Hurricanes can be one of Mother Nature’s worst natural disaster, but thankfully unlike Earthquakes and Tornadoes, those that might be affected are almost always given enough warning time up front that the consequences on the Cruising public can be completely avoided if proper planning on the part of the Cruise Line is implemented.
In the days before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, many individuals scheduled to depart on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas became concerned over the status of their cruise and rightfully so. Their ship was scheduled to leave from Galveston at the same time Hurricane Harvey was continuing to make its landfall in and around the Galveston area. When they contacted the Line, the company advised them that the vacation would run as scheduled, so if they wanted to cancel the voyage they would lose their entire payment.
As a result, countless passengers from other cities and countries proceed to Galveston. Then, after delaying the cruise by two days, Royal Caribbean cancelled the trip, leaving many out-of-town guests stranded in Texas for days, forced to endure all the consequences of Harvey until the infrastructure was back in place for them to be able to return to their homes.
Those days in Texas were scary, traumatic, expensive, and frustrating and could have been entirely avoided had Royal Caribbean allowed its “GUESTS” to cancell or reschedule their cruise at will. As a result, those guests scheduled to depart on the Liberty of the Seas who did as instructed by Royal Caribbean have filed a class action lawsuit against the Line.
In speaking with CBS News, our own Michael Winkleman, the attorney leading the lawsuit, said, “They knowingly placed families with small children directly in the path of one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. in centuries.” He went on to describe the company’s actions as “inexcusable.”
We are deeply troubled by Royal Caribbean’s poor decisions. We believe that it is the company’s responsibility to ensure that all passengers are kept safe at all times. Clearly, in this case, passenger’s safety was not a top priority for the cruise giant. As a result, we urge anyone impacted by the cruise line’s actions during Hurricane Harvey to find out more about the current class action.
You can find out more information, including how to join the class action, on our website.
LMAW, PA: Helping You Rebuild After the Storm
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we do not shy away from taking on the major cruise companies. After all, with 100 years of combined experience, we know what you are facing, what to expect, and how to navigate the process to deliver exceptional results.
We have a history of taking on cruise companies and holding them accountable for their behavior in the wake of dangerous weather conditions–like in the Anthem of the Seas disaster of 2016. So you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.
So if you have been injured or otherwise put in harm’s way as a result of your cruise, we are here to help. A maritime lawyer our team is ready to take your case, so that you can get back to living the life you deserve. When you are ready to move forward with confidence, do not hesitate to contact us.