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5 Cruise Ship Disasters You May Not Have Heard About

Some of the biggest cruise ship accidents in history have, unsurprisingly, received a lot of media attention. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in the US who is unfamiliar with the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, and in more recent history, disasters including the sinking of the Costa Concordia and the loss of power on the Carnival Triumph have garnered significant press. However, sometimes significant cruise ship accidents are overlooked by the mainstream media, either because a cruise line withholds information or because other news stories are dominating the headlines at the time. Here are five cruise ship accidents that should have received more attention.

 

Achille Lauro Sinking Is Last Incident in Ship’s String of Disasters

 

The Achille Lauro, a ship owned by Starlauro (which has since been rebranded as MSC), caught fire in the Indian Ocean in 1994.

7 Activities You Might Not Expect to Find on a Cruise

Don’t think that lounging by the pool or trying out all the ship restaurants are the only things to do on a cruise. There’s healthy competition in the cruise industry, which means that individual cruise lines keep introducing innovative and novel on-board activities to encourage more passengers to sail with them. Some of these activities are the types of things that you may never have thought could exist on a cruise ship until you see them for yourself. Here are a few of the more unusual activities you can find on modern cruise ships.

 

Action-Packed and Unconventional Cruise Activities

 

Water sliding over the sea. Cruise ships often play up their pools and water parks in their advertisements, but you might not have realized how extreme some of those water parks are. The Disney AquaDuck, a flume ride on the Disney Dream and

Avoiding Thefts on Your Cruise

If you’re planning to go on a cruise soon, you may be tempted to pack your favorite necklace or that new watch that you just got as a gift—but you should also think about how you’re going to protect your valuable possessions from theft. As much as cruise lines try to portray themselves as big, happy families or utopian communities, the reality is that their ships are large vessels with thousands of passengers and crew members who you don’t know, and just like in a large city, theft is an issue.

 

It’s hard to know exactly how many thefts occur on cruise ships each year because cruise lines are not obligated to report this type of crime unless the value stolen exceeds $10,000. As a result, cruises underreport smaller (but still significant) crimes, such as jewelry stolen from a passenger’s room or a

New Cruise Ship Aims to Wow with Technology

To say that cruise lines haven’t been getting very good press over the past several years would be an incredible understatement. With everything from viral outbreaks to drownings to ship malfunctions, cruise lines have been wrestling with all kinds of problems that have dealt a severe blow to their image.

 

How have they dealt with this image problem? Instead of attempting to fix the issues that caused it in the first place, mostly they’ve opted to try to distract people with newer, bigger, and more impressive ships that offer better entertainment than ever before.

 

Royal Caribbean is taking a slightly different approach with their flagship Quantum of the Seas, though. Rather than focusing on building more impressive pools or landing a deal to let passengers watch The Blue Man Group on the open water, Quantum is set to become the most

Know Your Rights as a Cruise Ship Crew Member

Working on a cruise ship sounds glamorous in theory—you get to travel the world on a luxurious ocean liner, visiting exotic destinations that you might not otherwise have seen. However, as anyone who has ever worked as a crew member on a cruise ship can attest, it’s not as glamorous as it seems. Crew members typically work long hours for low pay and live in cramped quarters at or below sea level in the ship’s berth. In some cases, those who work below deck barely see the light of day.

 

Specific work conditions will depend on the job (for example, staff members such as the entertainment director will receive higher pay and typically experience better work conditions than below deck crew members), but all cruise ship employees have basic rights that their cruise line employer needs to honor. If you’re a current or

Important Facts about the Cruise Passenger Protection Act

If you are assaulted due to negligent security or injured due to lax safety and emergency protocols on a cruise ship, it seems obvious that the cruise line should be held liable and that you should receive compensation. Unfortunately, far too many injured cruise ship passengers face an uphill battle when filing a lawsuit against a cruise line, in large part due to a lack of government regulations over the cruise industry and fine print in ticket contracts that allow cruise lines to sidestep liability issues.

 

All that may change if the Cruise Passenger Protection Act passes. The bill, which Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) has been hoping to pass for over a year, seeks to tighten government regulation over the cruise industry and require cruise lines to be more transparent in those small-print ticket contracts. Some of the key things the bill

Should You Purchase Travel Insurance for Your Cruise?

If you start asking people who have been on cruises whether or not it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance, you’ll most likely encounter two lines of thought. While some people believe that travel insurance is a must, others will tell you that it’s a scam cooked up by the cruise industry in order to get more money out of passengers. So who should you believe?

 

When you’re going on an expensive cruise vacation, you should take a “better safe than sorry” approach. While you may not want to imagine that any worst-case scenarios could happen to you or your family, it’s important to recognize that accidents can happen, and it’s best to be covered if they do. And if you purchase travel insurance but don’t experience any accidents on your cruise, you can at least enjoy having peace of mind on