CRUISE

Terrorists target cruise ships — here’s what you need to know now

This week, I attended an annual trade show where tens of thousands of members of the cruise industry meet in Miami Beach to discuss trends in the world of cruising. The executives present a “state of the cruise industry” speech. The CEOs of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), and MSC Cruises discussed building bigger ships and expanding into new markets such as Cuba and China.

The CEO of NCL remarked that “Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon could be more lucrative than Cuba.” The convention audience politely applauded and the other cruise executives smiled.

I couldn’t help tweeting “have you heard of ISIS?”
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NCL takes $1,493 from a sick customer and leaves him with almost nothing — is that right?

Rob Rumohr was looking forward to his Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic, with ports of call in Jamaica, the Caymans and Mexico.

“We had been planning a special vacation for several months,” he says. He was bringing his mother, who had been recently widowed, on the cruise.

“I needed to plan something for her to look forward to since I knew it was going to be especially difficult for her,” he says.
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