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Cruising to Venice? What You Need to Know About the New Rules

Venice is a wildly popular cruise destination, and few things are as romantic and exciting as you think an Italian cruise would be. However, cruise ships and the throngs of tourists they bring place a major burden on this fragile floating city.

In June of this year, the MSC Opera, a 13-deck cruise ship on the MSC Cruise line, crashed into a wharf and tourist boats along a busy canal, for instance.

The crash, which some said was “foretold for decades,” preceded an announcement that the Italian government had elected to ban giant cruise ships from Venice’s port, and would reroute one-third of them within the next year.

So, what does this mean if you’re planning to cruise to Venice?

Venice’s Tourism Problem: The City is Sinking

Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is gradually sinking. The city was never meant to handle

Carnival Fails Sanitation Inspection – Watch for These Health Problems

During its latest health inspection from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Carnival Fantasy earned a failing grade. The Carnival Cruise Line ship received a score of 77 out of 100, falling 9 points short of the minimum passing score of 86.

Brown Water Discharged from Shower Lines

According to the July 2019 inspection, the Carnival Fantasy’s failing grade was due to a number of health violations, including “brown water” being discharged from two shower hoses and a shower in the medical area. The medical area shower was used at least twice a day, a crew member reported.

Multiple Violations at Food Stations

Additionally, inspectors found knives stored in warm, soiled water at food stations, an ice cream spoon stored in cold, soiled water, and one food station lacked adequate sneeze guards. At breakfast, one of the inspectors reported that the

Should You Take a Fall Foliage Cruise?

If you thought cruises were only for soaking up rays by the pool and visiting tropical destinations, think again. Summer may be drawing to a close, but the cruise season is just getting warmed up.

As we head into fall, major cruise lines are preparing their ships and staff for their fall foliage tours. Beginning in September, cruise ships sail down the east coasts and along interior rivers of the U.S. and Canada so passengers can marvel the dazzling sites, sounds, and smells of fall.

Cruise-goers take in warm red and golden leaves beneath the crisp autumn air before exploring historical cities, seaside villages, lush national parks, and remote islands.

If you are wondering if you should take a fall foliage cruise this autumn, read on to learn more about 2019’s finest fall foliage cruises from top cruise lines. Plus, we’ll provide you a

The World’s Most Popular Cruise Destinations of 2019

You already know that it’s about time for a cruise. School’s out, you’ve worked hard so far in 2019, and you’re long overdue for a tan. Now all you have to do is figure out where you want to go with your partner or your spouse.

If you need some inspiration, we’ve got a list of the top cruise destinations of the year.

Whether a Caribbean retreat, a luxurious trip to Europe, or a convenient trip up North America is on your list, we’ve got you covered. These destinations were chosen by Cruise Critic voters and industry experts.

Avignon, France: The Number-One Choice

When Cruise Critic released the winners of their annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, it revealed voters chose Avignon as the top place to visit on your next overseas adventure.

The city is known for its locally-produced wine and olive oil, as

Mechanical Issue Derails Norwegian Cruise Ship, Strands Passengers

The Norwegian Pearl, a cruise ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, recently experienced a mechanical problem in the midst of a 13-night cruise.

Although the issue did not stop the cruise, it forced the ship to travel at a slower speed and cancel several ports of call. Passengers, stranded aboard the vessel, have taken to social media to express their outrage.

Moreover, the cruise line cancelled an upcoming voyage on the Norwegian Pearl three days before the date of sailing in order to perform “necessary repairs.”

This incident has affected thousands of passengers, ruining a very costly vacation that they’d likely had on the books for months ahead of time.

Passenger’s Reaction Seemingly Leads to Better Norwegian Response

While researching your next cruise, you may have run into this story. The mechanical issues aboard the Norwegian Pearl had occurred during a voyage

Everything You Should Know about Food Poisoning on Cruise Ships

You embark on a cruise with high hopes of an adventure and time to unwind and reconnect with loved ones. Not to mention, the investment likely wasn’t cheap.

Nothing puts a damper on the excitement and romance quite like a bout of stomach sickness. Unfortunately, food poisoning and stomach viruses are common culprits for just that on some cruises.

The United Kingdom, for instance, recently reported 24 cases of Salmonella linked to travel on cruise ships travelling to the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Similarly, other cruise lines report E. Coli outbreaks and stomach viruses both sickening passengers.

So, how do you avoid one of these unlucky strikes?

Know your foodborne illness on cruise ships, and most importantly, how to avoid them.

Sources of Foodborne Illness on Cruise Ships

For the most part, sources of foodborne illness on cruise ships mirror the infections encountered

The Relationship between Cruises and Sexual Assault

The last thing anyone thinks about when booking a cruise is whether they could fall victim to sexual assault.

However, as one Miami attorney explains, “a cruise ship is like a floating city of 10,000 people…you have a barbershop..a gym…retail stores, but no police. You have cruise ship security personnel, but their goal is to protect the cruise line, not you.” He represented a 15-year-old autistic client who was raped by two men on a family cruise.

The reality is there isn’t much safeguarding against sex crimes on cruises. In today’s post, we’re going to specifically address the relationship between cruises and sexual assault – how often it happens, reasons why, and steps to take if you fall victim to this crime.

Statistics Say Your Chances of Getting Sexually Assaulted on a Cruise Are Slim, But…

According to the Department of Transportation, of the

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