June 11, 2013 |
Set your clock for early Thursday to watch Kate Middleton , everyone's favorite royal, christen a cruise ship in Britain . The duchess of Cambridge, due to deliver her first child next month, had been selected as godmother to the new Royal Princess from Princess Cruises . At 3:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Middleton will be in Southampton, England, and ready to smash a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the ship....
June 8, 2013 |
NORFOLK, Va. - As heavily armed pirates held an American sailboat off the coast of Somalia in February 2011, Navy SEALs on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer Sterett heard one of the hijackers on the radio threatening the lives of his four American hostages. "I am holding these people. They are like meat," he said. "I will eat if you head my way. " What happened next is providing riveting testimony in a federal courtroom here as three rail-thin Somali men in baggy coats face the first U.S. murder trial of piracy suspects in nearly two centuries.
June 5, 2013 |
Sting returns to his roots for "The Last Ship," a new musical based on the singer-songwriter's childhood, with an eye toward Broadway. The show, set in a struggling English shipyard in the 1980s, also has spawned an album of the same name -- his first in a decade -- to be to be released Sept. 24. Producers hope to bring "The Last Ship” to Broadway next year. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The Grammy winner spent three years penning the score, collaborating with Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”)
June 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Long before a retired Southern California couple and two friends were shot and killed aboard their sailboat off the Horn of Africa in February 2011, the threat from Somali pirates was frighteningly clear. Since 2005, heavily armed Somalis in jury-rigged speedboats had hijacked scores of oil tankers, cargo ships and private yachts, holding hundreds of crew members hostage for lucrative ransoms. The brigands had crippled shipping in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, costing companies an estimated $5 billion a year.
May 28, 2013 |
The first flights carrying passengers from the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur arrived in Baltimore on Tuesday after an on-board fire forced an end to the cruise. Almost 2,200 passengers were being flown into Baltimore on charter planes after a fire erupted at 2:50 a.m. Monday and was extinguished about two hours later. No injuries were reported, according to the company. Video and pictures from the ship show heavy damage to the stern. The flight arrived Tuesday afternoon. In a tweet, Royal Caribbean said: “The first flight carrying guests from #GrandeuroftheSeas back to the U.S. is in the air. Flights will continue throughout the day.” Eleven charter flights are scheduled to bring back passengers.
May 27, 2013 |
Another month, another troubled cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas -- and its 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members -- saw their trip come to an abrupt end after the ship's aft mooring deck burst into flames not far from the Bahamas early Monday morning. Royal Caribbean reported that two passengers fainted but that no one was hurt in the fire. The company said it was working on arrangements to return its passengers to Baltimore. The ship never lost power and made it to a nearby port in Freeport in the Bahamas, about 75 miles east of Palm Beach, Fla. The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was on a seven-day trip that included stops in Florida and the Bahamas.
May 27, 2013 |
After months of negative publicity surrounding broken-down cruise ships and fed-up passengers, the cruise industry's trade group announced the adoption of a passenger bill of rights. The 10-item list specifically addresses issues that might arise if a ship suffers an emergency or mechanical failure. The Cruise Lines International Assn., with input from member lines, adopted the list after a push from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). David Peikin, the trade group's public affairs director, said all 26 North American member cruise lines have adopted the bill, and members outside North America will follow suit.
May 23, 2013 |
Kmart's woes - sliding sales, worried investors - would make any retailer want to curse. But as it turns out, the discounter's dirty mouth may prove to be a saving grace. The chain, which has a bit of a fuddy-duddy reputation, has scored a viral hit with a tongue-in-cheek ad campaign called “Ship My Pants.” The message is innocent enough. Consumers who can't find what they want in stores can ask Kmart employees to find the product on the company's website and have it shipped gratis.
May 22, 2013 |
ROME -- The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which crashed on rocks off the Italian coast last year, was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Thirty-two of the more than 4,000 passengers drowned after the captain, Francesco Schettino, piloted the 950-foot-long vessel onto rocks on the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, puncturing the hull of the ship, which then tipped over in shallow water. During the chaotic evacuation that followed, passengers struggled to board packed lifeboats, and some were sucked to their deaths as they tried to swim ashore by whirlpools created as the ship tilted.
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May 21, 2013 |
Sharon Overholser knows what she would do with the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. "Ship them back," she said Tuesday morning at a rally in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Sawtelle office. About 15 fellow demonstrators held signs reading "No Amnesty," "Support American Workers" and "Uphold Our Laws. " The corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards has also seen demonstrations by pro-immigrant groups as the Senate debates a sweeping immigration overhaul.