This week, a 50-year-old North Carolina man was reported missing from the Carnival Paradise. It is believed that he went overboard when the ship was 85 miles west of Ft. Myers, Florida. The Coast Guard is conducting a search.
This week, a 66-year-old cruise ship passenger sued Celebrity X Cruises for the severe burns he acquired on his feet while aboard a European cruise in 2014. The man, who suffered from pre-existing nerve damage, believes the ship could have done a better job of warning passengers as to the high temperatures of the deck.
Seeing the hallway aboard your cruise fill with water is not something anyone ever wants to witness. However, that is exactly what happened late last week, when a faulty fire suppression system caused one of the decks aboard the Carnival Dream to fill with water. The company quickly worked to resolve the matter, and all passengers and crew members are safe.
Although no one plans on becoming ill at sea, the unfortunate reality is that it happens more often than anyone would like. This week, a 71-year-old cruise passenger required emergency medical evacuation from the ship, due to alleged kidney failure. He was safely transported to shore and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
Late last week, a 24-year-old man aboard the Anthem of the Seas took his own life when he jumped overboard. This is the second intentional overboard accident this month, raising concerns over the safety of cruise ships and the potential need for mental health counseling at sea.
While many accidents and injuries at sea can be prevented, there are some situations when an extremely unexpected accident takes place. That is exactly what happened this week, when a woman was washed overboard the Pacific Dawn, into rough waters, as the ship sailed 150 nautical miles off the coast of New Caledonia. Due to dangerous weather conditions, other rescue teams were unable to help the cruise, forcing the ship’s crew to conduct their own search. After more than 12 hours, hopes faded and the efforts were called off.
While no one anticipates needing an emergency rescue out of paradise, that is exactly what happened this week, when a 70-year-old Australian woman was medevaced from her cruise as it sailed off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. The woman was experiencing severe abdominal pain. She was last reported in stable condition.
No one ever wants to experience a medevac ride from their cruise vacation. Especially as a child, there is probably nothing worse than having to leave the excitement of a cruise due to a medical emergency. However, that is exactly what happened this week, when a three-year-old boy had to be medevaced from the Norwegian Dawn with his mother, due to intestinal issues.
No one ever expects to find themselves in a health emergency at sea. However, for many, this is exactly what happens when their condition exceeds what is possible to be treated in a cruise ship infirmary. This week, a 76-year-old man suffered a stroke and possible internal bleeding while aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. He was medevaced to a hospital on shore, where his current condition is unknown.
Lately, violence aboard cruises has reached an all-time high. Every few days, it seems, there is another report of a brawl at sea. So it may come as no surprise that this month, another physical altercation broke out between two men aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. One of the men sustained serious facial injuries. His brother is now questioning the actions taken by the cruise line in the wake of the event.
This week, a female guest aboard the Norwegian Epic reportedly fell overboard while the ship sailed near the Bahamas. Fortunately, rescue teams found the woman and returned her to the ship, where she was reported in stable condition. However, this incident raises many questions regarding cruise ship safety, and what may have led to her fall.
Many people assume that their cruise line will always look out for their best interest. However, the unfortunate truth is that this is not always the case. A prime example of this is the recent tragic case of Joanna Kiln, a British national who died in Brazil after being medically evacuated from her cruise. Local medical professionals who treated Kiln say that the cruise line essentially abandoned her.
When you set out on a cruise vacation, the last thing you want is to find your carefree vacation disrupted by passengers who are looking for trouble. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened aboard the Carnival Legend, as it made a 10-day voyage through the South Pacific. Due to unreasonable violence, 23 passengers were removed early from the ship.
There is no arguing with the fact that the last thing anyone wants when they set out on their cruise is to require emergency transport to a hospital on land. However, these types of events are becoming more and more common, leading us to wonder how cruises could improve their safety and medical facilities to better address guests’ needs?
When you set out on a cruise, the last thing you want is to have your journey end early because of the behavior of other passengers. However, this is exactly what happened on the P&O Pacific Explorer when a group of passengers got into a fight while waiting to use the bathrooms. Some believe over-consumption of alcohol may be to blame.