GALVESTON, Tex. - Talk about making a splash on your vacation.Two people fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, but both were rescued after a four-hour search, officials said.The 22-year-old man and 20-year-old woman fell 50 to 60 feet early yesterday from a cabin balcony on the Grand Princess, said Julie Benson, spokeswoman for Princess Cruises.The Grand Princess was about 150miles from Galveston, on its way to Costa Maya on Mexico's coast, when the mishap occurred.Friends of the pair notified the crew around 1:30 a.m., and the captain turned the ship around to search for the missing passengers, Benson said. The U.S. Coast Guard also was notified and helped in the search, as did a second cruise ship, the Coast Guard said. One passenger was rescued at 5:30a.m. by one of the Grand Princess' rescue boats and the second was picked up at 6 a.m., the cruise line said.The rescued passengers' names were not released. Join the … [Read more...] about 2 saved in plunge off cruise ship
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The second major fire on a cruise ship in four months once again has the industry facing questions about safety, even as it braces for another downturn in bookings.Although no one was seriously injured in Monday's blaze aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, "the image of the entire industry suffers," says Christopher Muller, a professor and former dean of Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration. "With so many other vacation options, cruise leadership will need to work together to overcome perceptions of unsafe conditions."As of late Tuesday, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman still wasn't able to say what had caused the fire, which broke out in a mooring area at Grandeur's stern as it sailed toward CoCoCay, the line's private island in the Bahamas. The ship never lost power and was able to reach Freeport, Bahamas, about seven hours after the fire started. RELATED: Cruisers describe fear as fire raged PHOTO TOUR: Inside a Royal Caribbean ship"We are working … [Read more...] about Will latest fire on a cruise ship dampen bookings?
MIAMI — Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship. Carnival released letters Friday replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, about the Triumph stranding and the cruise line’s overall safety record. Among Rockefeller’s questions was whether Carnival would repay the government for Coast Guard costs in the Triumph case as well as $3.4 million to the Coast Guard and Navy from the 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor in the Pacific Ocean. “These costs must ultimately be borne by federal taxpayers,” Rockefeller said in his March letter, adding that Carnival appears to pay little or no federal income taxes. In response, Carnival said its policy is to “honor maritime … [Read more...] about Carnival won’t reimburse U.S. for Triumph cruise ship rescue costs
John Bacon USA TODAY Published 11:29 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Norwegian authorities on Monday began investigating why a cruise ship was sailing in stormy weather when it developed engine trouble that triggered a perilous helicopter evacuation effort for hundreds of terrified passengers. "We don't know the reason why the ship sailed knowing such bad weather was forecast," Kurt Olsen, an acting director for Norway's Accident Investigations Board, told USA TODAY. "We have a very good weather service in this country, so I would guess the crew knew everything about the forecast. How they responded will definitely be part of the investigation." Twenty-eight people were treated for injuries and nine remained hospitalized Monday, one critically, authorities said. The Viking Sky was sailing from the northern city of Tromsoe bound for Stavanger in southern Norway when the ship began struggling with engine failure, started listing dangerously and then began taking in water. Norwegian media … [Read more...] about Cruise ship: Norway wants to know why ship sailed in stormy weather
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The Latest on rescue efforts following the capsizing of a boat in Budapest (all times local): 2: 10 p.m. South Korea's foreign minister says an investigation into the collision that sank a sightseeing boat packed with South Korean tourists includes studying all communication records seized from a cruise ship that was involved in the accident.Kang Kyung-wha said Friday at a joint news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto that a South Korean rescue team will soon join the search for the 21 still missing after Wednesday's collision on the Danube River.Kang says "we shared our firm resolve not to abandon" the search for survivors.The captain of the cruise ship has been detained. There are seven confirmed dead. Seven others have survived.___1 p.m.The South Korean foreign minister says the cruise ship that collided with a sightseeing boat packed with South Korean tourists, causing it to sink quickly in the Danube River, has been released and is … [Read more...] about The Latest: Cruise ship records to be investigated