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.
A tour bus crash during a cruise ship excursion killed two people and injured 16 others, two of which are critically injured. The incident occurred on Dec. 6 in Tortola, an island in the British Virgin Islands, and involved Celebrity Summit cruise line passengers.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Summit said on Twitter that the Summit’s captain was at the local hospital visiting injured passengers.
The excursion bus had apparently lost control on a steep and wet road, but no further details were provided.
A statement released by Celebrity Cruises revealed the following: “The bus was independently operated, and not part of any Celebrity-sponsored shore excursion. We will refer questions about the accident and its investigation to local authorities.”
This is not the first time Celebrity Cruise passengers have been injured. In 2009, Celebrity Summit passengers sustained serious injuries when an open-air excursion vehicle veered off the roadway in Dominica.
Doral, Florida-based cruise line Carnival Cruise Lines recently signed an agreement with Tampa brewery Cigar City Brewing to offer only Cigar City beer on its Florida-based cruise ships, the Tampa Bay Times reported on July 14.
The deal was made public at an event sponsored by Carnival Legend at the Port of Tampa. With selections like the Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and the Invasion Pale Ale, this deal seeks to capitalize on the general growing affinity people feel toward craft beer. This agreement is the largest of its kind; the 13 Carnival cruise ships take 2 million passengers on board every year.
Cruises are a popular and convenient way for Americans to vacation. However, accidents do sometimes occur and often, adequate medical care is not readily available. If you are injured on a cruise ship, the attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A., may help you pursue financial compensation for any costs incurred. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about your legal options.
A cruise ship passenger, who was not named by the authorities, was taken via helicopter to a hospital in Miami, Florida after the person incurred a head injury while aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas on May 21, NBC South Florida reported.
The cause of the head wound is still unclear, although authorities placed the time of the accident at 11:30 p.m. in waters not far from Miami. Miami Fire Rescue Captain Robert Hevia said the victim was brought to Mercy Hospital and was promptly admitted to the emergency room. The cruise ship continued to the Bahamas as planned without any delay of its travel schedule.
Despite being famous for their convenience as an inclusive vacation, cruises can be a dangerous place to sustain an injury. It may result in an injured or ill passenger waiting for adequate medical treatment not readily available on the ship. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our Florida-based legal team at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. if you experience this situation.
This November, Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean International will be launching the North Star, a glass capsule designed to lift as many as 13 guests at a time 300 feet above the ocean, on their new Quantum of the Seas ship.
Other features of the 1,141-foot long, 16-decked ship Quantum of the Seas include a sports and entertainment complex complete with bumper cars, skydiving simulations, and a surfing simulator known as FlowRider. Quantum of the Seas is expected to launch on November 23, and will have the capacity to hold around 4,180 guests. It will travel a route between the Caribbean and New York City.
Cruise ships can provide guests with incredible opportunities for excitement and adventure, but unfortunately, cruise ship passengers may also be exposed to dangerous injuries or illnesses. If you or someone you love has suffered a cruise ship injury or illness, seek the legal help of our attorneys at the Vucci Law Group, P.A., by calling (786) 375-0344.
Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, a 4,180 passenger ship will debut in November. It will be based out of China instead of Europe or the Caribbean. This move marks Asia’s growing significance in the cruise ship industry.
Royal Caribbean Cruises president, Adam Goldstein said that the company has great confidence in developing and touching base with China. Goldstein hopes that Royal Caribbean’s partnership in China will give the company a competitive advantage over other shipping lines.
While cruise trips can provide people with an enjoyable experience, many people can sustain injuries and become ill during the course of the trip. If you have been injured or contracted an illness while on a cruise ship, the attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci, P.A., could help you file a claim. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.
Starting October 2015, Doral in Miami, Florida-based and British-American owned Carnival Cruise Lines will be offering 10- and 11-night cruise trips aboard its 2,754-passenger Carnival Triumph from areas between Galveston, Texas and San Juan, and Puerto Rico.
Cruise stops will include detours at lesser-known Caribbean ports, such as those in Bonaire, Grenada, Martinique, and Antigua.
According to Carnival, the new schedule will include 11-night sailings from Galveston to San Juan that will start on Oct. 24, 2015, and resume on Jan. 16, 2016. Two 10-night voyages from San Juan to Galveston will take place on Nov. 4, 2015 and Jan. 27, 2016.
The two schedules were planned with no repeating ports in mind so they can be part of a 21-night sailing trip that spans a few dozen Caribbean destinations starting from Galveston.
Unfortunately, far too many people suffer serious harm on their cruises due to the negligence of cruise staff and other parties. If this has happened to you, our lawyers at Louis A. Vucci, P.A., can possibly help you pursue compensation. Call us at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your situation and potential legal options.
Inyoman Bagiada, 45, a cook on the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship fell overboard at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29.
Bagiada was reported missing by management at 10 a.m., hours after surveillance cameras recorded him going overboard.
Coast Guard helicopters and cutters patrolled the area where Bagiada was expected to have fallen. Evidence of the incident included a pair of shoes found next to a deck railing.
If you have been injured during a cruise ship excursion due to someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t be responsible for covering the cost of damages. The attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci, P.A., represent people that have been victimized while on cruise ships. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our legal team.
Miami-based cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, recently announced that its cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, will sail from Southampton in the United Kingdom for its 2015 spring launch.
The Anthem of the Seas boasts some unconventional attractions for cruise ship passengers. The ship’s feature attraction, the North Star, is a mounted glass capsule designed to rise 300 feet above sea level, giving guests a comprehensive view of their surroundings.
In addition to the North Star viewing feature, the Anthem of the Seas will offer simulated skydiving, circus school, studio staterooms, and virtual balconies.
The popularity of cruise vacations has increased exponentially within the past 15 years. However enjoyable and economical cruises can be, they can also present dangerous situations. If you have sustained injuries while on a cruise, contact the Louis A. Vucci, P.A.. By calling (786) 375-0344 our lawyers can help determine if you are eligible for compensation.