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Tugboat with 10 Crew Members Hijacked by Terrorists

Mar 28, 2016

Indonesian media report that today the militants of a known Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, have hijacked the tugboat Brahma 12 with ten crew members on board, near the Sulu islands. 

The hijacking was revealed after one of the crew members contacted his supervisor saying that they were kidnapped and the kidnappers demanded a ransom.

Reportedly the terrorists are demanding a ransom of $ 1,000,000. 

Carnival Vista Sea Trials

Mar 28, 2016

The largest ship ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line fleet "Carnival Vista"  is conducting sea trials. Starting from today Carnival Vista will spend a few days at sea to test the performance and the general seaworthiness. The tests will cover the propulsion system, speed, maneuverability, stabilizers, and the safety features (fire and rescue). One of the tests that will be performed is the Crash stop. The ship is driven at full speed and then the propulsion system is switched off to see the distance and the time needed for the ship to stop completely.

Crazy but true: After Missing the Cruise Ship Woman swims to catch it

Mar 27, 2016

A 65 years-old English woman was rescued yesterday about 500 meters from the coast of Santa Cruz. She arrived on Saturday in Madeira, accompanied by her husband, on the cruise ship Marco Polo. After failing to get back on board, the ship set sail without her at 8:00 p.m.

The woman decided to return to England by plane, and went to the district of Santa Cruz, east of Funchal, to Madeira International Airport.

Life Onboard P&O Arcadia Cruise Ship in 1950s

Mar 01, 2016

Take a quick look of the life on board P&O liner, the "Arcadia". With three levels of staterooms Arcadia was state of the art cruise ship at that time. Along with the usual features like gift shops, bars and restaurants the ship had barbershop, something you will not find on today’s cruise ships.

Oasis of the Seas 10 Hours Embarkation in 90 Seconds

Feb 29, 2016

The floating city Oasis of the Seas has 10 hours to unload and restock food and supplies for 6,222 guest. including 10,272 rolls of toilet paper, 18,314 pounds of Beef, 7,070 pounds of Fish 7,397 pounds of cheese and the list goes on.


Funny Video: Man Throws Cell Phone to a Cruise ship and ends up in the Sea

Feb 29, 2016

A Man forgot his cell phone on the tour bus. His pal decides to throw the phone while the cruise ship was pulling away from the pier. He had an idea to throw it to someone on the cruise ship balcony, but his lack of skills ended the cell phone in the sea.

In case you forgot something in a bus is best to inform the ship if the tour was contracted with the cruise company or the company that organized the tour and they will mail it back to you.

The FBI Arrested Anonymous Hacker Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship

Feb 21, 2016

The Hospital hack was done by Martin Gottesfeld on April 19, 2014, over high-profile child custody case involving Justina Pelletier, for custody battle between the state and her parents.

Embarkation Day Tips for Housekeeping on Cruise Ship

Feb 13, 2016

Embarkation day is the day to hear the whips cracking in the slave ship. It's a lot of work for all departments, especially for the housekeeping who need to take the guest from their cabins (sometimes literally) and place new with smiling faces. All of this needs to be done super-fast and pretending that all is well. Imagine that passengers have until 8:30 am to leave the cabin, and they only come out at this time, never come out before. The new passengers come (like the stampede) at 13h.

10 Rules for Waiters During Galley Rush Hours on Cruise Ship

Feb 13, 2016

The Cruise ship Main Galley is responsible for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the famous midnight buffet. The Galley never stops and works 24 hours a day. The dimension of the quantity of food which is produced on the Galley is enormous. The Main Galley is actually divided in several sections: Appetizers, Bakery, Hot line and Pastry. Busiest time in the galley is during the dinner where for the first timers it looks like crazy house with waiters rushing, yelling to the cooks etc. However this is quite normal and this system of organized chaos works perfectly for every cruise company.

Holland America Line Crew Family & Friends Program

Feb 08, 2016

Family & Friends Program Offers Exciting New Enhancements Holland America Line is pleased to announce exciting new enhancements to the Family & Friends Program that streamline the process and make it easier for you to book your family and friends on a special rate cruise. The new enhancements offer: • New Online Applications – A new application process for all HAL employees with a valid HAL email address and for all retirees - just click on


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