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Carnival’s Crown Princess Docks with Norovirus – Again

Anyone who has been paying attention to this blog knows that there are many risks associated with going on a cruise – from typically minor issues, like getting sunburned, to far bigger ones, like missing the departure time when you’re at port and getting stranded in a foreign land.

 

But even though most passengers decide to take a cruise knowing full well there are things that could go wrong, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of issues cruise ships shouldn’t be able to better control. Case in point: the recent wave of norovirus outbreaks.

 

This is something that has been a huge issue across the entire industry, but the Carnival Crown Princess has been the poster child

Behind the Sails: 5 Shocking Truths Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You

Does buying a cruise ticket still conjure images of a fantasy dream-like vacation, basking in the sun all day long, and sipping umbrella drinks? You might want to reconsider that perspective: in the wake of the tragic fires, power failures, and virus outbreaks occurred on world’s greatest cruise vessels in recent years, here are 5 surprising truths you should know before embarking on one.

 

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Cruising, between Fun & Games and Injury & Disease: How Safe Are You at Sea?

 

Every year, around 20,000,000 people choose to spend their vacation on the board of a cruise ship (21,556,000 passengers reported in 2014, expected to increase to 24,146,000 by 2018). With amenities such as piazza-style atriums, planetariums, water parks, rock climbing walls, full-sized carousels, skydiving, and bumper cars, cruise ships are more like floating cities offering infinite opportunities for world-class food and leisure. And some of them are true behemoths. The largest ship ever constructed, the Allure of the Seas, measures 1,181 ft., has around 100,000 metric tons, a theater with 1,380 seats, a two-deck dance hall, an ice skating rink, and even its own Starbucks, the first ever to be built on the board of a cruise ship. It