Not a week seems to go by without getting a call from a stranger, cheerfully informing me I’ve won a “free” cruise.
It sounds too good to be true. Then I come to my senses and hang up.
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A distraught mother recently called me about her 17-year-old daughter who had been raped by a teenage male passenger on a cruise ship.
“She didn’t invite this,” she said in voice weary with worry. “She did not know her attacker.”
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Before she set sail for her Caribbean cruise, she was “vibrant and healthy,” her mother told me.
But just 12 hours after casting off, somewhere off the coast of Key West, Fla., her daughter suffered a massive stroke on the left side of her brain and two smaller strokes on the right side.
Read more “What cruise lines say about on-board medical care — and what they mean”
If cruise ships are floating cities, where are the cops?
I’m not kidding about the city part. Some cruise ships feature neighborhoods and carry up to 9,000 passengers and crew. The captain is the de facto mayor. Read more “Want to commit the perfect crime? Take a cruise”
Cruise Line International Association, or CLIA, likes to recruit its managers from the ranks of the FBI or Coast Guard.
Read more “Hey CLIA, was it something we said?”