Wounded cruise ship passenger safely rescued

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 6:31 pm    

A 53-year-old man who was injured aboard the Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess was evacuated from the ship 9 miles off Galveston, Texas last Sunday, March 22.

The captain of the Emerald Princess contacted the Coast Guard at around 8:30 p.m. that day, informing them of a passenger that needed emergency medical attention to address a partially severed digit. The man, apparently, had a door closed on his thumb, almost completely detaching it.

Petty Officer Third Class Gerald Goss, a machinery technician who was aboard the emergency response boat, said they encountered no problems when transporting the victim and that the rescue “was a very smooth transfer.”

Cruise lines need to make especially sure that they take precautions to ensure that their passengers are safe due to the isolation of the ship. When cruise ship owners or staff fail to maintain the equipment or properly safeguard their stations, they put lives at risk. If you were injured on a cruise ship due to the negligence of others, do not hesitate to call our attorneys at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. by dialing (786) 375-0344 so we can provide you with legal help regarding your situation.

CLIA predicts 23M passengers on cruise lines in 2015

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 7:42 pm    

The Cruise Lines International Association forecasted that around 23 million passengers will sail in cruise ships around the world in 2015 at a New York press conference on February 9, a number which is a 4% increase from 2014’s recorded data, the Miami Herald reported.

Adam Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the association’s new chairman, said this outlook was based on the fact that many of CLIA’s cruise line members have invested in new and highly innovative cruise ships and because new ports have been constructed across the globe.

Cruise ship passengers are vulnerable on cruise ships due to their isolated location on the world’s oceans. This can become dangerous when an injury occurs, as sufficient medical care may not be immediately available. If you have suffered injuries or mistreatment on a cruise ship, contact the attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., by calling (786) 375-0344 today to learn more.

Case may open cruise ships to medical negligence damages

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:35 pm    

The United States’ Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit’s made a decision that could be the turning point regarding personal injury accident victims at sea and their ability to sue cruise lines, Travel Weekly reported on November 23.

The case in discussion is about a man who sought medical aid for his injury while ashore in Bermuda during a cruise trip with Royal Caribbean International’s MS Explorer of the Seas back in 2011. The man succumbed to his injuries, and the man’s daughter, Patricia Franza, filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in a bid to hold the ship’s doctor and nurses responsible for the man’s death.

Although initially rejected, Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus acted on behalf of a three-judge panel and sent the case back to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to be re-evaluated.

For a period of more than 25 years, a precedent set in a 1988 case was the main basis for why courts usually rule that cruise lines cannot be held liable for the fault of their doctors or nurses, who were regarded as independent agents and not employees.

If you have a case involving medical negligence on a cruise ship our attorneys at The Louis A. Vucci P.A., may provide aggressive representation to hold the responsible parties accountable. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about the legal services we offer.

Cruise passengers contract norovirus onboard the Crown Princess

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 6:27 pm    

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Crown Princess cruise ship landed in San Pedro after a weeks-long trip, holding 172 people who suffered from norovirus, the Washington Post reported on November 16.

This is the second time this year that people on that same ship were infected with the norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cruise ship was boarded by over 4,100 people, who were met by CDC staff when the ship docked .

Crown Princess spokeswoman Susan Lomax said the cruise ship went through a stringent disinfecting process after it docked.

If you are injured or fall in on a cruise ship, it is likely that you may not receive the medical care you need. If you believe you have suffered unduly due to cruise ship conditions, the attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., may help you pursue a claim against the responsible parties. Call our offices at (786) 375-0344 today to learn about your legal options.

Steel-cutting ceremony for new Royal Caribbean ship

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:09 pm    

Royal Caribbean International began construction on a new state-of-the-art Quantum-class cruise ship, dubbed Ovation of the Seas and made official through a steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on September 22, Ship Technology reported.

