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.
When you book a cruise, you never know what kind of weather you will get. If you happen to book your cruise during prime Hurricane season, then there is a risk your plans could get cancelled. This week, many major cruise lines are prioritizing passenger safety and rerouting or cancelling cruises due to Hurricane Irma.
It is very rare to hear of someone deserting a cruise. After all, these are intended to be ideal places for relaxation and ease. However, that may not always be the case. And for three former cruise crewmembers, the opportunity to start a new life in the U.S. may have been all the motivation they needed to desert their positions aboard cruise ships, while those ships were docked in U.S. ports.
When you sail through the beautiful waters of Alaska, you are likely expecting to see impressive glaciers and gorgeous landscapes. What you may not be expecting is to see a dead whale attached to the bow of the ship. However, that is exactly what happened this week aboard the Grand Princess.
Drug smuggling aboard cruise ships happens more often than anyone would like. Just this week, the leader of a drug trafficking operation was sentenced to federal prison. He used cruise employees to bring cocaine from Honduras into the U.S.
When you set out on a cruise, the last thing you want is to discover that your itinerary has been changed. Unfortunately, when dangerous weather conditions arise, the best option for a cruise line is to make last minute changes in order to keep everyone safe. That is exactly what happened this week on two Carnival ships, due to Tropical Storm Don.
In a recent study, cruise air pollution comes under scrutiny for causing potential danger to the health of humans and the environment. Fortunately, the organization Friends of the Earth creates a cruise report card every year, so you can see how your cruise measures up.
If you have had the luxury of enjoying the Ritz-Carlton accommodations on land, then you are no stranger to the world-class feeling the company provides. Recently, fans of the brand received a surprise, when the company announced plans to launch a cruise line in 2019!