November 17, 2006 |
More than 700 passengers and crew members aboard a transatlantic cruise have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms, cruise line officials said. The outbreak, believed to be norovirus, struck people aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines' Liberty, one of the world's largest cruise ships, the company said. The ship was due in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.
September 7, 1991 |
The National Transportation Safety Board asked the Coast Guard on Friday to seek tougher safety standards for electrical systems, engines and lifesaving equipment on foreign luxury liners operating out of U.S. ports. The proposal could affect dozens of ships, some of which were built under safety guidelines dating back six decades, according to the safety board.
June 22, 1997 |
Fewer cruise ships are passing sanitation inspections this year--and among those that flunked is the venerable Queen Elizabeth 2 (though it passed on reinspection). In 1996, about 93% of cruise ships passed on the first try, according to David Forney, public health advisor with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vessel Sanitation Program, which administers the voluntary inspections. So far this year, the percentage has dropped to about 83%.
February 13, 2000 |
Bucking the industry's "bigger is better" trend, Bermuda is laying out the unwelcome mat for megaships. Ewart Brown, Bermuda's transport minister, said his country doesn't want the new generation of massive cruise ships that can carry up to 3,000 passengers, because of environmental and infrastructure concerns. He said Bermuda, which cultivates an upscale image, could comfortably handle 1,500-passenger ships.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2001 |
To enhance security at the Port of Los Angeles, a 100-yard security zone has been ordered around all cruise ships arriving or departing from the harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday. The security zone, in effect until May 1, 2002, cannot be encroached upon even by military ships, said Jeff Gunn, Coast Guard chief warrant officer. "This has been done in the past with tankers that have hazardous cargo aboard," Gunn said. "But I can't recall it being done with cruise ships."
November 12, 1995 |
The first cruise ships have returned to Charlotte Amalie, the storm-ravaged port city on St. Thomas, while all but two of St. John's major hotels have reopened, and a new shopping mall in Christiansted, St. Croix, is expected to be ready for business in December. But nearly two months after powerful Hurricane Marilyn ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands, the winter tourist season will be far from normal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2003 |
Two bills to prevent cruise ships from discharging waste into state coastal waters were approved Monday by the state Senate. One measure, by Assemblyman Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would cover the release of sewage sludge and oily bilge water. Another bill, by Assemblyman George Nakano (D-Torrance), focuses on waste from ship photo labs, medical waste and dry-cleaning waste.
October 26, 2001 |
Northrop Grumman Corp. stopped building two cruise ships for American Classic Voyages Co., which will put about 1,750 employees, or 17% of the staff, at its Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard out of work. The move comes less than a week after Chicago-based American Classic Voyages, controlled by billionaire Sam Zell, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and failed to get a U.S. government loan to complete the 1,900-passenger ships.
November 9, 2003
I was only vaguely aware of the scope of the trend toward supersizing ["Cruise Lines Launch Floating Behemoths to Pack in Options," Travel Insider, Oct. 19]. One area that needs discussion but wasn't included in your article is the potential environmental impact of these behemoths. Alaska has already aggressively strengthened restrictions on existing cruise ships. Several other cruise lines have been fined or cited for knowingly dumping waste on the open sea. Imagine what might be the impact if one of these new giants decides to flush off Huntington Beach.