Carnival’s New Ship “Vista” Features The World’s First Beer Brewery at Sea

With Royal Caribbean leading the cruise ship industry after it’s recent launch of the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world right now, Carnival has decided it won’t be out shined any longer. The cruise line led by new CEO Arnold Donald is hoping to recapture the market’s interest with it’s largest ship, the Carnival Vista. Carnival’s new ship, the Vista has a passenger capacity of 4,980, weighing in at 133,500 tons and will feature what we believe to be the very first craft beer brewery at sea. The Red Frog Pub & Brewery located on the promenade deck will brew three special flavors derived from Concrete Beach Brewery-a brand of Alchemy and Science, a subsidiary brand of The Boston Beer Company. The Miami based brewery has the capacity to brew around 18 barrels per week and is welcomes guest to tour its grounds for a fee of $12.95 a person which includes a tasting. As if introducing the world’s first brewery at sea was not enough, the Vista will also feature the very first IMAX theater on a cruise ship. If that doesn’t do it for you, the ship will also include a 455-foot-long water tube slide—the largest in Carnival history. The release of the Vista is the first new Carnival ship in four years and is currently sailing in the Mediterranean. The ship will make its way to Carnival’s home port—the port of Miami this fall and will offer six-night Caribbean voyages to Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Mexico; in addition to eight-night voyages making stops in Aruba, Grand Turk, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Bonaire,...

Tragedy Strikes for Family of Texas Woman Who Fell Overboard Carnival’s Liberty Ship

Tragedy struck once again aboard a cruise ship–this time for Samantha Bromberg, the 33-year-old wife of Karl Bromberg, the famous thoroughbred horse trainer. The mother of four was reported missing from the Carnival Liberty. which was en route from Galveston, Texas, to Cozumel on a four-day cruise.  The Liberty has a passenger capacity of nearly 3,000 and a crew of 1,200.   The crew began searching the ship for Mrs. Bromberg around noon, but later examination of CCTV footage showed that the woman fell overboard Carnival’s Liberty ship around 2:00 A.M. from Deck 10.   Unfortunately–and inexplicably–it took the crew another three hours to contact the United States Coast Guard.   According to reports, during that delay  announcements were repeatedly made asking anyone who might have seen Mrs. Bromberg–or Mrs. Bromberg herself–to contact security, while the crew searched for her cabin by cabin. That process was still unfolding a full 15 hours from the time she went overboard. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crews from Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, and Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, searched night and day in an area 200 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. See map at  www.google.com/maps/@27.6743155,-96.8294863,6z.  The search covered more than 3,000 square miles before it was suspended and Mrs. Bromberg was presumed dead. Mrs. Bromberg is the fourth person our cruise ship accident law firm is aware of who has fallen overboard from a cruise ship this year–so far.  Whatever the reason for this incident, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Bromberg family, and also to encourage Carnival and other cruise lines–like Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC, Disney, Princess,...

Ireland–Europe’s Hottest Cruise Ship Destination for 2016

Planning the family vacation for this summer?  We think you ought to consider cruising to Ireland–arguably Europe’s hottest cruise ship destination for 2016. In fact, Ireland is enjoying record-breaking visits from cruise passengers.  According to Cruise Lines International (CLIA), Ireland recorded nearly 2 million passengers last year, breaking the 2014 record by 145,000 with even higher expectations for 2016. Most major cruise lines advertise itineraries that include Ireland.  RCCL already ports its Anthem of the Seas and the soon-to-be launched largest cruise ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas, in Ireland. In addition, Princess Cruises and Carnival’s P&O Cruises Britannia currently book cruises to Ireland. I recently had the pleasure of attending the SeaTrade Cruise Global Conference which attracts some of the biggest names in the cruise ship industry in addition to vendors,maritime injury lawyers, and port authority representatives from around the world. Speaking recently at SeaTrade Global, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tony McAuley, Business Development Executive for Belfast Harbour, spoke enthusiastically about how Ireland has quickly become a major cruise ship destination for passengers from all over the world. The epicenter of Ireland’s excitement is the Port of Cobh in the County of Cork, the largest and most-visited cruise line port in Ireland. Cobh is the only port in Ireland to feature a dedicated passenger cruise ship terminal, accommodating over 100,000 cruise passengers each year in a welcoming and walkable port town filled with old-fashioned pubs and great restaurants. For many cruise passengers, Cobh will provide a savory first taste of this magnificent country. The plentiful exciting attractions in Cobh for passengers to enjoy include the...

