This has been another exciting week in the strange world of the cruise industry. I thought that I would spend this Friday recapping some of the interesting cruise stories this week.
The week started with the travel site Tnooz picking up our article Cruise Crime and the Indifference of Travel Writers and asking Are Travel Writers Shills For The Cruise Lines?
A number of prominent travel writers, including Pauline Frommer of the Frommer Travel fame, left comments. Ms. Frommer was right on point in discussing the provisions of the new cruise safety law, which will be signed by President Obama next week. And she was gracious in thanking the International Cruise Victims for pushing the new cruise law forward over intense opposition by the cruise industry and its shill organization, the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). Other travel writers joined the debate, including a few cruise travel writers who could not help taking a cheap shot against our blog.
Royal Caribbean Norovirus
Readers of Cruise Law News continue to comment that Royal Caribbean is struggling with norovirus aboard its cruise ships. There are 50 comments to our article Norovirus On Royal Caribbean's Jewel Of The Seas? The last comment today reports that the Celebrity Constellation continues to have norovirus on board, following the usual ill-fated last minute "additional sanitizing."
Stay tuned. You will continue to hear stories of sick passengers - followed by "enhanced cleaning" - and then more sick passengers. When will this cruise line release the test results of the potable water on its ships? Tired of this cruise line always blaming passengers for not washing their hands? Consider reading Cruise Ship Norovirus - Something in the Water?
Murder on NCL's Jade?
Several sources are reporting that a passenger was murdered aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Jade cruise ship earlier this week.
Did it happen? I don't know. I hope not. But NCL will never say.
This is one of the classic problems with the cruise lines. They are terrified of bad press so they sweep the bad news under the rug. But when the truth comes out, they look like they are hiding the ball. The new cruise law will address this issue. Cruise lines will be required to report crimes at sea and also provide a link on their web sites to the crime data.
When the new cruise law takes effect, the public can cut through the gossip and finally take an an accurate account of cruise ship crime.
Were you aboard the NCL Jade? Do you have information to share about the alleged murder?
Were you aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas or the Celebrity Constellation? How is the cruise line handling the latest bouts of norovirus?
If you have some information to wish to share, please leave a comment below.