Seabourn Cruise Line was founded in 1986 by a group of Norwegian investors. First called Signet Cruise Lines, the investors changed the name to Seabourn Cruises due to objections from Signet Oil that its name violated trademark ownership. The first Seabourn ship, the Seabourn Pride, entered service in 1988 and was joined by an identical sister ship in 1989.
Carnival Corporation began acquiring shares of Seabourn Cruise Lines in 1991, and in 1998, Carnival acquired the remaining shares and purchased the cruise line outright. Carnival merged Seabourn and Cunard Line, which it also acquired, into one line called the Cunard Line. Seabourn experienced various changes to its company and fleet of ships over the decade after Carnival began acquiring shares. In 2011, it also stopped operating in Miami, and operations were transferred to the Holland America line headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Avoid Complications By Partnering With a Maritime Law Firm
Because Seabourn is part of a large cruise conglomerate, making claims against the cruise company can be complicated. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has experience handling cases against the largest cruise lines in the world. We have successfully handled numerous cases on behalf of injured crewmembers and passengers against Seabourn.
If you experience issues aboard any Seabourn’s vessel, whether as a passenger or crewmember, contact us as soon as possible to request a free consultation. Incidents like shipboard rapes can happen on any line — if you have experienced a sexual assault, contact us to speak with a cruise ship rape lawyer who can help you. We also represent all other cruise injury cases, including sexual assault, overboard accidents, excursion accidents, and other causes of injury aboard Seabourn ships.
Today, Seabourn has three cruise ships in its current fleet:
- The Seabourn Odyssey
- The Seabourn Sojourn
- The Seabourn Quest
- The Seabourn Encore
- The Seabourn Ovation
In addition to these five vessels, two ships — the Venture and Pursuit — are expected to join the fleet in 2022 or 2023. The Venture and the Pursuit are sister ships touted by Seabourn as “ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship(s), paying tribute to the remote destinations visited by the brand’s highly successful expedition and Ventures by Seabourn excursion programs and the fascinating places yet to be explored in the future.”
Per an article in the Miami Herald, “The 690-foot ship has just 300 suites for 600 passengers, making it one of the highest space-per-guest ratios in cruising. Each suite has a private veranda, with standard suites measuring at 251-square feet and penthouse suites up to 539 square feet, plus a veranda of up to 200 square feet with amenities like a bathtub and a walk-in closet. The largest suite onboard offers 1,306 square feet of indoor space.
Seabourn describes its ships as luxury cruise liners and touts its International Six Star Diamond Award and other recognitions, including being named among the Conde Nast Travel Readers’ Choice Awards as the Best Small-Ship Cruise Line. However, despite the honors bestowed upon the ship, problems still frequently occur on Seabourn cruise line vessels which cause injury or harm to its passengers and crew.
Cases Against Seabourn Cruise Line
When issues arise due to the negligence of Seabourn Cruise Line, victims need to talk with an experienced attorney for help. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has the knowledge to provide representation when serious problems arise. Some past problems include:
- An overboard accident on the Seabourn Quest
- Pirates attacking the Seabourn Spirits when it was 100 miles off the coast of Somalia
Cruise lines must ensure they have sufficient security to prevent crimes, including rape and sexual assault. They must also maintain safe conditions onboard, and they can be held responsible for accidents that occur while the ship is at sea or when passengers participate in offshore excursions the line has organized.
Is Seabourn Cruise Lines Responsible For Your Injuries?
Trying to determine whether or not you have a case to move forward against any cruise line company can be difficult, especially when trying to make sense of your injuries, get initial treatment, and deal with countless logistics while you are still at sea. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your top priority MUST be your health. Once we are representing you, we will be able to handle all communications with the cruise company while you stay completely focused on your personal needs and getting the care you need.
One of the significant issues that will need to be addressed almost immediately is that of fault and liability: how did your accident happen, and who is ultimately responsible for the conditions that helped cause it? Cruise companies have several different waivers and liability release forms that passengers sign, including your ticket — which is an extensive contract addressing a variety of rights that a passenger waives when purchasing said ticket. We are well versed in avoiding any and all of the negative effects of the one-sided passenger ticket contract, and that is why it is critical to contact us immediately to analyze your case during our free consultation.
The way to determine whether or not Seabourn Cruise Lines is responsible for your accident is to go over the precise details of the incident. Once you’ve begun working with us, you will see that partnering with an experienced maritime attorney immediately is one of the best ways to protect your rights and take the necessary steps to obtain maximum compensation under the applicable law.
Do Not Sign Anything After an Accident or Injury On a Seabourn Cruise
It is likely that after an accident, you will be presented with multiple documents to review and sign. It is important that you do not do so until you are working with an attorney who can walk you through these different decisions, explain your options, and ensure that you are taking the proper steps to protect your rights.
Contact us as soon as possible — while still aboard the cruise, if possible — so that we can assist with all of your legal issues and give you the emotional space and clarity you need to focus on your health and wellness. An accident at sea, far from home and often in a foreign country, is stressful and can be scary, but we have been successfully handling precisely these cases since 1971, and we are ready to provide you with the support you deserve.
LM&W Can Help If You’re Hurt Aboard a Cruise Ship
If problems arise and you are injured while working or sailing aboard a Seabourn ship, you may have several legal options. Whether you were a victim of an assault, medical negligence, or any type of accident on a ship or during a shore excursion, you may be able to make a damage claim. The process of filing this claim is complex, and resolving a claim fairly is even more complicated, which is why we offer a free consultation for people injured at sea. We will make the process as painless as possible all while working tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation available for you under maritime law.
Other Companies Sued
- American Seafoods
- Antillean Marine Shipping Corp.
- Azamara Cruise Lines
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Costa Cruise Lines
- Crowley Maritime Corporation
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Line
- Disney Cruise Line
- Holland America Line
- Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
- Island Queen Cruises
- Maersk Lines Limited
- Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company (ODECO)
- Oceania Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruise Lines
- Pullmantur Cruises
- Radisson Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean Cruise
- Silversea Cruises
- Starboard Cruise Services
- Steiner Transocean
- Tote Maritime & Sea Star Line (El Faro)
- The CMA CGM Group
- Tropical Shipping
- Virgin Voyages
- Windstar Cruises