Celebrity Cruises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, is a frequent subject of LMAW’s litigation. We have successfully handled hundreds of both crewmember and passenger lawsuits against Celebrity. Celebrity’s headquarters are walking distance from our main office and therefore we are intimately familiar with their policies, procedures, and litigation strategies.
We are currently handling several Class Actions against Celebrity Cruises related to the Coronavirus outbreak. These cases are on behalf of both passengers and crew harmed due to Celebrity’s alleged negligent conduct in the wake of the pandemic.
Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 as part of the Chandris Group, a Greece-based company. In 1997, Celebrity became part of Royal Caribbean International when the Chandris family sold their interest in Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity began to rapidly expand its fleet, and today, it is considered a premium cruise line that is known for its glass dining rooms, formal foyers, and multiple dining venues.
While Celebrity Cruises touts the fact it has been named the Best Premium Cruise Line for eight consecutive years in Travel Weekly’s Reader’s Choice awards contest, not everyone has a positive experience aboard Celebrity ships. Passengers and crew have been raped, attacked, injured, made sick, or even died while aboard Celebrity ships.
When something goes wrong, victims need to understand their rights. A cruise ship lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., can provide legal assistance to passengers, as well as crew who sustain harm while aboard any of Celebrity’s ships. Since 1971, we have been helping all persons who have been seriously injured or harmed at sea. Let us put our maritime experience to work for you.
- Types of Cruise Ship Accidents on Celebrity
- What to Look For in a Celebrity Accident Attorney
- Our National and International Reputation
- Our Experience and Knowledge
- Celebrity Cruises Case Results
Celebrity Cruises Ships
Celebrity Cruises operates 14 ships, which the company indicates are all “built to make your vacation everything you wanted and then some.” The ships are divided into Solstice Class, Millennium Class, Edge Class, and Galapagos Ships. The 14 ships include:
- The Celebrity Eclipse
- The Celebrity Equinox
- The Celebrity Silhouette
- The Celebrity Solstice
- The Celebrity Reflection
- The Celebrity Constellation
- The Celebrity Infinity
- The Celebrity Millennium
- The Celebrity Summit
- The Celebrity Xpedition
- The Celebrity Apex
- The Celebrity Edge
- The Celebrity Xploration
- The Celebrity Flora
Additionally, a new Edge Class ship, the Celebrity Beyond, is supposed to join the fleet in Fall 2021.
Celebrity promises travelers its ships are built to make a vacation everything they’ve hoped for; unfortunately, the cruise line often fails to disclose the very real risks of sexual assault aboard the ships, as well as the risk of accidents or death on the ship, onshore excursions, or in instances where passengers fall overboard.
Whenever illness, injury, or death occurs, it is important for victims to understand their right to pursue a case against Celebrity.
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents
Both workers and passengers have the right to recover for injuries suffered as a result of a cruise line’s negligence or wrongful action. Some of the most common types of cruise ship incidents that can lead to lawsuits include:
- Cruise ship worker injuries,
- Asbestos-related illnesses,
- Passenger injuries,
- Coronavirus or other outbreaks,
- Sexual assault,
- Falling overboard,
- Disappearance, and
- Shore excursion accidents.
Celebrity has a responsibility to create a reasonably safe working environment as well as a reasonably safe environment for passengers. When the cruise line fails to fulfill its basic duties and tragedy occurs, you have the right to pursue damages.
It’s important to act quickly after an injury. Cruise ship tickets frequently limit your time to bring a personal injury case to only one year. Courts have enforced such limitations, even though the statute of limitations is three years for many other types of maritime injuries. If you file your case after the applicable limitations period, you will most likely lose the opportunity to recover for your injuries. Your attorney can advise you about what specific timeline applies to you and help you file your claim on time.
What to Look for in a Celebrity Accident Attorney
The process of choosing a cruise accident attorney can be overwhelming. Some attorneys will claim to be able to handle your case even if they have little experience with your specific type of accident. You can ask for recommendations from friends, but odds are that their past cases didn’t involve a cruise ship accident. Online reviews can be helpful, but they can also overrepresent people who had bad experiences. So they may tell you what lawyers to avoid but not what lawyer to hire.
