Carnival Cruise Ship Ecstasy FireThe media’s microscope is focused on Carnival right now following the large number of recent engine and propulsion problems involving the Carnival Triumph, Dream, Elation & Legend and the Carnival-owner P&O Cruises’ Ventura cruise ships.   

The defenders of the cruise line are responding to the PR mess by insisting that such incidents are "rare."

U.S. customs agents in Miami arrested rapper "Big Boi," of the hip-hop duo "OutKast," on drug possession charges as he disembarked a cruise ship.   

Big Boi Cruise Drug Arrest  TMZ reports that Big Boi (real name Antwan Patton), had "ecstasy pills, MDMA powder and Viagra" in his luggage as he was leaving the unidentified cruise ship after it returned to the Port of Miami.

It apparently is a felony

The Galveston County Daily News reports today that the medical examiner concluded that Carnival cruise passenger Kipi Holcomb died of a drug overdose. 

As we mentioned in prior articles, on February 15, 2010 Ms. Holcomb was found in her cabin aboard Carnival’s Ecstasy cruise ship after sailing from port in Galveston.

The FBI previously indicated that there was no evidence of foul play.  The medical examiner also found no

KHOU.com from Houston, Texas reports that the parents of Kipi Holcomb do not believe that their daughter’s death on the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship was the result of foul play or that her boyfriend, Jeffrey Aaron StultzKipi Holcomb - Aaron Stultz - Death - Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Ship, had anything to do with her passing.  

In an article entitled "Family: No Foul Play in Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger’s Death,"