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October 19, 2016

43-Year-Old Man Medevaced Off Norwegian Gem Near Bermuda

Elizabeth City Coast Guard Medevacs Man off Norwegian Gem.jpgThe Coast Guard is reporting it medevaced a 43-year-old man Tuesday off the Norwegian Gem cruise ship 225 miles southwest of Bermuda. Air Station Elizabeth City watchstanders were notified at approximately 12:45 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering appendicitis . A C-130 airplane rescue crew and MH-60 helicopter rescue crew were dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City arriving on scene at approximately 12:09 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man and his wife and transported them to Bermuda where local emergency personnel were awaiting to transfer him to a local hospital.


Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger Near Bermuda, U.S. Coast Guard News, October 19, 2016.

October 10, 2016

Toddler Nearly Drowns Aboard Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor Pool Near Drowning.jpgA 2-year-old boy has been hospitalized after nearly drowning aboard the Carnival Splendor. According to reports, Saturday around 3:00 p.m. while the ship was docked at Port Miami, the toddler's mother lost sight of him briefly and minutes later found him in one of the ship's pools. A passenger aboard the ship who is a paramedic rendered assistance and the child was taken to the ship's infirmary. The toddler was then transferred by local emergency personnel to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The toddler was reportedly conscious and stable at the time of his transfer to the hospital. We sincerely wish the young child a speedy recovery and send our best to his family.

Just three months ago, we reported on the tragic death of an 8 year-old-boy aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. Still, cruise lines continue to refuse to provide lifeguards on their ships claiming they comply with all safety requirements by posting visible signs alerting passengers to the fact that a lifeguard is not on duty and that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Carnival carries approximately 700,000 children a year aboard its ships. While failing to provide lifeguards to protect children, it advertises and promotes, unlimited all-inclusive beverage packages with its Cheers! Program. No doubt, parents must supervise their children but cruise lines should be required to protect the safety of their passengers by implementing simple safety measures such as lifeguards.

Sources and Photo source:

Child Almost Drowns of Carnival Cruise Ship
, Cruise Hive, October 9, 2016.

Photo by Carnival

October 7, 2016

Second Passenger Medevaced Off Carnival Triumph Within 10 Days

Coast-Guard-Rescue-Helicopter.jpgThe Coast Guard is reporting that it has medevaced an 84-year-old passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship on Wednesday October 5th. The cruise ship sent a request to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans to medevac a passenger suffering heart attack-like symptoms.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, who hoisted the passenger while the ship was approximately 100 miles south of Southwest pass. The aircrew transported the passenger to Air Station New Orleans where a waiting ambulance took him to West Jefferson Medical Center. The man's condition is unknown at this time.

Built in 1999, the Carnival Triumph can carry 3,143 passengers. The cruise ship is currently sailing scheduled routes from New Orleans. This makes the second time within 10 days the Coast Guard was called to medevac a passenger from the Carnival Triumph. The other case involved a 60-year-old female passenger.

Photo Credit: Coast Guard News

October 4, 2016

Hurricane Mathew Forces Cruise Ships to Alter Itineraries

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Hurricane Matthew is causing multiple cruise ships including the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas to alter their itineraries as the storm travels Cuba and the Bahamas. Several cruise ships will avoid travel to the Bahamas and will instead head to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

According to reports, the storm made landfall in Haiti early this morning carrying winds of 145 mph causing devastating damage to the island. Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass over eastern Cuba and portions of the Bahamas later today then heading toward the US, dropping down to a category 3 with 120 mph winds.

The United States Coast Guard Captain for South Florida Ports has set port condition whiskey for Port Miami, Miami River Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the storm's expected track near southwest Florida.

Vessels bound for South Florida unable to depart prior to Hurricane Matthew making landfall are being advised to seek an alternate destination. Additionally, vessels desiring to remain in port have to obtain permission and submit a safe-mooring plan in writing.

Sources and Photo Credit:

Hurricane Matthew Forces Cruise Ships to Alter Course, USA Today, October 3, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti, CNN, October 4, 2016.

