Cruise News Shorts: Titanic II Now 'Legit'; Plus, Jail Time for Bomb Hoax and Deadbeat Passengers

October 12, 2012
(3:45 p.m. EDT) -- 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 usually catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

Bomb Hoax Nets Jail Time
A woman trying to get back at her ex's new flame by calling in a fake bomb threat on Carnival Fascination in 2010 saw the tactic explode in her face. On Thursday, she was sentenced to a year in federal prison. According to CNN, Linda Wilson made several calls to the Jacksonville sheriff's office on May 9, 2010, to report that a female terrorist was carrying a bomb on a cruise ship entering Jacksonville, and that the terrorist planned to detonate the bomb before it pulled into port. The threats resulted in local and federal authorities detaining the ship when it arrived in Jacksonville and conducting an extensive search of all passengers, crew and the ship. Nothing was found and court documents stated later that a passenger on Fascination had been in a relationship with Wilson's ex-boyfriend.

Trio Pays Up After Robbing Carnival
Crime doesn't pay, as three men have learned after they were sentenced to jail time and fined for bilking Carnival Cruise Lines out of $60,000. As reported by The Associated Press, the men, all from New York, were arrested by the FBI in June after they rang up thousands of dollars on a Carnival ship and then left without paying. They were charged in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they will serve jail terms of between 15 days and three months. Restitution fines ranged from $1,860 to $32,283.

Is That a Fact?
Because building Titanic II is more believable with a historian involved, Clive Palmer -- the Australian billionaire, provocateur and brains behind the ship -- has brought on Steve Hall, author of "Titanic: The Ship Magnificent," to help. Hall will serve as design consultant and historian for the recently created Blue Star Line, Cruise Industry News reported. Palmer first announced the dubious Titanic II project back in April. The ship is scheduled to launch in 2016.

Last One Out the Door Is a ...
No rotten eggs for Crystal Cruises. The luxury line is one of the first out of the gate to announce -- and open for bookings -- its full 2014 schedule and early 2015 sailings. Highlights of the 2014 schedule include new cruises to and from San Diego, 16 maiden calls and 194 total ports covering 68 countries. New ports include Galway, Ireland; Luanda, Angola; Lombok, Indonesia; Ibiza, Spain; Oban, Scotland; Skagen, Denmark; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Open sailings in 2015 run through mid-April and include nine maiden calls in Madagascar, South Africa, China and Australia.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor