Drug traffickers often look to cruise ships when attempting to subvert customs officials. However, the authorities are becoming increasingly skilled at detecting drugs and other illegal substances. This week, a 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with smuggling 24 kg of cocaine into New Zealand. This is one of the largest drug busts of its kind.
Last week, two Royal Caribbean cruises were afflicted with a norovirus that left hundreds of passengers in a compromised state of health. While viruses are a concern, accident and injury at sea are also a problem, especially when so many cruise lines would prefer to shirk responsibility for the role they played in harming their passengers or crewmembers.
Are you planning a cruise in 2018? Are you a frequent cruiser who is curious as to the trends that could dominate the industry next year? If you answered yes to either or both of those questions, then look no further. We have the inside scoop on what to expect, as well as a few tips for keeping yourself safe while at sea.
The case of Kenneth Manzanares, the Utah man charged with killing his wife Kristy aboard the Emerald Princess this summer has gripped headlines for months. This week, a judge ordered the trial’s start date to be pushed from April 23, 2018 to November 5, 2018 due to the complex nature of the case.
This summer, Princess Cruises was cast into the spotlight when a Utah man was charged with killing his wife aboard the Emerald Princess, while she ship sailed off the coast of Alaska. In the latest update, the U.S. attorney’s office announced that Kenneth Manzanares will not face the death penalty. His jury trial is scheduled to begin April 23, 2018.
For most, heading out on a cruise vacation is meant to be a memorable and exciting experience! And while that is certainly the case for many, there are some at sea with more sinister motives. Drug smuggling is more common on cruises than anyone would like. But, as a recent court sentence reveals, it is not an action that goes unpunished.
For many, the thought of a cruise vacation brings to mind visions of blue skies and fresh sea breezes. Unfortunately, that is simply not the reality. A recent undercover investigation revealed just how polluted air on deck really is.
The last thing you want is for one of your children to become injured or worse, during your cruise vacation. Although there are some incidents that may be unavoidable, our maritime lawyers recommend a few tips to keep your children safe and out of harm’s way while you are at sea.
In recent years, retiring at sea has become an increasingly popular option. Although it may sound like an idyllic way to enjoy the rest of your days, it’s important not to get carried away by the fantasy. We’re here to explain what you need to consider, before abandoning life on land for good.
As maritime lawyers, we know first-hand that cruise companies do not always have the best interest of their passengers and crewmembers at heart. However, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, three of the largest cruise companies are stepping up to lend a hand. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have all committed to assisting with rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria has left many communities across the Caribbean and southern United States struggling to rebuild. In the wake of these natural disasters, the cruise industry has stepped up to lend a helping hand; offering humanitarian aid in many forms as the rebuilding process gets underway.
Although Hurricane Irma may have passed, the destruction left in her wake has created what could be months of rebuilding across the Caribbean and the southern United States. As a result, cruise lines such as Carnival are rerouting itineraries for cruises setting out as early as this week.
Hurricane Irma impacted every sector of society. With this magnitude of storm, even the cruise industry could not sneak by unscathed. As ports slowly begin to reopen along the Florida coast, and the damage is assessed, many major cruise lines are choosing to delay or cancel their scheduled trips.
In the wake of a hurricane, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Especially after the destruction left by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, many thousands of individuals are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. This week, Royal Caribbean announced that it would be sending two of its ships to assist with evacuation and aid efforts in the Caribbean. The company is also prepared to assist in Florida, once the extent of the damage is known.
In preparation for Hurricane Irma’s arrival in the U.S., many cruise lines made the decision to stop in PortMiami ahead of schedule to drop off passengers. However, these passengers soon discovered that leaving Florida would be more difficult than they imagined.