The cruise ship business is one that is constantly growing. Companies feel pressure to compete with each other and to innovate the cruise experience to make each voyage more exciting than the last. As a result, these companies often make problematic business decisions, which require excessive amounts of money and occasionally lead to them going to court. Additionally, climate change and rising sea levels are a growing concern within the cruise line business, and cruise companies are being forced to start thinking about the future of their businesses.
Between their large construction projects, constant innovation, criminal activity, and negligence on the part of operators or staff, cruise lines have been in the headlines a lot lately, and as passengers who can be hurt by the negligence of these major cruise operators, we should all be paying attention to the state of the industry and the dangers that cruises pose to consumers.
Recent Lawsuits Against the Cruise Lines
Recently, three people (one from the Bahamas and two from Alaska), told a court they wanted to be recognized as victims of Carnival Corporation’s environmental crimes. This came up during a trial between Carnival and federal prosecutors over the company’s illegal dumping of over 500,000 gallons of treated sewage into the ocean. The Carnival Corporation eventually pleaded guilty to these crimes and as a result paid $40 million in fines and was put on probation for five years.
During those probationary years, their court-appointed monitor found that they continued violating international environmental laws through the burning unfiltered heavy fuel oil and other illegal activities such as falsifying records, dumping plastic into the ocean, using a back channel to communicate with the Coast Guard, failing to give their environmental compliance officer the level of authority outlined in their probation, and improperly preparing their ships ahead of visits by the court-appointed monitor.
The Grand Princess, one of the ships owned by Carnival, even docked in Alaska in 2017 with a dead whale on the bow of the ship. As a result, they were put back on trial for violating their probation, during which the judge threatened to ban the company’s ships from docking at U.S. ports. The public wrote letters urging her to punish the cruise line for their repeated violations.
Another concerning trend in cruise line behavior is a sense of disdain for the safety of their passengers and a lack of regulations to protect their safety. For example, MSC cruises was sued by the mother of a 14-year old girl who was sexually assaulted by one of their crew members. The cruise line did not look at employment history or perform a background check before hiring the crew member. The girl was on the cruise with her grandparents and older sister because her younger brother had his finger amputated by a door and her parents disembarked to take him to the hospital. MSC was sued for “failing to provide reasonably safe conditions” aboard the ship, which led to the assault of a minor.
Carnival Cruise Lines had eight reports of sexual assaults between October 1st and December 31st of 2018, and Royal Caribbean had six. On the topic of passenger safety, Royal Caribbean also had issues with the Sky Pad, one of their onboard attractions that features a trampoline with bungee cords that allow a passenger to jump even higher than normal. They were forced to shut down the Sky Pad after one of the cords snapped and a passenger broke his pelvis.
Despite their repeated offenses in terms of the safety of their passengers and environmental regulations, the cruise industry continues to grow and companies continue to have enough money to think about the future of their businesses. 18 new cruise ships were set to launch this year, and the industry is expected to bring in a whopping $134 billion. Many believe that the growth in the industry is largely due to millennials and retirees, but the impact they are having on the overall popularity of cruise lines is enormous. Companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to update their vessels and attract these new audiences. The Sky Pad aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner ship was one of the updated attractions that Royal Caribbean brought aboard during a $100 million remodel meant to attract millennials such as the 25-year-old who broke his pelvis.
With this rapid growth, there are growing concerns about the environmental impact of these expansions, especially if companies continue to behave as if they are above the law when it comes to environmental regulations. Additionally, companies are constantly looking for the next big thing in onboard entertainment and are making investments to develop the industry in places like China. One recent trend that companies are starting to have to pay attention to is climate change and rising sea levels.
Royal Caribbean is planning to spend $300 million to make their new PortMiami office look like an enormous ship, and one of the updates they are planning is to make sure their structures are at least 15 feet above sea level, as rising sea levels are a growing concern. Another reason Royal Caribbean is investing such a large sum of money to build their new office in Miami is to make the cruise line competitive when it comes to recruiting employees who are the best of the best. If they are going to compete with the rest of the growing industry to gain customers, they have to recruit the best staff.
Another example of companies trying to compete is that MSC recently purchased their own private island, Ocean Cay, which all of their cruises out of PortMiami will stop at. The company is working to build a larger terminal along PortMiami that won’t be completed until 2022, though in MSC’s case executives declined to say whether or not they were concerned about rising sea levels. Two other cruise lines, Norweigan Cruise line, and Virgin Voyages, are currently constructing new terminals in the same area.
Hurt in An Accident? Call Us For Help
As the cruise line industry expands and companies continue to make mistakes, it becomes more and more important for us to hold them liable when they do something illegal or endanger the lives of their passengers. The cruise ship attorneys of Louis A. Vucci, P.A. are ready to sit down with you and discuss your accident when you call us at (786) 375-0344 or when you reach out to us online. Our consultations are always 100% free and confidential, so there is no risk to reach out to us.
