April 29, 2009 |
Five of the world's largest cruise lines suspended all stops in Mexico on Tuesday because of the swine flu outbreak, dealing another blow to that country's battered tourism industry. The situation could mean additional cruise ship business at two Southern California ports of call, San Diego and Santa Catalina Island.
January 20, 2008 |
The holiday glitter is but a memory. And for some travelers that can mean only one thing: It's time to choose this year's cruise. Or maybe past time if you want the best deals. These days, half of passengers book their voyages more than seven months ahead, the industry's Cruise Lines International Assn. reported last week. And you won't believe where they're going in this contrarian year: faraway Asia and South America, the glitzy Mediterranean and onto riverboats in Europe.
January 11, 2008 |
Improper training and bad steering by a Princess Cruises ship's second officer caused the vessel to tilt suddenly in 2006, injuring almost 300 people, the National Transportation Safety Board determined. The NTSB said the Crown Princess' captain and crew failed to realize how fast they were going in shallow water, which threw the ship off course. The second officer disengaged the autopilot to correct it, then steered the wrong way, the board determined in Orlando. Princess Cruises apologized to passengers and said it had already made changes requiring further navigation training for crews and better oversight for deck officers.
July 19, 2006 |
A month-old cruise ship suddenly lurched to its side Tuesday and sent terrified passengers flying, leaving 93 people injured, including two critically, authorities said. The Crown Princess, a 113,000-ton vessel that can hold about 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members, was approximately 11 miles out of Port Canaveral and headed for New York when it listed sharply to the left at about 3:40 p.m., witnesses and officials said.
March 24, 2006 |
For the last 21 years, the cruise industry found comfort in the fact that accidents aboard ships at sea had not resulted in the death of a passenger. That record ended Thursday with a fatal fire on a Princess Cruises ship that killed one man and left 11 passengers suffering smoke inhalation. The fire started about 3:10 a.m. in a passenger area as the 109,000-ton Star Princess was en route from Grand Cayman Island to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
February 6, 2005 |
There are many ways to gauge a successful vacation. My children would say the high point of their cruise was riding dolphins. Twice. After that, maybe snorkeling off the pirate ship, and the day rough waters sloshed the swimming pool around like choppy seas.
June 7, 2004 |
The cruise ship Island Princess left Whittier after the vessel was scrubbed down following an outbreak last week that sickened more than 400 passengers and crew members. The Princess Cruises ship was heading to Vancouver, Canada, with a new set of passengers, cruise line officials said. On the previous voyage, 375 passengers and 49 crew members complained of Norwalk virus-like symptoms, said Julie Benson, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman.
March 21, 2004
Mike Matthews of Rancho Palos Verdes checks out a brochure for the new 116,000-gross-ton Diamond Princess, the largest cruise ship based at the Port of Los Angeles, Princess Cruises says. The 2,670-passenger vessel, shown above, last weekend began weeklong Mexican Riviera cruises. It shifts to Seattle in May for Alaska voyages, returning to L.A. in the fall. (800) 774-6237, www.princess.com.