The New Year brings with it many opportunities for change. Some choose to aim high with their resolutions, looking for ways in which to improve themselves, their occupations or their talents – and the cruise industry is one of them. Each cruise lawyer at our firm has witnessed many marvels and novelties come about in the past few years within the industry. Bigger, better ships are being created to give passengers the ultimate experience in travel. But with so many additions and innovations, we are left to wonder if crewmembers are fully prepared to take on the task.
When the cruise industry changes, crewmembers must evolve with it. However, not all workers are fully trained by their respective companies on new policies or regulations. This can lead to accidents and injuries among passengers and even workers themselves. Safety should always be a priority onboard any cruise vessel, but sadly, it is often overlooked. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have seen many injured passengers and crewmembers come to us for assistance following mishaps onboard vessels that could have been prevented with more adequate training. Accidents can and are prone to happen on the high seas, so travelers should keep a lookout to make sure they stay as safe as possible and enjoy their maritime adventure. And especially with the “Wave Season” upon us, remembering maritime safety regulations is key.
The Wave Season is a term used by cruise lines to describe the surge of passenger bookings between the months of January through March. This is a time when demand for travel is high, and cruise lines are geared up to take on the task of accommodating to prospective guests’ needs. But with so many accidents and illnesses that have fallen upon the cruise industry in 2012, will travelers still be excited to board cruise ships during 2013? The industry has been trying to improve their safety standards and protocols but will this be enough to attract guests? Some loyal travelers have rode out the storm faithfully, while others have decided to call it quits on cruise travel, at least for the time being. Yet, the industry always seems to bounce back better than before. Hopefully 2013 will be a year filled with excitement for travelers and as few accidents as possible.
Another concern that travelers have are the prices of these new cruises. With so many additions to ships, prices are likely to increase, but there are some lines that have done their best to keep prices low. Despite all the innovations in the industry, cruise companies are still trying to accommodate to budget-conscious travelers. This is the time to watch out for deals. However, the industry is well aware of some of the incidents that took place in 2012, including the Costa Concordia capsizing tragedy and several Norovirus outbreaks. Perhaps prices will be even lower this year to attract more guests.