Carnival claims your ticket doesn’t guarantee a safe, sanitary cruise?

Carnival's Triumph had a serious fire while at sea in February, 2013, knocking out power, propulsion, sewage and numerous ship's systems causing health and safety problems for passengers. Ned Levi examines Carnival's responsibility in light of their statement that passengers' tickets provide no guarantees for safe, seaworthy vessel or sanitary cruise.
By |December 23rd, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: Delta kicks 50 passengers off flight, possible security fee hike, Carnival testing new dining room experience

Delta kicks 50 passengers off flight, possible security fee hike, Carnival testing new dining room experience

What we’re reading: Carnival upgrades power systems, 787 battery decision soon, Cessna’s fastest bizjet

Carnival to upgrade emergency power systems, FAA says 787 battery decision soon, Cessna's fastest bizjet rolls out

Have cruises really become more dangerous?

Carnival Cruise Lines hasn't had a great month with the Triumph famously stuck at sea for days, another cruise canceled midway with a generator problem and two delayed with propulsion pod issues. In reality, are these big problems or just part of the normal vacation experience.
By |March 19th, 2013|Today|15 Comments|

What we’re reading: Caesars new resort fees, TSA screening leaves 3-year crying, lawsuits add to Carnival’s woes

Caesars to start charging resort fees, TSA screening leaves 3-year old in tears, Triumph lawsuits add to Carnival woes

Emergency preparedness for cruise ship passengers

The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It's possible to learn from the passengers' experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.
By |February 18th, 2013|Columns|7 Comments|

What we’re reading: Valentine’s Day history, United Airlines’ DOT fines, more Triumph cruises canceled, JetBlue’s mobile boarding pass

Valentine's Day history, United Airlines fined by DOT, more Triumph cruises canceled, JetBlue's mobile boarding pass

Cruise passengers should have passports — period

For the nearly 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph, their dream vacation already has become something of a nightmare. For about 900 cruisers (according to Carnival) the situation almost got much worse, because they had traveled without a passport.
By |February 13th, 2013|Today|26 Comments|

What to expect if you’re expecting to cruise

Bryan and Fola Nelson were excited about their upcoming five-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Fascination. It was to be their last vacation before the birth of their first child. But, it wasn't to be.

Cruise safety ashore – whose responsibility is it?

A family takes a trip to the beach during a cruise port visit. On the way back, while riding in an open-air bus, they were caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting and their 15 year old daughter was shot and killed. Who is responsible? The family? The cruise line for not warning of possible violence? What do you think?
By |September 14th, 2012|Today|10 Comments|