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  • A California teen is suing a Littleton, Colorado tour operator.
  • She claims that she was sexually assaulted during a Christmas season cruise, which was arranged by the company last year.
  • In her suit, she claims that one of the ship’s bartenders raped her in a bathroom aboard the vessel.

A California teen is suing a Colorado tour operator, alleging that she was sexually assaulted on a cruise sponsored by the company.

The alleged victim, whose name was not released, alleged that she sailed on an itinerary with Avalon Waterways during the Christmas season last year. During the cruise, which visited various Asian countries, the victim was allegedly raped by a bartender on the cruise ship on which she traveled.

In the lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in U.S District Court in Denver, the teen alleges that one of the ship’s bartenders – identified as Louie, followed her around the ship and even joined her and her mother on excursions from the ship. On the last day of the sailing the bartender allegedly cornered her in a bathroom and sexually assaulted her.

Her suit alleges that the tour operator failed to protect her, resulting in unspecified permanent physical and psychological injuries.

According to a write-up in the Denver Post, Avalon Waterways is a business name for Group Voyagers Inc., which is also known as the Globus family of brands. The company reportedly touts itself as the largest tour operator in the world, serving a half million travelers annually.

 

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  • Mystery surrounds the disappearance of an elderly woman from a major cruise ship over the weekend.
  • Cunard, the parent company of the cruise ship on which she was sailing, issued a statement relating to her disappearance.
  • The company says that the woman is “presumed” to have gone overboard, but did not give details.

Mystery continues to surround the disappearance of an elderly woman who went missing from a cruise ship over the weekend.

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for the victim, who was identified as a 74-year-old British woman. She was reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship as it sailed about 100 nautical miles southeast of Atlantic City. The ship had recently set sail on a 12-hour itinerary to the Caribbean.

The company with which she was traveling, Cunard, says that she is presumed to have fallen from the ship. “It is with sadness we can confirm that after a comprehensive search, working with all relevant authorities, Queen Mary 2 has halted the search for a missing guest, presumed overboard,” the company said in a statement.

But as of yet published reports do not indicate that any witnesses saw the woman fall from the ship, or that the ship’s security equipment captured what happened to her.

Despite the fact that the Queen Mary 2 conducted its own search, which was later taken over by the U.S. Coast Guard, no sign of the woman has been reported.

She is presumed dead.

 

 

 

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  • A former Carnival Cruise Lines passenger is suing the company, claiming negligence.
  • The plaintiff’s suit claims that the company failed to notify passengers of the hazardous conditions of a wet floor.
  • The passenger slipped and fell on the wet floor, resulting in injury.

A former passenger with Carnival Cruise Lines is suing the company, claiming that the company negligently failed to warn passengers of the hazardous conditions caused by a wet floor.

The plaintiff, Melissa Nini, filed her complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on December 5th. On October 12th Nini slipped and fell on a floor as she sailed on a Carnival cruise ship, resulting in injury.

In her suit, Nini claims that Carnival negligently failed to maintain its floors in a condition safe for its passengers, and failed to notify passengers of the hazardous condition of the floor.

Nini is seeking damages, interest, legal fees, and other relief. 

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  • An elderly woman was reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship today.
  • The ship set sail yesterday on a 12-day Caribbean itinerary.
  • After failing to locate the woman, the search for her was called off.

An elderly woman has been reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship.

A British woman was reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship today, but exactly what happened to her has not yet been determined.

The Queen Mary 2 initially turned back to look for the woman, who was sailing on a 12 night Caribbean itinerary which left New York yesterday. She went missing last night or early this morning, prompting both a search by the Queen Mary 2 and the U.S. Coast Guard.

A spokesperson for Cunard, the parent company of the Queen Mary 2, released a statement saying:

“It is with sadness we can confirm that after a comprehensive search, working with all relevant authorities, Queen Mary 2 has halted the search for a missing guest, presumed overboard….. Cunard's Care team is offering every support to the family…..The ship is now back on course to reach St Maarten on December 26 as schedule.”

After a search of the area in which the woman went missing failed to turn up any sign of her, the search has been called off and she has been deemed lost at sea.

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  • A Royal Caribbean passenger was reported missing from his cruise ship this morning.
  • The victim was sailing on the Independence of the Seas when he fell from the top deck of the ship into the sea.
  • The ship was sailing about 33 years off the coast of Key Largo at the time of the passenger’s disappearance.

A passenger who was sailing on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas has been reported missing after falling overboard from the ship.

The passenger reportedly fell (or jumped) from the ship’s 12th deck as it sailed about 33 miles off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The passenger was reported missing at about 1:50 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to help the search for the missing traveler, and reportedly employed a Coast Guard boat, cutter, helicopter, and airplane in the search.

As the day progressed reports began to indicate that the missing passenger may have jumped from the ship, as opposed to having accidentally fallen overboard. Rumors swirled that indicated that the victim “did a swan dive off the top deck” and may have been dared to jump by friends.

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  • Two people who are accused of a conspiracy to import a massive amount of cocaine into Australia will stand trial, while a third has pleaded guilty.
  • The trio is accused of importing over 200 pounds of the drug into Australia on a cruise ship.
  • The street value of the contraband is reported at over $31 million.

Over the summer a pair of young Canadian women made headlines when they were found in possession of a large quantity of cocaine as they sailed the world. One of the women has pleaded guilty to the charges against her, while two other conspirators were ordered to stand trial.

28-year-old Isabelle Lagace has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her part in a plan to smuggle a massive quantity of cocaine into Australia. The plot came to light over the summer after authorities discovered the contraband on a cruise ship as Lagace sailed around the world with two acquaintances.

