Last week, Brian Lamonds, a 50-year-old cruise passenger from Greensboro, NC, went missing from the Carnival Paradise. The Coast Guard spent 55 hours searching 3,059 square miles before making the difficult decision to call off the search.
This week, an elderly male passenger, who was reportedly in his eighties, went missing from the Sun Princess as it was 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore. After a thorough investigation of the area, the search was called off.
Seeing the hallway aboard your cruise fill with water is not something anyone ever wants to witness. However, that is exactly what happened late last week, when a faulty fire suppression system caused one of the decks aboard the Carnival Dream to fill with water. The company quickly worked to resolve the matter, and all passengers and crew members are safe.
This week, Daniel Belling, the man accused of killing his wife while on their Mediterranean cruise last year, has been released from prison. The release comes after 14 months of being held without bail in Rome’s Regina Coeli jail. Without proper forensic evidence or a body, Belling’s legal team argued that there was not enough evidence to continue to hold him. The case against him will continue, but Belling will be allowed to return to Dublin.
When it comes to legislature, the laws governing cruise ships are some of the most complex. With so many variables involved in any given crime that takes place at sea, navigating the aftermath of accident or injury on a cruise can be overwhelming, to say the least. That is why we are here, to explain everything you need to know about cruise ship law, before you set sail.
Late last week, a 24-year-old man aboard the Anthem of the Seas took his own life when he jumped overboard. This is the second intentional overboard accident this month, raising concerns over the safety of cruise ships and the potential need for mental health counseling at sea.
Whether we like it or not, accidents aboard cruise ships are a very real part of the cruise industry. And, in the past year, Carnival has been plagued with a series of tragic accidents at sea. Multiple passengers have fallen overboard, with some even falling to their deaths aboard the ships. So what does all of this mean for you? Is it still safe to set sail with Carnival? We’ll explain the current situation, so you can embark on your next Carnival cruise, stress free.
Although most people set out on a cruise vacation to relax, it is not uncommon for drug rings to attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of illegal substances across borders, using the cruise as a cover for an otherwise normal vacation. As it turns out, this is not a foolproof plan, as a trio in 2016 discovered when they attempted to smuggle $16 million of cocaine into Sydney, Australia. This week, the second woman involved in the incident appeared in court for her sentencing hearing. She will receive her official sentence next week.
A cruise ship fire puts passengers at serious risk of harm. A cruise ship accident lawyer discusses recent cruise ship fires and explains the rights of passengers when a fire occurs.
It seems that the issue of rape and sexual assault at sea continues to be a very serious problem. This week, an 18-year-old woman reported experiencing an incident of sexual assault aboard the Carnival Elation, as the ship made its way back to Jacksonville, Florida.
When you set out on a cruise, you expect that the security personnel aboard your ship are there to protect you. Unfortunately, in the wake of the violent episodes aboard the Carnival Legend, many are saying that this was not the case, with security using heavy-handed tactics that may have increased instead of mitigated the violence.
There is no arguing with the fact that the last thing anyone wants when they set out on their cruise is to require emergency transport to a hospital on land. However, these types of events are becoming more and more common, leading us to wonder how cruises could improve their safety and medical facilities to better address guests’ needs?
When you set out on a cruise, the last thing you want is to have your journey end early because of the behavior of other passengers. However, this is exactly what happened on the P&O Pacific Explorer when a group of passengers got into a fight while waiting to use the bathrooms. Some believe over-consumption of alcohol may be to blame.
When Danielle and Brant Aymond embarked on their honeymoon to Honduras aboard the Norwegian Pearl, they had high hopes for what the journey would bring. Unfortunately, the trip became a painful nightmare, when Brant sliced open his foot on the coral reef and the cruise doctor sutured his foot–leaving pieces of the reef inside. Brant required emergency surgery to save his foot after the wound became infected. Now the couple is speaking out about the issue of insufficient standards for cruise medical professionals.
Medevac rescues are fairly common at sea. When a passenger or crewmember aboard a cruise has a medical concern that exceeds what the on board medical professional is approved to treat, it is necessary to call in a medevac team so that the ailing individual can be taken to a nearby hospital. This week, not one but two women required medevac assistance from the same ship–the Carnival Pride–on the same day, just six hours apart.