According to numerous reports, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises canceled their itineraries to Ensenada, Mexico after a weekend of vandalism, looting and threats of mass violence by a drug cartel in that port city and other locations in Northern Baja. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), formerly known as Los Mata Zetas, burned
Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destination Controversy (Again) – Bahamian Tourism Minister Denies Nassau is Dangerous
The Minister of Tourism (MOT) for the Bahamas yesterday denied claims recently made in a travel agent’s YouTube video that Nassau is a dangerous port for cruise passengers, according to a newspaper article in the Bahamas titled MOT refutes claims made in YouTube video about Nassau port.
The YouTube video in question, styled “…
Cruise Guests Attacked in Castries as International Media Focuses on Murder of Briton in St. Lucia
Two German passengers from a the AidaPerla were reportedly attacked in a botched robbery in Castries, St Lucia yesterday morning, according to a local newspaper in St Lucia.
The St Lucia Times stated that “two young thugs pounced” on a mother and daughter from the German cruise ship when they exited from a park near…
Killer of Royal Caribbean Crew Member Adriana Morales de Florencia Sentenced to Prison
The killer of Royal Caribbean crew member Adriana Morales de Florencia was sentenced to prison for her murder. There is a conflict in the reporting whether the sentence was for 22 years or 17 years.
In April of 2017, Ms. Morales was reported missing on the island of Bonaire after disembarking for Royal Caribbean’s Navigator…
Cocaine Bust in Falmouth, Jamaica – Norwegian Escape
Yesterday, the Jamaican police reportedly seized a pound of cocaine and arrested a man at the cruise port in Falmouth, Jamaica, according to the Jamaican Observer newspaper.
The Observer reported that around 4:30 on Monday, January 15, 2018, "security checks were being conducted on passengers and crew returning to a cruise ship that was…
Cruise Lines Aid Hurricane-Stricken Caribbean Islands
Today, my youngest son sent me a text which linked to one of the many articles about cruise lines coming to the aid of the devastated Caribbean islands following hurricanes Irma and Maria, saying "Dad, write a nice blog for the cruise lines!"
Praising cruise lines admittedly does not come naturally for me, but there…
CEO Fain Rakes In Over $24,000,000 In Sale Of RCCL Stock
Royal Caribbean chief executive officer Richard D. Fain sold 210,706 shares of his cruise line stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at an average price of $115.83, for a total value of $24,406,075.98.
Mr. Fain was last in the news in April when a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission…
Cruise Industry: A Menace to Wildlife?
This weekend, a reader of this blog sent me an article from the San Pedro Sun regarding NCL’s exploitation of rare macaws in its development in Belize at Harvest Caye.
NCL reportedly obtained numerous birds (toucans and other macaws) and animals and reptiles from the Belize government from the wild and/or rescue and…
USA TODAY Takes A Look At Cruise Ship Gratuities
USA TODAY published an article today titled USA TODAY’s Guide to Cruise Ship Gratuity Charges.
This is a topic which we write about quite often, as the cruise lines try to maintain their high profits while building bigger and bigger cruise ships which are getting more expensive to operate.
Any discussion involving cruise ship…
Royal Caribbean Cruise Executive Concerned About Crime in Nassau
The Tribune newspaper in Nassau reports that during a meeting between the CEO of Royal Caribbean International brand, Michael Bayley, and Prime Minister Perry Christie, the cruise executive stated that he is “concerned” about high levels of crime in the Bahamas.
Mr. Bayley says that he has previously communicated his concerns regarding the issue of crime affecting…