Cruise Ship Law Blog

Hurricane Irma Threatens Cruise Ship Passenger Safety

When you book a cruise, you never know what kind of weather you will get. If you happen to book your cruise during prime Hurricane season, then there is a risk your plans could get cancelled. This week, many major cruise lines are prioritizing passenger safety and rerouting or cancelling cruises due to Hurricane Irma.

Carnival Ships Stuck At Sea Due to Hurricane Harvey

You can control many things about your cruise vacation. However, the one thing you can’t control is the weather. So when a hurricane threatens to ruin your time away, you can only hope that your cruise ship will place your safety as a first priority. That is exactly what happened this week, when Hurricane Harvey prevented three Carnival ships from returning to Galveston, Texas.

What to do After a Cruise Ship Rape or Sexual Assault

Rape and sexual assault are the two most common crimes aboard cruise ships. Unfortunately, these incidents happen far more often than anyone would like. So if you have become the victim of an attack, we are here to help. Here are a few tips for what to do after this kind of traumatic experience.

Three Cruise Deserters Apprehended in Arkansas

It is very rare to hear of someone deserting a cruise. After all, these are intended to be ideal places for relaxation and ease. However, that may not always be the case. And for three former cruise crewmembers, the opportunity to start a new life in the U.S. may have been all the motivation they needed to desert their positions aboard cruise ships, while those ships were docked in U.S. ports.

Carnival Fantasy Returns to Port Due to Serious Medical Emergency

Most of the time, when a medical emergency takes place aboard a cruise, a medevac is called in to airlift the passenger to a hospital on land. This allows the cruise to continue as scheduled, while still offering the ailing passenger the necessary attention. This week, however, a very serious situation required the entire ship to return to port.

Passengers Aboard Sea Princess Subjected to Pirate Drills at Sea

Going on a luxury, around-the-world cruise should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, for ships sailing through the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, the threat of pirate activity is very real. As a result, cruise lines often practice pirate drills and require night time blackouts in the name of guest and crewmember safety. Although it can be an inconvenience, the threat of an attack justifies this precaution.

3-Year-Old Falls From Balcony Aboard Carnival Breeze, Medevaced to Hospital

When you set out on a family friendly cruise, you expect that it will indeed be safe and enjoyable for the entire family. However, if the cruise ship is not built with all ages in mind, your vacation can quickly take a turn for the worst. This week, a 3-year-old girl fell from the balcony of her stateroom, onto the outdoor deck below, giving rise to the question of whether the balconies were made with the safety of all passengers in mind.

82-Year-Old Passenger Medevaced From Anthem of the Seas

It is never fun to miss out on a highly anticipated vacation. After all, it is likely that you have been looking forward to this experience for a long time, and have high expectations for what it will entail. However, when you have a medical emergency, it is important that your health becomes your first priority, even if it means missing out on the rest of your trip. A story out of New Jersey reminds us of this.