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February 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship is adrift about 150 miles off Mexico 's Yucatan Peninsula after a fire in the engine room Sunday left the ship disabled, according to a Carnival Cruise Lines statement posted Monday on its Facebook page. The ship carrying 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew members will be towed to a port in Mexico by late Wednesday, Carnival says. The fire was extinguished and no one was injured in the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard sent a cutter to the site, and Carnival is sending "technical crew and guest service personnel" to the ship Monday (today)
August 13, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
R. Kelly   won't be sailing the high seas with his biggest fans. The Grammy Award winner was supposed to embark on a "Love Letter Cruise," leaving Miami on Oct. 1, where Kelly and more than 2,600 of his biggest fans (with some very deep pockets) would sail for five nights and the singer would anchor two headlining concerts -- along with a small roster of support acts. Kelly jumped ship after he claimed the cruise's promoter, Concerts Cruise  LLC, failed to pay him. “Concerts Cruise LLC has been unable to meet its financial obligations to a scheduled cruise with featured performer   R. Kelly   and will therefore have to cancel this cruise,” a statement from the singer reads.
October 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Ted Arison, an American Israeli businessman whom Forbes magazine called one of the richest men in the world, died of cardiac arrest Friday, a spokeswoman said. He was 75. Arison, who had been battling cancer for several years, died at his Tel Aviv home, said Miri Stern of the Gittim public relations firm, which represents the family. Arison made his fortune in the cruise line business in the United States and had vast business interests in Israel.
November 17, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a  Last Sale of the Year ,with discounted rates on selected sailings through the end of May. Prices start as low as $219 per person for a three-day cruise to the Caribbean, and did I mention free category upgrades?  But you'll need to book by Thursday night. Now, snagging this deal presumes you haven’t sworn off cruising (or Carnival) after watching umpteen images of the Carnival Splendor, crippled by an engine fire, being stranded at sea and towed ashore.
July 17, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
April 30, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Three major cruise lines that halted visits to Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak released new itineraries Wednesday that reroute the ships to alternative ports or give them more time at sea. The itinerary changes came a day after five of the world's largest cruise lines announced plans to suspend all stops to Mexico, based on recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid nonessential travel to the country.
October 3, 1999
Regarding "Cruise Lines Test Waters for Bookings on Internet" (Travel Insider, Sept. 19): As one of the first travel agencies on the Internet (my site was launched three years ago), I have watched the industry grow. At this point, the online bookings from the cruise lines are not a threat to travel agencies. But who knows three to five years from now? The cruise lines do have lots of berths to fill, and more new ships are scheduled. They need the travel agent community to sway consumers from land-based vacations to cruises.
January 14, 2001
Travel Services International of Delray Beach, Fla., which says it runs the largest network of cruise agencies in the U.S., is promising refunds to any customer who is unhappy with a cruise it books. Although Carnival Cruise Lines, run by the world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corp., makes a similar promise, Travel Services extends its "satisfaction guarantee" to all the lines it books, according to John Bloodworth, president of the company's cruise division.
Six major U.S. cruise lines agreed last week to make changes in their advertising and billing policies after a lawsuit by Florida state authorities accused them of misleading passengers about fares. At issue are "port charges" or "port fees," which most companies have assessed on top of a cruise's advertised price--raising it as much as 30%. The fees, generally $80 to $200, have been climbing in recent years.
June 28, 1997
A violent jolt that awoke hundreds of vacationers just hours before their cruise liner docked at San Pedro has left many of the passengers wondering nearly a week later just what occurred in the predawn darkness. Carnival Cruise Lines, operator of the Jubilee, told The Times that the sudden lurch occurred when the ship maneuvered to avoid a fleet of fishing boats that entered its path about 2 a.m. last Sunday. The incident 25 miles off the coast of San Diego was not reported to authorities because there was no collision or injuries, a Carnival representative said.
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