Celebrity Summit returns to dock to unload injured passenger

Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 3:28 pm    

Officials on board the Celebrity Sumnmit cruise ship decided to return to Bermuda on July 22 after a cruise ship passenger was injured.

Pilot boat St. David assisted the cruise ship with retrieving the injured man by rendezvousing with Celebrity Summit around 9:30 p.m. in the waters off the east end. The pilot boat docked at Ordnance Island, which is located within the limits of St. Georgestown, where an awaiting ambulance took the victim to King Edward Memorial Hospital for the treatment of his wounds. According to Bermuda news station Bernews, the man sustained facial injuries during a fall on board the cruise ship.

Although they attract millions of American tourists yearly, cruise ship trips can bring about unfortunate accidents, especially when the owners of the boat fail to properly maintain it. Cruise ships present unique injury risks, so Louis A. Vucci P.A. is here to help if you are injured on a ship due to another person’s negligence. Get in touch with our team by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Filipino man dies during Norwegian Breakaway’s routine safety drill

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 5:15 pm    

A 41-year-old Filipino crewman on Bermuda-incorporated, Miami, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s Norwegian Breakaway lost his life after he fell overboard during a safety training drill while the ship was anchored at King’s Wharf in Dockyard in Hamilton, Bermuda on Wednesday, July 20. The victim was one of four crew members who were taken to the local hospital, a report from The Royal Gazette showed. The three other crew members sustained injuries of an undisclosed nature and were being medically treated.

According to a Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman, the rope tethering of the lifeboat got loosened and it was left hanging from one wire, causing four crew members to fall into the water; one of the men who fell into the water broke his bones. The men were rescued by staff of the tour boat Aristocrat, who pulled the injured men ashore.

Acting Minister of Tourism, Development, and Transport of the One Bermuda Alliance Grant Gibbons said the government had already contacted Norwegian Cruise Line to talk about the matter.

The attorneys of Louis A. Vucci P.A. work exclusively with cruise ship accidents and have a unique understanding of how to help the victims of such incidents. Their thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones.


Cruise ship accident caused by fuel leak

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 9:41 pm    

On Saturday, July 16, a cruise ship owned by the Iquito, Peru-based Aqua Expeditions exploded on the port of Iquitos, causing the death of seven crewmen and injuring 13 other individuals.

According to preliminary investigations, the tourist boat was being refueled near the banks of the River Itaya in the province of Loreto when the ship exploded, causing it to partially sink. The crewmen involved in the accident were doing maintenance cleanups at the time of the accident. Officials said a dive team from the Navy is conducting recovery efforts to obtain the bodies of five crewmen who were trapped under the vessel. Aqua Expeditions officials said that even though the explosion happened when the ship was refueling, they were refueling in a proper manner and following all safety guidelines while doing so.

Louis A. Vucci, P.A. sees the damage done by cruise ships due to negligence or pure accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.


Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas’ eight-year-old passenger nearly drowns in indoor swimming pool

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 9:14 pm    

Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s 4,905-passenger Anthem of the Seas, which was heading on a one-week itinerary to Bermuda and the Caribbean from Bayonne in Hudson County, New Jersey, recently had an eight-year-old passenger who fell into an indoor swimming pool and nearly drowned, reports from the United States Coast Guard showed.

The child reportedly received cardiopulmonary resuscitation while onboard the ship, which cut its trip short and returned to Bayonne, so the child could be medically attended to.

Similar incidents have happened before. A four-year-old boy almost drowned in a wave pool in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in January 2015, resulting in a lawsuit against the company that forced it to station lifeguards beside the pools on the cruise ship.

At Miami-based America-British cruise company Carnival Corp. & plc, the parent company of brands that include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Fathom, and Princess, management requires children under 13 to swim with their parents.

Cruises provide a somewhat more affordable travel option for individuals and families. However, passengers may be exposed to the dangers of unique injury risks while onboard cruise ships. Our cruise ship injury lawyers at Louis A. Vucci P.A. provide legal representation for cruise ship injury victims. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Carnival Cruise ship goes back after girl gets seriously injured

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 5:27 pm    

A Carnival Cruise Line ship was forced to go return to its Galveston, Texas port on Monday, June 13 after a girl fell down a flight of stairs and incurred serious injury.

According to a news report posted on ABC13.com, a Carnival Cruise Line spokesman said medical respondents evaluated the girl at the ship’s medical center after the fall and came to the conclusion that she needed to be taken back to land for medical treatment. She was in stable condition as she was removed from the ship.

Our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. are committed to providing aggressive and dedicated legal representation to people who have been injured in cruise ship accidents. If you’ve been hurt on a cruise ship, contact us at (786) 375-0344 today.


Celebrity Infinity collides with dock in Ketchikan

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 3:52 pm    

The Celebrity Infinity cruise ship, owned and operated by Miami, Florida-based Celebrity Cruises, collided with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska on Friday, June 3. The incident is currently under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Coast Guard said Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan investigators responded to the scene after the cruise ship crashed into the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock. The Coast Guard in the Juneau command center was informed of the accident by Friday afternoon. At the moment, no injuries or extensive damage to property has been reported, according to the Coast Guard.

Cruises are among the most sought-after vacation options in the country, as they are a relatively inexpensive and convenient adventure. However, accidents still happen while travelers are on holiday. If you were injured during a cruise ship trip, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from the attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices at (786) 375-0344.


Woman falls from Carnival Liberty bound for Mexico for a four-day cruise

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 7:36 pm    

Doral, Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line has reported that 33-year-old Carnival Liberty passenger Samantha Broberg, who was on board a ship bound for Mexico for a four-day cruise from Galveston, went overboard on Friday, May 13.

Broberg was initially reported missing by members of her traveling party.

After reviewing video surveillance, Carnival determined that Broberg had indeed gone overboard, according to video footage which “appears to show the woman going overboard around 2 a.m.” Prior to this announcement, the ship’s crew conducted a search of the cruise ship in efforts to find Broberg, posting a picture of her in every part of the ship.

As seen in this case, cruise lines have been unable to deter accidents, at times, from occurring. However, there are now reliable technology systems which can quickly detect and respond to these types of emergencies. The 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act requires cruise ships to now install this technology, such as the Mobtronic system, which is known for its 95% detection accuracy and low false alarm rates.

If you are seeking legal representation to fight for compensation for injuries you have suffered due to the negligence of a cruise ship company, please contact our team at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling (786) 375-0344 today to speak to an experienced cruise ship lawyer.


Carnival cruise ship destroys walkway when docking

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 5:54 pm    

As it was docking in the Port of Baltimore yesterday, the Carnival Pride crashed into a walkway used by passengers to enter and exit the ship, according to WJZ. The walkway collapsed and fell onto three vehicles that were beneath it. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident; the walkway was not being used and the vehicles were unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Despite the damage it caused, the Carnival Pride sustained only minor damage when it hit the Maryland cruise terminal. According to Port of Baltimore spokesman Richard Scher, “‘It was not, again, a situation where they [Carnival] feel the operation of their ship is compromised at all.’” Though it is not yet apparent what caused the cruise ship to hit the walkway, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Carnival Pride are jointly investigating the accident.

The cruise liner was returning from the Bahamas and set out on another voyage, as scheduled, later that day. While passengers could not use the walkway that would normally be used to enter the cruise, they were able to use an alternate bridge.