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Friday
May102013

Officials Call-Off Search for Australian Couple Missing from Carnival Cruise

Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) – Police have called-off the search for an Australian couple who went missing from the Carnival Cruise Spirit off the east coast of Australia Wednesday night.

Surveillance video from the cruise-liner showed the two people going over the railing of the boat at about mid-deck about 75 miles off the coastal city of Forster, Australia according to BBC News.

They were not reported as missing until Thursday morning when the ship docked in Sydney, almost 200 miles south of Forster.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate any sign of both people and, again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and relatives of the people that we are looking for,” said Detective Superintendent, Mark Hutchings.

The missing couple has been identified as Paul Rossington, 30, and Kristen Schroder, 27, according the Australian broadcaster ABC.

Investigators are having the video 'enhanced' to try to learn if they jumped or fell by accident.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Feb272012

Carnival Cruise Passengers Robbed at Gunpoint in Mexico

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Twenty-two passengers traveling on a Carnival cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime instead got a scare when they were robbed at gunpoint while on an excursion in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

The passengers were robbed Thursday during a guided trail excursion during a seven-day cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor, a Miami-based cruise line.

No one was injured and the guests returned safely to the ship, according to a statement from Carnival, which did not provide any further details of the robbery except to say that the company is assisting guests and reimbursing them for lost valuables.

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"Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this very unfortunate and disturbing event and is providing its full support and assistance," the company said in the statement.

The 3,006-passenger ship departed from a Long Beach port on Feb. 19 for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that included stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, according to the ship's online itinerary.

The cruise line has suspended the nature trail tour where the robbery occurred, one of about 35 excursions the ship offers passengers while docked in Puerto Vallarta, according to the Carnival website.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning two weeks ago to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel to 14 Mexican states because of increased violence in the country.  Included in the list is Jalisco, of which Puerto Vallarta is one of it's largest cities.

The Los Angeles Times cites Mexican newspapers in reporting that hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists' bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito.  The gunmen took cameras, money, watches and other valuables from passengers before fleeing, the paper said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov102010

Carnival Splendor Passengers Begin Calling Out from Ailing Ship

The Carnival Splendor adrift at sea. Photo Courtesy - U.S. Navy(SAN DIEGO) -- Passengers aboard the ailing Carnival Splendor began getting a strong enough cellular signal to make phone calls out to worried friends and families Wednesday, telling those on land that they pass their time playing cards and waiting for Coast Guard food drops.

Passenger Gordon Gilbreath told ABC's San Diego affiliate KGTV that after initial fear and uncertainty, they were in better spirits knowing the Coast Guard was nearby.

"A lot of people that are in the inside cabins, it's been pitch black for several days and most of those folks have been up on the decks and a lot of them have been sleeping on the decks with their blankets and so on," Gilbreath said.

"You know it gets cold, like during the night it's been pretty cold so the rooms get cold, so we've got a lot of extra blankets," he said. "It's been quite an ordeal, I have to tell you."

Monday morning, when an engine room fire knocked out power to the hulking cruise ship, passengers were scared, knowing they were all alone in the middle of the ocean, he said.

"The first day or two like when we were in a complete blackout and there was no power at all, you know, we were just kind of floating out in the ocean with absolutely nothing," Gilbreath said. "Now people are doing a lot better."

With the slow trip back to port in San Diego now underway, passengers are left to contend with the monotony of passing time on the mostly powerless ship. After several days adrift and only some of the ships toilets now properly functioning, there were reports that the ship smells badly. And there are complaints that the bars are closed.

Carnival announced Wednesday that in addition to the intermittent cell signals, the ship's phones are also working on a limited basis and guests were allowed to make complimentary calls home.

The ship, currently being towed by a tugboat named "Chihuahua," is expected to reach San Diego on Thursday, and hundreds of families will breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Carnival has offered the Splendor passengers a full refund, plus transportation costs and a free subsequent cruise.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov092010

First Tugboat, Supplies Reach Stranded Cruise Ship

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy(ENSENADA, Mexico) – One of two tugboats headed for the stranded cruise ship off of the coast of Mexico Tuesday has reached its destination and will await the arrival of another before the vessel can be pulled to shore.

Food and supplies have also begun to reach the Carnival Splendor, which was left stranded on its way to Mexico from Long Beach, California, after a fire broke out in an engine room Monday, leaving the ship without power.

The cruise ship has been running on auxiliary generators, but engineers have not been able to restore additional power, leaving 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members onboard without telephones, flushing toilets, air conditioning and hot-food service. 

The U.S. Navy dispatched the USS Ronald Reagan at the request of the Coast Guard to transport 50-thousand tons of food that was provided by Carnival.

The ship is stranded off Mexico’s coast, approximately 150 miles south of San Diego.  Once hooked, the cruise ship will be towed to San Diego where it is expected to arrive late Thursday.

Carnival is also in the process of making any hotel and flight arrangements necessary for their guests.

Coast Guard officials aboard the Splendor tell ABC News that all passengers appear to be fine, despite three who suffered panic attacks on Monday.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov092010

Fire on Cruise Ship Leaves It Stranded, Powerless

Photo Courtesy - Carnival [dot] com(ENSENADA, Mexico) -- A fire aboard the engine room of a cruise ship Tuesday has left the vessel adrift, without power.

Carnival Splendor was on its way to Mexico, after departing Monday from Long Beach, California, when a fire broke out around 6:00 a.m. PST in the aft engine room.  The fire was extinguished and no one was injured onboard.

The cruise ship has been running on auxiliary generators, but engineers have not been able to restore additional power, leaving 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members onboard without telephones, flushing toilets, air conditioning and hot food service.  As a result, Carnival Cruise Lines has decided to terminate the voyage.

Tugboats are making their way to the vessel, which is off Mexico's coast, approximately 150 miles south of  San Diego.  Once hooked, the cruise ship will be towed to Ensenada, Mexico.

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