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Missing Carnival Cruise Passenger Brings Up Safety Questions

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Missing Carnival Cruise Passenger Brings Up Safety Questions

After searching over 4,300 square miles for 20 hours, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Texas woman who fell off a Carnival cruise ship.

Samantha Broberg, 33, is a stay-at-home mother of four children from Arlington, Texas. She boarded a Carnival Liberty cruise out of Galveston, Texas on Thursday May 12; the cruise was scheduled to sail on a 4-day journey to Mexico.

She was initially reported missing on Friday by fellow passengers, and security began a full search of every room for every passenger that was supposed to be on board. The extensive sweep of the …

Hurricane Season Cruising: What You Need to Know

Hurricane Season Cruising- What You Need to Know

You’re searching for a good time to book a cruise and the prices for late summer/early fall look pretty tempting…

Well, there’s a reason for hot cruise deals around September – it’s prime hurricane season! Hurricane season may be a convenient time for your family to set sail on a relaxing vacation, but is it the best time to get in the water?

That depends. It’s hard to predict a hurricane months in advance, and you may feel that the price and the potential for a relaxing vacation are worth the risk. And chances are relatively good that your cruise …

Cruise Ship Set to Sail Remote Northwest Passage

Crystal Cruise Ship Set to Sail Remote Northwest Passage

Going on a cruise allows you to travel to new and exciting destinations. And this summer, one cruise ship will take the plunge by becoming the largest vessel – and the first of its kind – to sail the Northwest Passage.

The Northwest Passage is a sea route that allows people to get from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Up until recently, the Northwest Passage had been impassable due to thick sea ice, but in recent years enough of that ice has melted that the Passage is now navigable to commercial traffic and …

The Truth Behind Common Cruise Myths

The Truth Behind Common Cruise MythsCruise vacations aren’t for everyone. But if you’ve been holding out on cruising without experiencing it for yourself first, then you’re really missing out.

One of the main reasons people don’t head for the seas is because there are a lot of misconceptions about cruises going around. With an abundance of cruise lines and ships, though, you’re bound to find the perfect cruise for you that fits all your needs.

So let’s take a look at the truth behind common cruise myths, and by the time you’re done, you may be ready to book your first cruise.

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What Cruise Workers Need to Know about the Jones Act

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What Cruise Workers Need to Know about the Jones Act

Work injuries can happen everywhere – including on a cruise ship.

If an accident or injury occurs for someone who holds a land-based job, they are covered under terrestrial workers’ compensation laws. But what about if you are a crew member on a cruise ship? Do the same laws apply? What are your rights?

If you are a cruise ship employee, you need to be aware of and understand the Jones Act. The Jones Act – also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 – is a federal law that protects American workers injured at sea. This legislation permits …