SEPTEMBER 29– A 20-year-old man has died after falling from the forward mast of a cruise ship as it was on its way back to the port of Miami.
Miami-Dade police has identified the victim as 20-year-old North Carolina native and Clemson University student, Kendall Wernet. According to investigations, Wernet along with five or six others climbed the ship’s mast to catch the sunrise, dodging several clear warning signs on their way up. As they were gathered on the Carnival Ecstasy’s mast, the radar system was turned on and apparently caught Wernet, causing him to fall 20-feet onto the deck below.
Evidence points to this unfortunate incident as an accident, with no proof that there was alcohol or foul play involved.
Our entire Miami based legal team at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. sends our condolences to Kendall’s friends and family in this unfortunate time.
Miami-based Royal Caribbean International announced it will conclude its cruise ship service next year from the Port of New Orleans, The Times-Picayune reported on June 10.
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Janet Diaz said there are no New Orleans ships planned for the winter of 2015-2016. The 2,360-passenger Serenade of the Seas ship replaced the larger Navigator of the Seas at the port in December 2013. Serenade underwent a major $29 million renovation. Three restaurants and an outdoor café were added, plus a wireless internet connection was installed throughout.
Port of New Orleans president and CEO Gary LaGrange said that upon conferring with Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein, he gathered that there is a possibility that Hong Kong will replace New Orleans as a port destination due to an increasing demand for cruise ships in Asia. The cruise line has not yet said whether it will return to port at New Orleans in 2016.
Cruises are a beloved vacation for many American families. However, dangers are still prevalent on cruise ships. If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, contact a member of our legal team at the Louis A. Vucci, P.A. today by dialing (786) 375-0344 to discuss your situation.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox has partnered with Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in an initiative to monitor ocean circulation dynamics and assess oceanic and atmospheric conditions, the Royal Caribbean blog reported on May 13.
The data gathered by both cruise lines is turned over to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for analysis. Included in the list of things that the scientists record are ocean temperature, ocean surface properties, salinity, and chlorophyll concentration. They also monitor meteorological data. Understanding and comparing this data will make it easier for scientists to forecast climate change effects on marine life and habitats like coral reefs.
Cruises are popular with families in the United States as a convenient way to experience fun and travel on a vacation. However, cruises also expose passengers to injuries they may not be able to treat as well on site. If this happens to you on a cruise, call our attorneys at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. by dialing (786) 375-0344.
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.