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LOOK: Cruise ship linked to coronavirus deaths anchored in Manila Bay

May 09, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The operator of the Ruby Princess, which has 241 Filipino crew members, is under criminal investigation in Australia

VIEW FROM LAND. Cruise ships in Manila Bay seen from Sitio Bagong Pook, Barangay San Antonio in Cavite City on May 9, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Carnival to resume limited cruise operations on August 1

May 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Carnival Cruise Line says 8 ships will resume cruises from Florida and Texas starting August 1, taking into account 'enhanced operational protocols' in light of the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 7, 2020 A Carnival Panorama cruise ship is seen docked in Long Beach, California on, as passengers await onboard for the results of a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test given to an ill passenger. - Carnival Cruise Line announced on May 4, 2020 that it will resume limited operations from Florida and Texas on August 1 after halting cruises because of the coronavirus pandemic which left some passengers trapped on its ships for weeks. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

PH allows Filipino-manned foreign cruise ships to dock in Manila

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The crew members will undergo mandatory quarantine in their vessels before they are allowed to disembark and head home

CRUISE SHIPS. The Costa Favolosa (right) and MSC Divina (left) are seen off the coast of Miami, Florida, on March 26, 2020. Reports said Costa ships Favolosa and the Magica are anchored off the coast of Miami with approximately 30 people experiencing flu-like symptoms. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/AFP

444 Filipinos in Grand Princess cruise ship to come home

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) 438 crew members and 6 passengers will be repatriated from the ship currently quarantined in Oakland, California in the US due to the coronavirus

COMING HOME. 444 Filipinos in the quarantined cruise ship Grand Princess in Oakland, California, will be repatriated to the Philippines. Screenshot from DFA video

India denies entry to cruise ships on virus fears

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:47 PM

India, the world's second most populous country after China, has reported 40 coronavirus cases, prompting the government to issue daily health warnings

GRAND PRINCESS. A passenger walks along the Grand Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California on March 8, 2020. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The Costa Fortuna is carrying dozens of Italians. Its operator says there are 'no suspected virus cases aboard.'

CRUISE SHIP. In this file photo, Costa Fortuna, the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, is moored at Genoa's harbor on November 22, 2003. Photo by ANSA/Pool/AFP

U.S. tests stranded cruise ship passengers for coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The California National Guard says it has flown test kits to the Grand Princess and the findings are expected to be announced Friday

STRANDED. This handout photo taken and released by Carolyn Wright shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020.  Handout/Carolyn Wright/AFP

California coronavirus crisis as cruise ship held

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Thousands traveling aboard the Grand Princess – the same cruise ship on which California's first victim was thought to have contracted the virus – are held offshore

VIRUS-HIT. In this file photo One of the biggest world cruise liners in the world, P&O's 'Grand Princess' stays on dock in St Petersburg port, 24 May 2004. Photo by stinger/Interpress/AFP

Floating Petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock

Feb 23, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Cruise-goers have fallen sick en masse in the past, their predicament on the high seas coming into sharp focus because the holidays can cost thousands of dollars and are often marketed as trips of a lifetime

QUARANTINED. A worker is seen against the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 19, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

U.S. cruise ship blocked over virus fears to dock in Cambodia

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The Westerdam was supposed to be taking its 1,455 passengers on a dream 14-day cruise around east Asia, beginning in Hong Kong on February 1 and disembarking on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan

The Westerdam cruise ship is seen past Cambodian policemen as it approaches port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's southern coast on February 13, 2020, where the liner had received permission to dock after been refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand all refused to allow the ship to dock, despite operator Holland America insisting there were no cases of the deadly disease -- which has killed over 1,100 -- on board. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AF

39 more onboard Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus – minister

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'We have confirmed that 4 people, among those who are hospitalized, are in a serious condition, either on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit,' the minister says

STUCK. A passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship waves to the media upon arriving at Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says another huge cruise ship, the Westerdam, is heading to the country with one confirmed infected passenger aboard

DIAMOND PRINCESS. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies as the ship docks at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

