nassau and at a point a few years ago where some cruise ships were looking at possibly pulling out after the Segway incidents.

    To our readers- when traveling in the Bahamas be aware of your surroundings, don't flash money in the open, walk around with your handbag open or hanging loosely, don't wear a lot of flashy jewelry or wander aimlessly and don't over-imbibe at Senior Frogs to the point of not being able to walk back to the ship safely. Stay with crowds, don't go off on your own.

    My wife and I stayed at Sandals in Nassau last May and we were a little wary of the spot in downtown Nassau where we needed to pick up the bus to get back to the resort. If I recall she even mentioned being uncomfortable while we were sitting on the bus waiting for it to fill and we are very experienced travelers. We stayed very alert when we were in the downtown area.

    This advice should be followed in ANY port or any country you are traveling in- it's common sense 101.
     
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  4. mmb

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    wow! Back in 1989 we walked all over downtown Nassau with our two kids, 6 and 8 and felt perfectly safe. Haven't been back since.
    We saw a parade with a fabulous band and in the park saw a bust of the first Govenor by the name of Milo Boughton Butler. My husband is a Boughton and it is a very uncommon name here in the USA.
     
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  5. JVillegirl541

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    We do not even bother to get off the ship in this port!
     
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  6. McNeal

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    I agree completely. That's why we were ticked off when NCL recently cancelled a port call at their private Bahaman island and substituted Nassau.
     
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  7. Neil

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    That happens all the time because of the tendering. I have yet to get on that private island despite 4 cruises there because it's always been too rough to tender.
     
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  8. JVillegirl541

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    We don't do the Caribbean, just not our thing. A Panama Canal full transit is the only reason we ended up there recently ;)
     
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  9. Berkinet2

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    @RichardR: This is the second reference you have posted to the same Carnival Cruise lawsuit and the same article. If you truly are a "News Curator:" for this site, they I believe you need to exercise editorial and management control over the articles you link to. Hopefully these links will provide useful information to people who plan on or are interested in taking cruises. Otherwise, your service is no better than adding a keyword search for "Cruise Lines" to Google news.

    In addition to the repeat posting, I'd suggest the following issues should have kept this article from being published in this Forum:
    • The facts are at best unclear. The alleged injury happened seven years ago and the suit is just now being filed.
    • Parental inattention may have been a factor. "... [the child's] mother was with him when he fell... ...but did not see the fall."
    • There are, as of yet, no permanent injuries alleged or demonstrated and the plaintiffs lawyer says it may take another 9 years to determine if there are permanent injuries.
    • The presentation of the article, with phrases like "...boy who plummeted from a cruise ship gangway..." is exaggerated and sensationalistic.
    • The link provided in the post does not lead to the article, thus preventing the reader from accessing the article and being able to form their own opinion. You even note "Further details are at this point available only to subscribers [of the Courier Mail]." BTW, the same (almost identical) story is available here: Boy falls on cruise: $1m suit - PressReader I was unable too find any other additional references online.
     
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  10. Joe Farrell

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    This daily cruise report . . . does Chris owe you money?
     
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