Maritime Disaster, Maritime Law

Hurricane Irma Evacuation


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This week, Hurricane Irma descended upon the Caribbean and Florida, wrecking havoc and leaving tragedy in her wake. A Category 5 hurricane when she barrelled through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma left incredible devastation across many islands. Needless to say, the news has been filled with stories of despair. However, we are glad to see that one cruise line is doing what it can to make a difference.

Royal Caribbean to Assist in the Caribbean and Florida

On Sunday, September 10th, Royal Caribbean announced that it would be sending several of its cruise ships to the Caribbean, to help with relief efforts. According to reports, the Adventure of the Seas will stop in St. Martin, while the Majesty of the Seas will stop in both St. Thomas and St. Martin, where it will help with evacuation efforts.

The government released a statement wherein they made it very clear that the ships were not being chartered by the U.S. Government. Although the Majesty of the Seas will be in port on the Dutch side of St. Martin to help evacuate individuals, the Royal Caribbean warned, “You should only proceed to the cruise ship if you can safely do so at this time,” emphasizing safety as a first priority.

With the airport on the island badly damaged, the only secure method for transporting aid is via helicopter. As a result, the assistance from Royal Caribbean will likely be greatly needed.

That said, the Caribbean islands are not the only region impacted by Hurricane Irma. Much of Florida has been bracing for this natural disaster as well. And Royal Caribbean is well aware. They have also prepared two ships–the Empress of the Seas and the Enchantment of the Seas to assist cities such as Key West and Tampa, once the storm has passed and the severity of the damage is made known.

In the wake of this terrible storm, it is refreshing to see a cruise line stepping up to help people in need. Although it is impossible to bring back everything that was lost, it is actions like this that will be invaluable in helping affected people begin to rebuild their lives.

Due to the severity of this storm, it is likely that popular tourist locations in the Caribbean may be closed for months on end. Cities throughout Florida may also experiences weeks, if not months, of rebuilding. At this point only time will tell.

LM&W Helps Cruise Passengers After Hurricane Disasters

Fortunately, it seems that most cruise ships managed to stay out of the way Irma, keeping passengers and employees safe. However, we know that this is not always the case. This was exactly the situation with the Anthem of the Seas disaster of 2016 where the cruise company recklessly ignored weather reports and sailed into the path of a hurricane. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. successfully filed a class action on behalf of the passengers who were needlessly put in harms way.

So if you have been injured aboard a cruise and believe that the cruise line is to blame, the maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, PA can help. We have experience assisting clients through the legal aftermath of their accident or injury, and we are prepared to do the same for you. When you are ready to move forward with your life and put the painful past behind you, do not hesitate to contact us.

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