Cruiseport Boston is on pace to set a record for the number of passengers using the South Boston “Black Falcon” terminal as a point of departure or call in 2012, with over 350,000 estimated passengers. Black Falcon first opened to cruise ships in 1986 and was recently renovated for $11 million in 2010. The port’s use for tourism is estimated to bring over $452 million to the area economy, with $25 million going to local restaurants and shops nearby.
The owner and operator of Cruiseport Boston, a company called Massport, credited the boost in passengers to the bustling cruise line industry. Massport is estimating it will have 112 cruise ships pass through Black Falcon, a slight increase over the 107 that came through in 2011. Every year, the port attracts larger ships, including the 3,100 passenger Caribbean Princess and the 2,974 passenger Carnival Glory that came through this year.
The cruise industry is booming, but passengers must be aware of the potential for danger to protect themselves. Cruise ship accidents and cruise ship assaults occur more frequently than a vacationer would like to imagine. If you have been injured while on a cruise ship, you must have a maritime trial lawyer who understands the relevant national and international laws that are applicable. The cruise lines put a number of restrictions in the tickets that try to limit your rights to file a lawsuit if you are injured, but our firm has been working on behalf of injured victims against various cruise lines for over 45 years. We are well-versed with the proper procedures to bring a claim and/or file a lawsuit, if necessary.
If you were injured while on a cruise ship, you must act quickly as you only have a small window of opportunity to bring action against the company. The exact amount of time may vary, so call us immediately at (800) 392-6072 and visit our website to learn about your rights under maritime law and to schedule a free consultation with a qualified Boston maritime trial lawyer.
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