Mariners Urged to Prepare Now for Hurricane Matthew; Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey for South Florida, U.S. Coast Guard, October 3, 2016.

Photograph made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

September 30, 2016

Passenger Medevaced from Celebrity Infinity Off the Oregon Coast

MH-65-Rescue-Helicopter.jpgThe Coast Guard is reporting that it medically evacuated a 76-year-old man on Thursday September 29th off the Celebrity cruise ship Infinity approximately 30 miles southwest of Brookings, Oregon. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 1:10 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding. Due to the severity of his condition, a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended that the man be taken off the cruise ship and to a shore side hospital for treatment. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay and arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. The helicopter landed on the cruise ship to board the man along with a ship's nurse. They were transported to an awaiting emergency medical services personnel at St. John's Hospital in Eureka, California.

September 27, 2016

Injured Carinval Cruise Passenger Medevaced off Louisiana Coast

StaVenice_Logo.jpgThe Coast Guard is reporting that it medevaced a 60-year-old woman passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 8:43 pm on Monday, September 26th, from the Carnival Triumph requesting a medevac of one of its passengers who was injured during the cruise. The request was related to Coast Guard Station Venice who dispatched a 45-foot response boat which met the cruise ship approximately seven miles off the Venice, Louisiana coast at 9:39 p.m. The injured passenger and her husband were transported to emergency medical services at the Venice Coast Guard Station. The couple were then transported by ambulance to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner. The passenger is listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time what caused the injury. The Carnival Triumph is currently sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans.

September 19, 2016

Woman Passenger Medevaced from Carnival Dream Cruise Ship

Coast-Guard-Medevac-Cruise-Passenger.jpgThe United States Coast Guard medevaced a 71-year-old female passenger from the Carnival Dream after she started have difficulty breathing. The medical emergency was reported the morning of September 18 when the cruise ship was near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The ship notified the Coast Guard that the passenger was showing signs of respiratory distress. The Coast Guard decided to dispatch a helicopter crew from its New Orleans air station to air-lift the passenger. The helicopter intercepted the cruise ship where the passenger and the ship's doctor was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center. The passenger is listed in stable condition.

September 12, 2016

NCL Denied Summary Judgment in a Cabin Bathroom Slip and Fall Personal Injury Lawsuit

Slip-and-Fall-Injury-NCL-Bathroom.jpgThis case involves a passenger aboard NCL's Norwegian Jewel cruise ship who allegedly slipped and fell in her handicapped accessible cabin's bathroom. The lawsuit filed in Miami, Florida Federal Court alleges that water backed up into the bathroom causing the floor to be unreasonably slippery. The complaint goes on to claim that when the passenger walked into her cabin's bathroom, she slipped and fell suffering an ankle injury. The passenger, after filing the lawsuit, passed away and her husband, as administrator of her estate, was substituted as the Plaintiff.

To establish a negligence claim under maritime law the plaintiff must show: (1) that the cruise line owed plaintiff a duty; (2) that defendant breached that duty; (3) that this breach was the proximate cause of plaintiff's injury; and (4) that plaintiff suffered damages. NCL asked the Court to dismiss the lawsuit arguing that a reasonable jury cannot find that it was negligent in causing the slip and fall accident. Under maritime law, to be found negligence for a transient hazardous condition such as water on the floor, the plaintiff must prove that the cruise line knew or should have known of the condition and had an opportunity to correct it before the accident. The cruise line argued that there was no evidence that it had notice of water on the bathroom's floor or any condition that could have led to the accident. Countering NCL's argument, the passenger's husband presented evidence that the cruise line knew that guest bathrooms had flooded in the past including five prior reports concerning the subject bathroom.

