When a hurricane hits, there is no telling what the impact will be. Despite forecast predictions, the only way to assess the damage is to wait until the storm has passed and then see what remains. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, hundreds of thousands of individuals across the Caribbean and southern United States are all facing the same question: “What happens next?”
For cruise lines, this question is especially relevant. Given the fact that many of the major cruise companies have home ports in Florida, and many more have ports of call throughout the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction that caused some serious re-routing and itinerary changes both in preparation for, and during the storm.
However, now that the storm has passed, the truer, more accurate assessments of the situation are being made. And, according to a recent report, it may take a bit longer for tourist destinations to be up and running than the cruise lines initially anticipated.
Grand Turk Not Yet Ready for Cruises
At the last minute, Carnival Cruise decided that it was best to continue to divert its ships away from Grand Turk. Earlier last week, the company anticipated that it might be possible to return to the port. However, on Friday, the company received news that island was not yet ready for the return of cruise ships.
This change of plans was just one of countless revisions for the cruise giant and many others, last week. Given the fact that Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean islands as a category 5 storm, experts say it could take months for rebuilding to be complete.
In the meantime, the cruise lines, which are once again up and running with vacations this week, must determine how best to reroute passengers in the afflicted area. Although it is fortunate that these passengers will get to enjoy their vacation, we know that this is not always the case. In the past, cruise lines have made decisions that have placed passengers and crewmembers in serious danger. This was exactly the situation with the Anthem of the Seas disaster of 2016 where the cruise company recklessly ignored weather reports and sailed into the path of a hurricane. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. successfully filed a class action on behalf of the passengers who were needlessly put in harms way.
Let LMAW, PA Help After the Storm
Fortunately, this time, it seems, the industry learned from the past in order to prevent another similar situation from unfolding. However, no solution is ever perfect, and there is still a chance that you may have been injured aboard your cruise. If this is the case and you feel that the cruise line is to blame, you should rest assured that Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help.
Every maritime lawyer on our team is experienced in handling cases against the major cruise lines. This means that we understand what it will take to get you the results you deserve, and we are committed to staying by your side until the very end.
No one should have to face an uphill legal battle on their own. So if you are seeking representation that you can trust, allow us to put our combined 100 years of experience in maritime law at your service. Simply contact us today to get started.