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Hashimoto clarifies remarks on "comfort women" after flak

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Wednesday sought to clarify his remarks on a system to recruit women into sexual servitude for Japan's soldiers during World War II, saying he personally does not condone the scheme. Two days after he made controversial remarks that the so-called comfort women were "necessary to maintain discipline" in the Japanese military, Hashimoto told reporters he simply stated a fact that people at the time had that kind of view.

Royal Caribbean to base 3,100-passenger ship in Galveston year-round

GALVESTON, Texas - Royal Caribbean International says it'll begin sailing seven-day western Caribbean cruises out of Galveston year-round. The Miami-based cruise line says it'll base the 3,114-passenger Voyager-class Navigator of the Seas at Galveston in November, replacing its Mariner of the Seas. The Navigator will head for dry dock in January for a monthlong revitalization, then return to service in Galveston in February. Among the features to be added during the revitalization are a surf simulator, new restaurants and "virtual balconies" in some interior staterooms.

Three luxury cruise ships visit Oman's Port Sultan Qaboos

Three luxury cruise ships - Costa Deliziosa, Seabourn Pride and Serenade of the Seas - visited Port Sultan Qaboos recently with a total of 4,566 passengers on board.A press release stated that Costa Deliziosa belongs to Costa Crociere, the largest Italian travel group and Europe's number one cruise company which owns 26 large vessels, while the Bahamian-flagged Seabourn Pride belongs to Seabourn Cruise Line and Serenade of the Seas belongs to the Royal Caribbean Line.Further, the release added that the tourists on board the vessels visited Oman’s tourist spots and experienced

One missing as US cruise line suffers new mishap

One dock worker remained missing late Wednesday after a new mishap involving a Carnival cruise ship, which broke free from moorings in a US port, the company said. Two employees were thrown into the water when high winds caused the Carnival Triumph to break free in the Gulf Coast port of Mobile, Alabama, where it was docked after a hellish four-day ordeal last month. Television pictures showed a large hole on the stern of the ship, apparently on a passenger deck half way up the side of the vessel.

Carnival cruise ship suffers new mishap

Two dock workers were thrown into the water in a new mishap Wednesday involving a Carnival cruise ship, which broke free from moorings in a US port, the company said. One worker was reported missing after high winds caused the Carnival Triumph to break free in the Gulf Coast port of Mobile, Alabama, where it was docked after a hellish four-day ordeal last month. Television pictures showed a large hole on the stern of the ship, apparently on a passenger deck half way up the side of the vessel.

CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-FBI investigating death of woman onboard cruise ship

A Caribbean cruise here has admitted that the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is still investigating the “suspicious” death of a woman on board one of its ships during a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean Cruise Line officials said a 64-year-old Virginia woman was found dead in her cabin aboard the Enchantment of the Seas last Sunday on the last day of a weeklong cruise to the Bahamas.

Sunken cruise trial opens in Greece

A Greek court began proceedings Tuesday against 13 people accused of being responsible for the sinking of a cruise ship that claimed the lives of two French tourists six years ago. Those on trial include seven crew members, five staff from Cyprus-based Louis Hellenic Cruises (LHC) that owned the vessel and an employee of risk assessment organisation DNV that had deemed it seaworthy. The trial is expected to last over a month as over 60 witnesses are to testify, state news agency ANA said.

More Carnival woes at sea

Yet another Carnival cruise ship is having mechanical problems, the third in a little over a month. It was an added headache for the company whose vessel Triumph suffered an engine fire last month in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving thousands stranded for days without power or working toilets. This time a ship called Legend is having a problem with a unit that affects its sailing speed, said a statement Friday from Carnival, the world's largest cruise ship company.

Carnival cruise passengers to fly home after fault on ship

Cruise operator Carnival said Thursday it was arranging to fly as many as 4,300 passengers home after the Carnival Dream moored for repairs in the Dutch Caribbean island of St Maarten. The cruise line moved swiftly to defuse a public relations headache, amid reports of complaining passengers aboard the Carnival Dream, a month after a hellish ordeal aboard another of its ocean liners.

Carnival Cruise ship moors for repairs amid complaints

A Carnival Cruise ship was moored in St Maarten for repairs Thursday with a boatload of passengers, the US Coast Guard said, a month after a hellish ordeal aboard another of its ocean liners. CNN reported that some passengers aboard the Carnival Dream had complained of power outages and toilets not working, but the cruise line said all "hotel systems" were back to normal after some intermittent interruptions.
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