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September 7, 2016

Coast Guard Reports Crews Searching for Woman Who Fell Off Carnival Cruise Ship

Carnival-Ecstasy-Passenger-Overboard.JPGThe Coast Guard tweeted this morning that crews are searching for a 32-year-old woman who reportedly fell of the Carnival Cruise ship Ecstasy 27 miles Southwest of Freeport, Bahamas. The woman is said to have fallen off the ship's Verandah deck around 2:30 AM Wednesday, September 07, 2016. The search and rescue operation is made up of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet. The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber was also diverted to assist in the search and rescue. The ship was leaving Nassau and heading towards Charleston, South Carolina, where it was scheduled to arrive on Thursday. In addition to Coast Guard assets searching for the missing women, maritime law also requires the cruise ship to conduct a search and rescue operation until revealed.

Sources: U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom

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September 6, 2016

Texas Man Dies in Jet Ski Accident During Shore Excursion

slide3.jpgA cruise ship passenger traveling onboard the Carnival Splendor died last Wednesday due to a Jet Ski accident at Cockleshell Bay in Sports, the 40-year-old man from Texas rented a Jet Ski and while jet skiing had some difficulty falling from the personal watercraft into the water. Friends assisted him to shore and Emergency Medical Services transferred him to Joseph N. France General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. We extend our deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Local agencies are investigating this incident.

Cruise lines often offer various watersports as shore excursions. While many cruise ship passengers believe that excursions offered by the cruise lines on their websites are operated by the cruise lines themselves that is rarely the case. Cruise lines reject all responsibility for the negligence of independent contractors despite the control asserted over these companies and the large profits earned by the cruise lines from shore excursions.

We have successfully represented cruise ship passengers for injuries sustained while participating in shore excursions asserting various theories of liability against the cruise lines including negligence for failure to warn of dangerous or defective conditions and negligent selection and/or retention of shore excursion operators. For more information, please visit our Cruise Ship Passenger Shore Excursion Injury & Accident Page on our Website or Contact Us.


Cruise Ship Passenger Dies From Jet Ski Accident in St Kitts
, Cruise Hive, September 3, 2016

Jet Ski Accident Claims Life of Tourist, SKNVibes, September 1, 2016

September 2, 2016

Georgia Woman Files Suit Against NCL for Alleged Rape by Cruise Ship Bartender


A Georgia woman has filed suit against Norwegian Cruise Lines in the U.S. Southern District of Florida alleging she was raped by a bartender of the cruise line while she was a passenger aboard the M/V Norwegian Sky. According to the Complaint, the bartender singled out the woman and plied her with alcohol and/or spiked her beverage.

The woman claims the bartender took her to into an isolated crew-only storage room on deck 12 and shut the door, moments later the bartender entered the storage room and refused to let the woman out despite her repeated pleas. The last event the woman recalled before coming to on deck 11, was the man pushing her head down toward his penis and telling her to be a "good girl."

Upon coming to the woman claims she was sore in her private parts. She immediately reported the events to a security officer who rather than taking her directly to the infirmary took her to her room and had her drink water and eat while interviewing her. The complaint alleges that crew officials intentionally disregarded rape kit protocols, interfered with the collection of evidence and/or spoliated evidence from the sexual assault and potentially any substance in the alcoholic beverages she consumed.

Unfortunately, assault and rape reports by crew members aboard cruise ships against passengers and fellow crew members are all too common. With policies that encourage over-serving of alcohol to passengers while failing to properly supervise and monitor crew members, sexual assaults remain rampant on cruise ships despite measures by Congress to address this growing issue. Some measures include the 2010 passage of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which requires cruise lines to report crimes involving U.S. citizens to the FBI and to disclose their crime statistics. The cruise lines reports may be accessed by visiting Department of Transportation website.

Our firm is experienced in handling sexual assault claims against cruise lines, for more information visit our Sexual Assault information page.


August 28, 2016

Cruise Ship Collides with Three Boats in Boston Harbor (2016)

Boston-Harbor-Cruise-Ship-Collides.jpgThe U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a mechanical failure which caused the Boston Harbor Cruises ship Regency to collide with three other tourist boats belonging to the same company while approaching Long Wharf. A witness to the incident, Rick Natale, stated "It looked like the captain had no control." Natale told Fox News that the Regency collided with the speed boat Codzilla then became wedged between a whale-watching boat and water taxi. Other witnesses told news outlets that black, thick smoke emanated from the Regency as it tried to reverse.