In addition to highly innovative features like dancing Roboscreens, robotic bartenders, a skydiving facility, and an indoor sports arena, the massive ship will also feature a giant mechanical arm that can lift guests contained in see-through capsules into the sky. Not only will this machine likely offer a magnificent view, the ship’s never-ending list of features and entertainment options create a wildly inventive vacation spot.

All of these features, however, do not fail to hide that cruise ships can be seriously dangerous spots for an accident to occur, as it is geographically isolated and may not contain sufficiently trained medical personnel. If you have suffered any sort of injury or harm on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for any expenses or suffering incurred. Call Louis A. Vucci P.A., today at (786) 375-0344 to learn about your legal options for recourse.

Injured Carnival Fantasy passenger disembarks at Port of Charleston

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 3:52 pm    

An injured passenger on the Doral, Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Fantasy cruise ship was evacuated by a Charleston County emergency medical services response team and members of the Charleston Fire Department of South Carolina shortly after the ship left the Charleston port for a Bahamas cruise, WCSC reported on August 14.

Carnival spokesperson Aly Bello said they returned to the terminal after departing so that an injured passenger could debark; the passenger was transported to a shore-side medical facility for the treatment of his injuries. The ship’s five-day itinerary remained on schedule.

When an injury occurs on a cruise ship, there is an increased risk of inadequate or sub par medical care. Should you experience a situation like this and prompt medical attention was denied to you, the attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A., may advocate on your behalf for the financial compensation you need to recover. Call our offices at (786) 375-0344 today to discuss your case.

Boy injured on cruise ship flown to the hospital by the Coast Guard

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 3:51 pm    

The Coast Guard evacuated a four-year-old boy from a Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City after he suffered a head injury, NBC40 reported on July 28.

According to a report by a Norwegian Breakaway staff member, the boy fell from his bunk bed and incurred a head injury. The Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center was contacted around 9:45 a.m. about the incident. The helicopter crew managed to reach the cruise ship at 3 p.m. and carried the boy and his mother aboard to transport them to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Hospital administrators have reported that the boy is now in stable condition.

Cruises are a convenient way for many Americans to vacation, however, if an accident were to occur, there is often not proper medical care available. If you have been injured on a cruise ship, discuss your legal options with the attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A., today by calling (786) 375-0344.

Carnival Cruise to offer Cigar City beer on Florida-based ships

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 3:44 pm    

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.

Norwegian Cruise Line joins Carnival in banning smoking on balconies

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 1:26 pm    

Starting this November, options for smoking passengers will be seriously limited on Norwegian Cruise Line trips, Cruise Critic reported on July 16.

Norwegian is the second cruise line to prohibit smoking on cruise ship balconies; the first was Carnival Cruise Lines, which announced its decision to do so the second week of July. Only one major cruise line is holding out on the smoking ban–Holland America.

According to a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line, the effective date for the smoking ban was set for November 1 to give ample time for those passengers who want to cancel their reservation tickets without incurring penalties.

Cruises continuously change policies in order to please their clientele. Despite this, there are still risks of an accident occurring on a cruise ship, and often, there is less than adequate care available to treat injuries. If you have been hurt during your cruise trip, get in touch with our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A., by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn about your legal options.

Royal Caribbean to launch Voyager of the Seas in Hong Kong

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 3:09 pm    

Miami cruise liner Royal Caribbean International has ensured its market base in Asia by setting up office in Hong Kong, the Royal Caribbean Blog stated.

Next summer, the company’s cruise ship Voyager of the Seas will be at port in Hong Kong for 22 cruises. Voyager of the Seas will sail out of Beijing on June 26, 2015 for a six-night cruise to her new home port in Hong Kong, where she will remain until October 2015. Three- to ten-night cruises will be offered to destinations such as Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, as well as other areas in China.

Cruises are one of the most universally enjoyed American vacations. However, there is always a danger that a passenger will suffer an injury on a cruise ship, and the cruise ship company may be held liable. If you have experienced this, contact the cruise ship injury attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A., by dialing (786) 375-0344 to learn about your legal options.