Emrys Thakkar

3426 POSTS4 COMMENTS
Founder and Editor of Cruise Hive which has been online since 2008. Worked on Carnival ships for 8 years and have an insight into cruising from a passenger and a crew member's perspective. Dedicated to bringing cruisers the latest industry news and informative articles. Find out more about us here.

Carnival Triumph Has Brief Power Failure

It's being reported that the Carnival Triumph which is operated by Carnival Cruise Lines had a brief power failure yesterday while sailing from Cozumel, Mexico to Galveston, Texas. The KATC reports that the power outage was caused by an electrical breaker which caused a ventilation issue with the ships incinerator. This caused smoke to travel around some parts on three decks. The good news is that there was no fire reported and the ship is now safely back at its home port in Galveston. The power is now back to normal and was only out for eight minutes. Another point to...

Atleast 170 People Sick With Norovirus On Caribbean Princess

It's now being reported that another cruise ship has been hit by a Norovirus outbreak but this time it's the Caribbean Princess which is operated by Princess Cruises. It just shows that the gastrointestinal illness which causes vomiting and diarrhea can spread on any cruise ship no matter how many times the crew sanitize. According the CDC, 162 passengers and 11 crew members have been ill onboard. The good news is that the vessel is already coming to an end of its 7-day cruise. But the voyage will be ending 1 day early which many have led to believe is due to...

Carnival Cruise Lines To Resume Sailing From Baltimore

Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore have announced that the Carnival Pride will resume sailing from the American port year-round starting from March 29th 2015. This is great news for cruisers in the region! The Carnival Pride will be doing seven-day cruises to the delight of passengers. The ship is already based in Baltimore but will move down to Tampa, Florida in October 2014 to do winter season cruises until it makes a return back up to Baltimore in March 2015. “Baltimore is a convenient mid-Atlantic embarkation point for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and we’re pleased to resume these attractive...

Explorer of the Seas Now Back Home After Almost 700 People Had Norovirus

If you've been following the developments from Cruise Hive on the Norovirus which had hit Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas then the good news is that the ship has now arrived back to its home port in New Jersey and all passengers have now disembarked. Here's a statement from Royal Caribbean: After returning today a thorough “barrier” sanitization program will be performed on the entire ship to make certain that any remaining traces of the illness are eliminated. It will be the third aggressive sanitizing procedure the ship has undertaken since we became aware of the issue, and will additionally...

Port of Galveston To Upgrade Cruise Terminal Thanks To Royal Caribbean Agreement

The Port of Galveston in Texas has announced a 5 year agreement with Royal Caribbean which will bring benefits including an improved cruise terminal to accommodate larger vessels. The upgrades will be made to cruise terminal 2 which will increase passenger capacity and handle large cruise ships. The terminal will be expanded to 150,000 square feet and an increase to 1,000 seating's. The Port of Galveston also said that the cost of the improvements are expected to be around $10 Million. “The port has worked closely with Royal Caribbean to identify the upgrades needed to improve their operations at Cruise Terminal...

Now Up To 700 People Sick On Explorer of the Seas Which Is Heading Home

Royal Caribbean probably can't wait for the current Explorer of the Seas cruise to be over along with the 622 passengers and 50 crew members who have the gastrointestinal illness which is also known as Norovirus. On Wednesday the ship will arrive at its home port in New Jersey two days earlier due to the outbreak. The ship was scheduled to arrive back on 31st January as normal but the cruise line changed that because of the outbreak onboard. Royal Caribbean has released a new statement about the situation and state that the amount of new cases has fallen. This is...

Carnival Imagination Begins Year Round Cruises From Long Beach

The Carnival Imagination which is operated by Carnival Cruise Lines has now started sailing year round from its new home port in Long Beach, California. The ship is now the third to sail from the Western American port making the cruise line the number one operator in the region. Carnival also mention that they now carry 550,000 passengers every year on its ships sailing from Southern California. The Carnival Imagination  is now sailing every Thursday on a three-day cruise making a call to Ensenada, Mexico. Then every Sunday the ship will sail four-day cruises stopping at Ensenada and Catalina Islands. The...

Ways Not To Get Sick With The Norovirus While Cruising

You'll always read about news of the Norovirus which has spread onboard some cruise ship which can be pretty scary especially if you don't cruise that often or not at all. Well don't worry because there are ways to protect yourself while onboard so you can continue to enjoy the cruise that you purchased. First of all Norovirus is common and most cruise lines do have plans and procedures to keep the spread to a minimum. Not just that but even if there is no Norovirus outbreak you'll always see crew members cleaning and sanitizing important areas of the ship...

Explorer of the Seas To Return Home Early Due To Norovirus Outbreak

Cruise Hive had previously reported that Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ship had a gastrointestinal illness outbreak effecting 281 passengers and 22 crew members. Well now Royal Caribbean has decided to cut short the current voyage which was supposed to be a 10-day Caribbean cruise. Explorer of the Seas will return home from its 10-day cruise two days early, after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that spiked over the weekend. New reports of illness have decreased day-over-day, and many guests are again up and about. Nevertheless, the disruptions caused by the early wave of illness means that we were unable...