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  • The Thompson Majesty cruise ship suffered from engine problems on Friday, causing it to skip two ports of call.
  • The mechanical issues reportedly stemmed from an engine room fire.
  • Another Thompson ship ran aground in Portugal earlier in the week.

For the second time in the past week a Thompson cruise ship is making headlines, this time due to a ship which suffered from mechanical difficulties.

The Thompson Majesty suffered from an engine room fire on Friday, causing the ship to have to skip two ports of call. The ship, which carries nearly 1,500 passengers, skipped ports of call in Corsica, Italy and Marseille, and instead returned to Livorno. The ship reportedly stayed in Livorno for two nights.

In a statement the company said:

"We can confirm that there was a small fire on board Thomson Majesty when sailing from Livorno to Calvi on Friday evening. It was immediately contained and extinguished and no passengers or crew were injured.

The ship returned safely into Livorno where minor repairs were successfully carried out. While we worked as quickly as possible to minimise any disruption to the itinerary, there was a small change to the ship's planned sailing. However, customers arrived in Barcelona this morning and a late stay was arranged to maximise their time ashore. Guests were also offered a gesture of goodwill on board for the inconvenience.

The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance to us and we would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused."

Earlier in the week another Thompson cruise ship ran into problems when it ran aground in Portugal.



  • The Thompson Spirit cruise ship ran aground this week in Portugal.
  • The ship reportedly should have been able to safely pass through the channel where it got stuck, but apparently silt has begun to fill in the channel’s decade old dredging.
  • Officials at the Port of Portimão say that they need to update their specifications.

A cruise ship reportedly ran aground this week, in a dangerous development which may have put hundreds of lives at risk.

The Thompson Spirit cruise ship reportedly ran aground earlier this week in the Arade River in Portugal. The incident, which occurred with more than 1,000 passengers aboard the ship, reportedly blocked the river for over 90 minutes, and caused the ship to arrive late to its scheduled 8:00 a.m. docking at Portimão.

The grounding was reportedly caused by silt which had settled at the bottom of the channel. The ship ran aground in the channel, which was dredged 10 years ago, despite the fact that its dimension fall within the 215 meters and 8 meters’ daft which officials at the Port of Portimão cite as the limits for safe passage.

Officials say that the fact that the ship ran aground means that the specifications need to be updated.

Cruise ships running aground can be very serious and dangerous. In January 2012 the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit underwater rocks off the coast of Italy and capsized. 32 lives were lost in the incident, which saw the ship totally destroyed.

  • A couple is suing Tompson Cruises, claiming that the wife suffered from an illness as a result of a bed bug infestation during their cruise.
  • The couple claims that their cabin room had to be fumigated twice due to the infestation.
  • Their attorney claims that the issue is recurring and that the cruise line is aware of the issue.

A couple is suing a cruise line, claiming that the wife contracted an infirmity from bed bugs that left her seriously ill.

In September 2014 Philip and Janice Stephens sailed to Turkey on the Tompson Celebration cruise ship. While on vacation the couple reportedly spotted bed bugs in their cabin room, and twice had it treated for the infestation. After returning home from the cruise the couple says that they noticed that Janice suffered from serious changes in her health.

Janice claims that she is now suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and has had to take time off work as a result. Though she is still verifying the cause of the malady, she suspects that it may have resulted from a post viral infection.

In a statement their attorney, Jennifer Downing, said:

"Clearly this was supposed to be a relaxing and romantic trip for Janice and Philip but they were left unable to enjoy the facilities they had paid for due to the illness they experienced.

"We have been instructed by a number of people who suffered similar problems on board this ship at the same time Janice and Philip were on board, as well as passengers who travelled on the Thomson Celebration during other voyages in 2014 and 2015.

A spokesperson for Thompson has indicated that the company will not comment on pending litigation.

  • Late last year a couple witnessed the gruesome aftermath of a cruise ship electrician’s onboard death.
  • The man was apparently killed while working on an elevator, sending a stream of blood cascading down the front of the elevator.
  • Since that incident there have been many more cruise ship crew members killed while working.

Late last year Matt Davis and his wife were sailing on the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship, enjoying themselves as would be expected. But on a Sunday evening, as they stood near one of the ship’s elevators, they were witness to a scene trait out of a horror movie.

As the couple approached the elevator they saw a stream of blood poor down from on top of the elevator car. A crew member appeared and attempted to corral travelers into a restaurant, but not before the scene was caught on tape.

Apparently, an electrician was working on the elevator when he was somehow killed by it. An investigation later identified the deceased as 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo.

Since the above mentioned incident there have been numerous cruise crew members killed while working. Over the summer three crew members were killed in two separate lifeboat drill accidents. Another crew member was lost at sea.

Last month two cruise ship crew members in Germany were killed when their ship collided with a bridge.  

  • The Marine Management Committee for Maine’s Northeast Harbor voted this week to ban cruise ships from calling on the harbor.
  • They voiced concerns including the impact on fishermen and the impact on the local culture.
  • Another vote on the matter is scheduled for Monday.

The first cruise ship to call on Maine’s Northeast Harbor in years could be the last for the foreseeable future, after the town’s panel overseeing the harbor voted to bar ships from bringing passengers to port.

The town’s Marine Management Committee announced on Tuesday that it had voted 6-1 to prohibit ships from bringing passengers to the harbor, after the 325 foot ship Pearl Mist called on the harbor on September 23.

All reports indicate that the ship’s visit brought an economic benefit to the town, with Harbormaster John Lemoine estimating that he received up to 50 positive calls about the visit. But there were reportedly an even number of complaints. Lemoine says that he believes the visit went smoothly and that, in his opinion, there was no negative impact. But others disagree.

Marine Management Committee member Chris Moore indicated that he believed that the $2,500 fee that the cruise company would send to the town after calling on the port was not worth the cost of the annoyance to residents and fishermen. Eric Jones, another committee member, agreed saying that fishermen are bound to be affected by a ship sitting off shore.

Committee member Story Litchfield said that she believed that the ships calling on the port goes against the town’s character.

Another vote on the matter is scheduled for Monday.

  • The Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy in early 2012, killing 32 people.
  • The ship has finally been towed to Genoa, where it is set to be scrapped.
  • The ship’s captain at the time of the incident, Francesco Schettino, is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

It has been nearly five years since the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy. Over 30 people lost their lives in the tragedy, including two Americans. As with any event of this magnitude, its reverberations continue long after the incident itself is over.

At the beginning of September the ship, badly rusting after nearly five years neglect, was towed to its final resting place in Genoa, Italy. The ship will reportedly be used for scrap, and experts expect that up to 70% of its materials will be able to be recycled.

When the ship capsized it went down in a pristine aquatic wildlife preserve and the lasting damage from the incident may take years to fully repair. The salvage and scrap operation for the Concordia will reportedly cost upwards of $1.2 billion when it is all said and done.

The captain of the Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter last year, and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He gained notoriety after the sinking of the ship, when it was revealed that he had used the captain’s bridge as a point of social gathering, reportedly entertaining women in this sensitive area.

He was also widely accused of having abandoned ship after an audio recording of his interaction with a coast guard official, recorded in the wake of the ship’s capsizing, was made public. On the recording the official ordered Schettino to return to the ship as all passengers had not yet been accounted for.