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An Australian passenger on board a cruise ship has been arrested and deported.

When the Voyager of the Seas arrived in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand on Monday December 21, a 43 year old Australian from Tasmania was taken off the ship and arrested for domestic violence.

It appears that the man had been drinking and went on to kick in the cabin door of his ex partner and their 10 year old daughter who were travelling on the same ship. He then assaulted both of them and although the child was not injured the woman suffered bruising.

The captain then ordered the man to leave the ship and he was arrested at Waitangi jetty in the Bay of Islands. The police then charged him with assaulting a female and a child and once he had pleaded guilty he was sentenced the following day. However, New Zealand Immigration refused him entry into the country and he was immediately deported to Australia.

Although the offence took place in international waters, if an offence carries a maximum jail penalty of more than two years, then the New Zealand police have jurisdiction. In addition, when the deportation was ordered, the Australian and Tasmanian federal police were also informed.

On the same day as the man was arrested, a 74 year old female passenger on board the Voyager of the Seas was also detained by New Zealand police after she tried to steal jewelry from a shop in Paihia, the main town in the Bay of Islands. She returned the jewelry, received a formal warning and was allowed to return to the ship.

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Many cruise passengers do not know that cruise ships can eject people in the middle of a cruise and leave them stranded in a foreign port, even if they have done nothing wrong.

Mary Rosenberg of Penn Valley, California was on a four day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico on the Carnival Imagination, together with her friend who was celebrating her birthday. Only two days into the cruise, Rosenberg had an accident when coming out of the elevator when she tripped and fell, landing on her right side.

She was taken to the on board medical facility where she had x-rays and was given painkillers. She was then told that she and her friend would have to leave the ship when it docked in Ensenada. Rosenberg did not want to leave, especially as it was only 48 hours till they would arrive in Long Beach. The medical team said she would be a liability, so Rosenberg offered to stay in her cabin for the rest of the trip.

The following morning Rosenberg and her friend were made to leave the ship and an ambulance was waiting to drive them to the U.S. border. Once there, another ambulance was waiting to take them to a hospital in Chula Vista, California but not before she had to pay $1,800 to the Mexican ambulance. The hospital said she would be fine and then they both had to take an Amtrak trip north, back to the port to retrieve their car.

Eventually Carnival agreed to reimburse Rosenberg and while siding with the ship’s doctors who made her disembark, they did say that usually they ensure that guests who have to disembark for medical reasons are assisted shore side by Carnival personnel. But no such assistance was given in this case.

Rosenberg has since had to have shoulder replacement surgery and has been left with permanent nerve damage, leaving her right arm nearly useless. 

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Bed bugs have long been a problem on cruise ships as the bugs live in beds or couches in cabins as well as seats on airlines and trains. They can be found anywhere where many different people sit or sleep and it is thought the incidence of infestations could be on the rise.

Bed bugs are tiny parasites which feed on human blood and as they are only around a quarter of an inch long they can be hard to spot. Although they do not spread disease the bites can be itchy and uncomfortable as well as unsightly and some people are allergic to them and will need medical treatment.

Many bed bugs are brought on board cruise ships in the passengers’ luggage as they often hide in the seams. Cruise lines do try to keep infestations to a minimum and cabins are regularly inspected by the stewards who have been trained to spot the evidence of their presence. Most cruise lines will also wash bedding at a high temperature to kill any bugs.

However, once a passenger arrives in a state room he or she should check the mattress and the bedding thoroughly including behind the headboard. Although hard to spot, they leave behind little rusty colored spots on a mattress. Also check the drawers carefully before putting clothes in them. If you do find evidence, then report it to the cabin steward and the cruise line will normally move you to another cabin if one is available.

When someone has been first bitten by bed bugs it is easy to write it off as a mosquito bite or even a flea bite. However, according to the CDC the bites are often swollen and reddish areas and they can be in a straight line. It is often likely there will be more of them than mosquito bites.

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