10 more on cruise ship off Japan have new coronavirus – local media

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

This raises the number of infections detected on the boat to 20

TRAPPED. A member of the media (in foreground) looks out toward the Diamond Princess cruise ship (in background) with over 3,000 people as it sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4, 2020, a day after it arrived with passengers feeling ill. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila

CRUISE SHIP. The World Dream Cruise Ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. The Bureau of Quarantine declared its passengers free of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Stricken Norwegian cruise ship reaches port after airlift drama

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ship, which carried 1,373 passengers and crew, arrives at the port of Molde in Norway a day after getting stranded due to engine trouble

This image grab from a handout video made available to AFTV on March 24, 2019 by a passenger onboard the cruise ship Viking Sky shows felow passengers gathering in a room with life jackets after the cruise ship ran into trouble in rough seas off the Norwegian coast. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by HO / Alexis Sheppard Twitter account / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT « AFP PHOTO / ALEXIS SHEPPARD » - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS [- NO ARCHIVE ]

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan says it could take up to 100 years to restore the corals in Raja Ampat

DESTROYED. A British cruise ship has caused damage to the ecosystem and habitat structure in Raja Ampat, as well as the loss of some types of coral reefs. Photo sourced from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry

IN PHOTOS: Extensive coral reef damage caused by British cruise ship

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:38 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Photos sourced by Rappler show the damage at Crossover Reef after cruise vessel Caledonian Sky rammed into the coral reefs

Indonesia says captain of cruise ship that destroyed coral reefs may face imprisonment

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:23 PM

The Indonesian government vows to take action and slams Captain Keith Michael Taylor who was steering the cruise at the time of destruction

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

British cruise ship destroys one of world's best coral reefs

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:39 AM

UPDATED The incident caused damage to Crossover Reef in Raja Ampat Indonesia which has been voted among the best diving spots in the world

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

German liner rescues 6 from sinking Tongan boat

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Their fishing boat had been taking on water and was unlikely to remain afloat for more than 24 hours The crew had also run out of drinking water They had been in a truly life threatening situation

Massive crowd sees off world's largest cruise ship in France

May 16, 2016 - 2:15 PM

The ship has 16 decks and can carry 6 360 passengers and 2 100 crew members

epa05307647 People gather to watch the cruise ship Harmony of the Seas leaves the port of St. Nazaire, France, 15 May 2016. This Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship from STX France is the world's largest cruise ship. It will join Southampton before starting his first cruise in the coming days. EPA/EDWARD BOONE

Happy tears as first US-Cuba cruise in decades docks

May 03, 2016 - 3:30 PM

I ve been crying since dawn I can t believe I am here says Miami born Maria Eugenia Peña whose parents hail from Cuba

epa05287056 Cruise ship Adonia, from the new Carnival's Fathom line, arrives in Havana, Cuba, 02 May 2016. Ship Adonia, with a capacity of 704 passengers, is the first American cruise line to make a voyage to Cuba in about 50 years. EPA/ALEJANDRO ERNESTO

First US-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail

May 02, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The cost of a ticket on the historic cruise ranges from 1 800 to 7 000 per person

epa05286549 Cruise ship Adonia, from the new Carnival's Fathom line, sails Miami's port escorted by tugboats as it heads to Cuba, in Miami, Florida, USA, 01 May 2016. Ship Adonia, with a capacity of 704 passengers, is the first American cruise line to make a voyage to Cuba in about 50 years. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

PH hits 5 million foreign tourists in 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - 11:50 PM

As the country welcomes its 5 millionth visitor on December 21 the government is expecting a total of 5 2 to 5 3 million visitors by year end

Toll in China ship tragedy rises past 400

Jun 07, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Salvage and rescue personnel bow their heads as ship horns blared in tribute to the victims of China s worst shipping disaster in nearly seven decades

SALVAGED. Rescuers in full body protection suits work on the formerly capsized and now rightened Eastern Star tourist ship in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 7, 2015. Wu Hong/EPA

Nearly 400 dead in China ship sinking as search for bodies widens

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED Authorities gave the new death toll as of Saturday June 6 in what looks likely to be China s worst shipping disaster in nearly 70 years