CDC Investigates Norovirus Outbreak on Disney’s Wonder Ship After 145 Passengers Fall Ill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 131 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship fell ill to a norovirus outbreak last week.  The typical symptoms of the norovirus are very unpleasant and include projectile vomiting and diarrhea.   Whatever policies and procedures Disney typically utilizes to prevent this type of disaster failed on this cruise, and I am sure they are scrambling to figure out where the procedure broke down.   In December, the ship had registered a nearly perfect CDC inspection score. Disney cruise ships are among the cleanest and safest and enjoy usually high scores when the CDC inspects their sanitary conditions.  However, the Wonder is the second oldest ship in the Disney fleet, and perhaps it is time to for Disney to consider an overhaul. While the official cause has yet to be determined in this case, typically norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships like these start with passengers spreading fecal-based germs on surfaces like door handles, tables, and stairway railings.  The Wonder is the tenth ship to report an outbreak so far in 2016.    The other ships, their lines, cruise dates, and the outbreaks’ causes: Cruise Line Cruise Ship Sailing Dates Causative Agent Disney Cruise Line Disney Wonder 4/27 – 5/1 Unknown Fred Olsen Cruises Balmoral 4/16 – 5/20 Norovirus Oceania Cruises Oceania Riviera 3/20 – 4/2 Norovirus Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem 3/12 – 3/22 Norovirus Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit 3/3 – 3/21 Unknown Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Sunshine 2/21 – 3/5 Norovirus Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Anthem of the Seas 2/21 – 3/4 Norovirus Princess Cruises...

Why I’m Not Cruising to Cuba with Carnival This Summer

Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest passenger cruise ship conglomerate, is certainly in a hurry to be the first of the three major U.S.-based cruise lines to bring its ships to Cuba.  I have been reporting for several years on how cruising to Cuba is becoming a very hotly contested and desired vacation to book for the increasingly competitive cruise industry.  But the price Carnival is willing to pay may prove to be too much. On May 1st, Fathom, Carnival’s newest subsidiary line, will set sail from Miami on a week-long journey to Cuba. This historic first-voyage itinerary includes stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba, and it will mark the first time in decades that U.S. citizens will be able to travel legally to Cuba on a ship leaving from a US port.   Unfortunately, not all U.S. citizens are welcome on this historic voyage, as the Cuban government has prohibited Cuban-born U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba by ship.  Discriminatory practices like this should not be tolerated by any person or business.  And it is especially offensive that Carnival–a large company that is based in Miami, Florida, with a heavy concentration of Cuban-born citizens and descendants–would place its corporate profit ahead of opposing the morally reprehensible position that Cuba’s government is taking. I cannot imagine any corporation that would escape criticism if their products or services were available to only some Americans but not others simply because they may have been born in another country. Imagine if American Airlines stopped allowing Israeli-born Jews who immigrated to the United States to fly to Israel. As a maritime...

The Most Common Injuries on Cruise Ships

Since 1991, our cruise ship accident lawyers have investigated thousands of passenger injury incidents aboard cruise ships. The types of injuries include food poisoning, sexual assaults by fellow passengers and by crew members, slips, trips, and falls, and even passengers falling overboard.  However, the most common injuries on cruise ships we encounter are those involving a passenger who has slipped and fallen on a wet deck or staircase or tripped over a threshold, breaking a leg, ankle, arm, wrist, or shoulder. We file hundreds of lawsuits and claims every year against the major cruise lines–such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Princess, MSC, and Regent Seven Seas–on behalf of passengers who have sustained significant injuries while on cruises.    When investigating these claims, it is crucially important for us first to establish why and how the incident occurred.  Many people believe that simply because they have been injured while on a cruise ship, they automatically have a case.  This is not true.  First we have to investigate whether or not the cruise line is responsible in some degree for what happened.    For example, we interview dozens of people every week who have slipped or fallen but have no idea what caused them to fall.  It is very common for people who slip on a wet staircase and fall, especially in front of a large number of people, to feel a sense of embarrassment, particularly if others are laughing or pointing at them.  In addition, if they have sustained a broken bone or worse, the pain, confusion, and shock of a sudden fall, the need to...
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