As you research attorneys, it’s a good idea to pay attention to three important factors: reputation, experience, and case results. These factors are good indicators of whether your attorney has the skills necessary to effectively litigate your case. After you’ve done your research, it’s a good idea to set up a free consultation with your prospective attorney. This can help you assess their communication style and determine if they are a good fit for you.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., is a great choice to represent you in your cruise line case. Our main office is located in Florida, but we have attorneys licensed in Florida, California, Colorado, and Washington, and we accept cases from clients all over the world who have been affected by a cruise line accident. We are well-respected in the industry and have the skills necessary to build a strong case for you.
National and International Reputation
LMAW has developed a reputation for excellence among cruise ship attorneys. We receive frequent recognition for our skills and successes. For the past five years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has named us a Best Law Firm. Other honors include:
- Only cruise ship law firm in America to have four attorneys recognized as “Best Lawyers”;
- Named “Top Law Firm Protecting Seafarer Rights” by The International Seafarers Union; and
- AV Preeminent rating (highest level of professional excellence) from Martindale-Hubbell.
In 2020, U.S. News and World Report named our founder, Charles R. Lipcon, Lawyer of the Year in admiralty and maritime law. Mr. Lipcon has practiced maritime law for 48 years, has frequently been featured as a commentator on national news, and has even written a popular book, Unsafe on the High Seas, to help people stay safer on cruises. He has also been instrumental in a number of landmark cases as well as cases involving multi-million dollar verdicts.
Preeminent national news outlets have frequently recognized our attorneys as leaders in cruise ship and maritime law. These organizations regularly reach out to our attorneys as commentators and analysts on issues facing the cruising industry. In fact, our attorneys have been featured on over 100 national news programs, including The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and CNN Headline News.
Our reputation in the industry is unparalleled. Cruise lines know who we are and what fierce advocates we are for our clients. They take our clients seriously and know they can’t get away with the kind of tactics that may work with other firms.
Experience & Knowledge
Personal injury claims can arise from many different types of accidents, like car crashes, dog bites, and slip and falls. But many attorneys who are well-versed in these types of claims are ill-equipped to handle cruise ship accident cases.
Cruise ships are subject to maritime law, meaning that accidents on a cruise ship are subject to a different set of rules than accidents that occur on land. Accidents involving workers also involve different rules. Workers’ compensation laws usually cover work-related injuries suffered by land-based workers. But injuries to maritime workers are governed by a combination of federal legislation and maritime common law. These many differences mean that you need a lawyer with focused experience in maritime law to effectively pursue your cruise ship claim.
We have represented victims of cruise ship accidents for nearly 50 years. Our practice focuses specifically on cruise ships and other maritime accidents, and we understand the complexities of the law. Combined, our lawyers have 165 years of relevant experience. We have represented injured workers and passengers from all over the world, even appearing in foreign courtrooms.
If you choose Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., you will never need to question their experience or skills. You can rest easy knowing that you have a competent and knowledgeable attorney in your corner.
Case Results in Celebrity Cruises Cases
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., has successfully concluded over 3,000 cases, recovering over $300 million for our clients. Our attorneys have represented hundreds of passengers and crewmembers injured while onboard Celebrity Cruises. Past cases include:
- Costa, Fernandez, D’Acosta vs. Celebrity Cruises,
- Lobo v. Celebrity Cruises, and
- S.L. vs. Celebrity Cruises.
In these and other cases, we have provided assistance to crew and passengers who were seriously injured by the cruise line’s failure to provide reasonable care. Examples of favorable results we have obtained in cruise line cases include:
- $6.1 million verdict for a crewmember who died from poisonous gas while doing repair work on a ship’s sewage system;
Confidential monetary settlement for a cruise passenger who broke a hip after slipping on a wet substance;
- $970,230 plus lifetime medical expenses in an arbitration award for a seaman who developed kidney disease while working on a cruise ship; and
- $575,000 verdict for a kitchen worker who suffered a leg injury and infection when he cut himself on a cracked plastic box.
While we can’t promise that the results of your case will be similar to these, our track record of success demonstrates our capabilities. You can be confident that we will look out for your best interests every step of the way and fight to get you the best possible outcome.
LMAW, P.A.: We’re Here to Help You Win Your Lawsuit Against Celebrity Cruise Lines
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., has a long history of representing passengers and crew injured on Celebrity ships, as well as ships operated by other cruise lines. Give us a call at (877) 233-1238 and find out how we can help you after an injury or death at sea or in port.