Carnival Holiday sets off from Mobile but within hours passenger needs medevaced!

The “Holiday” in the news again I just hope this is unrelated to the norovirus outbreak on this ship!
by United State Coast Guard News Release
Coast Guard Evacuates Passenger

NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard medevaced a 79-year-old man suffering from abdominal pains from a cruise ship, today (Monday).

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call at 6:11 p.m. from the captain of the cruise ship, Holiday, reporting a passenger in need of immediate medical attention. The man had complained of stomach pains and reportedly couldn’t move.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Station Daulphine Island to assist. After bringing the man aboard, the rescue boat crew quickly and safely transported the man to Station Daulphine Island, where emergency medical personnel were waiting.

He was transported to the Mobile Infirmary West.

His condition is unknown at the time.


Elvis Party Cruise for Europe


The organisers of the famous Walk A Golden Mile In My Shoes Elvis tribute artist competition and the website are proud to announce the first European Elvis Party cruise, on Royal Caribbean’s new megaship Independence of the Seas. This luxurious new liner will depart Southampton for a four-night cruise to Cork. Guests for the Elvis Party Cruise now include:

  • Ed Bonja – Elvis’ tour manager and photographer
  • Karen Sue Presley – Elvis’ first cousin
  • Paul Larcombe – Winner of the UKs Ultimate Elvis and top ten world finalist in Memphis
  • Rob Kingsley – Winner of the 2008 European Championships, recently signed to Sony BMG
  • Colin Paul – Dynamic vocalist and performer, a Graceland favourite and highly regarded with all fans.

Our Elvis cruise also features:

  • An Elvis Cocktail Party.
  • Elvis Discos, theme nights and movies
  • The first international Elvis Contest at sea
  • Las Vegas Style Wedding Chapel.
  • And much more…

Other cruise companies selling spaces on this ship are charging £200 and more over our price, which also includes the Elvis entertainment pass, which you will not get with any other company. However, once our initial allocation has gone (and its almost 1/2 gone already) you could be too late.

If you are an Elvis Tribute Artist, we are now signing up entrants for the first Elvis Contest at sea. The first prize includes £1,000 and a reproduction of Elvis Presley’s International gold belt made by B & K Enterprises – the cash prize means you have won the cost of the cruise back for two people!

The first registered entrants receive a £65 discount on their cruise booking!!
Only a couple of discounted places now remain, so register quickly!

Please contact us for more details, or call Russ and Cate on 01943 466621

Independence of the Seas is set to become the third in the spectacular Freedom class of ships. Upon her May 2008 debut in the United Kingdom, she will be the largest ship ever to be home-ported in Europe.

Fred Olsen Lines cancel inaugural cruise of Balmoral

(28 January 2008)

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has cancelled the inaugural cruise of its latest ship Balmoral, which was due to depart for the Canary Islands on January 30.

The ship, which was previously NCL’s Norwegian Crown, has just undergone an extensive refit, including lengthening the middle. A number of technical issues have arisen meaning further work must be undertaken before the ship can start its cruise programme.

The cruise line is compensating all passengers and the second planned cruise, due to depart Dover for the Caribbean on February 13, remains on schedule.

Fred Olsen managing director Mike Rodwell said: “Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that we had to take this difficult decision and have apologised to the customers affected by it.

“The complex lengthening and refurbishment work onboard has been ongoing since we took delivery of the ship in November 2007 and we were confident that the vessel would be ready for service in good time. However, a number of unforeseen technical issues have emerged in the past week and these have led to this unfortunate decision being taken”.

Carnival Holiday passengers hit with Norovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into an outbreak blamed for making 143 people sick Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Holiday.”
The ship returned to port this morning, after a 4-day cruise to Cozumel.
According to Matt Albright with the CDC, 121 passengers and 22 crew members on-board the ship contracted the Norwalk Virus, a gastrointestinal illness that causes sudden nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually last for 48 hours.
The CDC is trying to determine whether it will conduct an outbreak investigation. Outbreak investigations, which involve inspecting the ship, looking at things like how the food is stored to the cleanliness of restrooms, are normal in these types of cases. But the CDC says it is swamped at the moment investigating 15 other Norwalk outbreaks reported nationwide since January 1st.
This is not the first time “Holiday” passengers have gotten sick from the Norwalk Virus. In December of 2003, 120 passengers and crew members contracted the virus during a a 5-day cruise to Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.
Despite the latest outbreak, the manager of Mobile’s Cruise Terminal told News 5 that the “Holiday” is leaving this afternoon on another cruise. We’ll have much more on this story, including an interview with a passenger who says she got deathly ill, tonight on News 5 at 6:00.

