December 2011 Archives

December 31, 2011

Duval County, Florida Carnival Cruise Passenger Charged for Bomb Threat

JACKSONVILLE, FLOIRDA: Federal prosecutors charged a Duval County Florida woman for making a false bomb threat by a passenger aboard the Carnival cruise ship Fascination. According to the indictment filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Linda Wilson, 44, called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in May 2010 to say a bomb was going to explode when the cruise ship arrived at the JAXPORT cruise terminal. Wilson was arrested on a Federal warrant by local law enforcement and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on January 2nd. Wilson faces a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison if convicted. It is unknown whether Wilson is currenlty repersented by an attorney.

December 30, 2011

Passenger Medevaced Off Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph Near Galveston, Texas

GALVESTON, TEXAS: A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston medevaced a 73-year-old passenger from the Carnival cruise ship Triumph about 80 miles off Galveston, Texas on Thursday, January 29th.

Coast Guard received a call about 10 p.m. Thursday that a passenger had a blood clot in his foot and needed to be evacuated immediately. The rescue helicopter took off about 11:40 p.m. and hoisted the passenger off the Carnival cruise ship and flew him to awaiting emergency responders at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The man's condition is currently unknown.

Footage of the Coast Guard Rescue

December 30, 2011

Disney Cruise Ship Damage Will Not Delay its Florida Debut

Disney's cruise ship Fantasy set to operate Caribbean cruises from Florida later this year was damaged at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. What exactly caused the damage remains unknown. German media reports vandals opened the cruise ship's water valves which flooded sections of the ship. Disney Cruise Lines' spokeswoman, Rebecca Peddle, says, "We don't know if it was vandalism or not." According to the shipyard, access to the cruise ship was restricted after the incident. Disney Cruise Lines reports, "There was some water damage that resulted in them having to replace some carpeting. It was not significant."

The damage will not impact delivery dates or the Florida cruise debut. The Fantasy is currently scheduled for delivery in February, and the cruise ship is set to start sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida in March.

December 23, 2011

Faulty Machinery Blamed for Queen Mary 2 Explosion

The U.K.'s Marine Accident Investigation Branch final report states deterioration in capacitors that store energy on the 2,620-passenger Queen Mary 2 caused the explosion which occurred on September 23, 2010 as the cruise ship was approaching Barcelona. Capacitor issues are nothing new to the Queen Mary 2 which had experienced multiple failures since its debut in 2004. The report also recommended crew members need to be more aware of patterns of problems with machinery.

No one was injured by the explosion, but damaged caused all four of the vessel's engines to shut down, leaving the Cunard Lines ship adrift for at least half an hour. Cunard Line is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation the Miami, Florida headquartered cruise giant.

December 20, 2011

Passenger Medevaced Off Queen Mary II Off Nags Head North Carolina

The Outer Banks Voice reports a Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the Queen Mary II cruise ship off Nags Head Monday, December 19th to medevac an ailing passenger at approximately 9:30am.

The 64-year-old woman with severe abdominal pain and the ship's doctor were airlifted by a Jayhawk helicopter at about 4 p.m., the Coast Guard said in a statement. They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. There is no word on the passenger's condition.