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  • Crew Member Overboard From MSC Musica: 8th Person Overboard From A MSC Cruise Ship in 7 Months!

    A crew member reportedly went overboard from the MSC Musica sailing from Italy last Monday evening, according to the popular Cruise Radio fan page which asserts that the unidentified man “jumped.” The MSC ship was sailing in the Mediterranean Sea after departing from the port of Civitavecchia and heading to Genoa. Cruise Radio does not...

  • Harmony of the Seas Guest Hospitalized in Italy with COVID-19

    Earlier this week, a passenger aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas was taken from the cruise ship and hospitalized ashore in the Italian town of La Spezia after he experienced COVID-19 symptoms on the cruise ship. The Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX reported earlier last week that a 74 year old U.S. passenger began...

  • Two Guests Aboard MSC Seaside Test Positive for COVID-19

    Newspapers in Italy are reporting that there are reports of two people who tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the MSC Seaside. The newspapers state that two passengers tested positive for the virus. Informazione and Lasicliaweb report that the positive test results came during a routine check after the ship sailed from Italy. The country of...

  • Officer Employed by AIDA Cruises Disappears

    Several news outlets in Italy report that a young Italian officer working on an AIDA cruise ship has not been accounted for after his family reported him missing. ShipMag reports that Alessio Gaspari, age 25, was employed by AIDA Cruises as a third deck mate serving on an AIDA ship. His family reported him missing...

  • Costa Diadema: Passenger with COVID-19 Disembarked in Naples, Italy

    The Italian newspaper, Il Secolo XIX, reports that a 78-year-old man, described as a French citizen, was disembarked in Naples, Italy on October 14 from the Costa Diadema. The guest tested positive for COVID-19 after he was swabbed aboard the ship. He was transported by private ambulance to the “Covid Hospital of the San Giuseppe Moscati...

  • Positive COVID Crew Cases Rise to Nine on Costa Favolosa and Costa Deliziosa

    Italy has given the green light to Costa and AIDA  to resume cruising from Italian ports this month. Meanwhile, the number of positive COVID-19 cases on Costa cruise ships in Italy increased to nine this weekend, according to the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero. The Costa Deliziosa (below right) has four crew members with positive COVID-19...

  • Is Pullmantur Cruises Ending Operations?

    This weekend, several employees of Pullmantur Cruises informed me that employees (or contractors) hired by Royal Caribbean (which has a 49% ownership in Pullmantur) were involved in removing equipment from and dismantling the interiors of two of the companies’ cruise ships. The Monarch and Sovereign are currently at the cruise port of Naples, Italy (Stazione Marittima – Terminal di...

  • Torrential Winds: Celebrity Constellation Breaks Moorings and Strikes Costa Magica

    Earlier this afternoon, a passenger aboard the Celebrity Constellation informed me that the Celebrity cruise ship broke its moorings in La Spezia, Italy due to torrential winds during a heavy rain storm.   We were subsequently informed via Twitter that once the mooring lines broke, the Constellation struck the Costa Magica which was also in...

  • Man Overboard From Norwegian Star

    A person has gone overboard from the Norwegian Star cruise ship, according to a passenger on the Norwegian cruise ship who contacted me this morning. The Norwegian Star was returning to Venice, Italy from a “7-Night Greek Isles from Venice” cruise when a person went overboard after the ship left from Dubrovnik, Croatia and before...

  • Paint Pollution Potentially Delays Delivery of Carnival Horizon

    The delivery of Carnival’s newest cruise ship, the Carnival Horizon, which is currently in dry dock in Italy, is at risk of being delayed due to concerns that the water in the surrounding basin has been polluted during the painting of the ship’s hull. The Carnival cruise ship is currently in dry dock in the...

  • DNA Tests Confirm Identitfy of Missing MSC Musica Crew Member

    The Brazilian television network Globo reports that a DNA test has confirmed that the body of the person found off the coast of Italy on July 2nd is that of the crew member Simone Scheuer Sousa who disappeared from the MSC Musica. The Brazilian crew member disappeared under suspicious circumstances from the MSC cruise ship between...

  • Murder Investigation Opened Regarding Disappearance of Crew Member from MSC Musica

    A week ago, we reported on the disappearance of a crew member from the MSC Musica on June 18, 2017 after the cruise ship left the port of Venice heading to Brindisi, Italy.  The crew member is from Brazil, named Simone Souza Scheuer. Today, the Italian newspaper Venezia Today reports that a murder investigation was opened by...

  • Man Arrested for Murder of Wife Who Disappeared During Cruise

    Numerous newspapers are reporting that a woman cruising with her husband aboard the MSC Magnifica with their two young children (ages 4 and 6) on a Mediterranean cruise, starting in Civitavecchia, Italy, disappeared last week. The woman has been identified as Xing Lei Li. Her husband has been identified as Daniel Belling. Italian police arrested the...

  • Is a Cruise Ship the Perfect Place to Commit a Crime?

    Earlier today, I mentioned the recent disappearance of a young Chinese woman from the MSC Magnifica. It appears that she may have been a murder victim, according to the police in Italy who are investigating the case. If this is true, this is hardly the first time that a cruise passenger has been killed at sea....

  • Norovirus on HAL’s Oosterdam Sickens Passengers and Crew

    Passengers aboard a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship have fallen ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus on an approximately two week trans-Atlantic cruise that departed from Civitevecchia, Italy on November 3rd and arrived today in Tampa, Florida.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the November 3 – 18 cruise aboard...

