Two additional crew members on cruise ships were arrested in South Florida in the last week on charges of child pornography, bringing the total of cruise ship employees apprehended for possessing child abuse materials to a total of at least eight in a period of a little over three months.

Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara

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Numerous newspapers have been reporting that cruise ships operated by Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International experienced gastrointestinal (GI) outbreaks in the last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially reported that norovirus outbreaks sickened over three percent of the passengers on both the Sapphire Princess, operated by Princess, and the

The Miami-Dade Police Department arrested a twenty-one (21) year old man from Georgia for sexually propositioning a fourteen (14) year-old boy in the sauna of the Explorer of the Seas, according to numerous local new accounts. The police charged cruise passenger Anish Shan of Columbus, Georgia with two felony violations of Florida law:

The Department of Justice finally published the number of crimes alleged on cruise ships for 2023 after failing to do so all of last year. We reported several times last year on the failure to reveal the number of crimes, particularly sexual assaults which continue to be the most prevalent crimes on cruise ships.

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It has been a month since the public learned that the fire-resistant panels used during the construction of the new Explora I cruise ship, owned by MSC Cruises and operated by Europa Journeys, failed safety certification. The Financial Times (“FT”), which broke the story, reported that a total of around forty-five cruise ships had incorporated

The Financial Times article published last week titled Luxury Cruise Liner’s Launch Delayed as Dozens of Ships Face Potential Safety Hazard raised the issue that as many as forty-five (45) cruise ships may be equipped with faulty fire-resistant panels manufactured by Paroc. This raises important issue of safety for the guests and crew members on