French Strikes Re-Route Cruise Ship

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

France, Marseilles, 16th February - 2014. Photo of Marseille at the evening. You can see old port, historical part of the city and the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica.

One of the best parts of going away on vacation is being able to sit back, relax, and trust that everything is going to work out. You spend so much time during the rest of the year, worrying and planning. The last thing you need to do is bring that chaos on your vacation.

After the tickets have been booked and the initial schedule has been made, there is nothing better than putting everything on autopilot and simply enjoying the time with your family and friends.

That is why a cruise get-away is one of the best choices. Once you’re on board, you can glide from place to place without a care in the world. From lounging on the decks to exploring the on-shore excursions, and dining at delicious restaurants, everything is easy and fun. At least that’s the ideal. And that’s what most people are aiming for and get most of the time.

Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as planned. And a recent event on a Royal Caribbean cruise reminds us of the possibility of changed plans that are often out of your control.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas had to do a bit of improvisation with its sailing route. The cause was labor strikes in France. The strikes began in March in opposition to the discussion of labor reforms that may relax existing regulations.

Since they began, the strikes have impacted various cities across France, often descending into violence.

Originally, the ship was scheduled to stop in Marseilles, a popular and bustling coastal city in the south of France. However, in light of the strikes in that city, the ship spent an extra day in Palma De Mallorca, Spain, and then an extra day at sea. There should be no further disruption for the rest of the journey.

Overseas travel always presents the possibility of unexpected events. While we often report on internal and fatal issues that can derail cruises, external issues such as labor strikes can be just as disruptive.

In this case, it is fortunate that Royal Caribbean was able to quickly alter travel plans so as to minimize travel disruptions for the guests. Political unrest is certainly not something you want to deal with on your vacation. We commend the cruise line for extending their stay in Spain rather than adding two sea days to the voyage.

Your cruise line owes it to you to keep you as safe as possible. And in this case, Royal Caribbean rose to the challenge. However, we have enough experience with Royal Caribbean to know that this is not always the case. Sometimes unexpected events to take a turn for the worse and issues are not tended to. So, if you or a loved one is ever injured aboard a cruise, our team of maritime lawyers is here to help.