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March 20, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
The cruise industry -- facing rough seas amid heightened public scrutiny of shipboard safety -- is being called in front of Congress again to answer whether cruise operators downplayed crimes. In addition, some lawmakers are looking to crack down on the $32-billion cruise business because of increasing reports of crime, illness and shipboard disappearances. "I am hearing more and more stories about victims where crimes have been either unreported or not prosecuted," said Rep.
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TRAVEL
June 15, 1997 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
With a new name, a new logo and advertising slogan and yet another new ship in its rapidly growing fleet, Royal Caribbean International, formerly Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, bears a passing resemblance to the proverbial old woman who lived in a shoe. With six of its 10 ship names ending in "of the Seas," it must get confusing down at the office. We were struck with deja vu aboard the new Grandeur of the Seas.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Kimberly Edwards boarded Majesty of the Seas for her 40th birthday expecting a vacation to remember. But three days into the five-day Bahamas cruise that was a gift from her fiance, a drunk passenger followed Edwards into a women's bathroom and sexually assaulted her, groping her through thin stretch pants, she said.
TRAVEL
October 7, 1990 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
With so many new ships arriving, cruise lines are shuffling their older ships about like so many cards, looking for a winning combination. The most sweeping changes come from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, which is seeking a higher profile on the West Coast. Through its subsidiary, Admiral Cruises, Royal Caribbean is moving the 734-passenger Azure Seas, which pioneered the lucrative three- and four-day cruise market in Los Angeles, to Port Everglades, Fla., in May for seven-day Caribbean cruises.
TRAVEL
February 15, 1987 | FRED CRAFTS, Times Staff Writer
Something about sailing on the Seven Seas brings out the Seven Deadly Sins. Especially gluttony. Take a cruise ship. Fill it with a bunch of people who have paid a hefty sum for a luxurious vacation. Place before them the notion that they can have something for nothing. Stand by to be disgusted. Like it or not, everybody has a point at which the lure of getting a freebie will allow lust to escape its dungeon deep inside and will force them to debase themselves in the grossest ways.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2002 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it the Princess' prerogative. After spurning Carnival Corp.'s aggressive courting for more than a year in favor of another, P&O Princess Cruises may now want to change its mind. On Friday, U.S. regulators cleared the way for both Carnival, the world's biggest cruise line, and No. 2 Royal Caribbean Cruises to pursue their respective bids for the No. 3 company, and the sought-after Princess quickly considered making the most of either deal, saying Carnival's didn't look so bad after all.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp., the world's leading computer software maker, on Monday reported a 50% increase in profit for its fiscal fourth quarter, exceeding analysts' expectations. The Redmond, Wash.-based company posted a profit of $559 million, or 87 cents a share, for the three months ended in June, up from $368 million, or 58 cents, a year ago. Analysts on average had predicted quarterly earnings of 85 cents a share.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1999
A federal judge fined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. $3 million Monday for altering log books to conceal the dumping of oil sludge in the Pacific Ocean. The fine is part of a nationwide, $18-million settlement Royal Caribbean reached with the Justice Department in July after it pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Los Angeles, Alaska, New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Under the deal, $1 million of the Los Angeles fine will be split between the U.S.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Two consumer advocacy groups urged antitrust enforcers to challenge merger plans involving the three leading cruise lines. P&O Princess Cruises' proposal to combine with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Royal Caribbean's hostile bid to acquire Princess would reduce competition and particularly harm retirees on fixed incomes, the groups said. The American Antitrust Institute raised its opposition in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Coroner's officials Sunday released the names of three cruise ship crew members who died after being exposed to toxic sewer gas as they repaired a waste pipe. The men were identified as Boris Dimitrov, 47, of Varna, Bulgaria; Willie Tirol, 41, of Pangasinan, Philippines; and Radomilja Frane, 48, of Stobrec, Croatia. An autopsy will be conducted, said Barbara Nelson, investigator for the coroner's office.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2002 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it the Princess' prerogative. After spurning Carnival Corp.'s aggressive courting for more than a year in favor of another, P&O Princess Cruises may now want to change its mind. On Friday, U.S. regulators cleared the way for both Carnival, the world's biggest cruise line, and No. 2 Royal Caribbean Cruises to pursue their respective bids for the No. 3 company, and the sought-after Princess quickly considered making the most of either deal, saying Carnival's didn't look so bad after all.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2002 | Bloomberg News
TRAVEL * P&O Princess Cruises said Carnival Corp.'s hostile $4.1-billion bid is now more attractive than a proposed merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after both transactions were cleared earlier in the day by U.S. antitrust enforcers. The announcement came after the Federal Trade Commission said it had cleared both proposed combinations on a 3-2 vote. Either deal would combine two of the world's top three cruise lines. Carnival is the largest operator in the U.S.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Two consumer advocacy groups urged antitrust enforcers to challenge merger plans involving the three leading cruise lines. P&O Princess Cruises' proposal to combine with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Royal Caribbean's hostile bid to acquire Princess would reduce competition and particularly harm retirees on fixed incomes, the groups said. The American Antitrust Institute raised its opposition in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2001
P&O Princess Cruises PLC is merging with Miami-based Royal Caribbean Ltd. in a deal that creates the world's largest cruise ship company. London-based Princess said last week that the combined company would have 41 ships and 75,000 berths, topping Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. A name had not been chosen for the company, which will be worth about $6 billion and be based in Miami, by the Travel section deadline last week.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid a deep industry slump and an oversupply of ships, P&O Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have agreed to a $2.89-billion merger to become the world's largest cruise line company. The merger would produce a company with 41 ships, about 40,000 employees and more than $5 billion in annual revenue, making it larger than longtime market leader Carnival Corp. of Miami. Company officials said no significant job cuts are expected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1994
The cruise ship Viking Serenade left its berth in San Pedro on Friday for a three-day voyage to Mexico--just about a week after more than 600 people on the vessel became ill during a similar trip. The ship pulled away from the dock at 6:15 p.m. and a few minutes after federal health inspectors gave the crew authorization to leave.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1999 | RACHEL LA CORTE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. pleaded guilty Thursday to dumping oil and hazardous chemicals in U.S. waters off Florida and then lying about it to the Coast Guard. The plea was one of several that Royal Caribbean agreed to in July to settle charges that it secretly polluted the coastal waters of the United States. Under the national plea deal, the Miami-based cruise line agreed to pay a record $18 million criminal fine and plead guilty to 21 felony counts in five U.S. cities and in Puerto Rico.
NEWS
January 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has agreed to pay Alaska $3.5 million for dumping toxic chemicals and oil-contaminated water into the state's waters. The company also agreed not to discharge waste water within three miles of Alaska's coastline. The settlement announced by Alaska Atty. Gen. Bruce Botelho is in addition to $6.5 million in federal fines the cruise line agreed to pay last year after it admitted dumping chemicals, including dry-cleaning fluid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1999
A chief engineer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was accused of ordering crew members to dump untreated waste water into the Pacific Ocean in an indictment unsealed in Los Angeles Friday. The engineer, Oystein Larsen, was arrested Thursday when he disembarked from a Royal Caribbean vessel, the Voyager, after it docked in Miami, said William Carter, an assistant U.S. attorney. Larsen is charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of causing false statements to be made to the U.S.
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