  • Fire Breaks Out on SeaDream I in Italy

    A reader of our blog brought to my attention that the Sea Dream I operated by SeaDream Yacht Club caught fire this afternoon. A number of Italian newspapers report that a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room while the ship was off the coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. The Ansi Chronicle said that...

  • Police Arrest Cook for Attempted Murder of Chef on Celebrity Constellation

    Newspapers in Italy are reporting that the local police in Salerno, Italy arrested a 31 year-old Jamaican, man employed as a cook in the galley of the Celebrity cruise ship, the Constellation, for “attempted murder aggravated by petty reasons.” The cook, identified only as “OG,” attacked a 38 year-old Indian, head chef, with what is described as...

  • Crew Member Allegedly Molests Child in Livorno, Italy.

    A newspaper in Italy reports that two days ago police arrested a 51 year old crew member, who had gone ashore in Livorno, on charges of sexual assaulting a child believed to be around 7 to 8 years old. The crew member is identified as a Filipino bar tender who arrived in Livorno on an...

  • Fire Erupts on Cruise Europa

    News Maritime reports that a fire erupted in the galley of the ferry Cruise Europa during a voyage from Ancona, Italy to Igoumenitsa-Patras, Greece. The fire reportedly started in a galley, but the fire sprinkler system stopped the spread of the fire and extinguished it. There are reports that the ship’s galley was slightly damaged during...

  • California Court Dismisses Costa Concordia Lawsuit

    Earlier this week, a federal district judge in California dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of two cruise passengers against Carnival arising out of the January 2012 Costa Concordia disaster, ruling that the case must be pursued in Italy where Costa Crociere is located. The name of the lawsuit is Patricia Sandoval et al. v....

  • Celebrity Reflection Delayed in Civitavecchia Due to Unspecified Mechanical Problems

    Over the weekend, we received word from a cruise passenger aboard a Celebrity cruise ship, the Reflection, that the ship was forced to stay overnight in Civitavecchia (Rome) due to unspecified mechanical problems. The cruise line reportedly refused to disclose the nature of the problem to passengers on the ship. The Reflection was delayed in...

  • San Marco Basin in Venice Re-Opens to Mega Cruise Ships, MSC Preziosa Smashes Passenger Corridor at Port

    The Italian publication Medi Telegraph reports that the MSC cruise ship, Preziosa, collided with a large passenger walkway at the port of Venice. The newspapers in Italy, such as La Nuova, refer to the pedestrian corridors at the maritime station as “fingers” which provide access to the upper decks of the cruise ship.. Despite the presence...

  • Venice Bans Monster Cruise Ships

    The Gazzetta del Sud newspaper reports that government officials in Rome, Italy ordered a halt to large cruise ships passing through the Venice lagoon, effective November 2014. The outright ban on cruise ships applies to those ships over 96,000 tons. (The Costa Concordia is 114,500 tons). The legislation comes after years of debate and highly charged...

  • Coke on the High Seas: Prison Sentences for Smuggling Cocaine on MSC Armonia

    Cruise Center reports news from Italy that a judge in Italy sentenced three 3 people who were involved in smuggling cocaine on an Italian flagged cruise ship to ten year individual sentences and a fine each of 60,000 Euros for importing ten kilos of cocaine from South America on the cruise ship Armonia operated by MSC....

  • Superfast Ferry Collides with Mein Schiff 2 in Italy – Minor Damage Reported

    Newspapers in Italy are reporting that a collision took place in the port of Bari (Puglia) in the southest of Italy when a Superfast ferry struck the Mein Schiff 2 cruise ship. Corriere del Mezzogiorne and La Reppublica (Bari) report that high winds up to 40 knows caused the ferry to break her mooring lines...

  • California Can Prosecute Lawyer Accused of Throwing Wife Overboard from Cruise Ship

    Yesterday a judge held that a man accused of strangling and throwing his wife overboard from an Italian cruise ship should stand trial in California. The court rejected the argument of the cruise passenger’s defense lawyers that the state prosecutors in Orange County lacked jurisdiction to prosecute the crime which occurred in international waters off...

  • 27 Year Old MSC Crew Member Dies Aboard Preziosa Cruise Ship

    Newspapers in Italy are reporting that a 27 year old crew member died on July 14th on the MSC Preziosa. Maria La Camera. known as “Titti” to her friends, worked aboard the MSC cruise ship as a hostess. She was found dying in her cabin, according to the newspaper Napoli Today. Her co-employees made ​​the discovery, after...

  • Captain Schettino Changes Course While Costa Concordia Trial Starts & Stops

    The criminal trial against Captain Schettino finally started this week but, believe it or not, was suspended due to a national strike of lawyers in Italy. Captain Schettino showed up for the first day at the theater in Grosseto where the trial will be held. The paparazzi photographed him wearing a snappy blue sports coat....

  • Charges Dismissed Against Cruise Passenger Accused of Strangling and Dumping Ex-Wife Overboard

    Two days ago we reported on a ruling made by a judge in California holding that a cruise ship passenger accused of strangling and throwing his former wife overboard from a cruise ship in Italy could be prosecuted in state court. But yesterday, the same judge reconsidered his ruling and decided that he did not have...

  • Cruise Ship Passenger Can be Tried in California State Court for Murdering Ex-Wife

    Crimes on cruise ships on the high seas often fall into jurisdictional no-man’s lands where prosecutions are impossible to pursue.  But yesterday a judge in Orange County, California ruled that local prosecutors can try a criminal case against a cruise passenger accused of strangling his ex-wife and tossing her off a cruise ship in Italy...

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