What Your Cruise Ship Staff Isn’t Telling You

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Dirty Dozen

Between oil spills and water pollution, cruise ships are a big pain in mother nature’s backside. The number one reason is water pollution, including the improper disposal of waste and sewage. They also have numerous pending air quality violations.

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Fines, Fines, Everywhere Are Fines

Cruise lines have been dragging out lawsuits for violations of all kinds for upwards of ten years. Somehow, they manage to strike whales, discharge sewage, ash, garbage, hazardous waste and oil, and falsify records without having to pay for retribution.

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Malfunctions and Disabling Accidents

Fires, power outages, engine problems, propulsion problems — these are all quite common on a cruise ship, and are also quite concerning. In fact, in 2013 there were 22 incidents reported within the first 6 months!



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