There is exciting news for cruise travelers today; P&O Cruises has announced that work has already begun on the newest – and largest – ship for their fleet to date and the largest ever for the U.K. market. A steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard of Fincantieri near Trieste, Italy, to commemorate the yet-unnamed ship on October 8.
P&O first announced its plans to build a new ship in June 2011, but since the project is in its early states, few details have been released, aside from the fact that it will take inspiration from the other seven ships in the fleet. The cruise ship, a 141,000-ton, 3,611-passenger vessel, will be launched in 2015.
As exciting as it sounds to embark on a new, larger cruise vessel, new cruise ships come with a lot more than just new staterooms and larger restaurants. A larger cruise ship means more crewmembers and more passengers, which equates to tighter rules and safety regulations. The more people that are onboard a vessel, the greater the chance of a maritime accident. Both passengers and crewmembers may become stricken with an illness, may become the victim of theft or assault, or may also be hurt in a personal injury accident at sea.
While cruise ship operators are responsible to maintain the safety aboard their vessels at all times, it doesn’t always happen. We don’t always hear about all the cruise injury accidents that take place because operators don’t always disclose the information. Unfortunately, the only ones left suffering are the innocent people who were hurt. However, this doesn’t have to be your fate. If you or someone you know was injured aboard a cruise ship, turn to our maritime law firm immediately to file a claim and protect your rights.
Our cruise ship injury lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience representing passenger and crewmember claims and will work diligently to help you obtain damages for your pain and suffering.
A cruise ship accident doesn’t always have to be severe in order for victims to be entitled to compensation. Incidents can be as tragic as someone going overboard to a more minor mishap like a slip and fall. Regardless of what you have been through, you have a right to seek legal counsel to protect your rights. Call us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your case and potential benefits following your accident. Our cruise injury lawyers will help you and your loved ones obtain justice for what you have suffered.