Cruise execs set initiatives for advancement

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 4:20 pm    

To be successful in today’s market cruise line, CEOs underlined the importance of adapting and sometimes taking tips from one another, industry executives said in Thursday, September 19 panel discussion with travel agents at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The heads of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, and Viking Cruises talked about onboard experiences and the importance of travel agents for cruise passengers when choosing a particular cruise line, among issues.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian said cruise liners can cash in on the influx of passengers with amenities directed towards not merely the cruise-paying adult audience, but also to their children and parents/grandparents.

Viking Cruises chairman Tor Hagen said their company will have two ocean-going ships in 2015 and 2016 to complement their nearly three-dozen river-cruising vessels. As incentive to their passengers, the company will provide wine and beer, some shore tours, and access to specialty restaurants.

Despite the actions that some cruise lines are taking, innocent passengers continue to be seriously injured while on cruises. If this has happened to you or a loved one, call the attorneys from the Louis A. Vucci P.A., at (786) 375-0344 today. We might be able to help you file a claim against the cruise ship or other party responsible.


Celebrity Millenium replaces worn motor

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 9:05 pm    

Celebrity Cruises will be changing a dysfunctional propulsion motor on Celebrity Millennium so that the ship can begin making trips again on September 22. Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Tavia Robb said both the Millennium’s 2,158-passenger vessel and the 250-ton Rolls Royce Mermaid pod will be retired to the Grand Bahama Shipyard from Rotterdam.

Since the electrical issue is located in an area in the pod that is highly inaccessible, the company decided to just replace the entire pod, Robb said. Robb added that Celebrity Cruises, which is part of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, has yet to determine the exact cost of the repair.

The failure in the part of Celebrity Millennium’s two Rolls Royce propulsion pod systems, specifically the pod’s stator, was the cause of the cancellation of five Alaska cruises, Celebrity President and CEO Michael Bayley said. It has been out of commission for more than a week already.

Passengers who have had the misfortune to suffer an accident or an injury during a cruise may be able to seek compensation from the responsible cruise line or staff member with the help of our lawyers at the Louis A. Vucci P.A. Learn more about your legal options by dialing (786) 375-0344 today.


Princess Cruises will be sailing in China

Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 4:17 pm    

Princess Cruises, part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., will be headquartering its cruise ship Sapphire Princess in Shanghai, China in May 2014 and will take advantage of the opportunity at the same time to introduce the most recent addition to its line of cruise ships, called the Princess Class. A spokesperson from the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Commission welcomed the expansion of Princess Cruises – which has offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu – in China.

Earlier this year, the cruise ship company announced that it would be sailing two ships from Japan between April and October 2014.

The 2,670-passenger Princess Class will take trips that last three to seven days. Stops in South Korea would be included in all four itineraries.

Despite the many amenities that cruise ships offer, the sad reality is that passengers are all too often injured due to the negligence of others on cruise trips. If you or a loved one was harmed due to a cruise staff’s negligence or poor manufacturing of a cruise ship, call the lawyers from the Louis A. Vucci P.A., at (786) 375-0344 today to discuss pursuing a legal claim.


Four cruise trips cancelled on Celebrity Millennium

Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 pm    

According to the Miami Herald, the cruise line Celebrity Cruises, which is a division of Royal Caribbean Cruises, cancelled four cruise trips in August and September on the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium due to propulsion errors.

The trips scheduled to leave on August 23, August 30, September 6 and September 13 were cancelled in mid-August so that the cruise line could make necessary repairs of the “mechanical issue.” These cancellations came as a result of errors that two prior cruise trips to Alaska suffered.

The ship is not set to sail again until a trip leaving from San Diego on September 22.

Unfortunately, mechanical errors and malfunctions on cruise ships all too often cause innocent passengers to be injured. If this has happened to you on a cruise trip, call (786) 375-0344. Our lawyers from the Louis A. Vucci P.A., may be able to help you hold the party accountable for the accident legally and financially responsible.


