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AIDA Operators Brush Off News of Cruise Ship Getting Hit with Missile Debris Near Israel; Our Maritime Attorney Comments

August 12, 2014

Last week, our maritime law firm discussed the increasing tensions in the Middle East and how cruise lines might soon need to modify itineraries – if not drop all port calls in Israel – if the conflict over the Gaza Strip continues. Israel and Palestine have been in a state of unrest over the rights to the Gaza Strip for years, but recently, the conflict has become aggressive once more, with both countries exchanging threats and attacks. There is a huge risk that a cruise ship sailing near the area – which many frequently do – will become a casualty... Read Article

Is the Cruise Ship Accident Rate Really Increasing? (Part 3)

July 27, 2014

As we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of our blog series, cruise ship accidents have seemed to occur with greater frequency lately, but it’s not necessarily because a greater number of accidents are happening. It only appears that way because cruise ship accident and crime reporting has become much more transparent in recent times – something that was propagated by the Costa Concordia capsizing tragedy in 2012. When the Concordia accident brought to light that cruise lines were not disclosing full information on accidents, were not doing everything within their power to protect passengers from harm, and were... Read Article

Is the Cruise Ship Accident Rate Really Increasing? (Part 2)

July 26, 2014

In Part 1 of our three-part blog series, we discussed a pressing matter that’s been on the minds of several people lately, including each admiralty lawyer at our firm – cruise ship accidents. Though the cruise industry has never been entirely free of accidents, as no industry can ever truly be, it seems to many that the number of accidents involving cruise ships is increasing at an alarming rate. Nearly every week, we hear about a cruise ship that experienced mechanical issues or crashed or had a passenger suffer an injury, or even a combination of all the above. And... Read Article

Is the Cruise Ship Accident Rate Really Increasing? (Part 1)

July 25, 2014

These days, it’s hard to turn on the TV or read a newspaper without hearing about a tragic accident involving a cruise ship. Whether it’s a mechanical issue or Norovirus outbreak, cruise lines seem to be constantly plagued with issues related to maritime safety – or as it would appear, a lack thereof.  As any maritime attorney at our firm can tell you, the cruise industry has never been 100 percent accident free, but it’s hard to ignore the surge of incidents that have been occurring in recent years. But what exactly is contributing to all these accidents at sea?... 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

Costa Deliziosa Power Outage Highlights Continued Lack of Cruise Ship Safety – Part 2

May 28, 2014

Are cruise ships safe? That’s a question each maritime injury lawyer at our firm is often asked. As a general rule, the answer is yes, cruises are safe! Cruising is one of the most popular – and convenient – ways to travel for a host of reasons. But unfortunately people have come to have false expectations regarding cruise safety. Most people think: Not only do you have everything you could possibly need at your fingertips, including food, alcohol and entertainment, but you also don’t have to worry about transportation to and from a hotel to a site or driving intoxicated,... Read Article

Costa Deliziosa Power Outage Highlights Continued Lack of Cruise Ship Safety – Part 1

May 27, 2014

It’s been over two years since the Costa Concordia capsized near the coast of Giglio, Italy, leaving 32 people dead and hundreds injured. The Concordia tragedy will forever go down in history as one of the pivotal moments in cruise industry history because it brought to light a very real, but once very concealed reality – the fact that cruise lines don’t always follow maritime safety regulations. The Concordia capsized because of one man’s decision (and his company allowing the decision to occur) to go against the ship’s planned itinerary, Capt. Francesco Schettino. Schettino made a last minute decision to... Read Article

Cruise Lines Continue to Ignore Need for Trained Lifeguards – Part 2

May 20, 2014

In Part 1 of our blog, our cruise lawyers discussed the ever-growing, yet ever-ignored need for trained lifeguards onboard cruise ships. We talked about how an Orlando-based news station reported on the staggering number of children who have fallen prey to drowning and near-drowning accidents onboard cruise ships, including Qwentyn Hunter, a six-year-old boy who died after drowning in a Carnival Cruise Line pool last year. Qwentyn was one of four children who died last year after drowning in cruise ship pools. But despite these horrific statistics – and truth be told just one child drowning death is appalling enough... Read Article

Cruise Lines Continue to Ignore Need for Trained Lifeguards – Part 1

May 19, 2014

It’s an issue our cruise lawyers have discussed time and time again, yet one which has yet to be addressed. An issue that is widespread in the cruise industry, but one which perpetually gets ignored. Lifeguards – or lack thereof. Though one might imagine that all cruise ships should employ trained lifeguards, seeing as the nature of a cruise vacation centers around water, the dire truth is that only a handful of cruise ships actually do. Believe it or not, cruise passenger drownings are more common than anyone might think. And these drowning aren’t happening due to overboard accidents; they... Read Article

What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Medical Facilities – Part 2

May 14, 2014

In Part 1 of What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Medical Facilities, we presented a very frightening, but very possible scenario involving a cruise passenger who went into anaphylaxis after consuming an alcoholic beverage with a nut ingredient. The passenger was not informed of the ingredients in the drink prior to consuming the cocktail, and began experiencing an extreme allergic reaction a few minutes out. Though the passenger, who was well aware of their allergies, came equipped with an epinephrine pen (EpiPen) in case of emergencies, it was left behind as the victim relaxed on the Lido deck. After... Read Article

What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Medical Facilities – Part 1

May 13, 2014

Let’s pretend you’re right in the middle of sailing the high seas on an exciting cruise vacation. You’re out on the Lido deck, working on your tan and sipping on an unidentified, yet oh so tasty tropical cocktail your server referred to as the “Signature Drink of the Day”. A smile begins to sweep across your face as the rhythmic sounds of Calypso music play in the background. Taking a deep breath, you lay back and close your eyes, letting the cool salty breeze drift you into pure bliss. But just as quickly as you slipped into relaxation mode, your... Read Article

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