Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Reviews Celebrity Cruise Lines Newest Luxury Ship “Edge”

Celebrity Cruise Lines have announced their newest line of luxury cruise ships, featuring sleek design and edge-of-the-ocean balconies, appropriately named Edge. The Edge line is the first new class added by the cruise line in almost 10 years, its prior new class being the Celebrity Solstice. The new line and cruise ship, also named Edge, has already received high praise from critics for its world-class design by award-winning interior designer, Nate Berkus. The cruise line has appointed Berkus as the Edge’s design ambassador, and in that role, he will host a series of Edge Class reveal events this month. The ship’s first big reveal took place at the company’s Innovation Laboratory in Miami, FL, hosted by CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and the Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Richard D. Fain. Design of the new cruise ships took into careful consideration what cruise passengers were looking for in a comfortable cruise experience and brought it to life with larger staterooms and bathrooms, as well as larger living spaces, and structural design to make guests feel closer to the sea. Some of the ship’s exciting new features include the “Magic Carpet” deck on Deck 2, which serves as an embarkation station where guests arrive on and leave the ship. The size of a tennis court, this floating deck moves vertically along the side of the ship, much like a giant elevator. Swooshing up to Deck 5, the Magic Carpet is an extension of one of the ship’s restaurants, hanging off the side of the vessel. On Deck 14, the Magic Carpet is an open extension of the ship’s pool...

What Every Passenger Should Know About Cruise Ship Accidents in England

London is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities, which is why millions of tourists visit it every year, many by cruise ship. On a walking tour around Central London, each step seems to provide more access to rich history; one is surrounded by breathtaking architecture, great shopping, restaurants, pubs, and theatre that rivals–and some say exceeds–Broadway. PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON The primary cruise ship port for London visitors is the Port of Southampton, which serves nearly two million passengers a year. This busy port is Europe’s leading cruise ship port and is located about 80 miles from Central London, taking approximately two hours to get to by car and about an hour and a half by rail to Waterloo Station in London. Many cruise passengers book excursions with their cruise line and take a private bus or van to London.  Additionally, Southampton has its own airport, Southampton International Airport, and both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach. The Port is the homeport for Cunard and P&O, and currently the following major cruise lines offer cruises that begin, end, or port in Southampton: AIDA Royal Caribbean Celebrity MSC Azamara Norwegian Silversea Saga Fred Olsen Oceania Costa Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard P&O Royal Caribbean’s 4400-passenger Anthem of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever to port at Southampton.  To see the current cruise ship schedule for Southampton, click here. PORT OF DOVER The Port of Dover, located in England’s oldest county, is also known as the Garden of England or England’s Gateway to Europe, and it is a major port for cruise lines. Located in the...

Slip and Fall Accidents at Airports

Air travel can be tedious and stressful. There are crowds and lines that wear on our patience. Amongst the rush and worry, it is not uncommon for accidents occur while passengers, employees, and aircrews move throughout Florida’s busy airports. The common accidents are a trip on loose carpet near the gate, a slip on spilled water in the terminal, or fall at the counter in a café. As with other private property, it is possible that the property owner is liable for serious injuries that result from these unfortunate accidents. In Florida it is necessary to show the following factual elements to recover compensation for medical bills or other costs and losses from an accident. First, that the slip and fall directly caused the serious injuries; and, second, that the owner of the property knew the dangerous condition existed prior to the accident. Every personal injury plaintiff who was injured by slip, trip, or fall in an airport is required to prove these elements. However, what is precarious and complicated about airports is the property is commonly owned, operated, and managed by different parties and entities. Typically, there is a single private party that owns the entire airport. In turn, this entity will lease or overturn operations of certain areas to different parties. For instance, in a Florida airport there are bars, restaurants, and shops that lease space through private contracts, governmental agencies that manage security spaces, and management companies that undertake responsibility for terminal and gate areas. Not to mention check-in desks and gates that are managed by airline employees. The results is that from the time you...

The Battle of Expert Witnesses in Cruise Ship Accident Claims

One of the raging battles in the litigation war injured passengers are forced to wage against cruise lines involves the expert witnesses. How and when the Plaintiff discloses the experts to the cruise line can often mean the difference between winning or losing. The rules that govern the use of experts in Federal Court, where cruise ship passenger accident and injury cases are heard, are complex and unforgiving. Take for instance the case of Joyce Higgs, which is being handled by another maritime law firm.1Joyce D. Higgs v. Costa Crociere S.p.A. Company. Case N. 15-60280-CIV-COHN/SELTZER. Entered on FLSD Docket 01/12/2016. Ms. Higgs, an elderly passenger, was injured after tripping over a cleaning bucket in the buffet line aboard the Costa Luminosa during a Christmas cruise. Costa denied that she fell over the bucket, and she filed a lawsuit against Costa, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Her suit was filed nearly two years ago and is still pending. HOW TO PROVE AN INJURY CLAIM AGAINST A CRUISE LINE Under Federal maritime law, ship owners owe the duty of exercising “reasonable care” towards passengers.2Kermarec v. Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, 358 U.S. 625, 630 (1959).  However, whenever a passenger claims that he or she was injured by a dangerous condition on a cruise ship, this “standard of care” requires that before a cruise ship can be held accountable for the injury, it must be shown that the cruise line actually created, knew, or should have known of the dangerous condition,3Long v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 982 F. Supp. 2d 1313, 1317 (S.D. Fla. 2013). which in this case was the cleaning bucket...

Suing a Cruise Line: When a Cruise Line Destroys Evidence

One of the single most important pieces of evidence that can and should be used in litigating an accident case against a cruise line–like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian–comes from the closed circuit television (CCTV) that most major cruise lines have installed onboard their ships. The existence of CCTV footage, and what it shows, is often hotly contested in these types of cases. Carnival and MSC, for instance, repeatedly claim they do not have CCTV footage, even when there are clearly video cameras identified at or near the scene of a slip, trip, and fall or other type of incident. Royal and Norwegian have the videos, but often produce edited versions with low quality.   The reason the CCTV footage is so important in a slip and fall case is not just to prove that the passenger actually fell and was hurt, but to show how long the alleged dangerous condition, such as a spilled liquid or broken handrail on a staircase, had existed. This is vitally important to prove that the cruise line either knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the accident. Unfortunately, getting hold of this video from defendant cruise lines almost always requires a lawsuit to be filed and some legal jostling between our law firm and the cruise line, often with intervention from a federal judge or magistrate. Recently in a case against Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, which was handled by another law firm that sues cruise lines, an injured passenger tried to have RCCL sanctioned for destroying CCTV footage pertinent to that cruise ship passenger’s accident lawsuit.¹ The case...
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