In 2014, 1,718,131 people read 6,104,186 people pages of Cruise Law News.
Our busiest day was April 7, 2014 when over 110,000 visitors read our article when we were the first to report on the murder of a NCL crew member in Roatan, Honduras near the port.
Crime in ports of call was a hot topic for 2014. Our article Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World was re-tweeted, liked or shared over 2,800 times. We named Nassau, Bahamas as the most dangerous port in the world and said that Nassau was “one shot away” from losing the cruise industry, which placed us on television in the Bahamas and on the front cover of the Nassau Guardian.
We broke a number of stories that the cruise industry would prefer that you didn’t know. We published videos of MSC crew members dumping plastic garbage bags in a marine sanctuary in Brazil. A number of news organizations in the U.K., Switzerland, and Australia & New Zealand republished them around the world.
We appeared in over 100 newspapers articles and on CNN, ABC and other television and radio programs. Our motto is “everything the cruise lines don’t want you to know,” so don’t expect to see glossy photos of idyllic cruise vacations here.
The problem of passengers and crew members disappearing on the high seas continued throughout 2014. ABC News featured us in an investigation why the cruise lines are refusing to install man overboard systems in compliance with the Cruise Vessel Safety & Security Act. A few cruise lines, like Holland America Line (HAL), claim that they are testing man-overboard technology but just last week a crew member disappeared from the HAL Ryndam.
The premiere legal blog in the world, Above the Law, included us as one of the “12 Awesome Law Blogs Of 2014.” Lexblog picked us as the Blog of the Year and selected us as one of the top two lawyer “citizen journalists.”
I was most pleased that Cruise Law News came in as number six (and the only blog written by a lawyer) out of the top twenty national cruise blogs selected by USA Today, in a national poll of cruise fans.
Our Facebook page has over 135,000 followers, mostly crew members as well as cruise passengers and travel agents who wish to remain anonymous. We receive many thousand of comments a month. We routinely receive real-time insights into problems on cruise ships from passengers and the crew.
Thanks for reading us in 2014. And many thanks to the passengers and crew members who sent us tips, info and videos from the high seas.
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