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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

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

Ocean Safety Awareness in the Wake of Disney Wonder Cruise Passenger Drowning

March 3, 2015

The recent drowning of a 38-year-old Disney Wonder cruise passenger at Castaway Cay has demonstrated the dire need for increased safety across several maritime arenas. In our last blog, our cruise ship attorneys here at LMAW discussed how the drowning accident highlighted the need for cruise lines to start employing trained lifeguards, both on board a vessel and ashore at a cruise line-owned private island. Drowning accidents can happen to anyone, regardless of age, and in the blink of an eye. Reports suggested there were no lifeguards stationed at the adult beach, where this particular accident occurred – even though... Read Article

Why Wasn’t Cruise and Maritime Voyages Held Liable for the Death of an Elderly Cruise Passenger Aboard the MS March Polo ship?

February 27, 2015

Yesterday, the cruise injury lawyers at our firm reported on the anniversary of the tragic death of an elderly MS Marco Polo cruise passenger. The victim, 85-year-old James Swinstead, was killed after a huge rogue wave hit the side of the vessel, causing two windows in the ship’s restaurant to shatter. Swinstead was sitting with his wife next to the windows when they shattered, and the impact caused him to suffer a fractured skull and brain damage. He died instantly. Though the death was ruled an accident, an investigation into the matter revealed that there had been cracks in the... Read Article

One Year Later – Death of Cruise Passenger Following ‘Rogue’ Wave Hit Ruled an Accident

February 26, 2015

Our cruise attorneys here at LMAW have often talked about unexpected disasters that can strike at sea. Despite the fact that many maritime accidents are the result of poor judgment or reckless behavior, including speeding, operator inexperience, or alcohol consumption, some incidents are caused by Mother Nature. One of those is a rogue wave. A rogue wave is the name given to a wave that is out of proportion to the other waves around it, a huge wave (usually over twice the size of surrounding waves) that comes out of nowhere.  These waves are unexpected and can show up anywhere,... Read Article

What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Infirmary Care

February 17, 2015

There’s nothing worse than getting sick while on vacation. No one wants to spend long-awaited time off convalescing in bed. Yet, for cruise vacationers, getting sick on board a cruise can add a whole layer of unexpected and unwelcome trouble. Fortunately, for most cruise travelers, minor ailments like sea sickness and sun burns are the most common reasons why travelers visit the cruise infirmary. In fact, the top four reasons why travelers visit the cruise infirmary are: (1) bruises, (2) indigestion, (3) sea sickness, and (4) sun burns. The good news is that many of these issues don’t require a... Read Article

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