Carnival Cruise Lines admitted its Fascination ship lost power at sea for several hours due to a technical malfunction. The US Coast Guard was notified but didn’t need to take action — guess there wasn’t much risk of anyone starving to death. And the 2600 passengers received a 20% discount for the inconvenience.
Solid contender for a Titanic Award here: Worst Ship for a Health Clinic or maybe Best Ship for a Weight Loss Clinic
94 passengers got sick (vomiting and diarrhea) on Thursday aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship cruising Northern Europe. Before that, hundreds of passengers got sick on Vision of Seas when it was off the coast of Brazil in March. Three mass illnesses aboard the same ship in three months.
Despite Royal Caribbean spokeswoman claiming these three incidents were definitely not related, it seems… well, hard to swallow.
India’s rail ministry embarrassed by new advert (but not by delays, overcrowding, and the onboard squatters)
A new ad for a luxury train service aimed at wealthy tourists, Maharajas’ Express, shows a map with New Delhi located inside Pakistan. The map also shows Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal. You might say that the ad agency made good on their claim of showing “an India like never before!”
Megan Barnes, a 37-year-old woman in Florida, reportedly caused a car crash when she decided to shave her bikini area while behind the wheel.
She told authorities she was visiting her boyfriend and wanted to be “ready for the visit.”
Apparently, Barnes should not have had the wheel even without a razor. She has been convinced of a DUI the day before and had a suspended license.
Here’s a new one for rail travel: police don’t need to worry about their guns.
An Amtrak officer is suing the railroad, claiming it’s liable for a woman who grabbed his gun and shot him in the foot.
James Bullard, working at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station last March, got in line at McDonald’s (he wasn’t even on the train). While there, he tried to remove a disruptive woman from the restaurant. She grabbed his gun and shot him in the foot.
You might think he’d sue McDonald’s. But Bullard is claiming that he had a worn-out gun holster and that Amtrak failed to provide a new one when he requested it. Perhaps he has a case.
Make the wrong turn and you could spend all day circling this concrete plate of spaghetti.
Sounds like a nice idea. An amphibious bus that can travel on water and roads. Sadly (or comically if you prefer) it was grounded, less than an hour after it got wet.
The $1.5 million Dutch-made “amfibus” was being demonstrated for service between Renfrew and Yoker when things went pear shaped. Mechanics are hoping to have it swimming again by tomorrow.
In theory, it runs like a normal bus on land, but uses two water jets to carry 50 passengers at speeds up to eight knots in the water.
Check out the full story at TimesOnline here.
Photo via Flickr: tesla314
Cruise ships are still plying the waters beside Haiti. You don’t want to let a little earthquake suffering ruin your trip, do you? Indulge at the buffet, splash in the surf and happily ignore the tens of thousands without food, water, medical care or shelter. Sure the cruise lines could cancel a few cruises and help with humanitarian relief efforts, but what’s a cruise line company going to do with a bunch of great PR and a clear conscience? Naturally, they need to focus on the core business of pummeling local cultures into oblivion (via tourist invasion), overfeeding sunburned passengers and secretly dumping as much waste into the ocean as they can get away with.
Read the whole story on the Guardian here.
Rail companies in the UK revealed a treasure of bizarre things found on trains in 2009.
Mobile phones and clothes were the most common items left behind, and only 20% claim their belongings, but the more fascinating items include: a bag containing a dead octopus in Edinburgh, half a shotgun along with ammunition, a cat, a wheelchair and two clarinets and two violins were handed in on the same day.
When seat hogging turns violent in Chinatown.
Have your cake and eat it too… then sue that you didn’t get enough.
The details aren’t all out yet, but that seems to be what happened with Terence and Cynthia Milner, who sued after their £59,000 cruise on the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria didn’t live up to expectations — according to The Telegraph. Sure they were upgraded to a penthouse suite after complaining about sleepless nights. But stormy conditions and mouth ulcers were apparently also the fault of the cruise line.
They jumped off the ship in Honolulu and stayed at a luxury resort then caught a lift on the QE2 ship rather than continue on to Southampton as originally planned.
They got a refund of £48,240 refund, but then sued for “loss of enjoyment” and received £22,000 damages. Cunard is challenging the decision in a London court.
Over 100 buses a day make the 4+ hour crossing from the touristy Red-Sea town Hurgada to Luxor. They travel in a giant tourist convoy with a military escort.
Welcome to Kabul. 600,000 cars, one set of traffic lights (that many don’t obey). What could be the problem? This Al Jazeera report explains.