Our maritime attorneys would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. Around this time of year, people usually think back to all the things they are thankful for. Whether it’s our families, jobs or health, each one of us has a unique gratitude for what we are blessed to have been given. Here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., there is much to be grateful for. We are glad to be able to help all those who have been involved in a maritime accident obtain justice and we are certainly very grateful that some cruise lines are taking the necessary steps to improve their onboard safety features, like Disney Cruise Line, which recently became the first major cruise line to introduce lifeguards on its ships.
We are also thankful for the fact the new Cruise Passenger Protection Act was released earlier this year and requires cruise companies to release information on accidents and crimes that involve their ships to the public. Though there will always be several incidents that get swept under the proverbial rug – or in this case, ocean floor – at least there is a lot more pressure being placed on the industry to do right by consumers.
This year is quickly coming to an end and the new cruise season is just around the corner, waiting to unfold new ships, bigger, better entertainment experiences, and a greater variety of port calls. Cruise lovers are as excited as ever to see what the season will bring, but if it’s anything like 2013, we’re going to need a lot more government assistance to help get the industry in shape.
This year saw a greater number of cruise accidents than ever before. Despite the fact that there are countless maritime legislations that protect anyone on the high seas, be they passenger or crew member, from harm, incidents continue to happen on a daily basis. Equipment problems, lack of training, lack of onboard supervision, the list goes on. We are thankful for the fact that there has been a ton of new technology released that will help prevent maritime accidents and will help a ship’s crew act more efficiently in the event of a disaster, but cruise lines have yet to employ them.
We are thankful, also, for the fact that a new year is upon us and the new year brings the prospects of a better understanding of safety within the cruise industry. We want to give the industry the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their tactics in keeping their passengers safe, but it just seems that every week we hear about a new cruise ship crash, mechanical malfunction, epidemic, or disappearance. This has to stop. Granted, the industry will never be 100% safe, but at least if all cruise lines were to revamp their ships and use all the safety technology that’s available right now to their advantage, the number of accidents will be drastically reduced.
So, for now, we give thanks to the fact that anything is possible and that time, hopefully, will be on our hands. The faster lines improve their ships, the faster safety will improve.
In the meantime, our maritime lawyers want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. For those of you who are taking cruises for the holidays, we hope you will have fun and will remain safe on your voyage. Holiday cruises can be exciting, especially when ships are decorated in the spirit of the season. And don’t forget to download our free Cruise Lawyer App on your iPhone and Android smart phones for an extra safety option while out at sea.