Royal Caribbean recently unveiled the newest addition to its Oasis Class fleet: the Harmony of the Seas. The ship spans 10 stories and contains seven unique neighborhoods for passengers to explore. The idea behind the ship’s sprawling design is to avoid guests congregating in a single area. The Harmony contains an array of attractions, from a carnival-themed Boardwalk with a carousel to a Central Park area with a full range of specialty restaurants. With seven different areas embodying seven different themes, guests feel more compelled to move around.
This idea was put to the test on the ship’s preview trip. The ship was at capacity, but still many guests were surprised to learn that more than 6,000 other passengers accompanied them onboard. The ship attracts this number by trying to provide something for everyone. Zip-lining and a trip down the multilevel slide might appeal to more adventurous-minded passengers, while seeing one of the many new theatrical productions may appeal to others. Harmony showcases a variety of entertainment options, including a comedy show, an ice skating show, an acrobat and diving show, and an adaptation of “Grease” that blends together the Broadway musical and the 1978 movie.
One of the ship’s main selling points is the unique bar area that seems straight out of a science fiction movie. Robotic bartenders take orders form tablets placed around the bar. They then mix drinks from a full range of bottles that hang from the bar’s celling. The ship also features WOWbands, wristbands created to lessen the need for room keys. The bands come in a range of colors and can complete any key card task short of turning on the lights in your cabin.
The increased automation onboard the Harmony is designed to match the utmost ease of use that guests have become accustomed to. With new technologies such as these also comes new problems. With fewer human staff onboard to resolve these issues, the chance of misconduct and injury can also increase. If you suffer an injury on a cruise ship and would like legal assistance, then seek the legal assistance of the cruise ship injury attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. by calling our offices at (786) 375-0344.
Dzung Tran, a passenger of Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor, filed a lawsuit against the company after his arm was ripped open while playing mini-golf on the cruise ship.
According to the lawsuit, Tran was playing mini-golf on the cruise ship last summer when he lost his footing, stumbled, and fell over a loose border on the course. The impact caused him to sustain numerous injuries on his arm, including a major gash that left his arm wide open. Tran said a club tore a major artery in his arm.
Carnival Cruise has yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit as of the time of reporting.
At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., our team of experienced legal professionals is fully engaged when it comes to handling cruise ship accident cases of any kind. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 so that we can attend to your case right away.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.