Port Everglades features a narrow channel for ships to enter and exit the port. Along the northern edge of the channel homes and condos have given rise to a local tradition. Each day as ships sail past, Fort Lauderdale residents and condo owners gather and enjoy the "Elephant Walk" of ships departing. In this case, as Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas sails past, bringing up the the end of the Elephant Walk, the passengers get a kick out of the festivities.
By three methods we may book staterooms: First, with balcony, which is the coolest; second by sea view, which is ok; and third by inside stateroom, which is frugalist. - Cruisefucius
It was not an auspicious week for cruising with a few exceptions. Weather, physics, greedy passengers and the norovirus made appearances among the Five Things You Missed About Cruising!
The Love Boat Capsizes
Two ships served as the physical location of the landmark 70s TV show “The Love Boat. They were the identical twins Pacific Princess and the Sun Princess. In reality the Sun Princess was more commonly used due to her itineraries and the shows filming season. Built in France in 1972, the ship carried approximately 750 passengers and weight 20,636 gross register tonnes.
After passing between several owners until falling into the hands of a now inactive Chinese corporation. Renamed the Ocean Dream, the ship was anchored near Tialand where it was abandoned by its owner nearly two years ago. After a final move the ship sat without a crew until capsizing. Sadly this almost certainly spells the end of the ship as local authorities are looking into hiring a salvage company to raise and scrap the ship.
Anthem Lawsuits begin
Life, death, taxes and ambulance chasing lawyers. When you first read about the Anthem of the Seas encountering intense weather during a sailing out of Bayonne a couple of weeks ago, you likely mentally wondered how long it would take somebody to sue. The answer to that was slightly less than two weeks as two lawsuits are known to have been filed. One by a known passenger, the other by a law office specializing in suing the cruise lines. Indeed the law office tried to follow the Cruise Aficionados Instagram feed as the event was taking place-and was blocked since I have little use for people trolling my readers for clients. For that matter one passenger who seemed intent on filing a lawsuit before he even got to land had to be deleted and blocked.
Little is expected to come of the lawsuits according to most analysts commenting on the news this week. The cruise lines are well versed in dealing with such things and the explicit language of most cruise documents calls out what they are responsible for. Given the refunds and additional compensation offered, the lack of serious injuries, and the eyebrow raising but not undefendable choice to let the ship sale, you can assume not much will come of the effort.
Anthem hit by norovirus…..and bad weather
It was also not the best of weeks for Anthem of the Seas in general. The latest sailing this week was compelled to turn back according to problematic weather two days early. It appears that some passengers were also showing signs of the Norovirus at the time the ship changed it’s itinerary. Given the percentage of the nearly 4,000 passengers who would have had to displayed full symptoms, it isn’t likely the ship would have been forced back to port due to Norovirus early. Not that the ship wouldn’t have had issues by the end of the cruise.
Ugly Americans Get Pinched in Cozumel
The depths of tackiness cannot be overstated here. Two passengers from a Carnival Cruise Line ship in Cozumel were arrested by local police after store owners saw them stealing several items in the Royal Village Plaza. The 20 year old woman and her 37 year old male companion, both from Arizona, were taken to the local jail and from social media reports, their bags and passports were taken off the ship. The thieves tried to give the items back but I’m sure to their shock, the store owners understandably pressed charges.
Norwegian Names Joy
We will end this week’s Five Things with a bit of Joy. Norwegian Cruise Line has named its latest ship the “Norwegian Joy,” and the second “Breakaway-plus” class ship will be dedicated to the Chinese market explicitly. The original name was intended to be the Norwegian Bliss.