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.
No one ever goes on a cruise expecting to need medevac assistance. However, when a medical condition exceeds what the medical staff aboard a cruise can handle, this is a necessary step. This week, a 70-year-old man required a medevac, as his condition necessitated surgery and a CT scan.
Going on a luxury, around-the-world cruise should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, for ships sailing through the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, the threat of pirate activity is very real. As a result, cruise lines often practice pirate drills and require night time blackouts in the name of guest and crewmember safety. Although it can be an inconvenience, the threat of an attack justifies this precaution.
When you set out on a family friendly cruise, you expect that it will indeed be safe and enjoyable for the entire family. However, if the cruise ship is not built with all ages in mind, your vacation can quickly take a turn for the worst. This week, a 3-year-old girl fell from the balcony of her stateroom, onto the outdoor deck below, giving rise to the question of whether the balconies were made with the safety of all passengers in mind.
No one goes on vacation with the intention of suffering an accident or injury. However, unexpected events like can happen when you least expect them, transforming your vacation from idyllic to chaotic. This week, a woman aboard Carnival Valor experienced this, when she suffered a head injury that required medevac assistance.
It is never fun to miss out on a highly anticipated vacation. After all, it is likely that you have been looking forward to this experience for a long time, and have high expectations for what it will entail. However, when you have a medical emergency, it is important that your health becomes your first priority, even if it means missing out on the rest of your trip. A story out of New Jersey reminds us of this.
Cruises are meant to create memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, when an accident or injury occurs aboard the ship, those memories may be tainted by an unpleasant reality. This week, a tragedy occurred aboard the Emerald Princess when a 39-year-old woman was found dead after a reported domestic dispute.
The conversation surrounding the need for cruise pool lifeguards has gone on for years. This year, many major cruise lines pledged to add lifeguards to their ships to increase passenger safety. Carnival is yet to do so. However, they may be rethinking their position, thanks to a daredevil stunt performed aboard one of their lifeguard-less ships.
Most people would agree that a cruise ship moves slowly and gracefully through the water. However, you should keep in mind that a cruise is not slow enough for any human to catch up with by swimming. Yet, that is exactly what one woman attempted to do.
No one sets out on a cruise with the intention of needing emergency medical assistance. However, accident and injury happen far more often than anyone would like. This week, a 56-year-old woman was medevaced from her cruise as it sailed off of the coast of Cape Cod.