Three killed in Oceana Cruises’ Insignia fire

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 3:29 pm    

A fire broke out in the engine room of Miami-based Oceania Cruises’ Insignia ship on December 11, resulting in the deaths of one crew member and two contractors, Cruise Hive reported.

The cruise ship fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. as crew members and contractors were working on this ship. Two other crew members were brought to the hospital with injuries.

Oceania Cruises president and COO Jason Montague, plus the cruise line’s support and technical personnel, remained in St. Lucia to make sure that guests were taken care of. Every guest was booked a complimentary flight back to Miami, received a full refund, and were granted credit towards a future cruise with the company.

The cruise ship was traveling on a 10-day trip that left San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7 and was set to dock at a port in Miami on December 17.

The attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci P.A., hope for the quick recovery of those injured and extend their condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.


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.


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.