- Cruise ships have a reputation for fostering a party culture among employees fueled by long hours and cheap drinks available at crew-only bars.
- But social drinking can turn into self-medication, according to Brian David Bruns, who worked as a waiter for Carnival Cruise Line.
- Bruns told Business Insider that the stress and loneliness of working on a cruise ship made alcohol an attractive coping mechanism.
Hannah Chubb, People
Virgin Voyages’ first cruise has yet to set sail — but the company is announcing already announcing a second ship!
The adults-only cruise line headed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson has announced that their second ship will be named “Valiant Lady,” and will sail three itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain starting in May 2021.
Unlike Virgin’s first boat, dubbed “Scarlet Lady,” which doesn’t set sail for the Caribbean until April 2020, Valiant Lady will be headed to Europe, making stops in France, Italy and Spain along the Mediterranean coast.
Each of the planned seven-night itineraries will board in Barcelona, just steps from Las Ramblas, and feature an included overnight in Ibiza before taking off on their respective journeys.
The FBI has confirmed the arrest of a man on a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel who they say chased a woman throughout the ship before breaking her arm and jaw.
Jeff Smiley III was arrested on Nov. 6 after the Norwegian cruise vessel had reached the pier in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was charged with two counts of assault, including assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction, and assault resulting in a substantial bodily injury to a spouse or intimate partner.
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Over the weekend, as the storm hit the Bahamas in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called “a historic tragedy,” claiming five lives on the Abaco Islands and flooding neighborhoods, outrage brewed on Twitter about conditions on the private island Castaway Cay. The Disney Cruise Lines port located 30 miles from Abaco is home to 60 full-time employees.
“My sister is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane. We were told they would evacuate and they didn’t. Left them behind!! Why??,” Twitter user Meg Green wrote in a deleted-tweet, according to the Miami Times.
Later, she reportedly tweeted, “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane? I do.”
Carnival Cruise Line is taking “corrective action” after the Carnival Fantasy, the oldest of its Fantasy-class cruise ships, failed to pass a recent inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Out of a possible score of 100, the Fantasy only managed to earn a 77, partially due to “brown water” being discharged from hoses in the medical area, soiled cutlery mingling with the “clean” cutlery, and bread products teeming with flies, according to the inspection report.
Behold the Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ brand-new, billion-dollar baby, Yes, that’s what it costs to build a cruise ship these days, often even more.
Thirty million people are expected to go on cruises in 2019, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. That’s in spite of well-publicized , , even tragedies – like .
The number of cruise ship passengers is up more than 12 million from a decade ago. ‘We’re still just scratching the surface,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s parent company. He knows a growth industry when he sees one.
A woman went overboard from the Norwegian Epic cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend, and in a grim development, officials called off the search for her on Sunday.
The ship was crossing the Mediterranean Sea while traveling from Cannes, France, to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, but turned around and docked in the middle of the ocean to launch a search party where the passenger, identified as a 63-year-old Korean woman, was last seen.
Sail dates for April 7, 14, and 21 have been canceled, Royal Caribbean told customers via Twitter.
@RoyalCaribbean i am hearing the next 3 sailings are cancelled for the Oasis if the Seas yet I haven’t received an email and when I called i got no information – can you confirm?
— Pete Z (@pzim31) April 2, 2019
@RoyalCaribbean So seeing that 4/7 is cancelled, what happens now? Flights and all?
— Mia (@mia_levanites) April 2, 2019
@RoyalCaribbean has my cruise on Oasis been cancelled for this Sunday? I called your customer service number and they said it was still sailing this Sunday.
— Shaun (@DispatcherShaun) April 2, 2019
Winslow Umberger knew something was wrong when the horizon disappeared.
Umberger, 66, and her husband Charles were enjoying a leisurely lunch onboard the Viking Sky, a luxury cruiseliner making its way south along the Norweigan coast. There had been some turbulence, sure, but as a ship captain’s daughter, Umberger didn’t think much of it until an enormous wave sent the contents of the kitchen flying in a thunderous crash.
The waitstaff scurried around “like sandpipers” trying to collect the debris, Umberger said. It was almost comical until the captain’s first “mayday” sounded over the intercom. The ship rose and fell on swells so high that Umberger couldn’t see the horizon.
“It’s kind of surreal — you take these drills on boats, but you don’t ever expect to put those life jackets back on.”