RESCUE. Paramilitary policemen wait to pick up bodies of victims after the cruise ship Dong Fang Zhi Xing, which capsized in the Yangtze River, was righted in Jianli county, southern China's Hubei province, June 5, 2015. Photo by Yuan Zheng/EPA

Philippines comforts China over sunken ship

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Like China to the Philippines after Yolanda the country shares the grief of China after a ship sinks in China s Yangtze River

GRIEVING COUNTRY. A picture made available on June 3, 2015, shows two women reacting as they hug each other, in a hotel for the relatives of the passengers on a capsized tourist ship, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, on June 2, 2015. Photo by EPA

Murky waters, perilous currents complicate China ship rescue

Jun 04, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Transport ministry spokesman Xu Chengguang says that besides time pressures rescuers are also facing challenges posed by inclement weather

RECOVERY. Rescuers carry a victim's body as they search for missing passengers of a capsized tourist ship in the Yangtze River, in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 3, 2015. Wu Hong/EPA

China relatives hope for 'miracle' in race to find ship survivors

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:11 PM

UPDATED Early investigations showed the area where the ship sank was hit by a small and fast moving tornado

ON MONITOR. Rescuers await orders along the Yangtze River as they search for missing passengers of a capsized tourist ship in Jianli, Hubei province, China, June 2, 2015. Wu Hong/EPA

Rescuers race against clock to find survivors of China ship

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:03 AM

Chinese rescuers work through the night in a desperate race to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship with more than 400 people still missing after the boat sank in a storm on the Yangtze river

‘OVERNIGHT BATTLE.’ Rescuers on a rescue boat on the Yangtze River as they search for missing passengers of a capsized tourist ship in Jianli, Hubei province, China, late 02 June 2015. Photo by Wu Hong / EPA

Passengers on capsized China cruise ship had little warning

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:59 PM

The hundreds of passengers on a Chinese ferry that capsized during a storm had little warning before disaster struck according to a state media interview with a survivor

THE SEARCH. Rescuers work on the bottom of the capsized tourist ship in the Yangtze River in Jianli County in central China's Hubei province, 2 June 2015. Photo by China Out / EPA

Italy's wrecked Costa Concordia prepares to dock in Genoa

Jul 27, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Crowds of curious locals began gathering near the port on the outskirts of Genoa at first light eager to see the remains of the battered ship which crashed into rocks off Giglio island in January 2012

PORT OF CALL. Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia in front of Genoa's port, Italy, 27 July 2014. The Costa Concordia has arrived in Genoa, where dismantling operations are predicted to last two years. Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy cruise ship wreck floats for first time

Jul 14, 2014 - 5:57 PM

The cruise ship is now about one meter off the underwater platform it was lying on and it is to be raised another meter before being shifted towards the open sea

COSTA CONCORDIA. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which was hauled upright in September but stil partially submerged, is slowly being refloated near the port of Giglio Island, Italy, July 14, 2014. Photo by Claudio Giovannini/EPA

PH gears up for more cruise tourists

Oct 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The ports authority is pushing for the development of at least 8 ports identified as tourism gateways for c

CRUISE TOURISTS. The Philippines wants to improve more ports cruise ships will be calling on. 2003 file photo by AFP

Italy captain blames helmsman for cruise ship crash

Sep 23, 2013 - 8:43 PM

The captain of Italy s doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship blamed the Indonesian helmsman for causing the accident that killed 32 people

OUT OF THE WATER. The wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship emerges from water at the tail-end of the salvage operations for the ship, September 17, 2013 near the harbor of Giglio Porto. AFP / Andreas Solaro

'Take the bathrobes'

Feb 16, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Cruise line says stranded passengers can take home the bathrobes as a gift

Titanic memorial cruise retraces tragic voyage

Apr 09, 2012 - 12:09 AM

A cruise ship retraces Titanic s route on its maiden voyage 100 years ago

[UPDATED] Fire in luxury ship started in engine room

Mar 31, 2012 - 6:14 PM

The 5 injured are crew members who suffered from smoke inhalation