No one ever sets out on a cruise vacation expecting to fall seriously ill or experience a major health concern. However, that happens far more often than anyone would like. This week, a 71-year-old man was suffering acute respiratory distress aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. He was medevaced to the nearest hospital where he was last listed in stable condition.
Before you set out on your cruise this winter, you’ll want to make sure you fully understand what you are getting yourself into. Make sure to read the fine print of your ticket and do your research on cruise medical staff before you depart. And if you should suffer accident or injury at sea, LMAW, P.A. is here to help.
In recent years, it seems that the need for emergency medical evacuation from cruise ships has remained consistent. This week, not one, but two men were evacuated from the Coral Princess for injuries caused by unrelated incidents. The men were taken to a nearby hospital where their current conditions are unknown.
Being stranded on a Caribbean island may sound like a dream. But for many passengers aboard the Norwegian Gem, it quickly became a nightmare. When the ship’s propulsion system malfunctioned, passengers were faced with multiple challenges as they made their way home.
For most people, the idea of a mutiny is straight out of a pirate movie! However, late last month, a passenger aboard a Costa ship staged a very real mutiny at sea, when several ports of call were cancelled due to health concerns.
No one ever sets out on a cruise with the expectation of requiring emergency medical attention. However, this was exactly the case for one man this week, who was suffering from appendicitis while on the Grandeur of the Seas. In an air-lift mission that required helicopters to provide extra fuel for the long journey, the man was successfully brought to the nearest hospital.
For most people, an accident or injury at sea is probably the last thing they want to experience. Unfortunately, these kinds of incidents–many of which are preventable–happen far more often than anyone would like. This week, an 87-year-old woman injured her hip and required medevac assistance.
No one goes on a cruise, intending to require emergency medical assistance. However, even the most seemingly prepared of passengers can wind up in a situation that justifies a medevac. This week, a 31-year-old man was airlifted from the Carnival Sunshine as it sailed off of the Atlantic coast of Florida.
It’s not everyday that a cruise ship is involved in a rescue operation. However, this week P&O’s Britannia made a slight detour in order to rescue 10 men who were stranded in their wooden ship, off of the coast of Spain. The captain explained he had a moral and legal responsibility to do what he could to help.
A cruise vacation should be safe and enjoyable for the entire family. Unfortunately, overboard accidents continue to happen at a startling rate. Just this weekend, an 8-year-old girl fell to her death aboard the Carnival Glory as it was docked in PortMiami. We send our deepest condolences to her family. Having handled roughly a half dozen overboard cases, our maritime attorneys explain.
When a hurricane is en route, you would expect a cruise company to have the best interest of its passengers at heart and make arrangements to delay or cancel the cruise. In the face of Hurricane Harvey, Royal Caribbean did none of that, endangering passengers and causing unnecessary hardship. A class action lawsuit has been filed to hold them accountable for their actions.
Despite two major hurricanes already impacting the United States, Atlantic hurricane season is far from over. Just this week, several cruise ships near Portland, Maine have been rerouted due to the rapidly approaching Hurricane Jose.
The Norwegian Escape was one ship that shuttled passengers out of the way of Hurricane Irma. For days, the ship docked in Cozumel as it waited for the storm to pass. Although an extended vacation may have sounded fun in the beginning. Passengers soon discovered that sometimes a longer cruise is not necessarily a better one.
You can control many things about your cruise vacation. However, the one thing you can’t control is the weather. So when a hurricane threatens to ruin your time away, you can only hope that your cruise ship will place your safety as a first priority. That is exactly what happened this week, when Hurricane Harvey prevented three Carnival ships from returning to Galveston, Texas.
Most of the time, when a medical emergency takes place aboard a cruise, a medevac is called in to airlift the passenger to a hospital on land. This allows the cruise to continue as scheduled, while still offering the ailing passenger the necessary attention. This week, however, a very serious situation required the entire ship to return to port.