Tag: Cruises

Cruise Line Bans Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie

A photograph taken this week on a Caribbean cruise ship quickly gained widespread attention but it wasn’t of a pink-sand beach, a zip-lining adventure or an onboard skydiving simulator. It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie. […]

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Norwegian Cruise Ship Passengers Live-Tweet a Mutiny

It is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the “mystical fjords” voyage in Europe staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes to […]

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Cruise Ships, Long Contentious in Bahamas, Offer Lifeline After Dorian

At 76, disabled, with half the roof of her Grand Bahama home blown off and facing the prospect of months without electricity, Myrtle Cartwright decided she had to leave. Ms. Cartwright escaped in luxury: On Friday, she boarded Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration with about 1,200 other Hurricane Dorian survivors and headed for Palm […]

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Powerful Typhoon Kills at Least 13 in China

BEIJING — A powerful typhoon killed at least 13 people in China after making landfall on the east coast early Saturday and moving north toward Shanghai, state media reported. The storm, Typhoon Lekima, also destroyed at least 200 homes and left 16 people missing, according to the reports. It made landfall as a super typhoon […]

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Powerful Typhoon Bypasses Taiwan and Heads Toward China

BEIJING — A super typhoon that forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights veered north of Taiwan on Friday and headed toward China, where officials issued a red alert along coastal areas. Typhoon Lekima is expected to hit Zhejiang Province in eastern China on Saturday, and possibly veer north toward Shanghai, where cruise ships have […]

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How Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track crowds at dining destinations

Royal Carribean’s Spectrum of The Seas — the third-largest class of cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage — can accommodate over 6,000 people and 2,500 crewmembers during its nine-night Asia voyages. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, particularly mornings prior to port, when throngs of passengers nab breakfast before deboarding. So how […]

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Before Fatal Boat Crash in Budapest, Safety Warnings Went Unheeded

BUDAPEST — The warnings came before a ship called the Mermaid set out on May 29 in driving rain for a nighttime tour of Budapest. Before the much larger Viking Sigyn struck the Mermaid, capsizing and sinking it in seconds. Before 28 people died in Hungary’s worst boating accident in at least six decades. Traffic […]

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Carnival Cruises to Pay $20 Million in Pollution and Cover-Up Case

In 2016, Princess Cruise Lines agreed to pay a $40 million penalty for illegally dumping oil-contaminated waste into the sea and acts by employees to try to cover it up. It was the largest criminal penalty ever imposed for intentional vessel pollution, and the Justice Department put the cruise line’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, on […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Cuba Travel Restrictions

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed new restrictions on Americans going to Cuba, banning the most common way Americans travel to the island. The United States will not permit group educational and cultural trips known as “people to people” trips to the island, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Those trips have been used […]

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Vestlandet, Norway, Is ‘Oh, My God’ Country

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If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?

The glaciers are melting, the coral reefs are dying, Miami Beach is slowly going under. Quick, says a voice in your head, go see them before they disappear! You are evil, says another voice. For you are hastening their destruction. To a lot of people who like to travel, these are morally bewildering times. Something […]

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Flooded Danube Hampers Rescuers After Budapest Boat Accident

BUDAPEST — Rescuers were fighting the currents of a flooded Danube river on Friday in search of survivors and of the wreck of the sightseeing boat that sank in the center of Budapest two days ago. But Hungarian officials offered little hope that any of the 21 people still listed as missing would be found […]

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Boat Sinks in Danube, Killing at Least Three and Leaving 16 Missing

BUDAPEST — A boat capsized and sank in the Danube River in Budapest just before midnight on Wednesday, leaving at least three people dead and 16 unaccounted for, Hungary’s state news media reported. Under heavy rainfall, rescuers managed to bring 14 people to shore, the state news agency MTI reported. Including passengers and crew, there […]

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Dementia Stopped a Major Artist From Painting. For Some, That Spelled a Lucrative Opportunity.

The scene played out for years. Twice a week, in the late afternoon, above the Shun Lee Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a creaky elevator would open, and out would step an elderly man. Thin as a rail, with a sparse mustache, he would sometimes have little idea about where or […]

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Worried About the Weather for Your Cruise? So Is James Van Fleet

Most cruise lines have a large staff that includes a deck crew, housekeeping, entertainers and more. But only one has a chief meteorologist whose sole job is to track the daily weather for multiple ships and about 150,000 passengers. James Van Fleet joined Royal Caribbean International two years ago, after more than two decades as […]

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