People complain that I write only negative stories about the cruise lines. Crime, fires, overboard passengers, greedy cruise executives, mistreatment of crew members, blah, blah, blah, does it ever end they ask?

It’s a good question, I suppose. Lots of things go wrong during cruises. I have an endless source of materials for stories to fill this blog. But maybe that’s no reason to fixate on the bad part of cruising, is it? Maybe I should stop writing so many mean stories about unpleasant subjects. Perhaps I should write nice things about the cruise lines Jim walker Cruise Law Newsand its executives to make people happy.

But I have a question to ask you: why are you reading Cruise Law News right now?

Are you looking for an article comparing the food and service on the Oasis of the Seas to the Norwegian Epic? Or are you trying to find out whether Nassau or Roatan is a more enjoyable port to visit and take your kids? Of course not. Cruise Critic or Travel Weekly or most any other cruise or travel publication have that covered.

I suspect that you are visiting this blog because you’d like to find out the news that the cruise lines don’t want you to know. Yes, the bad news.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a short article about a passenger who fell to his death on the Carnival Magic. There was no mention of the incident anywhere. Not on television, not in newspapers, not anywhere throughout the internet. I wrote the article because a half-dozen cruise passenger contacted me asking if I knew what happened on the ship.

Over 50,000 people read the article on this blog and our Facebook page over the first couple of days it was published. Over 1,500 readers liked, shared, tweeted or re-tweeted the story. Another 500 people liked, shared or commented on the article on Facebook. That’s a lot of people interacting with the story (a popular Yahoo article may have only a dozen or two likes and a handful of comments). The victim’s family and friends read the article and left comments trying to find information about what happened to their loved one.

Cruise lines and FBI often erect walls of silence and lack of cooperation when someone dies or disappears from a cruise ship. The public is hungry to find the truth of what happens at sea. Regular cruisers or travel agents want to inform their family or clients of what they learn on this blog. Families of those lost at sea want to know everything that they can why their loved one perished. The cruise line won’t tell them. There’s really no other reason people read our articles. 

Compare the public reaction to that tragic story to the reaction to another article I wrote about Carnival yesterday. The story was entirely complementary about its new CEO, Arnold Donald, whose rose from a modest beginning in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans to a highly successful businessman.

I admire the way that Mr. Donald earned great financial success through the hard work instilled in him by his family and educators. He never forgot his family or his humble beginnings. Every year, he and his wife award scholarships to students from his high school in New Orleans to his college and business school alma maters. He named the new wing of the high school building, which he funded, after his late mom and dad.

But no one cared about the story. It received zero likes, zero tweets and zero shares. I doubt 500 people read it.

People read Cruise Law News because they are looking for answers to the questions that the cruise industry won’t answer. Even cruise fans know that the cruise lines are less than transparent and will try and hide the bad news. So if you want a happy-go-lucky story about dream cruises and fun family vacations, you won’t find it here.   

Why do you read Cruise Law News? Join the discussion on our Facebook page.


    I do read Cruise Law News as it really is a great source of what is happening on cruise lines. It’s nice to hear good news about the various cruise lines, however, I do feel that people have the right to know exactly what bad things can happen on a cruise. The lines themselves want all of us to believe that cruising is accident free, but unfortunately that isn’t the truth. The cruise lines, in my opinion, need to be held accountable when things go wrong. They also need to be under stricter scrutiny and not just sweep things under the carpet. The passengers have the right to know how the cruise line deals with “bad” things that can happen on a cruise.

  • Axel Krack

    Dear Jim,

    I agree with you about the content of your blog. Once a day I look at your webside to inform myself about the misfits they happen in the cruise business.

    I work and worked sometimes – as expedition leader, guide and lecturer – on cruise ships. It’s part of my personal interest to read what’s going on in this part of business.

    Raise you head Jim, you make a good job !!

    Regards Axel

  • John Goldsmith

    I visit your site daily. I sometimes comment, but I always read it. The story about the new exec was an uplifting story about personal success through hard work and dedication to oneself. Good story.
    The one about the billionaire making another 100 mil$.
    He is part of a corporation whose whole reason for being is to make money.
    I belong to a couple of cruise discussion groups who speak freely about the lack of service, amenities and general courtesy that we have run into on cruises. Yes, it is nice that you post good news stories, but educating everyone on what can go wrong when you cruise, or travel anywhere for that matter, is important. Keep it up.

  • Earl McLachlan

    I read your blog daily and did like the one about Donald. It is nice to read some good as well as the bad. Keep up the work of informing us.

  • Kristoffer

    I visit your site daily too to learn the news the cruise lines don’t want to be public. You do a great job. 😎

  • Brian

    It’s a basic fundamental of news that events perceived as ‘bad news’ tend to be more necessary to report. Please keep doing what you do!