March 3: While on a twelve night cruise from Genoa and Marseilles to the Western Mediterranean, the MV LOUIS MAJESTY, carrying 1350 passengers and 580 crew members, was struck by 26 foot tall waves, breaking windows in a public area on Deck 5 in the forward portion of the ship, resulting in the deaths of two passengers (one German and the other Italian) and the slight injury of fourteen others. The cruise ship is now returning safely to the port of Barcelona and the on board medical team is providing care to the injured. Please click here for video footage shot onboard the LOUIS MAJESTY just two weeks ago for MaritimeMatters Sea Treks blogspot. Click here for Peter Knego’s LOUIS MAJESTY to Iberia blog
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.