The New Year brings with it hopes of prosperity. For one cruise company, prosperity is the main goal next year, as the line has decided to expand. Alaskan Dream Cruises, a two-year-old Alaska-based cruise line, has announced it will introduce a third ship starting in 2013. But while this can lead to an increase in not only revenue for the company, but for Alaska as well, the addition of a new vessel isn’t always “smooth sailing.” Sometimes, with new ships, safety measures aren’t entirely in place, leading to accidents onboard. Furniture may not be adequately secured and crewmembers who may not be adjusted to the vessel, may make mistakes which can also lead to injuries onboard.
A cruise ship injury lawyer is often called on for assistance following the launch of new vessels for this reason. When passengers or crewmembers are hurt on a ship, they may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, and the line may be held liable for these damages. Speaking with an attorney after an accident takes place can mean the difference between walking away from the case empty handed, and coming out of the incident with the compensation victims deserve.
Accidents at sea and in port can take place at any moment, which is why passengers should always be prepared and mind their surroundings in order to avoid any mishaps. In the meantime, however, cruise enthusiasts should look to all the exciting features the new vessel will carry, while still remembering to stay safe.
According to the small-ship line, the 62-passenger Baranof Dream will begin offering cruises along with a new 11-day itinerary that will offer three departures in the summer. Alaska Dream said the new ship was added in order to accommodate to passenger growth last season and the ship’s itinerary was designed in response to passenger feedback asking for more sightseeing and wildlife-viewing opportunities as well as coastal explorations.
The new 11-day itinerary, called “Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Explorer,” is an expansion of the line’s existing eight-day itinerary, and features two additional days of exploration for guests in eastern Chichagof Island near Point Adolphus and eastern Baranof Island near Red Bluff Bay.
The cruise will set sail May 23, June 30 and Aug. 24 out of Sitka, calling at Juneau, the company’s exclusive Orca Point Lodge and Hobart Bay destinations, Skagway, Petersburg and Kake. It will return to Sitka, where it will be home ported. The company has announced that rates for the cruises will begin at $2,699.
Alaskan Dream was launched in 2011 by the Allen family, members of Alaska’s Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan. The company was one of several cruise lines offering small ships and cruises that focus on wildlife and nature.
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Published on December 27, 2012
Categories: Cruise Ship Injuries