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 Danielle and Brant Aymond embarked on their honeymoon to Honduras aboard the Norwegian Pearl, they had high hopes for what the journey would bring. Unfortunately, the trip became a painful nightmare, when Brant sliced open his foot on the coral reef and the cruise doctor sutured his foot–leaving pieces of the reef inside. Brant required emergency surgery to save his foot after the wound became infected. Now the couple is speaking out about the issue of insufficient standards for cruise medical professionals.
It is never anyone’s desire to fall seriously ill or become injured while enjoying their cruise vacation. However, there are some things that happen when you least expect them, and when they do, you should be able to rest assured that you are never far from a medevac team. This week, a 62-year-old woman was medevaced from the Norwegian Breakaway as a result of internal bleeding. The rescue was smooth, thanks to cooperation between the cruise staff and the Coast Guard.
This week has been one of repeated tragedy for Carnival Cruise Lines. After a woman aboard the Carnival Elation fell two floors to her death, we have now learned that another woman, 44-year-old Juwanna Brooks, has fallen overboard the Carnival Triumph. The woman was sailing with her husband on a five-day trip to Cozumel, Mexico. She has not yet been found.
Unfortunately, death at sea is not as uncommon as you might hope. Although not the most common incident to take place aboard a cruise, the cases of cruise passengers falling to their death are growing in number. Late last week, a woman aboard the Carnival Elation fell two floors, from her 14th floor balcony to her death on the 11th floor deck below. Investigators were immediately called onto the scene, but the cause of her fall is still unknown.
No one ever expects to require serious medical attention while enjoying their cruise. However, when this happens, you want to know that the medical professionals on board will be competent enough to handle your concerns. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. This week, a woman aboard the Norwegian Jewel was transported to shore due to a serious illness that required immediate attention.
Late in December, concerns were raised over the safety of shore excursions after a tour bus crash in Mexico left many dead and many more wounded. Now, a second shore excursion incident has occurred. In this latest accident, a tour boat carrying cruise passengers to a dive site off the coast of Mexico sank just moments after arriving at the site. Fortunately, all 10 passengers were rescued and brought to safety.
When a storm is projected to interfere with a cruise line’s itinerary, most people would assume that the cruise line would re-route the ship in order to keep passengers and crewmembers out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, this was not the case with the Norwegian Breakaway, which spent two days sailing directly through winter storm Grayson. Conditions aboard the ship were dire, with many wondering if they would make it to dry land.
When you set out on your cruise vacation, the last thing you want is to require serious medical attention that necessitates an airlift rescue. However, that is exactly what happened to one woman late last month who was airlifted from the Vision of the Seas after displaying signs of internal bleeding.
When you set out on a cruise, you expect that your cruise line will keep you safe, from beginning to end. Unfortunately, there are far too many times when human error leads to accident or injury on the water. Just this week, 25 individuals were injured on a river cruise in Germany, when the vessel collided with the pillar of a bridge.
Setting out on a shore excursion should be an exciting and most importantly, safe, experience. However, things can quickly go awry, leaving passengers unsure of where to turn. This week, a shore excursion bus traveling to the Mayan ruins crashed. The incident, which appears to have not involved any other vehicles, killed 12 and injured almost 20.
Setting out on a cruise should be an exciting and stress-free time! And in can be, when you keep a few safety tips in the back of your mind. Our maritime lawyers offer a few reminders, before you set sail.
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.