The 3 Most Important Things To Do When You Get Hurt While On A Cruise

I had the pleasure of working with my fifteen-year-old son Nory over his holiday break this year. As our law clerk, he had the chance to sit through hours of our client conferences, as well depositions of cruise line representatives and court hearings. We discussed a number of the things he learned about what people should do after they are involved in a slip, trip, or fall accident while on a cruise ship. And I could not agree with him more, here is our list of the top three things you need to know if you get hurt while on a cruise. 1. MEDICAL ATTENTION If you are injured while on a cruise, it is important to seek immediate medical care. Most major cruise lines have medical doctors on board their ships that can provide some diagnosis and treatment of minor to moderate injuries. Cruise ships do not have full emergency rooms, which means that seriously injured passengers have to be disembarked and taken to shoreside facilities. We have found that the shipboard physicians are not very well trained or skilled in diagnosing injuries and strongly recommend that you seek an independent medical consultation as soon as possible. Also, bear in mind, that cruise ship doctors and nurses work for the cruise line and anything you tell them about how, when, and where you’re incident occurred will find its way into your medical records or will be discussed with ship’s security officers. Additionally, the documents you fill out and sign in the medical center will become evidence in your claim. For example, Carnival uses a document they call the...

Does The Addition Of Smart Technology On Cruise Ships Make Your Cruising Experience Better?

Those about to set sail on their very first cruise will have a significantly different experience than what cruise ship passengers have enjoyed for decades thanks in large part to the adoption of smart technology on cruise ships by the major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, and MSC. For example, Carnival’s Princess Cruise Line brand, is providing its passengers with a quarter-sized disc they call an “Ocean Medallion”, which is a smart device that can be worn like a bracelet, pendant, clip, or simply kept it in your pocket or bag and will allow passengers to book meals, spa treatments, excursions, play interactive gaming, unlock a stateroom door, and supposedly speed up embarkation.   Passengers can also use the device to order food and drinks and have them ready or delivered almost anywhere on the ship. Passengers will even be able to buy cruise ship portrait photographs and enter their cabins without a key, using touch or tap, much like the keyless door entry on a Mercedes or BMW. The Ocean Medallion interacts with thousands of hidden sensors throughout the ship that will personalize the cruising experience in ways that were never before possible. For example, the technology will learn what a passenger likes and does not like and will use these preferences to make suggestions. The Medallions are included in the price of a Princess Ocean Medallion Cruise and is shipped to passengers in advance of their cruise at no additional charge so that they can connect them to their smartphones to start using the devices before they even board the ship. And of course, there...

Seven Americans And Two Swedish Cruise Ship Passengers Killed On Excursion Near Costa Maya, Mexico

Seven Americans and two Swedish cruise ship passengers were killed and at least a dozen others were seriously injured while on a bus in route to a shore excursion operated by Costa Maya, Mahahual – about 50 minutes outside of Costa Maya, Mexico this week. The dead and injured were passengers aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Serenade of the Seas and Celebrity Cruise Line’s Celebrity Equinox. In addition to the cruise passengers on the ill-fated excursion were a tour guide and bus driver. Read more on Huffington...

Second Norovirus Outbreak In Two Weeks Causing Concern About RCCL’s Sanitation Protocols

Another cruise ship was stricken with the Norovirus last week when over 300 passengers became seriously ill onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Independence of the Seas. The ship left out of Port Everglades, Florida for a five-night Caribbean cruise when a passenger started to develop the signs and symptoms of the Norovirus. This outbreak marks the second time in just a few weeks that this cruise line has had a major passenger illness incident causing concern about RCCL’s sanitation protocols within the cruise industry. Read more on Huffington...

FEDS BLAME CELEBRITY CRUISE LINE FOR ALASKA PORT CRASH

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its findings after the United States Coast Guard completed its investigations of a Celebrity cruise ship accident that occurred in Ketchikan, Alaska. On June 3rd, 2016, the Celebrity Infinity which is operated by Royal Caribbean and is flagged conveniently in the country of Malta slammed into Berth 3 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Fortunately, no passengers or crew were injured and no pollution occurred to the ports fragile ecosystem. The ship, however, sustained a 9-inch-diameter hole on the forward port side, about 12 feet above the waterline. And the dock suffered extensive property damage requiring repairs that cost $1.15 million.   Read more on Huffington...

Hundreds of Passengers Struck with Norovirus on RCCL Ship

Hundreds of passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas cruise ship were stricken with the Norovirus on a recent cruise from Singapore to Hobart, Tasmania in Australia. The Ovation of the Seas has a capacity of 5,000 passengers and 1500 in crew members – making it the world’s fourth-largest cruise ship and the largest cruise ship to ever sail in Australian waters. Read more on Huffington...
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