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Celebrity Cruises Appoints First U.S. Female Cruise Captain

July 17, 2015

Celebrity Cruises made maritime history this week when it announced the appointment of Kate McCue as the master of Celebrity Summit, the cruise industry’s first American female captain. The 37-year-old and 15-year veteran of Celebrity’s sister line, Royal Caribbean, will take the helm of the 91,000-ton ship in August. Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD certainly has a penchant for breaking records. The news of McCue’s appointment comes just seven months after Celebrity named its first female president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, and eight years after Royal Caribbean appointed the industry’s first ever female cruise ship captain, Swedish mariner Karin Stahre-Janson, as... Read Article

Holland America Safety Protocols Questioned Following Cruise Passenger Disappearance

July 13, 2015

Just weeks after eight Holland America cruise passengers and a pilot were killed in a floatplane shore excursion accident in Alaska, Holland America is in the news again. This time, it’s due to a passenger being reported missing. While the circumstances surrounding these two tragedies vary greatly, both incidents make our cruise ship accident lawyers question whether Holland America is taking the safety of its passengers as seriously as it should. According to Holland America, a 64-year-old man who was sailing aboard the Statendam ship on an Alaska cruise was reported missing when the vessel docked in Seattle on Monday... Read Article

8 Cruise Passengers and Pilot Killed in Ketchikan Floatplane Shore Excursion Accident

June 26, 2015

Our cruise ship accident attorneys often talk about the dangers that shore excursions can pose, due to the fact that cruise lines partner with outside tour operators, whose safety standards may be subpar. Many times, tour operators fail to properly maintain equipment, while other times, excursions are run by inexperienced guides. There are many factors that can contribute to a shore excursion accident, but no one ever imagines they will be hurt or lose a loved one while on a tour that’s intended to be fun. Sadly, the unthinkable has happened in Alaska. Nine people were killed after the floatplane... Read Article

The Truth About Cruise Shore Excursions

June 24, 2015

If you’re in the process of planning a cruise, you are probably also considering booking one of the many shore excursions that cruises offer. Shore excursions provide cruise passengers the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a port of call. From sightseeing tours that visit historical landmarks to exotic jungle treks and adventurous zip lines, shore excursions offer many thrilling opportunities for travelers. Unfortunately, cruises often work with outside providers when offering shore excursions, and the safety standards and quality of tours can vary significantly from port to port and even from excursion to excursion. Passengers should always... Read Article

Yangtze Cruise Accident Raises Maritime Safety Concerns

June 9, 2015

It’s been over a week since the Chinese cruise ship Eastern Star capsized on the Yangtze River after overturning during a cyclone, and yet, the loved ones of those who are still unaccounted for are still hoping for a miracle. The passenger vessel was sailing from Nanjing to Chongqing when it encountered hazardous weather conditions on Monday, June 1, near Jingzhou, causing the ship to overturn and ultimately capsize. A total of 456 people were on board (including passengers and crew), and as of today, only 14 people were found to have survived. The ship was turned upright last Friday.... Read Article

Over 400 Feared Dead in Chinese Cruise Accident

June 3, 2015

Our cruise ship accident lawyers have come to learn of a recent tragedy that is being referred to as China’s worst maritime disaster in over 70 years. On Monday night, the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp.-owned MV Dong Fang Zhi Xing cruise ship (translated as “Eastern Star” or “Oriental Star”) capsized on the Yangtze River near Jingzhou during a bad storm. According to a Huffington Post news report, the vessel, only 251 feet long and four decks tall, was carrying 456 passengers and crew members on a chartered river sailing from Nanjing to Chongqing when the accident occurred. Thus far, only about... Read Article

3 Popular Cruise Ship Activities that Require Passengers to Sign Waivers

May 27, 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

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

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

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

Staying Safe at Sea: 3 Things to Do Before Your Leave on Your Next Cruise Vacation

April 10, 2015

Your long-awaited for cruise vacation is quickly approaching. Like any traveler, you’re likely planning what you’re going to bring aboard, what you’re going to wear, and are making sure that you have the right camera on hand to take those perfect vacation selfies. But while it may be easy to get caught up in the excitement of an upcoming getaway, many cruise passengers often overlook important practical preparations that could keep them safe in the event of an emergency on the high seas. That being said, our cruise ship accident attorneys here at LMAW have put together an easy pre-departure... Read Article

Vanuatu’s Port Vila to Open Again After Cyclone Pam: But is it Safe for Cruisers?

April 6, 2015

Cyclone Pam caused serious damage to Vanuatu’s Port Vila in Mid-March. Yet, thanks to the efforts of donors, Port Vila will re-open to tourists this week. Since the hurricane, cruise ships that have been visiting the island nation have not allowed passengers to disembark, but rather, have used the opportunity to ship much needed supplies to the people of Port Vila. Starting this week, tourists will be able to disembark. Yet, our cruise ship accident lawyers here at LMAW can’t help but wonder if the port is really safe for tourists, especially cruisers. Carnival Cruise Line representatives claim to have... Read Article

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