Cruise Ship Accidents

Carnival Valor, First Ship to Dock in Grand Bahama After Hurrican Matthew


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Carnival ValorWhen we think about cruise ships, we often think about the vessel itself. What with all of the innovative and luxurious accommodations on board, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that this ship does not in fact exist in a vacuum. On the contrary, a cruise ship is just one piece of your cruise vacation. And, when you get right down to it, a ship would be nothing without a port.

Cruise ports are vital to the smooth disembarking and boarding of passengers, at every stop along the way. So if a port has been damaged or otherwise put out of service, the cruise itinerary will have to change.

Many ports in the Caribbean were devastated in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which blew through the Bahamas on October 7th. Now, a little over a month later, we have reports that the first cruise ship has returned.

In early November, Grand Bahama welcomed the Carnival Valor, the first cruise ship to return since Hurricane Matthew left the island in shambles. The category 4 storm wrecked havoc on infrastructure and individuals. But, thanks to a concerted effort to get back to business as usual, it seems the situation is improving.

At the helm of the rebuilding efforts were the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Emera, Sanitation Services, and many others. Together, teams worked to ensure that the island could be back in working order as quickly as possible. As the cruise ship industry is vital to the economy of the island, it was especially important to make sure that revenue began to flow back in, with as little interruption as possible.

As a maritime law firm, we report on many cases that are less than uplifting. So, we are always pleased to be able to offer good news. The re-opening of Grand Bahama is major news, as the island can begin to reap the benefits of the cruise tourism industry once more. The work that they put into re-opening the port shows a dedication to the cruise industry and an impressive commitment that should not go unnoticed. Moving forward, we have no doubt that cruise passengers will enjoy spending time in this beautiful destination.

Although the port is new, there is still the potential for accidents and injuries to occur. Thus, we want to take this opportunity to remind passengers and crewmembers alike to be aware of their surroundings at all times. While it’s easy to be swept away by the excitement of a vacation experience, it’s never a good idea to become too enthralled and lose track of your safety.

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That said, we understand that accidents can happen when you least expect them. And, despite your best efforts, you or a loved one may become injured during your cruise. If that’s the case, then know that a maritime attorney can help.

Our team is experienced in handling cases against many major cruise lines. So if the cruise line is at fault, we will fight for you to make sure you get what you deserve. Have questions about your case? Feel free to contact us. We’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story, and help you decide the best way to move forward.

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