Category: Maritime Matter of the Week

Second Canadian Involved in Major Cruise Drug Smuggling Appears in Court

Although most people set out on a cruise vacation to relax, it is not uncommon for drug rings to attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of illegal substances across borders, using the cruise as a cover for an otherwise normal vacation. As it turns out, this is not a foolproof plan, as a trio in 2016 discovered when they attempted to smuggle $16 million of cocaine into Sydney, Australia. This week, the second woman involved in the incident appeared in court for her sentencing hearing. She will receive her official sentence next week.

Carnival Investigates Security Personnel Involvement in Fights Aboard Carnival Legend

When you set out on a cruise, you expect that the security personnel aboard your ship are there to protect you. Unfortunately, in the wake of the violent episodes aboard the Carnival Legend, many are saying that this was not the case, with security using heavy-handed tactics that may have increased instead of mitigated the violence.

Lack of Cruise Line Accountability Potentially More Dangerous than Cruise Ship Illness

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.

Kenneth Manzanares, Charged With Killing Wife At Sea, Will Wait Longer for Trial

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.

Isabelle Lagace Sentenced to Almost Five Years in Prison for Smuggling Drugs Aboard the Sea Princess

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.

Poor Air Quality on P&O Cruises’ Oceana: What You Should Know

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.

How to Keep Your Children Safe at Sea: Maritime Lawyers Weigh In

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.

Thinking of Retiring At Sea? Think Again

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.

Cruises Respond to Humanitarian Crisis In Puerto Rico

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.

Cruise Lines Pitch In To Rebuild Caribbean After Hurricanes

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.

Major Cruise Lines Delay or Cancel Trips in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

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.

Royal Caribbean Sends Ships to Help With Evacuation and Aid After Hurricane Irma

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.

Hurricane Irma Threatens Cruise Ship Passenger Safety

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.

Man Sentenced to Prison for Using Cruise Employees to Help Smuggle Cocaine

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.

Carnival Cruises Change Itinerary in the Caribbean Due to Tropical Storm Don

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.