1. Woman Sentenced for Bomb Threat
After a night of reveling over a few cocktails, while on a cruise in the Caribbean 31-year-old Sarah Kirby lost her balance, managed to flop over the regulation 42-inch-high railings of her balcony and plunged about 100 feet into the dark waters below.
Don’t worry, she actually lived to tell the tale, and was rescued after spending two hours adrift at sea.
Rather than offering kudos to Carnival for saving her life, Kirby turned around and sued them for the incident, claiming that they not only took too long finding her, but they were also somehow responsible for pushing Long Island ice-teas on her by offering $5 casino incentives per drink purchase.
One spokesman said, “personal responsibility has to enter into the picture.”
2. Passenger Evicted As Bio-Terrorism Suspect
Bar tabs are a big profit center for the cruise industry, and lots of passengers in holiday mode tend to overindulge without much monitoring from the crew. Sadly 18-year-old high school senior Seth Younes imbibed so much that he was found unresponsive in his cabin by his 14-year-old brother, while on an eight-day spring break Caribbean cruise with his family
The autopsy confirmed his death was due to accidental acute alcohol poisoning. Perhaps this tragedy can serve as a cautionary tale for parents not to let their guards down on vacations like this.
3. Death by Alcohol Poisoning
Waking up to a fire alarm and smoke in the hallways was just the first part of this nightmare cruise back in February 2013 (a bad month for Carnival).After diesel generator No. 6 ignited into flames that fateful morning, the ship’s power was compromised to the point that over 4000 passengers and crew sat adrift 150 miles off the Yucatan coast for four days before they could be towed to Mobile, Alabama. There was no air conditioning. Lights, food and water were limited. Perhaps most significantly, toilets overflowed and it became known as the “poop cruise”.
4. Fire Left Carnival Triumph Dead in the Water
On the Carnival Victory a few years back, a Massachusetts couple woke in the middle of the night and found “40, 50, 60 bugs just crawling all over the top half of the bed.” Carnival acknowledged the infestation and said they suspected a previous guest brought them onboard.
5. Bed Bugs on the Carnival Victory
A 17-year-old passenger on the Carnival Sensation claimed she was subjected to an aggressive strip search and other humiliations when she was suspected of being in possession of marijuana in April 2011. She says she was forced to take off her clothes, remove a tampon, urinate, and undergo a genital cavity examination by security staff. She said she wasn’t informed of her rights and couldn’t have her mother present during the interrogation.
During the trial, it came to light that the girl had embellished her story (she admitted that she voluntarily took off her underwear and tampon just to get things over with)
Carnival won the case.
6. Unwarranted Cavity Search
Linda Gayle Wilson made repeated phone calls to authorities claiming there was a female terrorist carrying a bomb on board the Carnival Dream in October 2012. A ship-wide search was conducted but, thankfully, no explosives were found. She was later sentenced to 12 months in a federal prison for the hoax.
Sadly, bomb scares are a frequent occurrence on cruise ships.
7. Lawsuit for Falling Overboard
In May 2012, a Nashville neurosurgeon named Dr. Jack Kruse was to give a speech on the Carnival Magic about his diet plan. Then found himself a suspect of bio-terrorism. “I had no idea what I was being accused of. They went out of their way not to tell me,” said Kruse. Apparently somebody had sent a tweet using Kruse’s name that mentioned he had a vial of something for a “bio hack” on the ship. When this suspicious tweet was brought to Carnival’s attention, they notified the FBI, who proceeded to question the good doctor then escorted him off the ship. Upon further investigation, the tweet was found to be on a parody account under Kruse’s name, and he was cleared.
Carnival stands by its protocol and take all threats to security seriously.