Category Archives: Cruise Ship Accidents

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Are Cruise Ship Workers Protected by Maritime Law?

Last week, we wrote about how a cruise ship employee died during a safety drill on the Harmony of the Seas, which is the world’s largest cruise ship. At the time, the ship was docked in France. Due to the fact the accident took place in another country, some may be confused about what the rights of cruise ship crewmembers are while they are abroad. More often than not, we hear more about the injuries and safety of cruise ship passengers. However, cruise ship workers are still vulnerable to negligence that can cause injuries and even death. Typical cruise ship crewmember injuries include: Disk-related back injuries Soft tissue injuries Burns Amputation injuries Drowning Exposure to illnesses, such as the noro virus Injured Cruise Ship Crewmembers Must Consult a Maritime Attorney Usually, when a cruise ship worker sustains and injuries, the cruise line throws mounds of paperwork at the employee to…
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Are Safety Drills Causing Maritime Accidents?

Earlier this month, a seafarer died and four were injured in a maritime accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world that just sailed its inaugural voyage this year. Specifically, a lifeboat fell 30 feet from its davit and into the water during a ship safety drill. Of the injured maritime workers on board the lifeboat, two are in critical condition. This is the second fatal lifeboat accident to occur on a cruise ship in the last three months. Lifeboat safety drills are required under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. However, The Maritime Executive calls them one of the “most hazardous planned evolutions in the maritime industry.” What Causes Maritime Accidents During Safety Drills? A lifeboat’s complicated quick-release hooks that suspend them from the davits are typically designed to hold the heavy loads for years at a time and then come…
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Why are Passengers Calling Royal Caribbean a Nightmare Cruise Line?

Last month, a cruise ship passenger from Texas fell 100 feet into the water from a Royal Caribbean cruise line. After an exhaustive effort covering more than 2,500 miles, the Coast Guard called off the search and explained the fall would have likely killed the passenger or stunned him, which means he would have drowned. Two weeks after this incident, a lawsuit was filed against Royal Caribbean by the family of a Florida passenger who also fell overboard and whose body was never recovered. The lawsuit alleges the cruise line negligently overserved the passenger alcohol, which caused his fall. The claimant also says these circumstances were not an isolated incident and the cruise line has had other passengers fall to their deaths overboard. In late February, Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was hit with a norovirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease control reported 3 percent of the…
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