Carnival employees convinced their jobs are being outsourced

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 4:49 pm    

Information technology employees at Carnival cruise lines claim they are being fired in order to be replaced with cheaper labor. In the process, Carnival has struck a deal where these employees can receive jobs at a consulting and outsourcing firm named Capgemini.

The company characterizes the move as a “transfer, ” but the attorney representing these workers describes it as being fired and then hired someplace else.

Approximately 200 employees are affected by this decision. Many of these Carnival employees believe they have effectively been fired to be replaced with cheaper, foreign labor. The practice of hiring foreigners with work visas has recently become more commonplace, as major corporations, including Toys ‘R’ Us and Disney, have implemented similar programs.

Carnival asserts that the deal with Capgemeni offers affected employees at least six months of work. However, they could be terminated at any point, as the employment with Capgemeni is at will. The affected Carnival employees had to decide whether to take or leave the offer by December 19th.

World’s Major Cruise Companies Soon to Offer Trips to Cuba

Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 5:53 pm    

Recently, the Cuban government signed agreements that would allow two of the world’s most popular cruise lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, passage into the island nation. Guests can now enjoy Cuba as a part of both cruise lines’ expeditions through the Caribbean. Although the title of first American cruise line to sail into Cuba has already gone to Carnival’s Fathom line, this official announcement still serves as a milestone for guests and cruise companies alike. The soon-to-be inauguration of Cuba into the cruise lines’ itineraries is expected to be more exciting than Carnival’s social impact trips to Cuba, which Cruise Week claimed targeted a market that was too specific.

Instead of the Cuban “volun-tourism” trips that Carnival offered, cruise passengers can now widely enjoy day trips and overnight stays in Havana, the island nation’s capitol. Additionally, Cuban Americans will now be allowed passage back into their native country for the duration of the cruise ship’s itinerary, an option that wasn’t possible for Carnival because of policies by the Cuban government that prohibited re-entry into Cuba by sea. Now, with the reversal of the policy, island-born Cuban Americans —including Norwegian’s president and CEO, Frank del Rio— can enjoy the cruise lines’ expeditions to Cuba. Del Rio, whose family had to flee Cuba at age six, calls the new advancement “a dream come true.”

All three of Norwegian’s lines and two of Royal Caribbean’s lines—Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises—will be bound for Cuba in the near future. While itinerary details will unfold in the coming weeks, the Cuban government’s green light is said by Cruise Week to “signify the true realization of Cuba’s potential in the cruise industry.”

Cruise ships offer a rich, cultural experience, but sometimes these expeditions can lead to undue injury. If you find yourself in need of legal counsel following an incident on a cruise, contact our cruise ship injury attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. for knowledgeable representation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at (786) 375-0344.

Carnival Corp. caught polluting oceans; fined $40M

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 4:46 pm    

The United States government slapped a $40 million fine against Miami, Florida-based Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruises for polluting the water.

According to the U.S. government, the Princess Cruises used a “magic pipe” to dump dirty water into the ocean off the coast of England in 2013. Investigators claim this instance of discharge is one among several wherein the ship dumped dirty water into the Atlantic, including off the shores of U.S. ports from Texas to South Florida and along the Eastern Seaboard in 2012 and 2013.

Cruises are among the favorite vacation plans of Americans because they are engaging, affordable and comprehensive. However, there are instances when one can become seriously injured during a cruise, which is a dangerous case because it can take hours before medical help can be obtained. Seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 if you sustain a cruise ship injury. We can help you receive compensation for the negligent actions of others.

Cruise ships’ spa services are getting more high-end

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 2:04 pm    

Cruise ship spa services have now modernized with ships like Bermudian, Florida-based shipping line Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s Breakaway ship’s Mandara Spa providing not only standard spa services like massages, manicures, and facials but also high-end and top-of-the-line cosmetic and/or medical procedures like teeth whitening, acupuncture, and injectables, like Botox and Restylane.

While a majority of spa patrons on cruise ships remain the elderly passengers looking for some pain relief, with services on the higher-end available, customers will use them to some degree. Doctors generally recommend that things like Botox be handled by dermatologists or other medical professionals as a reaction or bad treatment, which is more likely at the hands of spa workers with only five days of training, would need to be remedied as soon as possible. When far out to sea, this is often not possible and some side effects of Botox gone wrong include: “allergic reactions, vascular reactions, blindness, and low-grade chronic infections”.

Getting injured or contracting an illness while on a cruise can be dangerous, as victims may find themselves waiting for hours before they receive the needed medical attention. If you would like to sue for your personal injury accident on a cruise ship, call our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by dialing (786) 375-0344.

Cruise ship passenger dies in Tauranga collision

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 8:42 pm    

A 71-year-old cyclist lost her life after a collision with a truck at the intersection of Mirrielees Road and Te Awanui Drive in Tauranga, New Zealand on Tuesday, November 22. The victim of the accident, which occurred around 12:15 in the afternoon, was an American cruise ship passenger who was in the country for a vacation.

Police declared the woman dead at the scene of the accident, and no other casualties or injured people were reported. The Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Police Serious Crash Unit are conducting further investigations into the matter to find out what factors could have influenced the accident to begin with. After the accident, the bridge was temporarily closed to public traffic to make way for the maintenance crew cleanups.

At Louis A. Vucci P.A., we are familiar with the serious consequences of accidents that can happen on and around cruise ships. Our condolences are with the family of the victim as they mourn the loss of a loved one.