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Australia: “Red Tide” Shuts Down Sydney Beaches

Date: November 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Tourists venturing to Bondi and other popular Sydney beaches on Nov. 27 were met by blood-red seas and large signs warning them to stay out of the water. No shark sightings were reported, but a rare and massive algae bloom had occurred overnight, changing the color of the water. The natural phenomenon, known as a [read more]

Worldwide: Guests Advised to Purchase Trip Insurance

Date: January 25th, 2012 | No Comments

January is one of the busier months for cruise enthusiasts, but this season travel agents have been fielding more questions regarding safety and liability in light of the recent Costa Concordia tragedy. Statistically speaking, cruising is one of the safest forms of travel, but cruise lines take no chances in terms of liability. Under most [read more]

Australia: Bodyboarder Dies after Shark Attack

Date: September 13th, 2011 | No Comments

A bodyboarder had his legs bitten off by a shark and subsequently died on the shore at a popular surf spot in western Australia Sept. 4. Off the coast of Bunker Bay at a spot known as The Farm, the bodyboarder and five of his friends were out in the water when the shark attacked [read more]

Australia: Beach Goers must Exercise Caution

Date: July 5th, 2011 | No Comments

A humpback whale knocked a 13-year-old boy unconscious after the whale hit the boy’s dinghy with its tail. The boy, who was fishing with his parents off the coast of New South Wales, also broke his collarbone. Australia is a mecca of beach and ocean activities, but this incident serves as a reminder to tourists [read more]

Somali Piracy: Surge of Attacks in Indian Ocean near Somalia

Date: April 8th, 2009 | No Comments

Somali pirates seized five ships in 72 hours in the Indian Ocean, moving their main area of operations out of the Gulf of Aden to avoid international naval patrols. A French yacht carrying five tourists off the coast of Somalia was taken as well as a former oceanographic research vessel converted to a live-aboard dive [read more]

Thailand: Tourist Boat Capsizes Near Phi Phi Island

Date: August 28th, 2012 | No Comments

A passenger boat carrying 37 tourists and four Thai crew members capsized in rough seas between the resort islands of Phi Phi and Phuket Aug. 27. All 41 people went into the water, but luckily were rescued by other boats. However, one frightened survivor stated that life jackets were in poor condition, and that crew [read more]

South Pacific: Travel Alert Regarding Cyclone Season

Date: December 10th, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for the South Pacific regarding the coming cyclone season, which runs from December through April. The region sees about nine tropical cyclones per year, half of which are category three or higher in intensity. Cyclones can cause major infrastructure damage and make traveling throughout the region [read more]

Seychelles: Second Deadly Shark Attack in Same Area

Date: August 30th, 2011 | No Comments

A second deadly shark attack within a month left a British honeymooner dead and the small island-nation distraught. The British citizen was snorkeling just 60 feet from the shore off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin when he was attacked. Though he was brought to shore alive, rescuers could not save him. The [read more]

Seychelles and Somalia: Pirates Roam Far into Indian Ocean to Take Ships

Date: October 29th, 2009 | No Comments

Piracy off the Horn of Africa and in the nearby Indian Ocean is not news, but a British couple learned recently that any size vessel is a potential target when they and their 38-foot yacht sailing in Seychelles seas was taken by pirates for ransom. Somali pirates have extended their reach from the Horn of [read more]

Horn of Africa: Somali Pirates Attack Cruise Ship

Date: December 3rd, 2008 | No Comments

Pirates attacked but failed to capture or damage a luxury cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast Nov. 30. The Nautica, operated by Oceania Cruises, Inc. of Miami, sped away from the pirates’ speedboats after the marauders fired eight rifle shots at the ship. The area where the Nautica was cruising [read more]

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