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What’s Going on in the Bahamas? Another Crime Warning Could Spell Disaster for Cruise Lines

November 4, 2014

Thinking about cruising to the Bahamas? Well, you might want to rethink that decision after hearing about the latest travel warning that’s been issued. Any maritime lawyer can tell you that some of the ports cruise lines call on are not what you’d call the model of safety. We’ve often discussed how certain destinations in the Caribbean have been wrought with crime and have posed a danger not only for cruise passengers, but for crew members as well. One of these ports is the Bahamas. For years, the U.S. government has been trying to alert potential travelers as to the... Read Article

Wishing You a Happy and Safe Halloween – at Sea or on Land!

October 31, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to get dressed up and hunt for candy. Time to enjoy friendly tricks for treats. It’s Halloween and there’s plenty of fun to be had, whether you are young or young at heart. Some of us will be spending the holiday with our kids while some of us may decide to attend a ghoulish party or two. And then there are those of us who will be celebrating Halloween aboard a cruise ship. And, for those of us who have elected to spend the holiday on a ship, you’re in for quite the... Read Article

How to Stay Safe While on a Caribbean Cruise: Tips from an Experienced Maritime Attorney

September 25, 2014

In our last blog, our maritime attorney discussed some of the ways Caribbean cruises can pose threats for cruise passengers. Many destinations in the Caribbean, especially the Bahamas, Honduras, and Belize, are wrought with danger and skyrocketing crime rates. But while it’s impossible to completely eliminate these hazards, there are a few things cruisers can do to reduce their chances of becoming the victims of a crime while on a cruise to the Caribbean – or any foreign destination in general. One way to stay as safe as possible in foreign ports is to avoid areas that are very far... Read Article

The Hidden Dangers of the Caribbean: Our Offshore Injury Lawyer Tells All

September 24, 2014

The Caribbean has long been one of the most popular cruise destinations, and for good reason. The allure of basking beneath the warm sun, swimming with dolphins, or just kicking back with a cocktail beneath a swaying palm is not something anyone can easily deny. But as any offshore injury lawyer at our firm can tell you, even the Caribbean, with all its splendor and promise of adventure, can pose a threat to cruise travelers. Both journeys to the Caribbean aboard a cruise ship and experiences ashore can be dangerous for several reasons. On board a ship, accidents and crimes... Read Article

One Year Later: Senate Committee to Reconvene over Continued Lack of Safety within Cruise Industry (Part 2)

July 18, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed how the continued lack of safety within the cruise industry has prompted Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller to host several Senate Committee hearings on the issue. Despite the advances in surveillance and accident detection technology and the number of incidents that have occurred within the cruise industry, including injuries, assaults, thefts, and death, the cruise industry doesn’t seem to be taking the necessary procedures to ensure optimal safety for passengers on board. The continued increase in cruise crime and accident statistics has led the senator to propose another hearing to discuss... Read Article

One Year Later: Senate Committee to Reconvene over Continued Lack of Safety within Cruise Industry (Part 1)

July 17, 2014

Last year around this time, the cruise industry was receiving a lot of negative attention following the Carnival Triumph fire in February, 2013, the Costa Concordia crash in January, 2012, and not to mention, a host of other cruise ship accidents and crimes. Though the cruise industry has never been 100 percent free of turmoil, the past few years have been wrought with an uncharacteristically large number of incidents involving passenger injuries, sexual assaults, overboard accidents, and deaths, along with several accounts of mechanical malfunctions, cruise operator negligence and crew member misconduct. And while the cruise industry claimed several times... Read Article

Another Violent Crime Reported in Roatan Island – What this Means for Guests Considering a Cruise Vacation (Part 2)

July 15, 2014

In our last blog, we discussed the escalating crime rate in one of the most popular cruise destinations, Honduras. Though several Caribbean ports frequented by cruise lines suffer from high crime rates, it appears as though the situation in Honduras is reaching a critical level. Even the US Department of State has issued warnings on the dangers of this nation, explaining how violent crime has increased drastically and advising visitors to exercise extreme caution while in port, remaining aware of their surroundings at all times. Though crime rates are escalating, the warning states that “…the Government of Honduras lacks the... Read Article

Another Violent Crime Reported in Roatan Island – What this Means for Guests Considering a Cruise Vacation (Part 1)

July 14, 2014

Cruising should be a relaxing venture. One where guests can take a break from the stress of everyday life and enjoy their vacation doing as much – or as little – as they like. But while many travelers book cruise vacations in the hopes of unwinding and exploring new destinations, the unfortunate reality is that cruising these days can often be far from enjoyable. Though we wish it weren’t so, every maritime attorney at our firm can tell you nightmarish stories of what really goes on behind closed doors aboard a cruise ship. Despite the fact that technology has improved... Read Article

World’s Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations

May 2, 2014

Cruise ship vacations are supposed to be fun…right? No one really thinks twice about what could possibly go wrong onboard a ship or at a foreign port when they are on vacation. After all, the purpose of a vacation is to kick back and relax. Once travelers board a ship and get a whiff of that party, care-free atmosphere, all their fears – if there even were any – start to fade away. But unfortunately, it’s not so easy to forget the dangers and focus solely the fun. Many of the foreign ports that are frequented by cruise lines are... Read Article

Bahamas Celebration Cruise Ship Crew Member Caught Smuggling Drugs into Palm Beach County

March 26, 2014

While true that as of late Maritime authorities have been focusing on the increasing number of cruise ship accidents that have taken place in the past few years, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) even called a two-day forum to address the issue of cruise ship safety, the maritime lawyers at our firm fail to see how crimes committed by crewmembers is not a factor that should be taken into account when discussing cruise ship safety overall. According to a West Palm Beach news source, a 30-year-old crew member aboard the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship has been caught smuggling... Read Article

Crew Members, Beware of Australian Cruise Ship Scam

October 3, 2013

Cruise lines have been in the news lately given the higher-than-usual number of accidents on the high seas and in port, but a recent revelation has our cruise lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. wondering if the industry will ever get out of the spotlight. The Australian government is warning Namibian residents who have considered applying for a crew member position on a cruise ship to be wary following a new scam that has been circulating the country pertaining to cruise ship work. The government is warning applicants to double check any information they may have received... Read Article

Drama in the Bahamas Continues Over Carnival Cruise Ship Crime Warnings

September 17, 2013

We have handled, and are currently handling, far too many cases where passengers have been robbed, raped or sexually assault in foreign ports of call.  Thus, just days ago, the cruise lawyers at our firm were thrilled to learn that Carnival Cruise Line had taken a step in the right direction, offering guests a letter warning of potential dangers prior to disembarking in Bahamian ports. Crime rates in the Bahamas have skyrocketed as of late, especially in Nassau, but the islands remain a popular spot for cruise travelers. Taking decisive action, Carnival wants to warn all of its guests to... Read Article

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