22-year-old Melina Roberce was ordered to stand trial for her alleged involvement the conspiracy. 64-year-old Andre Tamine will also face charges as a result of the conspiracy.

The total haul was reportedly over 200 pounds, with a street value estimated at over $31 million. The drugs had been hidden in multiple suitcases and passenger compartments aboard the ship.

Published reports indicate that the bust was the largest cruise ship drug bust of its kind in history.

 

 

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  • In November a 26 year old cruise ship crew member went missing from his ship.
  • The victim’s family reports that he last signed in to work on November 18th, but never signed out.
  • He was reported missing on November 19th.

Last month a cruise ship crew member went missing from his cruise ship as it sailed from Japan to Shanghai.

26-year-old Savio Rasquinha was reported missing from the cruise ship on which he worked as the ship sailed between Shanghai and Japan. His family was notified that he was missing from the Costa Serena on November 19th, and have not heard from him since.

The company reportedly allowed Rasquinha’s family to board the ship and collect his belongings, but have thus far not provided information as to his whereabouts or what happened to him. The family was notified that on November 18th, the day before his disappearance, Rasquinha signed in for work at 3:30 pm. He never signed out.

Rasquinha’s twin brother says that Rasquinha’s cell phone was missing, but that his bag and clothing were still onboard. His ID card was reportedly found near the passenger balcony. The family says that Rasquinha’s suitcase appeared to have been forced open, raising suspicion and concern.  

The company issued a statement about the incident, which read (in part):

On November 19, during the navigation of Costa Serena 1116 Itinerary from Nagasaki to Shanghai, the crew member Savio Rasquinha was reported missing. Immediate search and rescue operation was carried out by Costa Serena in accordance with IAMSAR (International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue). The SAR operation was later handed over to JCG (Japanese Coast Guard) vessels.”

 

 

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  • A Florida woman is suing Norwegian Cruise Line, alleging that the company’s negligence resulted in her injuring herself.
  • The plaintiff claims that she slipped and fell on a wet shuffleboard floor on December 21st, 2015, injuring her knee.
  • She is suing for damages of over $75,000, medical expenses, legal fees, and other relief.

A Florida woman is suing Norwegian Cruise Line, alleging that the company’s negligence resulted in her falling and injuring herself.

The woman filed suit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division. She alleges that on December 21st, 2015, as she sailed on the Norwegian Star cruise ship, she slipped on a wet surface and injured her knee.

She also alleges that a crew member, who was close to her when she fell, left the scene and failed to provide her with assistance.

The plaintiff claims that Norwegian failed to notify travelers of the dangerous conditions caused by the wet floor, and failed to remediate the problem. She is suing for damages of over $75,000, medical expenses, legal fees, and other relief.

This is the second such case we have blogged about in just two days. As was stated in yesterday’s blog, such cases are relatively common aboard cruise ships, and shows that cruise companies have a long way to go toward ensuring customer safety.

 

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  • The Sun Princess cruise ship is set to return to Fremantle, Australia from a 13-day itinerary on Sunday.
  • The company has announced that the ship is currently suffering from an outbreak of norovirus.
  • Despite the perils, Princess is reportedly not offering refunds to concerned passengers of the ship’s next sailing.

A so-called “gastro” outbreak was reported on the Sun Princess cruise ship this weekend.

The ship is set to arrive at the Australian port of Fremantle on Sunday on following a 13-day itinerary. Princess cruises confirmed that the gastrointestinal illness as norovirus, a nasty and highly contagious stomach bug which can cause severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

In a statement the company did not specify how many passengers fell ill with the virus, but did indicate that the company intended to take aggressive action to head off the spread of the virus. The company said that its “High sanitation levels were further increased and both the ship and terminal will be thoroughly cleansed,” and that it would implement a “comprehensive sanitation program”.

According to a passenger who was interviewed by Perthnow.com.au, Princess is not offering any refunds or compensation for passengers who are concerned with falling ill with the virus on its next sailing.

It is common for cruise companies to refuse refunds to passengers, even after they fall ill while cruising. There have even been cases of passengers who have been quarantined to their rooms after contracting norovirus while cruising, only to be denied refunds upon returning home.  

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  • The Grand Princess cruise ship’s hull was reportedly damaged by a tender platform days ago, causing the ship to prematurely end a cruise and cancel another.
  • The ship’s affected passengers have been offered compensation including a partial refund and a future cruise credit.
  • The company says that it has not yet determined the cause of the incident.

The Grand Princess cruise ship has suffered damage to its hull, and has ended a recent sailing early in order to undergo repairs.

The ship’s hull was reportedly damaged by a tender platform as it traveled on an itinerary to Hawaii. Sometime later the ship’s captain announced that he had turned the ship around in order to make an assessment of the damage.

After the assessment, the company issued a statement, which read:

While at sea after departing from Maui (Oahu), Hawaii, a tender platform on the starboard side of Grand Princess opened, for reasons yet unknown. The platform sustained damage, such that it could not be closed.

"Although the platform is not part of the watertight integrity of the vessel, as a result of it opening, the hull sustained minor localized damage which has been secured. The Captain has confirmed that the ship is safe and secure, and he is communicating updates to guests on a regular basis."

The ship will miss its December 6th sailing in order to undergo repairs.

Passengers whose cruise was cut short will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a cruise credit of equal value. Princess will also fly passengers back to their city of embarkation, San Francisco, and provide accommodations if needed.  

 

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