Cruise Lines Take Precautions to Ensure Passenger and Crew Safety from Violence in the Middle East

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Due to the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, cruise lines are trying to determine whether or not they should alter their itineraries to keep passengers and crew from harm’s way. Two cruise lines have already changed their itineraries to avoid the violence: Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Line.

Royal Caribbean cancelled Mariner of the Seas’ port call to Alexandria, Egypt, on September 18, and instead, the 3114-passenger ship visited Sicily, Italy yesterday and then Valletta today. According to a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman, the cruise line decided to cancel the stop in Alexandria “in an abundance of caution” and explained that guests and travel agents will be notified if any further changes to upcoming voyages are necessary.

Holland America Line also changed one of its itineraries. The Ryndam stopped in Sardinia, Italy on Friday instead of La Goulette in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. According to a report by the Associated Press, protestors were stationed outside the US embassy in Tunis on Friday and a violent outbreak left at least two people dead and 29 injured. A Holland America spokeswoman said the line will continue to monitor conditions in the region to determine if further itineraries need to be modified for passenger and crew safety.

While these cruise lines are taking the proper steps to make sure their passengers and crew remain safe, many other lines are not altering their itineraries, which could lead to innocent people getting hurt or even losing their lives over the protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

While no one has reported any injuries from the itinerary choices as of yet, any passenger or seaman that has been hurt or lost the life of someone dear to them is entitled to file a cruise ship accident claim to protect their rights. Cruise ship accidents and claims are part of the maritime law that pertains to accidents and other personal injury incidents aboard cruise ships. And in particular, maritime law requires cruise lines to warn passengers of known dangers in ports of call. This issue is frequently litigated by our lawyers where a passenger is injured in a foreign port of call, and the argument is that the cruise line is responsible because they failed to warn the passenger of a known danger in the port of call.

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