Queen Victoria Cruise Ship DeathThe Daily Echo reports that a Cunard crew member died during a Mediterranean cruise on the Queen Victoria cruise ship.

The newspaper quotes a Cunard spokesman saying: “We can confirm the very sad news that one of our crew members on Queen Victoria died last night. We are providing support to his family back home and also to his friends and crewmates on board.

The luxury cruise ship is sailing from Piraeus to Majorca. 

Cunard has not identified the man’s name, nationality, age, job position or cause of death.

If you have information about what happened, please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

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Earlier this week, we reported on the arrest of former Cunard child supervisor Paul Trotter on allegations that he abused a child and possessed indecent photographs of children on his computer.

The British police investigated Mr. Trotter (photo below, playing piano on Cunard cruise ship) after the parents of a child, identified only as being under the age of thirteen, brought the matter to the attention of authorities after the cruise.  The initial newspaper articles indication that Mr. Trotter worked aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships, although one reader brought to my attention that he also worked aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria.

You can read our last article about Mr. Trotter here.

Cunard Cruise Children Activities Supervisor Paul TrotterThe disturbing thing with Mr. Trotter is that he reportedly worked for Cunard on various cruise ships over the course of five years.  The issue arises whether he allegedly molested other children during cruises.

It is currently unknown whether Cunard terminated Mr. Trotter’s employment or whether he voluntarily resigned.

Any expert in child sexual abuse will tell you that child predators are extremely manipulative and will position themselves to interact with children to satisfy their deviant sexual interests.  They cannot be cured.  They will abuse children again and again if given an opportunity.

It would be naive to think that any sexual predator, working for years and years with children, abused only one child and was promptly caught and prosecuted for that singular crime.  Although the police investigation resulted in an arrest on charges of abusing one child, we know that the British police announced that they are speaking with the families of other children in England who cruised with Cunard as well.

We have been contacted by other families who cruised on Cunard asking for information on Mr. Trotter – what cruise ships did he work on and exactly when was he a child supervisor on these ships?

We asked Cunard for this information.  We will update this article if we receive a response.

Certainly families who cruised with Cunard are entitled to know whether an alleged child predator was supervising their children during their cruises?

 February 16, 2012 Update:  Cunard’s response is below:

“We are deeply shocked by these allegations as the safety and well being of our customers is of paramount importance to us.  A thorough police investigation is underway which we are supporting and co-operating with fully.  Given that the police inquiry is ongoing, we cannot comment any further or answer any questions at this stage.

What we can say is that we are working closely with the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a UK-based charity which specializes in supporting children and families to ensure that affected families and children are offered appropriate support.  Following these allegations being made, we also asked the NSPCC to conduct an independent comprehensive review of our facilities, policies and procedures.  This review is underway and we will be implementing any recommendations resulting from this review.”

April 20, 2012 Update:  Cunard Youth Supervisor Admits to Sexually Abusing 13 Boys During Cruises
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The Mail Online in the U.K. reports tonight that a crewmember who worked aboard two of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships is being investigated by police on suspicions that he sexually assaulted children during the cruises. 

The newspaper reports that the Cunard crew member who allegedly carried out his indecent conduct worked for Cunard for over five years on Cunard’s flagship, the Queen Mary 2, and its sister cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary 2 - Cunard Child Predator?  Detectives in England started the investigation after a parent of one of the abused children tipped the police.   So far, the detectives have interviewed several families in England.   The crewmember suspected of the crimes lives in Wiltshire, in England.

These Cunard cruise ships carried passengers of course from many other countries, including the U.S.

According to this account, the crewmember left Cunard’s employment before the police probe began six months ago but has been interviewed by detectives in Wiltshire.  The detectives have apparently examined photographic and computer equipment at the man’s home.

The UK newspaper indicates that Cunard refuses to identify the job position of the the former crew member, "but he is known to have been a low-ranking employee who had regular, close contact with passengers on board."   Based on this description, its sounds like the alleged child predator probably worked as a cabin attendant or a youth counselor.

Sexual molestation of children on cruises is an ugly topic we have written about many times before.  You can read more cases than you want to know about little kids being sexually abused on cruises here.

These two Cunard cruise ships are part of the larger Carnival fleet of cruise ships.  Carnival owns Cunard.  This is the last thing that Carnival wants to be in the press at this time, as it is reeling from the bad publicity after another one of the cruise brand it owns, Costa Cruises, ran a $500,000,000 cruise ship into the rocks and killed around 30 of its guests.

A reckless captain who abandons ship while passengers are drowning in the submerged cabins of the Costa Concordia?  A child predator who worked aboard the Cunard QM2 and Queen Elizabeth for 5 years? 

What’s the next shoe to drop in the Carnival fleet? 

February 16, 2012 Update: Did Cunard Child Supervisor Molest Other Children During Cruises?

Cruise Ship Norovirus - Vomiting Bug - Sick PassengersiU.K.’s Mail Online reports that passengers aboard the Queen Victoria cruise ship could be refused entry into the U.S. after an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis – a/k/a the "vomiting bug."

A spokesman for Cunard Line said that the passengers’ clinical symptoms are consistent with norovirus, "which had been confirmed by sample analysis."

The newspaper reports that the Queen Victoria will not be allowed to dock if the virus reaches an epidemic rate, where 15 per cent of those onboard are affected, authorities warn.  

It appears premature to talk about preventing the cruise ship to dock because, so far, only 30 passengers are sick. 

The Master of the cruise ship has reportedly ordered a major cleaning effort to protect the Quenn Victoria - Norovirus - Duchess of Cornwall - Cursed?remaining 2,000 or so passengers and crew.

The Queen Victoria was in the news exactly two years ago when 78 passengers got sick with the norovirus bug during the cruise ship’s maiden voyage. The British press labeled the cruise ship "cursed" when Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, failed to smash a bottle of champagne against the bow during the naming ceremony in Southampton, U.K. – a traditional omen of bad luck. 

Several days later stories emerged regarding a "cruise from hell," according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, where passengers began puking. Other passengers complained about "appalling" service, stopped-up toilets, and a woman collapsing in the ship’s dining room.

A Fox News article reported that passengers can bring the bug on board. Similar outbreaks on past cruises were linked to poor hygiene by the cruise lines’ food handlers, the Fox News story reports.  Business Week says that cruise ships can be an ideal place to spread germs because passengers are confined in a rather small space.  It refers to suggestions to help avoid getting sick — or spreading disease — on your next cruise vacation.

A few days ago we reported on the Balmoral cruise ship which has been hit by three norovirus outbreaks this year.

The popular online cruise community CruiseCritic.com reports that the norovirus bug recently found its way aboard HAL’s Noordam and even Royal Caribbean’s new giant cruise ship Oasis of the Seas.  CruiseCritic also mentions that Fred Olsen’s Boudicca and Balmoral cruise ships were plagued by the virus during recent Christmas and New Year’s sailings. Quenn Victoria - Norovirus

 

Credits:

Cruise Cleaners              Telegraph.co.uk  "Cruises: Norovirus Questions & Answers

Queen Victoria cruise ship and the Duchess of Cornwall      USAToday CruiseLog "Curse of Camilla hits Cunard’s new Queen Victoria"

Queen Victoria cruise ship              sydney-australia.net.au