For most people a cruise vacation is one generally guarantees memories that last a lifetime. After all, there are very few other vacation options that allow you to explore the best of what the land and sea have to offer, with little stress and ample time for entertainment. Therefore, it makes sense that more and more people are flocking to the ships and contributing to the growth of this booming industry.
However, behind all of the excitement, lies the unfortunate reality of cruise travel: far too many people suffer accidents and injuries aboard cruise ships every year. In some rare cases, passengers and crewmembers suffer the ultimate injury, death. A recent story out of Alaska reminds us of this.
This week, 39-year-old Kristy Manzanares died aboard the Emerald Princess. According to reports, her death occurred during a domestic dispute around 9pm on Tuesday, July 25th.
During initial investigations, the entire ship was on lockdown and passengers on decks 8, 9, and 10 on the port side were required to remain in their cabins. The authorities handcuffed and detained Kenneth Manzanares, the victim’s husband, after seeing blood on his hands in their cabin. Mr. Manzanares’ response to investigators, when they asked what happened, is chilling. He explained, “She would not stop laughing at me.”
In a statement, Princess Cruises said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event.” In the wake of this incident, we also send our sincere condolences to the families of all those involved in this unexpected and terrible situation.
On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Manzanares, appeared in court for the first time. His hearing will take place on August 10th.
No Cruise Homicide Should Go Unreported
At this time, it seems that the cruise line and the proper authorities have worked together to follow all necessary protocol. Mr. Manzanares is in custody, held without bail.
Although homicides aboard cruise ships are much more infrequent than rape and sexual assault, that does not make them any less terrible. In the past, the family of the decedent has sometimes been successful in bringing claims against the Line. The families of the Cruise Ship victims should know that they do not have to face their legal battle on their own.
The maritime lawyers on our team have handled countless cruise ship accident and injury claims. As a result, we understand what steps to take after an accident aboard a cruise, and we will be with you, every step of the way. You owe it to yourself and to the memory of your loved one to secure the best legal representation available.
With over 200 years of combined experience in the industry, you can rest assured that we have the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to give your case the best chance at obtaining a successful resolution. No amount of money will ever bring back your family member, but we will do our best to alleviate some of the financial burden a homicide often brings with it. So if you are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.