Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
According to Skift, the RAINN certification involves 11 key areas. Some focus on prevention and training, while others deal with post-assault victim support. Even prior to the certification, Royal Caribbean reported better sexual assault statistics than other cruise lines. But there are two areas where all cruise lines seem exposed. The first is alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a significant factor in many cruise-related injuries and crimes. Even with stricter policies and better awareness from servers and bartenders, there will be plenty of men and women impaired onboard. Some of these people will inevitably be involved in sexual assaults.
The other factor overlooked, but that has been a hot button on Cruise Law News, is screening and punishing crew. Many of the assaults are crew on passenger. Training is obviously important with this as is enhanced security and key access. But the background screening can be an issue. The criminal record systems in some of the countries from which the crews are hired are not always as thorough as in they are in the United States. Plenty of offenders have and will continue to slip through the cracks until better hiring practices are in place. If the cruise lines really want to address sexual assault, it will need to improve their hiring background checks.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
While not a slick as some video reviews, this tour and review of the Royal Princess is very worthwhile. In addition to the usual stops in dining and activities, Cruise Capital also includes some action shots of the staff and celebration from the actual cruise. As you are researching a potential trip on the Royal Princess, certainly watch the video above.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Weighing on 1.5 pounds and having breathing issues, Haiden's life was in danger. Lacking an incubator, the ship's staff did their best to keep him warm and the captain pushed the ship into San Juan two hours early. The Royal Caribbean team ultimately saved the newborn's life, as Haiden was able to get the necessary specialized medical care in San Juan.
While still struggling with various complications, Haiden is still alive and has been transferred to Miami. The Morgans are sharing their story and the challenges Haiden and they are facing. However, overlooked in the story is how much Royal Caribbean did in such an unusual circumstance. From the Captain to the crew they did what they could to help the Morgans and the mother and baby are alive because of the Royal Caribbean team.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Cruise Tips TV has many helpful reviews from her various ships and trips. In this series, Sheri shifts focus to some of Alaska's most popular stops. As always, it is well worth your time if when you research your next Alaska cruise.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Celebrity's first female captain is becoming a bit of a celebrity herself. With her first voyage underway, Kate McCue sat down for an interview with Peter Greenberg. We wish her the best and a long career ahead.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Popular Cruising doesn't just post video reviews. They also put together unique video tours, like the one above for the Norwegian Pearl. The tours are a nice change of pace from the typical reviews in that they offer a good feel for the ship, but don't bias you with the reviewer's direct thoughts. Look for more unique video content from Popular Cruising.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
The Carnival Vista will have many unique features all over the ship. But what really stands out is their new brewery. In Episode 3 of Carnnival's YouTube series Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista, the company shows how they are building the brewery and explain how sourcing won't be an issue.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Also, for the record, yoga on a moving boat is a little difficult. #CruiseLife— Kim Antry (@kantry) September 16, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Unless pressed, Carnival should avoid any mention of the Carnival Pride fire. Coming on the heels of the Liberty's fire, this would amplify any worry from current and future customers. Carnival deserved commendation for handling the blaze, however, they need to discover why these fires keep breaking out.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
One of Disney Cruise Line's hallmarks is great entertainment. Their live performances are crowd pleasers and incorporate many classic Disney moments and songs. For their new production of Tangled: The Musical, DCL is turning the movie into a live show, plus adding new songs and puppetry. In the above video, Inside the Magic has all the details as well as interviews with the show's key performers and choreographers. The show is set to premiere aboard the Disney Magic this November.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Fortunately Florida understands tourism. New cruise terminals have opened in Canaveral and Everglades. Miami will also improve embarkation needs. Tampa is turning their cruise area into a hospitality and entertainment complex.
While the current ports continue to grow, Florida leaders should be asking themselves what other cities can support the cruise boom. Jacksonville's cruise activity has not reached its prerecession peak. It could certainly support more activity. Palm Beach's future dredging could open up more cruise access and has good air access. But wherever the growth goes, the cruise companies should feel good that the state is committed to its growth.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The best thing about Corpus Christi is its proximity to the typical Western Caribbean stops. A shorter trip saves ships fuel money and gives the cruise companies a little more flexibility in scheduling. However, the city's location is also a hindrance. The airport is small and without many direct flights. The local population is not large enough to support a big cruise customer base. More densely populated areas nearby also have closer cruise ports (Galveston, New Orleans, etc.).
We doubt Corpus Christi will get much traction as a home port. The city might invest in some infrastructure to lure a company for a trial run, but that has huge risks. Mobile's cruise terminal sat unused for many years until Carnival agreed to return.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
A common question from would be cruisers is: should I spend the extra money for a balcony? The folks at Cruises.com clearly think it is. In the well-made video above, cruises.com goes through all the benefits of booking a balcony.
We love balconies but don't view it as a requirement for a good cruise. But we also love cruises under nearly any circumstance.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Of their list, the Coastal California sounds very enticing. We've visited all those cities but never from a ship. And unlike some of the other itineraries suggested, this one is a little more rare. Which unique Fall cruise sounds most exciting to you?
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
While the good news is that no one was injured, the massive disappointment and inconvenience for the passengers remains a black eye for Carnival. One bad news story and one boat load of frustrated passengers can undo much of the goodwill the company built up since the Triumph. We hope the passengers make the most of their time in San Juan and we hope this is the last issue to impact a Carnival ship.
Monday, September 7, 2015
It seems like there has been an increase of ship fires of late. Fortunately they've been handled well by the various crews. But this is another reminder to take all ship fire drills seriously.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
If other Caribbean countries were half as friendly as Dominican Republic, #cruise passengers would want to visit more.— Stewart Chiron (@CruiseGuy) September 1, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Mobile's roller-coaster history with the cruise industry is very similar to the travails of other non-traditional cruise ports. Cities all want year-round traffic, invest in facilities and tax breaks for cruise companies, do everything they can to get a ship and then worry about it leaving at the first sign of trouble. Regardless of little victories, the cities will always be at the whim of the cruise lines. Markets get bored or saturated. (How many times can cruise fans in the Gulf area sail the western Caribbean itinerary?) Very few secondary ports have the airports to support flights from around the country to feed the ships. And the drive markets tend to overlap. Mobile will probably get a multi-year run out of Carnival, but it won't last forever.
Mobile is a great city, so this boost is welcome. It will bring in more people to the downtown and will introduce the city to others. Let's hope this works and other cities have success with cruise too. It would be a win-win for civic and cruise leaders.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
As the lines continue to blur between river and ocean cruises, Cunard announced a unique itinerary for 2017. As part of a global cruise, the Queen Victoria will cruise down the Amazon River. It will become the largest ship to ever transit the river.
As interesting as this might sound, it probably won't spark a rush of ocean ships heading down the Amazon. The remoteness of the river is one challenge. And the size of other companies' ships is another. But for those lucky few that will be on the Victoria, this represents a once in a lifetime opportunity.