Hurricane Nicole vs. Cruise Lines

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Trees blowing in hurricane winds

A cruise vacation is one that can be enjoyed at any time of year. Whether you’re going to warmer or cooler climates, chances are that your cruise ship will safely get you there and back, without any hiccups. This reassurance is one of the reasons many people feel safe when they make their reservation. However, there are some times when a cruise line may find itself in a tricky situation where it must balance passenger safety with travel disruptions. One of these cases is hurricane season.

Hurricane Season May Impact Your Cruise

One of the most active times of the year for cruise travel is also the high season for Hurricanes, the time is from June 1st to November 30th, in the Atlantic Ocean. During this time, and especially from late August through September, the chance of a mayor hurricane developing and posing a problem for your cruise is a serious possibility.

Just last week, Hurricane Matthew caused many deaths and devastation to parts of Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas in the Caribbean before continuing  to make its way up the coast of the United States where it also wreaked havoc in Northern Florida and other States in the Eastern Seaboard . The category 5 storm caused countless cruise ships to be rerouted and detoured, in order to avoid danger.

Matthew has passed, but its impact will continue to be felt for a while to come. One example of this is the cruise port of Freeport, Bahamas, which, according to Carnival Cruise Line, will take some time to repair, before it can be re-opened to welcome cruise visitors.

Up Next: Hurricane Nicole

Fearing a similar fate may await another popular Cruising Port, as Hurricane Nicole drew near Bermuda most forms of travel, including flights and cruise ships, have been cancelled or re-routed. And for good reason! Considered an “extremely dangerous” storm by the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Nicole posed a threat to people and property on the tiny island. Although never making official landfall, the island was hit with plenty of wind and rain. In fact a Hurricane of the strength of Nicole —category 3 or higher—is highly uncommon for the island.

And although having ones vacation plans altered or even cancelled is extremely disappointing, we know that these preparations are for the best and are very glad to see cruise lines taking the wellbeing of their passengers to heart and adjusting their itineraries accordingly.

However, we know that unfortunately this has not always been the case. In the past, countless individuals have suffered unnecessarily due to negligence and poor judgment on the part of their Cruise Line. The Anthem of the Seas case was one such situation that we hope to avoid in the future.

Having handled many of these cases, our experienced team of maritime lawyers is ready to help you navigate your legal situation. Feel free to contact us today to set up an initial consultation. We’ll gladly meet to hear your story and help you decide the next best step.