Coast Guard airlifts injured passenger on Texas cruise ship

Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 7:52 pm    

The United States Coast Guard has reported that a 66-year-old woman was taken via helicopter from Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston after she fell down the stairs just after the ship departed Galveston—they were about 50 miles away—on Monday, November 14.

The woman, who was not publicly identified, sustained a skull fracture and was reported to be bleeding, the United States Coast Guard said in a press statement released on Tuesday, November 15.

The victim was listed under stable condition in the hospital after she received medical attention.

If you have ever experienced being hurt in a cruise ship due to the negligent actions of other people or parties involved, do not hesitate to seek legal action against them with the help of our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Taking Caution While Having Fun On Cruise Trips

Posted on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 9:12 pm    

Health insurance is a must if you are fond of traveling on cruise ships, according to former Carnival Cruise Line physician Dr. John Bradberry. Purchasing travel insurance for your specific cruise trip is absolutely necessary if your current health plan doesn’t include coverage outside the United States.

Travel insurance costs include medical air evacuation, which, from the Caribbean to the United States, can cost between $20,000 and $30,000, on top of $40,000 to $60,000 in hospital charges. The spread of disease has also proved a big issue during cruise trips in earlier years. The norovirus is one example of this. However, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Perceptions that cruise ships can be luxury breeding grounds for acute gastroenteritis outbreaks don’t hold water.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds, “Norovirus often gets a lot of attention for outbreaks on cruise ships, but those account for only about 1% of all reported norovirus outbreaks.”

Injury victims on cruise trips are more vulnerable in their situations because they have to wait until their ship comes to shore to get medical attention. If an incident happens to you aboard a cruise ship due to the negligent actions of other people, get legal help from Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


“Volun-tourism” Being Popularized on Cruise Vacations

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 2:15 pm    

Carnival Corp. is set to expand its “volun-tourism” outings to the Dominican Republic after receiving positive feedback from their initial introduction of the expeditions on the 704-passenger fleet, Adonia, in May. The idea behind “volun-tourism” is that cruise guests will be able to perform some type of volunteer activity while they are on vacation in the Dominican Republic or Cuba. The project was started by the company’s social impact brand, Fathom, and offers the excursions alongside more typical tourist activities, like snorkeling and parasailing.

New excursions will include a hands-on visit to a chocolate factory, where guests will be a part of the production process, and a visit alongside local artisans and business owners at a recycling facility. Feedback from guests reveals that the opportunities to volunteer and interact with local Dominicans while on vacation are fulfilling and foster a new perspective on life. Travelers looking to engage in “volun-tourism” can choose between a medley of other social impact trips, like teaching English and pouring concrete in local homes. The expeditions are expected to improve the cases of reduced tourism in the Dominican Republic following a rise in the popularity of tourism in Cuba.

Cruise ship expeditions can be rewarding, but also dangerous. Some passengers can be exposed to illness or injury aboard a cruise ship. If you need representation from a cruise ship injury attorney following an incident, don’t hesitate to contact Louis A. Vucci P.A. at (786) 375-0344 for more information.


New App Speeds Up Process of Re-entering U.S. While on Cruise

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 10:09 am    

Arguably, one of the most unpleasant aspects of a vacation cruise is the inevitable wait through a long U.S. customs line following an expedition. However, cruise passengers can now rejoice in the introduction of an app called Mobile Passport Control (MPC), which will allow passengers to digitally declare their U.S. customs paperwork and disembark with the assistance of their phones rather than enduring a lengthy waiting period. MPC will make its debut at Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades seaport, one of the top three most popular ports in the world for the number of passengers that pass through. MPC will be used by U.S. citizens re-entering the country and requires them to input biographical information that will then be presented to custom officials with an encrypted code, along with the traveler’s passport.

The Port Everglades stop is home to Royal Caribbean International’s largest ships, Oasis and Allure of the Seas. Both ships carry over 7,000 passengers, a number that is impressive but could make traditional disembarking a tedious and unpleasant process. MPC’s implementation into the cruise system will no doubt speed up the process for these large fleets—just in time for the arrivals of the port’s newest ships, Harmony of the Seas and Koningsdam. Both of the additions boast an approximate 7,000 passenger capacity and the app is expected to significantly enhance guest experience.

Cruise ships are an unforgettable experience, but sometimes these experiences are not always positive. If you find you need to exercise your legal rights following an incident on a cruise, contact our cruise ship injury attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. for knowledgeable counsel. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at (786) 375-0344.


Loch Ness cruise ship crew member has right leg amputated

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 8:20 pm    

Scottish cruise ship line Jacobite Cruises Limited was fined 8,000 pounds because of the injuries a crew member, 25-year-old Aurelia Thabert, sustained. The accident occurred after Thabert’s leg became entangled in a rope that was holding a Loch Ness cruise ship – the Jacobite Queen – as it was returning to berth.

Jacobite Cruises Limited admitted its guilt under the Health and Safety At Work Act at Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 27. Master Andrew Lach also admitted offenses under the Merchant Shipping Act. According to preliminary investigations, Thabert was trying to release a rope from the side of a lock when her leg got trapped in it. She was transported to Raigmore Hospital where her leg had to be amputated because of the injuries she sustained.

If you become the victim of an accident while on a cruise and have sustained injuries because of this occurrence, you can seek the legal assistance of our attorney Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 so we can help you file the appropriate lawsuit against the parties responsible for your plight.