Cruise Ship Accidents

Azamara Cruise Ship Evades Suspected Pirate Ships


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Our cruise accident lawyers have seen our fair share of strange incidents on the high seas, and recently, a cruise line nearly had a brush with danger as it tried to evade what it believed were pirates following the vessel.

According to authorities, the Azamara Journey was forced to take “evasive” action November 23 when the ship’s crewmembers noticed several small boats approaching the ship as the vessel was sailing off the coast of Oman. Cynthia Martinez, director of Global Corporate Communications for Azamara’s parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., commented on the situation and commended the vessel’s captain for taking evasive measures to protect those onboard the ship from harm.

“In an abundance of caution, the Captain took precautionary measures, which included asking that guests move to the interior areas of the ship, as well as evasive maneuvers,” said Martinez.

After about 15 minutes, the small boats ceased their alleged pursuit of the ship and the Journey resumed its scheduled itinerary and onboard activities, said Martinez. However, she would not explain what evasive maneuvers the captain specifically took to avoid the supposed pirate vessels. An Oman-based English language newspaper called the Muscat Daily reported on the incident and stated that the cruise ship was “aggressively approached” by suspected pirates skiffs on November 23 and fired at least three warning flares at the vessels.

Azamara authorities could not confirm if the fire flares were fired, but Martinez said Azamara ships take “certain precautions and additional preparations, including extra lookouts in place around the ship,” when sailing near the Gulf of Aden.

“Our crew members, security teams and procedures are capable of responding to a wide variety of challenges, and we are always well-prepared for our passages through the Gulf of Aden,” explained Martinez.

Azamara Journey departed from Athens on November 14 and is scheduled to arrive in India on November 29 – pirate free.

While the captain of the cruise ship took precautions to protect passengers and crewmembers from harm, there are times in which accidents at sea take place and cruise operators do not act quickly enough to prevent injuries or crimes. Anyone who has been hurt, robbed or fallen ill aboard a cruise ship may be entitled to receive compensation for their pain and suffering, and our cruise accident lawyers are here to help.

For over four decades, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has been protecting the rights of cruise ship accident victims. If you or someone you know was involved in any kind of incident at sea or in port, turn to our attorneys for legal counsel and let us put our expertise to work for you. Call our firm today to schedule a consultation and determine your viable options in filing a case.


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