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Elderly Cruise Passengers Claim They Were Tricked into Smuggling Cocaine



An elderly British couple arrested for possessing approximately 20 pounds of cocaine on a cruise ship in Lisbon, Portugal last December are now claiming they were tricked by a mysterious Jamaican businessman.

According to The Sun, 72-year-old Roger Clarke and his wife, 71-year-old Sue claim they were unaware of the the more than $1 million worth of drugs found inside of four suitcases in their cabin aboard the Marco Polo cruise ship, telling authorities that a Jamaican businessman only identified as Lee paid for their cruise, asked them to purchase exotic fruit and instructed them to pick up “empty” cases from a middleman in St. Lucia.

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The couple’s claim doesn’t appear all that strong, however, as they were previously convicted of trafficking cannabis near Norway in 2010 and made contact with drug trafficking organizations multiple times from 2017 to 2018, according to police.

Authorities said that the Clarkes were only living off about $1,106 a month but spent approximately $22,500 on luxury cruises over a two-year period. What’s more, the couple’s diary said they had traveled to Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

“It is understood this was in connection with the suspected possession of narcotics. Cruise and Maritime Voyages is cooperating fully with the Portuguese police officials,” a spokesman for British cruise line Cruise and Maritime Voyages told The Guardian in a statement last year, adding that the company “does not tolerate any criminal activity or anti-social behavior on board its ships.”

The couple was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday and could face up to 12 years in jail if convicted.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Resumes Sailings Mother’s Day Weekend



Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced today that it’s extending the suspension of all sailings through May 6, 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Its ship, the Grand Celebration, is now scheduled to resume operations on Friday, May 8, 2020, with the expectation that it will be able to welcome passengers aboard just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, stated, “At Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. While we understand that this news is disappointing for many of our valued guests, we believe that further suspension is necessary to ensure their continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in communication with all guests booked on a canceled sailing, as well as with our travel advisor partners, and we are offering a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for all guests booked on a canceled sailing. We wish everyone the very best at this time and look forward to providing you a better way to getaway again soon.”

The Caribbean carrier’s updated “Sail with Ease” policy automatically issues a 125-percent Future Cruise Credit for guests who have two-night cruise and ‘Cruise & Stay’ bookings that need to be canceled due to the extended COVID-19-related suspension. Affected guests need only call customer service at (800) 374-4363 to transfer their booking to any future sailing date through December 31, 2021.

While the cruise line is encouraging guests to opt for the incentivized Future Cruise Credit, those who would prefer their money back are entitled to receive a 100-percent refund of the two-night cruise or ‘Cruise & Stay’ package price, including taxes, fees, charges and any pre-paid amenity or package.

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