Cruise Ship Law, Maritime Law

Cruise Preparation at the Port


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Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is comprised of attorneys that are nationally-recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of lawyers has over a century of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients.

Boating SkylineEmbarking on a cruise could be one of the most exciting days of your life. There’s a good chance that you and your traveling companions have been planning this trip for months—carefully choosing the best locations and excursions to spend your money and time. So when the day finally arrives, it’s likely that you are already up and ready to go.

We appreciate a dedicated sense of planning. After all, when you’re putting your safety and enjoyment in the hands of a cruise company, you want to make sure you’ve done your research! And we understand the care and consideration that goes into ensuring that you’ve made the best choice.

With all of the planning that goes into your cruise ship preparation, you may be wondering if the cruise lines are doing the same? Although we often report on breaches in safety or other wrongdoing, it’s important to note that most cruises go off without a hitch. A main reason behind this is the exceptional preparation that your cruise lines put into each and every voyage.

A recent report by the Brisbane Times explained that the Gold Coast is looking to increase its tourism value by building a cruise ship port. This sort of proposal is a big one indeed, but also contains elements of fun. After all, wouldn’t you like to plan a port that could potentially bring millions of dollars into your city?

Inspired by the Costa Maya cruise terminal in Mexico, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is hoping to secure approval for the port, soon. The cruise industry is worth $2 billion annually in Australia and is increasing every year. Thus, construction of this ocean-side terminal could mean a very profitable boost in revenue.

The fact that Costa Maya welcomes 139 cruise ships and 584,000 passengers every year is encouraging, especially considering some of the resistance that Tate has already experienced in proposing this project. If Mexico has had this much success, he reasons, Australia should be able to as well.

Currently, three sites are under review. For each site, the Gold Coast City Council will need to investigate feasibility, from a financial standpoint. Once that is complete, they will report updates in 2017 and develop a business case.

Clearly, the process of making your dream vacation a reality begins many years before you ever step foot on a ship! And it is only after very careful and strategic planning that you are able to embark.

While we always hope that your cruise vacation will be everything you expected, sometimes unexpected events occur. If you or a loved one have been injured aboard a cruise and are seeking an attorney to handle your case, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Because we believe in fully educating yourself before making a decision, we encourage you to know your options before deciding on an attorney. But should you decide that we are the best fit, we are here and happy to help in whatever way we can.


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