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ABC 13 News Now reports that over the past seven years 78 American citizens have been raped in Jamaica, one of the Caribbean’s hottest cruise destinations.

 The violence against U.S. citizens in Jamaica (and between people who live on the island) has risen to such levels that the U.S. State Department has issued multiple warnings discouraging Americans from traveling to the country.

But Jamaica is not the only Caribbean destination that has been the subject of a travel warning. The Bahamas has also come under scrutiny. The report says that a State Department advisory warned that "sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas" in the Bahamas. Of special concern are “Jet ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors," the warning added.

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Dawn Dawsey was sailing aboard the Carnival Elation cruise ship in 2015 when she decided to receive a so-called “bamboo massage” from one of the ship’s onboard masseuses. During the massage the provider used a bamboo cane to work Dawsey’s muscles. Bloomberglaw.com reports that during the massage Dawsey suffered a broken hip, which later required surgery and rehabilitation.

Dawsey sued Carnival and the provider of the massage, a company called Steiner Transocean Ltd., as a result of her injuries. The court dismissed the case against Carnival, ruling that in Dawsey’s filing she did not allege that Steiner acted as an agent of Carnival.

The case against Steiner will proceed to trail and, according to the Bloomberg Law report, will likely focus on Dawsey’s medical history and whether or not Steiner followed all applicable regulations as it relates to client notification and treatment.

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The Florida couple who found a hidden camera in their stateroom last year is claiming that Carnival Cruise Line has refused to apologize.

Chris White reportedly found the camera when he was inspecting his stateroom for the source of an allergic reaction. When looking for dust by the room’s television White noticed a hidden camera pointed at the room’s bed.

White told Foxnews.com that he is concerned that his family may have been secretly recorded. “My main concern is there is video of [my son] online now. And I’ll never know,” he said. He also said that he believes the crew member who responded to the incident may have compromised the evidence when he dismantled the camera. “When something like that is found, you are supposed to collect the evidence and secure the room. And the FBI is supposed to board the ship to investigate,” he said.

For its part, Carnival insists that the camera was not operational. In a statement, the company said:

“In October, a small, non-working camera was found in a cabin aboard Carnival Fantasy during a cruise departing from Mobile, Ala. After review by the ship’s technicians, it was determined that the device was not operational.

“A full investigation was conducted by the shipboard team in tandem with Carnival’s shoreside security personnel who also notified U.S. law enforcement, including the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police, when the ship arrived in Mobile following the cruise.”

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MaritimeBulletin.net reports that a cruise ship was stranded off the coast of Italy after being damaged in a fire.

The ship, the Cruise Astonia, was reportedly damaged in an engine room fire, which was eventually extinguished. The ship retained some power and resumed travel at reduced speed toward its destination. The ship then suffered additional difficulties and was left adrift near the island of Ustica.

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Inside Edition reports that a Florida couple is complaining after finding a hidden camera in their cruise ship cabin room.

Chris and Dana White tell the investigative news show that while taking a three-day cruise aboard the Carnival Fantasy last year, they spotted a camera pointing at their bed. Christ captured video of the camera and notified ship officials, who then came and took it apart.

The Whites accuse Carnival of mishandling the situation. For its part Carnival did admit that the White’s room had a video transmitter installed in it, but the company insists that the device was not operational. Carnival says that the camera was not connected to any power source.

Chris White disputes Carnival’s contention. He says that the device as wired up. It “was working. It was warm to the touch," he says.

Carnival reports that it turned the camera over to the FBI for further investigation.

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Newsweek.com reports that 46-year-old Queensland, Australia resident David James Fysh is being charged with attempted murder, after attempting to throw his partner from a cruise ship.

The incident allegedly occurred on October 18th at approximately 3:30 A.M as Fysh and his partner sailed aboard the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas on a five-day itinerary. Cruise ship security personnel were called by passengers who reported to have seen Fysh try to pick his partner up under her arms, causing her to scream for help.

Police took Fysh into custody upon the ship’s arrival in Hobart.

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Hurricane Willa barreled off the eastern coast of Mexico this week, threatening to cause serious damage. As major cruise lines kept an eye on the storm, some decided to significantly change ship itineraries in order to avoid the storm. Passengers aboard one of the ships that was diverted, the 4,000 passenger Norwegian Bliss, are expressing anger after being diverted to San Francisco and San Diego, instead of arriving at the Mexican Riviera which was the ship’s original destination.

 

Passengers believe that the cruise line knew in advance that it would change the ship’s itinerary in response to the storm. Some passengers assert that instead of informing them of the itinerary changes before sailing, the cruise line purposefully waited until the ship was at sea to inform passengers of the change, assuring that no one would be able to demand a refund.

The 4,000 passenger Bliss is reportedly the largest ever to dock at San Diego.

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A Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week, for sexually assaulting a woman in a cruise ship hot tub earlier this year.

Brian Holland of Jacksonville was convicted of sexually abusing a teenage woman in February when the two were in a hot tub aboard a Carnival Cruise Line cruise ship. The woman, who is described as being severely mentally handicapped, reported the abuse to her caretaker, who then reported it to cruise ship security personnel.

Holland was arrested when the ship returned to port at Jacksonville.

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The article quotes U.S. Coast Guard spokesman John Lally as saying that the man fell from the 1,680-passenger Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classic. The victim reportedly fell overboard Friday. He was retrieved from the water and taken to a Florida hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No details of the man’s identity have been released.

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Passengers aboard a Norwegian Cruise ship sailing off the coast of Mexico have been inconvenienced after boarding a cruise ship’s whose path was diverted due to Hurricane Wilma. Passengers complain that the ship’s crew knew about the dangerous conditions before setting sail. They accuse the cruise line of sailing even though it knew that the monster storm was going to disrupt the ship’s itinerary.

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