Most major cruise lines are aware of a traveler’s need for wellness and activity during their vacation and offer a variety of accommodations like rock-climbing, on-board sports, and spas to cater to their health conscious customers. A new startup cruise ship, Blue World Voyages, is taking this trend a step farther by committing to providing a cruise experience completely centered around wellness and fitness. According to a new article from the Miami Herald, this new cruise ship would boast of a retractable pool that goes directly into the ocean, virtual reality baseball and golf, and farm-to-table food that comes from the very places the ship visits.
The startup cruise line is still in the process of obtaining necessary funds from investors and has already raised $15 million in investments and expects around $10 million more from crowdfunding efforts. Despite these efforts, certain cruise experts are skeptical of the ship’s success, noting that most major cruise lines already cater to the wellness wanderer and that the proposed fitness ship would be too niche to compete with these already well established ships. Whether the startup makes it off the ground or not is yet to be seen, but fitness lovers should keep an eye out to see if this innovative ship makes it on the market.
Although cruise ships are meant to offer fun and relaxation, sometimes even these nautical vacations can prove dangerous. Theft, assault, and accidents that result in injury are unfortunately common occurrences on cruise ships, and many victims do not get the help they need following such incidents. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. believes that every victim should receive justice and compensation for the crimes committed against them. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with a qualified Miami cruise ship injury attorney, please contact us at (786) 375-0344 today.
Cruise ships are known for their luxury accommodations, adventures, and exhilarating activities. From rock climbing and basketball courts to water slides and on-board surfing, cruise lines continue to compete and improve their amenities, adding more interesting and blood-pumping experiences every year. Norwegian Cruise Lines and Scuderia Ferrari have partnered together to introduce the newest experience vacation cruises have to offer, a two-floor racetrack that can accommodate up to ten electric go-karts at a time. This new addition changes the cruise-ship game and demonstrates the increasingly competitive quality of cruises, a definite plus for adventurers on vacation cruises.
This amenity is not the only new one the Norwegian Joy has to offer. The ship also contains such fantastic new technologies as hovercraft bumper cars, outdoor laser tag, revolutionary water slides, and much more. This expansive ship will set sail this June from Shanghai to Tianjin. Upgrading to more high-end rooms can yield passengers even more benefits on this luxurious cruise, like free usage of the monumental racetrack. Norwegian Joy is a revolution for cruise lines, and new and more extravagant cruise ships will undoubtedly crop up to compete with this novel pioneer.
Cruises are meant to be altogether fun, relaxing, memorable experiences for individuals and families of all ages. Unfortunately, some activities meant to be fun can result in serious injuries, in addition to other dangers on board. If you or a loved one has been injured or hurt from your stay on a cruise line, you may be entitled to compensation to make up for the physical, emotional, and financial losses you have endured. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., our qualified cruise ship injury legal team has years of experience with these cases and will fight for the full compensation you deserve. Please contact us at (786) 375-0344 today.
When people spend money on a cruise and take time off from their hectic lives, they reasonably expect to have a fun and relaxing time. They may lounge by the pool, attend a magic show, or go on late night food runs to a ship’s 24-hour buffet. Easy, light, and fun should all characterize a passenger’s experience on a cruise, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
For example, in February 2016, a couple aboard a Carnival cruise ship was violently beaten and attacked in their own room by another passenger. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. in Miami is representing the couple as they are now accusing Carnival Cruise Line of inadequate security and negligence. They add ship employees gave the attacker too much alcohol. Their harrowing experience demonstrates the hidden danger of cruise lines and the prevalence of attacks on-board.
If you go on a cruise, please have fun, but also be cautious and vigilant of potential dangers around you. Although such attacks should not occur and it is the responsibility of the cruise line to keep its passengers healthy and safe, these attacks still do unfortunately occur, as proven with the case above. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured or attacked on a cruise line, you may be entitled to compensation for your trauma because the cruise line failed in their responsibility of keeping you safe. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with a qualified cruise attorney, please contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. at (786) 375-0344 today.
Koningsdam—Holland America Line’s newest and largest ship—has a decidedly modern feel without sacrificing traditional cruise ship luxuries. Form follows function, so the Koningsdam succeeds in blending both familiar and fresh aesthetic aspects to create a luxurious experience.
Koningsdam differs from Holland America Line’s previous ships because it is light and spacious; pale woods and bright spaces of Koningsdam’s interior replace dark woods of earlier ships. Other changes include a lighter color scheme for towels, as well as a transition from oil paintings to black-and-white photographs. The addition of curved ribs to the ship reflects an appreciation for musical themes, a central aspect of Koningsdam’s appeal.
