As the year draws to a close, we'll take a look at some of the headlines from the past year. The largest stories in the cruise industry involved disasters in the majority of the cases.
Silver Explorer departed Ushuaia, Argentina, in early January, for an 18-night cruise to Antarctica.On January 12th, somewhere between Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctica, a wave came crashing into the ship's bridge injuring four crew members. They were treated in the medical center onboard the vessel and according to Silversea Cruises all 133 guests and 113 crew are safe. The incident caused the current and next voyage to be cancelled. Read more ...
Carnival Triumph Engine Fire
A small engine fire broke out Sunday morning February 10, 2013, onboard Carnival Triumph while it was about 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and the fire was contained to the aft engine room. Fortunately, there were no casualties or injuries however the ship was adrift for several days without power and hotel facilities functioning.
Carnival Triumph Arrives in Mobile
|More Engine Woes for Carnival|
|Just one month since the Carnival Triumph fire,
which left the ship without power and stranded passengers for days,
Carnival Corporation had yet another problem with power onboard one of
their ships, Carnival Dream. It was followed by propulsion problems on Carnival Legend.|
Carnival Cruise Lines President and Chief Executive Gerry Cahill had launched a comprehensive review of its entire fleet, which may have been the reason these problems were discovered. Eventually all these ships would return to service, but not without impacting passengers and Carnival's reputation.
Following the investigation of the Carnival Triumph's fire, several improvements were implemented causing a delay in the Triumph's return to service as well as the re-entry of Carnival Sunshine which was a complete makeover of Carnival Destiny.
Read more about these stories:
- Carnival Triumph & Sunshine Returns Delayed
- Azipod Problems for Carnival Legend
- Let's Pick on Carnival Again
- More Engine Woes for Carnival
Fire Onboard Grandeur
of the Seas
Severe flooding hits Europe
Worse flooding in 70 years hit parts of Central Europe contributing to at least 10 deaths and impacting River Cruising causing cancellations and itinerary changes.
Europe Flooding Impacting River Cruises
Lobsters Keep Cruise Ship from Entering National Park
Celebrity Xpedition Cruises Temporarily Suspended
Probably the most bizarre causes of cruise itinerary cancellations in 2013 was due to the Galapagos National Park authorities suspending the ship's license when it was discovered that the ship was transporting frozen lobster out of season. Read more ...
Unexpected Dry Dock Ends Alaska Sailing Season Early
Celebrity Millennium experienced mechanical problems since early August, resulting in the early termination of its latest cruise and cancellation of 4 sailings ending the Alaska sailing season early for the vessel. More details ...
Costa Concordia Parbuckling (Salvage Operations)
|Costa Concordia Parbuckling (read more)|
As of mid-December, the Concordia is stable and being winterized in preparation for the next phase, installation of the 15 sponsons that will be positioned on the starboard side (land side) and the remaining 4 on the right side (sea side) in order to proceed with the refloating phase and have the wreck ready for towing by the end of June 2014. We will continue to provide updates in our Costa Concordia Salvage Begins article.
As 2013 ends, Captain Schettino is still on trial, salvage operations are on hold for the winter, and costs are mounting with predictions for insurance payments to exceed $2B.
Cruise Lines Respond to Typhoon Haiyan Disaster
Super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson scale, struck central Philippines early Friday November 8th with sustained winds estimated at 195 mph (315 kph) by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Many governments and organizations came to the aide of the people of Philippines in the wake of the storm. Among them were several cruise lines who employee many Filipinos on their staffs, many of whom have been away from their families and friends for many months. This is a hard time for those separated from their loved ones. More Details ...