Cruise lines traverse the globe, offering adventure-seekers the chance to visit remote and exotic locations that some only dream of visiting. But while many of these ports are unique and exciting, they can also be dangerous. Cruise ship accident lawyers are called in to represent and protect passengers who have been injured in foreign ports. Much of the time, the cruise line is to blame, at least in part, for these incidents. Cruise companies have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all whom are onboard, including both passengers and crewmembers.
In light of the tension between Argentina and the U.K. over the Falkland Islands, many lines have chosen to cancel stops at these ports in order to prevent accidents and serious injuries during protests. However, there is one nation that has always been a favorite for cruise goers and due to recent economic downturns, the country has become dangerous for tourists. Yet, this isn’t stopping cruise lines from venturing toward the nation of Greece. Disputes among Grecians have often become violent, and if not careful, injury claims may be brought against these lines for failure to protect passengers and crewmembers from harm. For cruise-goers’ sakes, hopefully matters will be resolved this year as one of the nation’s cities, Piraeus (Athens), prepares to welcome a fleet of vessels to port during 2013.
According to George Anomeritis, Chairman and CEO of the Piraeus Port Organization, over 710 cruise ships are expected to call at the port of Piraeus this year. Anomeritis welcomed the first of these vessels, the Costa Magica, during a special ceremony. Costa Magica brought 3,336 eager and excited travelers to the port. But the company is already skating on thin ice when it comes to safety regulations. Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., has already been reprimanded for its failure to protect those onboard following the tragic capsizing of the Costa Concordia.
Yet, Anomeritis doesn’t seem to be too concerned either about the safety of cruise passengers. In his welcoming speech, Anomeritis noted that Greece will be welcoming over 2.2 million tourists in 2013. Conditions might have gotten better, but the country is by no means completely safe, despite Anomeritis’ claims that “Greece is a unique destination, which offers quality, safety and has natural beauty as well as a classical culture.”
The Magica has already scheduled 74 visits to Piraeus this year, a drastic increase from the 33 calls in 2012. Piraeus is also gearing up for the visits and will offer 11 mooring berths for cruise vessels and new reception areas. Additionally, the city will be included in National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) projects, which will allow the establishment of six berths for new, larger cruise ships. As if that wasn’t enough incentive for cruise companies, the port has frozen its docking rates for the 2013-2016 period.
Hopefully there will be no accidents while vessels call in Piraeus, but if so, our cruise ship accident lawyers are ready to protect the rights of injured passengers.
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