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Here's What the 'Oprah Cruise' Was Like

First of all, Oprah was only on it for one night

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has declared 2017 her "Year of Adventure," and as part of that year, she decided to take her first cruise and invite 2,000 of her biggest fans along for the ride. Allison Davis and her mom were two of those people, and Davis entertainingly chronicles... More »

Cruise Lines Come to the Rescue After Irma

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian are bringing in supplies and carrying out evacuees

(Newser) - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, several of the most badly damaged areas in the Caribbean are getting help from the luxury cruise ships that have long brought tourists to their shores. On Sunday, Royal Caribbean sent Adventure of the Seas to the storm-ravaged island of St. Martin with much-needed... More »

Woman Stuck in Alaska After Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

(Newser) - A couple who left on a two-week "trip of a lifetime" to see mountains and glaciers in Alaska in late April is now stuck in a hospital in Anchorage. Nancy and Paul Greathouse, who married later in life, had both recently retired after working for 40 years. This was... More »

What May Vanish From the Arctic by 2030

Scientists: There could be no more summer ice by then, thanks to climate change

(Newser) - Fancy an Arctic cruise? With climate change melting the planet's sea ice faster than ever, the globe's northern-most points could become a check on the well-traveled tourist's bucket list. That possibility is giving goose bumps to maritime experts who say safety measures are lacking. "It's... More »

Europe's Ancient Ports Have New Infestation: Tourists

Cruise ships bring in visitors by the tens of thousands daily

(Newser) - It all started with Venice. The Italian port city on the Adriatic Sea has seen its population dwindle since the 1950s as locals are forced out by what the BBC calls "hordes of cruise-ship visitors." Nowadays, the problem of cruise ship tourist invasion has spilled over to many... More »

Cruise Ship Just Misses Jet Skiers

Young women rescued right before Carnival Magic barreled into them off Florida coast

(Newser) - "There's people on a Jet Ski … right in front of the boat, and now we're going to hit the Jet Ski." That's an observer's play-by-play in a YouTube video now making the rounds after a very close call in Florida waters over the... More »

Man's Wife Vanished on a Cruise. He Told No One

Daniel Belling is now in jail in Rome

(Newser) - Daniel Belling, his wife, and their two children set off on an 11-day Mediterranean cruise on Feb. 9. Only three of them boarded a flight back to Dublin—or tried to. The 45-year-old German native was stopped for questioning at Rome's Ciampino Airport on Tuesday in connection with the... More »

Man Missing After Falling From Carnival Cruise Ship

Coast Guard is searching for the man

(Newser) - A Georgia man has reportedly fallen overboard from the Carnival Elation cruise ship. The wife of 24-year-old Kevin Wellons told ship officials around 8:30am Monday that her husband was missing; the ship's closed circuit TV system revealed he'd gone overboard from the 11th deck at around 2:... More »

Search Underway for Woman Who Leapt From Cruise Ship

Carnival Ecstasy was in the Bahamas at the time

(Newser) - A 32-year-old woman "was witnessed jumping overboard" from the 11th deck of a Carnival cruise ship before dawn Wednesday, the cruise line says in a statement to CBS News . The Ecstasy was about 15 miles off the coast of the island of Grand Bahama at the time, and the... More »

Cops: Trio Brought $23M in Cocaine on Cruise

3 Canadians could face life in prison

(Newser) - Australia has made one of its largest drug busts ever … on a cruise ship. With help from Canadian and US authorities, police searched the Sea Princess after it docked in Sydney on Sunday and uncovered 210 pounds of cocaine, worth about $23 million, in two cabins, reports La Presse... More »

Come Sail Away on This Naked Sex Cruise

'The sensual way to get away'

(Newser) - And you thought it was hard avoiding gross infections during a normal cruise. The Miami Herald reports Mexico's Original Group, which already operates a number of adults-only resorts, will erotically embark on an eight-day sex cruise in 2017. The Desire Cruise features “clothing-optional areas (including the pool), private... More »

Travelers on World's Biggest Cruise Ship Complain

They say the early sailing was a mess

(Newser) - It's the biggest cruise ship in the world , but is it ready for prime time? Not according to some of its initial customers, who tell the Telegraph about "workmen crawling all over," overflowing urinals, and long lines to get food and drinks—and to register a complaint,... More »

Mom Who Fell Off Cruise Ship Was Sitting on Railing

Coast Guard ends search for Samantha Broberg

(Newser) - After days of searching a 4,300-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard halted its search early Monday for a Texas woman who fell off a cruise ship . The search was unable to find any trace of Samantha Broberg, who was a stay-at-home mother of four children,... More »

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Cruise Passenger

Security footage shows her falling overboard

(Newser) - Coast Guard ships and planes are searching the Gulf of Mexico for a woman believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship 10 hours after it left Galveston. Officials say that after 33-year-old Samantha Broberg was reported missing on the Carnival Liberty, a ship-wide search was carried out. A... More »

Royal Caribbean Asks 'Boaty McBoatface' Guy to Help Name Ship

He's offered a cruise as publicity stunt

(Newser) - Royal Caribbean has crowdsourced the public before to help it name its cruise ships, but it's tapping into a rather unusual source this time around: the guy who came up with "Boaty McBoatface." The company invited British bloke James Hand—whose "whimsical moniker," as a... More »

Cruise Company Charges Man Extra Because His Wife Died

They called it an $853 'rebooking fee'

(Newser) - In December, Colorado resident Tom Ast lost his wife of 45 years, Marilyn, to cancer, KDVR reports. On her death bed, Marilyn told Ast to go on the Mediterranean cruise they had planned before she became sick. He didn't want to at first but decided it would be a... More »

Now Even You Can Sail 'Perilous' Northwest Passage

On a cruise ship

(Newser) - For more than three centuries, explorers tried and failed to find the Northwest Passage—a route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific via the frozen Canadian Arctic. Finally, in the early 20th century, an expedition led by Roald Amundsen prevailed. Now, more than 100 years after that, the cruise ship Crystal... More »

What It's Like to Cruise With Conspiracy Theorists

It's a floating gathering of people with alternative views on ... everything

(Newser) - Laura Eisenhower won't be casting a vote for Hillary Clinton come November. The former secretary of state is, she says, "definitely not human." And that's no insult: Chances are, Eisenhower truly believes Clinton is an extraterrestrial. The great-granddaughter of former President Dwight Eisenhower was among a... More »

World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

It will hold 6K passengers with a crew of 2K

(Newser) - The world's largest cruise ship just got its first taste of the open ocean, setting sail from France for a trial run on Thursday, the Guardian reports. The Harmony of the Seas, which will make its debut for Royal Caribbean International in May, is 1,187 feet long, 210... More »

Guy on Cruise Ship Falls Overboard; Search Underway

Coast Guard searching for missing Texan

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Texan is missing after falling 100 feet overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing off the Florida coast, reports ABC News . Another passenger reported seeing the man, identified as David Mossman, fall from the Navigator of the Seas around 11pm Saturday; the Coast Guard took over the... More »

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