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3 Popular Cruise Ship Activities that Require Passengers to Sign Waivers

May 29, 2015

Thinking about cruising anytime soon? If so, you’re not alone. Summer is quickly approaching, which means that kids are out of school and it’s the perfect time to take a family vacation. Naturally, a cruise is one of the top types of vacations families consider. Cruises offer dozens of fun activities for the young, and the young at heart. But while some prospective passengers are aware that some cruise activities may pose some degree of risk, many may wonder which activities are most dangerous, especially if they plan on traveling with children. Our cruise ship accident lawyers here at LMAW... Read Article

5 Safety Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking

May 26, 2015

With summer fast approaching, many are opting to head out to open waters and enjoy all that the ocean or waterways have to offer. And for many, that includes trying new options, like canoeing or kayaking. These activities are often low-cost, available at many water recreation areas, and offer fun and sun for those who choose to participate. However, many first-time participants may not be aware of the risks that these activities may pose. Even for those with canoe and kayak experience, a review of basic safety tips is a good idea before heading out to the water. With that... Read Article

How to Boat Safely on Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is a popular holiday for boaters, and as such, it’s important to remember that while going out on open waters may be fun, the fact that waterways are going to be extra congested means that the chances of a boating accident occurring is much more likely. In fact, Memorial Day is one of the holidays where boating accidents are most likely to occur. So, if you are planning on heading out on your vessel for the holiday, our boating accident lawyers here at LMAW have a few tips that can help you and your loved ones stay... Read Article

TV ALERT! LMAW’s Michael Winkleman to Discuss What Families Need to Know When Cruising This Summer on Fox & Friends Tomorrow

May 20, 2015

Summer is fast approaching, which means the school year is about to end, the weather is getting warmer, and the biggest vacation season is nearly upon us. For many families, vacationing together means going on a cruise. But while cruising has its perks, not many realize that there can be a dark side to cruising the public doesn’t always hear about. Cruise ship accidents, crimes, and outbreaks can happen in the blink of an eye, taking families by surprise and often leaving tragedy in their wake. However, there are a few things families can do to reduce their chances of... Read Article

Fatal Cruise Ship Drowning Accident: 10-year-old Girl Dies After Drowning in a Pool Aboard the Norwegian Gem

May 19, 2015

Only five months have passed since our cruise ship accident lawyers here at LMAW reported on the tragic near-drowning of a 4-year-old boy aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas vessel. Our firm is representing the family of the young victim, but nothing can ever truly ease the grief and terror felt by drowning victims and their loved ones. This accident highlighted a very critical and highly debated subject concerning the cruise industry which I discussed on the Today Show last month: the fact that the majority of cruise lines do not hire trained lifeguards to work aboard their ships.... Read Article

Boating Laws: What Every Boater Should Know When Sailing in Florida

May 15, 2015

Florida is a popular boating destination. The reasons are obvious: miles of pristine coast, warm waters, tropical and sub-tropical climates, island destinations, fishing, snorkeling, and swimming opportunities, and the list goes on. The Sunshine State’s pristine waters offer a range of boating options for all interests and abilities, from skilled sailors to weekend fishing expeditions. However, as any boating accident lawyer at our firm well knows, these activities can also lead to injuries in open waters. Before heading out on a vessel in Florida, boaters should be fully aware of current safety laws in order to protect themselves and passengers... Read Article

Princess Cruises to Base New Ship Out of China – How Will This Affect Maritime Law Cases?

May 14, 2015

Our cruise lawyers here at LMAW have come to learn that Princess Cruises will be basing its newest ship out of China. The yet unnamed ship is currently under construction. It will be homeported in Shanghai and will debut in 2017, specifically serving the Chinese market. This is understandable, as Chinese tourism has been growing in recent years and cruise lines want to get in on the action. As the first of Princess’ vessels to be specifically designed for Chinese passengers, the ship will offer an array of innovations tailored to the Chinese market, including cultural cuisine selections and specially-designed... Read Article

4 Important Factors to Consider Before Going on a Cruise Ship FlowRider

May 13, 2015

FlowRiders are among the many available ship board activities, particular to Royal Caribbean ships. The cruise line features these surfing simulators on several of their vessels and while they are an appealing feature to many passengers, given a recent alleged accident involving a FlowRider aboard the Independence of the Seas, our cruise attorneys here at LMAW think it prudent to advise potential cruisers of the risks associated with taking a ride aboard these simulators. Here, we highlight four important factors to consider before you make the decision to attempt a FlowRider. Evaluate your surfing experience. A FlowRider, is, in essence,... Read Article

Several Major Cruise Lines Cancel Port Calls in Puerto Vallarta Due to Violence in the Area

May 12, 2015

Though any cruise ship lawyer at our firm can tell you that there are times when cruise lines don’t take the necessary steps to prevent an accident at sea or in port, we are pleased to learn that a number of cruise lines have recently made what appears to be a very good decision in order to protect passenger and crew safety. In the wake of recent violence in Puerto Vallarta, several majorcruise lines have canceled port visits to the city, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line. Reports of civil unrest and criminal activity against local authorities... Read Article

Royal Caribbean Cruise Passenger Allegedly Injured on FlowRider

May 11, 2015

Gone are the days of good ole’ cruise travel, when the best part about cruising was the destinations that passengers would get to visit. These days, cruise travel is all about innovation and the latest and greatest gadgets and technology to keep the modern-day traveler inspired. Hop aboard any of the newer cruise ships and you’ll find a slew of amenities that will leave you in awe. From zip lines to robot bartenders, it seems like cruise lines are definitely not running short of inspirational ideas to keep their passengers entertained while on the high seas. Among the many amenities... Read Article

What is the Difference Between a Maritime Lawyer and a Personal Injury Lawyer?

May 7, 2015

If you’ve been injured at sea while boating or as the result of a cruise ship accident and are in the process of seeking legal representation, you may be wondering whether you should consult with a maritime lawyer or whether working with a personal injury attorney will be sufficient. This is a critical decision to make, as it can affect the way your case is litigated, negotiated, and ultimately settled. It’s important to understand what each practice area entails before choosing legal representation. Though both maritime and personal injury lawyers represent injured persons, a maritime accident attorney specializes in maritime... Read Article

Coast Guard Releases List of Top Cruise Ship Safety Failures of 2014

May 5, 2015

Our cruise ship accident lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. often talk about the many faux pas of the cruising industry, including the all-too-often failure of cruise lines to maintain their ships in a safe condition, as well as the inability of many cruise lines to practice safe maritime protocols. Unfortunately, the general public sees only a glimpse of what really happens behind closed doors that leads to a tragedy, and usually only after a major accident has occurred. Now, we’re learning the shocking extent of cruise lines’ negligent practices from a Coast Guard report – and... Read Article

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