Our Maritime Lawyers Handling Liberty of the Seas Claims
If you were one of the many individuals stranded in Texas due to Royal Caribbean’s refusal to cancel the Liberty of the Seas in the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey, speaking with experienced maritime lawyers can help. Our team has a distinguished history–over 100 combined years–handling maritime law and can get you the results that you deserve.
From a legal standpoint, cruise lines have a duty of reasonable to all their passengers and prospective passengers. As part of this duty, these companies are expected to exercise sound judgment in the face of dangerous weather conditions. Due to the fact that many cruise guests arrive from out of town, it is important for cruise lines to take into account the ability of these guests to both arrive in the city of departure and return home, once the cruise is completed.
Unfortunately, as Hurricane Harvey–a category 4 storm that hit southern Texas in August 2017–barreled towards the Texas coast, Royal Caribbean refused to cancel the departure of Liberty of the Seas. Instead of offering refunds or vouchers so that guests could take necessary safety measures, the company insisted that it would be departing on time, and that any guests who chose not to board would lose their entire financial investment in the trip.
This decision by Royal Caribbean placed guests in the path of one of the worst storms in history, only to be trapped in Houston hotels for days, at their own expense. Cruise guests were surrounded by flood waters, stuck in leaking hotels, and gravely concerned over food shortages.
The fact that Royal Caribbean refused to revise travel plans in the days leading up to a category 4 hurricane warrants legal action to remedy any damages you and your family may have suffered.
The fact that Royal Caribbean insisted upon a timely departure of Liberty of the Seas even during a flash flood warning, while streets were unsafe for driving warrants legal action to remedy any damages you and your family may have suffered.
The fact that cruise passengers were stuck in Houston with no way to get out due to Royal Caribbean’s decision warrants legal action to remedy any damages you and your family may have suffered.
These damages include financial reimbursement for all out of pocket expenses such as hotel and airfare, but also, for the fear, trauma and inconvenience for placing lives in danger.
If you were a passenger trapped in Hurricane Harvey due to Royal Caribbean’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your rights. Our maritime lawyers are prepared to fight for you so that you receive the just compensation you deserve.