Following a string of maritime accidents across the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet, beginning with the Carnival Triumph cruise ship fire, another cruise company is now in the spotlight after one of its vessels experienced propulsion problems earlier this week. According to a passenger who was onboard the luxury liner Regent Seven Seas vessel Voyager, the vessel experienced several propulsion issues, causing delays in scheduled port calls.
The passenger, who identifies himself as 1982CruzStart on Cruise Critic, posted a comment on the site, claiming the Voyager’s scheduled arrival in Shanghai was delayed due to propulsion problems with the ship.
“We are trying to make our way to Shanghai and the ship has propulsion issues again,” said the passenger. “Our arrival is delayed 6 hours due to the propulsion issue and because we have missed high tide. We personally have lost 1 of our tours due to conflicting times, unfortunately it is one that was a big motivator for this trip. They have not mentioned to anyone on board that this is the 2nd time in the past couple of months the ship has had propulsion issues.”
The frustrated Voyager passenger went on to say he was not impressed with the situation, hinting at a failure on the cruise line’s part to correct the problem in a reasonable period of time. The passenger also mentioned a similar equipment issue occurred on the Voyager a few months ago.
The Seven Seas Voyager is no stranger to cruise ship accidents. According to a detailed report of the ship’s accidents over the years on cruisejunkie.com, a propulsion problem on the Voyager similar to the one that was just reported took place on April 2010, causing the itinerary to be cancelled and passengers to be flown home from Athens, where the ship had been docked when the propulsion malfunction was reported. The Voyager had been on a 14-night cruise sailing to Venice at the time. Later that year in October, another RSSC Voyager cruise was cancelled due to more propulsion issues, a 10-night cruise to Athens.
The Voyager has also suffered a slew of propulsion problems before these incidents as well, dating back to the early 2000s, among other cruise ship accidents.
Yet, neither Regent nor any other cruise ship company it seems is trying to make a significant effort to improve safety across the industry. If accidents have been reported as far back as the beginning of the industry, why haven’t companies worked harder to improve safety features? With all the time liners have had to evaluate and work on enhancing safety protocols, it appears as though cruise companies would rather focus on making money than spending it – even if it means preventing future revenue loss from repairs or cruise accident lawsuits from injured passengers or the loved ones of those who have perished at sea.
Perhaps part of the problem is our legal system and our Congress which continues to give the Cruise Line Lobbyist what they ask for at the expense of the rights of the passengers and the crew. Should you or a loved one suffer an accident or a fatality while on a Cruise, seek help with a maritime accident lawyer. Our attorneys here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. work diligently to protect victims’ rights, we are still looking forward to the day when our Congress and our Courts go back to doing just that.
Cruise ship propulsion system – cruisemiss.com