Cruise lines release crime data

Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm    

Until recently, the only information available to the general public concerning cruise ship crime data came from the FBI. Unfortunately, this data only concerned crimes that had been closed, meaning that reported but unsolved crimes were not included. Recently, though, three large cruise ship companies – Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Carnival Corp. – released their own data concerning the number of serious crimes reported since 2011.

According to the numbers, on these three companies’ ships alone, 237 serious crimes were reported, a substantial increase over the 44 crimes acknowledged by the FBI’s data. In many of these instances, cruise ship companies may be liable for the injuries that cruise ship passengers could suffer as a result.

At the Louis A. Vucci P.A., our attorneys are committed to helping victims of cruise ship injuries get the justice they deserve. Contact us today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about what we can do for you.


Boy suffers brain injury on cruise ship

Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 9:32 pm    

The family of a nine year-old boy who suffered a serious brain injury on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has filed a lawsuit against the company.

The injury occurred after the family took their son, Leo, to the ship’s entertainment area, where he participated in a recreational activity organized by the ship’s staff. During the game, Leo collided with another child and fell to the floor, where his head struck a hard surface. The accident resulted in serious injuries that required emergency brain surgery.

Unfortunately, test results from the hospital indicated that there may be permanent dysfunction in one area of Leo’s brain as a result of the injury. As a result, the family is pursuing financial compensation for the costs of Leo’s medical treatment and future potential costs.

At the Louis A. Vucci P.A., our attorneys understand how serious cruise ship injuries can be, and we work to provide injured passengers with the representation they need to get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured on a cruise ship, contact us at (786) 375-0344.


Couple stranded in Turkey after incurring injury on cruise ship

Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 7:18 pm    

After sustaining a serious injury while on board an Azamara cruise ship, Tampa, Florida resident Dodge Melkonian and his wife Jill were stranded in Turkey on August 22. The ship was in the Black Sea when Dodge fell and broke his hip.

Due to the gravity of Dodge’s injuries, the ship’s crew decided to drop the couple off at Bartin, a small town on the coast of Turkey, before he was moved to a nearby hospital, where he has been since the accident. He will need to stay for 10 more days while getting a blood transfusion.

The couple wants Azamara’s parent company, Royal Caribbean, to foot their rising hospital bills, as they bought travel insurance from the group.

Taking timely legal action after incurring injuries while on a cruise ship is important, as the time allotted for the filing of claim for compensation is limited to one year following the accident. If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, don’t hesitate to enlist the services of our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., by calling (786) 375-0344.


Celebrity Millenium cancels voyage with ongoing mechanical problems

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 4:48 pm    

After experiencing repeated mechanical issue with its propulsion system, the Celebrity Millenium cruise ship has returned to port in Ketchikan, Alaska, canceling its current voyage and postponing several future trips. This week’s seven-day cruise, which began in Vancouver on August 16 and would have ended in Seward, Alaska, is not the first time the Millenium’s motors have malfunctioned—the ship’s three most recent voyages have been plagued with mechanical problems.

According to Coast Guard reports, one of the ship’s propulsion motors failed soon after leaving Ketchikan. Although the ship could sail at a slower speed with only one motor, the cruise line chose to cancel the voyage to ensure that the crew and passengers would remain safe. A spokesman for Miami-based Celebrity Cruises said the company “will do whatever is necessary to get our guests back home, at no additional cost to them.”

Passengers on the cruise have been offered full refunds, credits for future cruises, and air travel home. Celebrity said in a release that the Millenium, a 91,000 ton vessel, had more than 2,000 guests on board and 1,000 crew members. In addition to the August 16 cruise, Celebrity has also canceled the ship’s next four trips. The next scheduled cruise for the Millenium now leaves Sept. 22 from San Diego.

At Louis A. Vucci P.A., our legal team has extensive experience helping cruise passengers who have suffered financial damages or injuries recover compensation for their losses.