Statement from Carnival Cruise Line
During the previous voyage of the cruise ship Holiday, a four-day cruise, which departed from Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 24 and returned to Mobile this morning, a number of incidences of gastrointestinal illness were reported to the ship’s infirmary.

The cruise line has been working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control since the early part of that voyage. In addition, as soon as the cruise line became aware of an increased incidence of gastro-intestinal illness, the following actions were taken:

– Provided full medical care to guests and crew who became ill and arranged for food and beverages to be provided in the cabins during their recovery.

– Increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitation throughout the ship.

– Offered serving assistance in all the buffet areas to replace self service.

– Communicated with guests throughout the voyage regarding the situation.

The cruise line is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control to determine the cause. Laboratory testing is being conducted to determine what caused the outbreak to occur although a norovirus is viewed as the most likely source.

A total of 121 guests of 1,548 sailing on the four-day voyage and 22 crew out of 686 on board reported to the ship’s infirmary with illness symptoms over the course of the four-day voyage. A reduction in new cases during the latter part of the voyage suggests that the intensive efforts the crew made to reduce further spread proved successful.

The Holiday is scheduled to depart Mobile this afternoon on a five-day voyage to Mexico.

African Safari Club closes hotels but MS Royal Star will continue

 African Safari Club, has closed 6 of its 10 hotels in Kenya.

This follows massive cancellations over the post-election violence.

The company Managing Director, Mr Frank Neugebeaurer, said that due to low tourist arrivals, they had closed down some hotels and sent home 700 employees.

“It is a very sad scenario. This is the peak season when hotels are fully booked. We hope peace will be restored soon and leaders agree on the best way forward,” he said.

The chain’s closed resorts are Watamu Beach, Sea Horse in Kilifi, Kasr El Bahr, Vasco Da Gama, Palm Beach Hotel and Coral Beach Hotel.

But the hotel’s African Safari Air, the only registered international charter airline out of Mombasa, will continue operating.

Neugebeaure said they currently have 600 guests at their other hotels, namely Paradise Beach, Shanzu, Dolphin and Flamingo Beach hotels.

The manager said their airline had reduced its flight rotations between Europe and Mombasa, from five to two per week.

“We would bring in 1,200 guests on a weekly basis. But the number has reduced to 300-400,’’ he lamented.

The hotel’s cruise ship, MS Royal Star, operated by Starline Cruises, will continue shuttling between the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Cape Town, Madagascar and Re Union.

A free cruise for your tale of romance!

Carnival Cruise Lines is giving a free cruise to the couple who submits the most romantic story to the cruise line’s website at
competition link
The online “Read My Valentine” is accepting stories from Jan 14 to Feb 3.
The top five entries will be selected by a team of judges and posted on the Carnival site where visitors can vote for their number one choice. The winner will receive a four-day western Caribbean cruise for two in the owner’s suite aboard the 2,052-passenger Carnival Imagination from Miami or Carnival Inspiration from Tampa. The winner’s story will be featured in the summer 2008 edition of Currents, Carnival’s travel publication. Contest rules at

How clean is that cruise ship?

If you have ever wondered about how effectively (or otherwise) hygiene is maintained in those important, behind-the-scenes areas on cruiseliners, such as food preparation and storage zones, there’s now a way to find out before you book.

The US Government’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Vessel Sanitation Program that monitors all cruise ships visiting US ports, and this includes most of the ships visiting Australia.

Ships are subject to two surprise inspections a year, with CDC officers checking areas including galleys, restaurants, self-service buffets, laundry areas, room-service operations, children’s play areas and medical centres. Points are awarded for cleanliness in each area, with 100 points the maximum possible score.

The inspections are making news this month after the CDC awarded perfect scores to MSC Cruises liner Lirica and SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I from inspections in December. Only 20 or so liners – including Sapphire Princess, which is in Australian waters on a summer program and Diamond Princess, which will be here next summer – scored 100 per cent on their 2007 inspections.

Most vessels owned by the major cruise lines normally score in the mid to high 90s. Queen Mary 2, for instance, scored 97 from an inspection in June last year. QE2 scored 95 in May.

The CDC says any score below 86 constitutes a failure.

To checkout how your ship scores click on this link


MSC Lirica
SeaDream I
Diamond Princess
Emerald Princess
Noordam Holland
Norwegian Dream
Norwegian Dawn
Seven Seas Mariner
Liberty of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas
Pacific Princess
Coral Princess
Sapphire Princess
Caribbean Princess
Golden Princess
Carnival Pride
Star Princess

Each ship received a perfect cleanliness score of 100 from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

report: Mike Heard