Pirates Attempt to Attack Yacht Near Nicaragua From DOCKWALK Dockwalk received word via email that pirates attempted an attack on the 70-foot M/Y Golden Eagle on January 27, 2016, off the east coast of Nicaragua. The Nordlund vessel was transiting …

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The busy harbor at San Juan, Puerto Rico. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

Seven arrested in cocaine cruise ship smuggling operation Contraband seized from passenger arriving on M/S Jewel of the Seas SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —Is there a mule in the cabin next to you? Cruise passengers likely don’t expect there to …

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Bustling ports such as sunny Curacao figure out how to accommodate cruise visitors. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

  From Post & Courier Charleston’s growing popularity as a tourism destination is showing up at the State Ports Authority’s cruise ship terminal, creating a need for an ever-more-delicate balance between filling market demand and maintaining Charleston’s growing popularity as …

SNOBS vs. JOBS — Historic District elites want to keep the riff-raff of tourists from cruise ships from their trendy neighborhoods in Charleston Read more »

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The Carnival Pride sails from Baltimore to the Bahamas and Florida on a variety of voyages of various lengths. At 1:00 am on Jan. 11, 2016 it was located just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on its way …

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Holland America logo on the funnel of the Zaandam. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

    It may not be fair to blame the Veendam for the Norovirus outbreak currently underway.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the vomiting and diarrhea disease commonly associated with cruise ships and nursing homes has been circulating in …

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AquaClass Staterooms $3,699 USD

From Cruise Critic: — Passengers sailing in Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass cabins will no longer receive free daily bottled water, starting immediately. In a statement, the line said that passengers in AquaClass, along with those in Sky and Celebrity suites, will …

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The Seaborne Legend arrives at St. Maarten. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

  NAf. 13 million secured for expansion of prison Sint Maarten November 05, 2015 8:34 AM  From Dutch Legal Portal POINTE BLANCHE-Government has “secured” approximately NAf. 13 million from the country’s capital investment budget for the expansion of the Point …

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A Dutch treat! THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

Dutch Island Dreaming It’s rare to find a Southern Caribbean itinerary that doesn’t require sailing out of Puerto Rico. That distinction is only the beginning of what makes Navigator of the Seas’ new itineraries so different. Depart from Miami for …

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The Celebrity Equinox is one of many ships that work European schedules from spring to fall and offers great value on trans-Atlantic crossings. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo.

That long-planned trip coming up to cruise the Greek Isles or tour an European capital before boarding a ship? It may be time to be sure that you bought travel insurance or to review your policy and speak to your …

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Wind Spirit at anchor at Antigua. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

From Maritime Executive Windstar Cruises‘ 200-passenger boutique cruise ship Star Pride ran aground off of Isla de Coiba, Panama during anchoring maneuvers. The company said that all guests and crew are safe, but there is hull damage and the vessel is unable …

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