The ship also does not fall short on entertainment. Classical musicians of the Lincoln Center soothe, while Memphis-trained singers featured in the B.B. King Blues Club delight passengers. LED screens 2 stories high and 250 feet long ensure nobody misses the incredible live song-and-dance production.
Dining establishments complement the elegant design and spectacular entertainment of the Koningsdam. Upon request, passengers receive private bottles of quality wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyards, Cold Creek, and Canoe Ridge Estate. Hands-on classes and demonstrations contribute to the urban feel of the ship. The Culinary Art Center presents five-course meals and unlimited wine. Between the amazing dining experience, incredible live entertainment, and intricate design of Koningsdam, the ship guarantees a comfortable and sophisticated ambiance to the satisfaction of its passengers.
Louis A. Vucci, P.A. understands that you go on a cruise to have a carefree and relaxing break. However, accidents can still happen on vacation, and occasionally the cruise ship company’s negligence makes accidents more likely. If you sustained an injury because of a cruise company’s irresponsibility, call our offices at (786) 375-0344 for the compensation you deserve.
A new addition to the fleet of Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the Seven Seas Explorer, a massive and beautiful luxury cruise ship.
The Explorer features six restaurants, offering a variety of creative entrees, and one café. On the different decks you can find a pool, two hot tubs, putting greens, a bocce court, jogging track, and theater that performs nightly shows, a lounge that features music, a small casino, a well-stocked library, a cardroom, and of course, shuffleboards. Canyon Ranch Spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments including scrubs, wraps, baths, and massages. Also featured at the spa are a thermal suite with a sauna, as well as steam and cold rooms. Suites on the ship are spacious and many include balconies, bath tubs, showers, and walk-in closets. The overall ambiance of the ship is elegant and cool with a very spacious feel. With a crew member for every 1.4 guests, it is easy to get the attention you need.
Unfortunately, luxurious amenities are not the case for all cruise ships. When the number of crew members is low and guest needs are not attended to, incidents are more likely to occur and injuries can happen. If you are injured on a cruise ship, contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. at (786) 375-0344. Our team is ready to help you get the money you deserve.
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.
In the case of Swift & others v. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the defendant made an appeal regarding the court’s decision, which favored 16 claimants who alleged that Fred Olsen Cruise Lines did not perform their proper level of care. In particular, they say they failed meet provisions set forth under the Athens Convention of 1974, thus causing them to contract norovirus.
The judge asked whether the failure to implement the outbreak and control plan caused the passengers to contract the norovirus. In dismissing the cruise operator’s appeal, the Court of Appeals ruled that the judge that handled the case did so in an unbiased manner.
If you have sustained injury and incurred losses because of a personal injury accident that happened aboard a cruise ship, our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. can help you file the appropriate lawsuit. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to see how we can hold negligent people responsible for your plight.
Miami-based Carnival Corp. demanded the removal of Attorney David Singer from a personal injury lawsuit in the southern Florida district court. Carnival claims that Singer posted comments on Facebook to warn passengers of the “outrageously high temperatures” on the Carnival Sunshine ship, and that he published private information regarding a mediation session between his client and Carnival.
Carnival said that Singer’s “wildly improper” statements violate the federal court’s local rule on extrajudicial statements, and that the publishing private communications from the mediation directly violates a court order. A Carnival representative noted, “This court specifically ordered that ‘all discussions, representations, and statements made at the mediation conference shall be confidential and privileged’ and that ‘the court may impose sanctions against parties and/or counsel…who otherwise violate the terms of this order.”
An injury incurred on a cruise can be dangerous, especially if the injured person must wait for hours before a physician can attend to the issue. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. can be counted on to handle cases of individuals injured on cruise ships. Call our offices at (786) 375-0344 to learn more.
Century City, California-based Crystal Cruises will be opening a Miami, Florida office in early 2017 by occupying a 40,000-square-foot space at the Shrine building in downtown Miami, while keeping its Los Angeles offices.
Crystal president and chief executive officer, Edie Rodriguez, stated the company has been operating in a temporary rental space in Miami since last year with 50 employees, but noted that their operations have now grown too large for the space. Crystal’s new site is owned by their parent company, Genting Hong Kong, which is part of the Genting Group, a Malaysian conglomerate.
The Genting Group purchased the downtown Miami site in 2011 – which housed The Miami Herald back then – and bought nearby property, including the Omni Mall. Genting owns 28% of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and is a partner in Universal Studios in Singapore.
We at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. effectively handle a wide range of cases pertaining to cruise ship injuries and accidents. Should such an instance happen to you and you would like to gain formal legal representation to file a case against the responsible parties, call our offices today at (786) 375-0344.