The month of November ends with the mystery of a dead Carnival passenger, another dead Royal Caribbean crew member, a drunk HAL passenger, and the usual weird cruise news.
Murder Cover Up on the Carnival Liberty? According to Carnival’s PR spokesperson Vance Gulliksen, the death of a passenger on the Carnival Liberty had nothing to so with a crime or violence, it was just "medical related." But passengers who were aboard the cruise ship commented on our blog articles Passenger Death On Carnival Liberty Cruise Ship and Death on a Fun Ship: What Really Happened on the Carnival Liberty? that the 36 years old female passenger met a violent if not gruesome death. We posted a video (left) from one of the passengers showing the FBI leaving the cruise ship with what appears to be bags of evidence. Is Carnival trying to hide the truth? It would not be the first time. We have made a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request and will stay on top of the story.
Why Did a 33 Year Old RCCL Cook from Jamaica Die on the Oasis of the Seas? Following the death of a young Jamaican cook on the mega ship Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean took a different PR approach than Carnival and simply said that it is standard protocol to call the FBI following a crew member death. Actually, there is no protocol to notify the FBI every time a crew employee or passenger dies during a cruise. The FBI suggests that they be notified when there are suspicious circumstances surrounding a shipboard death. Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival do a notoriously terrible job handling crime cases and are about the least transparent corporations in revealing information when things go wrong at seas.
How Could A Single Drunk Passenger Almost "Destroy, Disable, or Wreck" a HAL Cruise Ship? An intoxicated passenger dropped an anchor early one morning while cruising on the Holland America Line Ryndam cruise ship. The FBI arrested the drunk passenger with great fanfare. The media followed up with the usual throw-the-stupid-drunk overboard stories. But if there really is a criminal case to be made against the passenger for attempting to “damage, destroy, disable, or wreck a vessel” (a felony pursuant to the United States Code), then what does that say about this cruise line’s security protocols? If a stupid, drunk can single handedly wreck a cruise ship, what do you think a group of smart determined terrorists can do?
Lesson learned? There is way too much alcohol and far too few experienced security personnel on these foreign flagged cruise ships.
Aqua Concert in Cozumel: On the bright side, country artist Taylor Swift will be singing her hits to a captive audience aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest monster cruise ship, Allure of the Seas. On January 21, 2011, as the cruise ship docks in Cozumel, Mexico, Ms. Swift will perform in the cruise ship’s AquaTheater, providing an open-air / ocean view concert. Let’s hope that a brandy-sipping Kanye West (above right) doesn’t show up on stage and take her microphone away, babbling that Beyoncé should be singing instead. OK. I’ll admit it. I prefer Beyoncé rather than the skinny country chick. But that’s not the point.
Ogress Fiona and the Nation of Why Not? Royal Caribbean announced that the Godmother of its monstrous Allure of the Seas cruise ship is no other than Shrek’s Princess Fiona. I’m not sure of the thought process behind naming a cruise ship after a cursed by-day princess who becomes an ogress at sunset. But anything goes at the Nation of Why Not. Sounds like the results of a deal with DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg to market his movie creatures, and RCCL is pleased to cram the movie marketing down their passengers’ throats. Ogress Fiona, President Goldstein,CEO Fain and the Allure’s Captain certainly make for a handsome PR photo. Yikes.