The Regency was carrying dozens of passengers at the time of incident. Firefighters were called to the scene to escort passengers off the disabled cruise ship. All passengers and crew onboard the cruise ship was able to safely disembark. The Coast Guard reported that the whale watching boat and water taxi suffered only minor damage for the incident but the Regency and Codzilla would require repairs.

A statement issued by Boston Harbor Cruises read: "that an air control actuator in one of the vessel's four engines malfunctioned. This failure prevented the captain from disengaging forward propulsion on the outboard starboard engine during his approach to Long Wharf."

Sources: Fox News Travel
Maritime Executive

Photo Credit: Evan Kirstel / Twitter

August 22, 2016

45-Year-Old Man Found Dead on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship


A 45-year-old American man was found dead in his cabin on board the Grandeur of the Seas on Saturday, August 20. No foul play is suspected at this time but Bermuda police continue to investigate the man's death along with ship authorities. We extend our deepest condolences to the man's family.

The Grandeur of the Seas was sailing an 8-night Bermuda and Bahamas cruise and is scheduled to arrive in home port in Baltimore, Maryland on August 27.

We will continue to monitor this story and report on any developments.

Sources and Photo Credit:

Photo: Tony Hisgett, Creative Commons

Police Confirm Death of Cruise Ship Passenger, Bernews, August 21, 2016

Cruise Ship Passenger Found Dead in Cabin, The Royal Gazette, August 21, 2016

August 18, 2016

Cruise Ship Fire Forces More Than 500 Passengers and Crew Personnel to Evacuate in Puerto Rico

An America Cruise Ferries cruise ferry combination ship had to evacuate 500 plus passengers due to a fire that started in the ship's control room and was unable to be put out by ship personnel. According to reports a hose carrying fuel burst open and caught fire. The fire was eventually extinguished but the boat system's collapsed and the ship was rendered unsafe requiring the evacuation of all passengers and crew members.

Although no fatalities or major injuries were reported, 24 people were hospitalized and many were treated at the scene for heat stroke and dehydration. The Caribbean Fantasy was traveling from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic carrying mostly Dominican passengers. Among the passengers were a 22 member cycling team, a girls' volleyball team and a boys' baseball team.

The ship has been safely docked at San Juan's harbor in Puerto Rico.

Sources and Photo Credit:

Photo: Carlos Giusti/Associated Press

Cruise-Ship Fire Near Puerto Rico Spurs U.S. Coast Guard to Evacuate Passengers
, The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2016.

More than 500 Evacuated Burning Ferry Off Puerto Rico, Independent, August 17, 2016.

August 16, 2016

Woman Survives Fall off Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

A 32 year-old woman traveling aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship fell overboard last Wednesday after leaning too far over the guard rail of the fourth deck while sightseeing. The height from the fourth deck to the water is estimated to be 65 feet. Her parents, reportedly traveling with her did not realize she was missing until hours later when she did not return from a stroll around the ship. Her family and more than 100 volunteers searched the ship to no avail. Police gave her parents little hope of her survival if she had fallen from the deck to the water.

Incredibly, the woman survived the fall into the icy water and drifted at sea for 38 hours without a life jacket. She reported yelling for help to other passing ships but was not heard. It was not until Friday morning that a fishing boat spotted her and rescued her. She was taken to the hospital to treat blisters on her arms from jellyfish stings and was released on Saturday.

The ship was on a five day cruise from Shanghai to South Korea and Japan.

Sources and Photo Credit:
Woman Survives 38 Hours in the Sea after Falling from Cruise Ship, The Telegraph, August 16, 2016.
Woman Falls Overboard on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship, Starts at 60, August 16, 2016.
Woman Survives Fall from Ship Which Leaves Her Drifting At Sea for 38 Hours, Mirror, August 16, 2016.