Fire Aboard MS Nordlys Kills 2 Crew, All Passengers Safely Evacuated

A suspected explosion in the engine room of Hurtigruten’s MS Nordlys has killed two crew members and injured 9 crew members. The cruise line reports all passengers safe and “accounted for”. Most of ships passengers and crew safely boarded life boats while she ships continued to make its way to the port of port […]

Norwegian Spirit Thanks Teen Who Helped With Rescue

NEW ORLEANS – July 26, 2011 – Norwegian Cruise Line and the Port of New Orleans recognized the quick actions of 16-year-old Alex Giffel of Baton Rouge, LA and Norwegian Spirit’s rescue team this past Sunday in a ceremony on the ship in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Giffel was starting a cruise vacation with his family on […]

Cruise Talk Comments on Carnival Splendor “Disaster” Cruise

Now that the Carnival Splendor has returned all of her passengers and crew safely to San Diego, I felt is was appropriate for Cruise Talk to offer some commentary regarding the Carnival Splendor fire, subsequent powers loss, and stranding off the coast of Mexico.
As a frequent cruiser who has never experienced something like this […]

Two Recent Man Overboard Incidents

“Oscar, Oscar, Oscar” is the ship emergency code for “Man Overboard”. This is not something you want to hear while on your cruise vacation. However, two recent man overboard incidents had ship’s crews scurrying to the rescue but ended with very different results. A man presumed to be intoxicated jumped from […]

Princess Cruises’ Medical Departments Earn Unique Distinction with Prestigious Quality Certification and Accreditation

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 6, 2010) — The Princess Cruises Medical Departments have once again been credited with meeting the quality health standards of an internationally recognized healthcare organization.
Following a comprehensive survey of both its shipboard and shoreside medical departments, Princess Cruises has achieved an industry first by being awarded accreditation and ISO 9001:2008 certification […]