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The last thing you want on your vacation is to experience inclement weather. Especially when you’re on a cruise ship, a major storm can make for very uneasy seas and dangerous sailing conditions. Fortunately, when faced with two tropical storms this week, Carnival Cruise Line rerouted three of their ships to keep everyone out of harm’s way.
Most people do not consider cruise ships to be the emergency responding vessel of choice. However, this week, the Adventure of the Seas rescued two men who had been stranded on their fishing boat for 23 days, proving that cruise ships may be more multi-purpose than you thought.
When most people think of a rescue mission at sea, they do not think that a cruise ship may be the vessel that arrives to save the day. However, in a harrowing tale from the Atlantic Ocean, the Queen Mary 2 did just that, stepping in to rescue a yachtsman stranded after a hurricane damaged his boat.
Setting out on a cruise vacation should mean that endless days of relaxation are ahead! Unfortunately, if you wind up facing a medical emergency, this is not possible. Late last week, a 61-year-old woman discovered this for herself, when she was airlifted from the Carnival Miracle due to breathing difficulty.
A cruise is intended to be a relaxing and carefree time, but it often is not that way when you have a medical emergency! This week, a 66-year-old man was medevaced from the Carnival Fantasy, reminding us how underlying health concerns can flare up when you’re away, causing more stress than you may have expected.
Each year brings the arrival of cruise trends that are meant to improve passenger enjoyment. However, these new improvements can also lead to unexpected accident and injury. Before you head out on your next cruise, it’s important to remember that safety always comes first.
For two decades, discussions have ebbed and flowed around the construction of an offshore cruise terminal along Australia’s Gold Coast. In the latest report, it seems councilors are not convinced that the terminal would be worth the investment.
This week, 34 individuals associated with a European-based, transatlantic drug smuggling operation went on trial for their actions. The ring successfully brought marijuana from Morocco to Brazil and cocaine from Brazil to Europe for approximately two years.
Many people assume that a cruise line is responsible for providing a safe environment during the cruise and taking responsibility when issues arise. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. However, a new bill introduced to Congress late last month could be a step in the right direction.
Boating accidents are not an issue to be taken lightly. Although most people assume that a day of recreational water sports is just fun and games, the death of a recent UM graduate reminds us that tragedy can strike on the water when you least expect it.
For five years, victims impacted by the Costa Concordia disaster have waited for some sense of closure. Now that the former captain, Francesco Schettino, will spend the next 16 years in prison, that long-awaited healing may begin.
When you think of a cruise vacation, illegal narcotics probably do not come to mind. However, this week, that’s exactly what many passengers aboard the Island Princess were likely thinking about, as a search of their ship turned up an undisclosed quantity of drugs. Three crewmembers were arrested and charged with possession.
When traveling alone, you’ll face different safety concerns than those traveling in a group. One example of this is the fact that there is no one to check on you during your vacation. This week, a 61-year-old traveling alone on the Golden Princess was missing for four days before the ship’s crew reported him missing.
Sexual assault and rape are still the most commonly reported crimes aboard cruise ships. This week, a 33-year-old Australian man was charged with raping his traveling companion during a 3-night cruise from Brisbane.
PASSENGERS AND CREW INJURED ON SHIPS
IN MARITIME CLAIMS WORLDWIDE:
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Holland America Line
- Royal Caribbean International
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Costa Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
...and many more
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8 Steps to Take If You Are Injured or Assaulted on a Cruise Ship
- Immediately report, in writing, the incident to the security department on the ship.
- Document who you reported the accident or crime to, when you reported it and who was with you.
- Obtain a copy of your written report.
- Take photographs of the scene of the incident before it changes, if possible. Even if the scene has changed, take photographs.
- Write down the name, address, and telephone number of each person who was a witness to the incident.
- Visit the ship’s doctor to seek treatment for your injury.
- If necessary, visit a shore-based doctor at the next port of call.
- Contact an experienced maritime lawyer to discuss the incident as soon as possible.
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