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Home > Cruise News Archive > Cruise News Shorts: USCG Plans Surprise Inspections, Beatlemania at Sea and Carnival Foundation Does Good
Date Published: March 7, 2014
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Cruise News Shorts: USCG Plans Surprise Inspections, Beatlemania at Sea and Carnival Foundation Does Good
Coast Guard Inspections (1:54 p.m. EST) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are three interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

Surprise!
Cruise ship captains better keep their crew shipshape and ready because the U.S. Coast Guard is planning on conducting a slew of unannounced cruise ship examinations for the remainder of 2014, the website Marinelog.com reports. The purpose of this new program is to increase the Coast Guard's oversight of cruise ships, especially in light of growing concerns about safety by government officials and the public. Examinations will be short in duration and are designed to avoid delaying a cruise ship's schedule unless "deficiencies" that impose an immediate danger to the safety of passengers or crew are discovered. During the spot checks, Port State Control Officers will walk through portions of the deck, galleys and machinery spaces to check for safety issues including, but not limited to: fire hazards, condition of fixed fire detection and firefighting equipment, condition and availability of lifesaving equipment, and/or problems with means of escape such as locked doors on escape routes or restricted paths in stairways. The examinations will be separate from the normally scheduled Certificate of Compliance annual and periodic exams, which take longer and are more comprehensive. Last year, the Cruise Lines International Association announced the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights, designed to ensure passenger safety, comfort and care."

Ticket to Ride
Beatles-lovers can come together onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2 when it commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Fab Four's first crossing of the Atlantic during its October 28 transatlantic sailing. Passengers onboard will enjoy a concert by tribute band The Beatles Experience and may take part in several Beatle's themed Q&A panels during the voyage.

Goodness at Sea
Carnival Foundation, in partnership with Carnival Corporation & plc, is working with the nonprofit organization Create Common Good to find ways to introduce custom-crafted Create Common Good food products -- such as gourmet meals, dressings, sauces and soups -- into shipboard menus across the company's 10 cruise brands. Create Common Good uses food-related job training programs to help at-risk people find work. Carnival Foundation also gave the nonprofit a grant of $200,000.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor



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