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...

Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer’s Discusses What’s in Store For the Cruising Industry

I recently had the privilege of attending the Seatrade 2017 Expo at Port Everglades in South Florida. The world’s premier convention for the cruise industry, Seatrade draws the major cruise lines’ CEOs, port of call representatives, and vendors who service the cruise industry in everything from deck flooring to uniforms. By far the biggest and most exciting topic at Seatrade 2017 is the exploding growth of the cruise industry in Asia. Southeast Asia seeks to become one of the world’s primary cruise destinations, eclipsing both Europe and the Caribbean. For some perspective, Southeast Asia has more than 25,000 islands, compared with the Caribbean’s 7,000 or so and some 6,000 in Greece–only 227 of which are inhabited. Currently, some of the most popular ports in Asia are Langkawi, Phuket, Halong Bay, and Bali. Ports in both China and India continue to grow as must-visit cruise ship destinations, spurred by the growing demand from Southeast Asia’s increasingly affluent middle class. Many commentators predict that China’s middle class will more than double to 400 million by the end of this decade. With more ships and more ports, those potential passengers will no longer need to fly to Miami or Barcelona to enjoy a cruise. According to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Asia will become the second largest cruise region–with more than 3.8 million passengers. Singapore, for example, enjoyed a 16% increase in passengers from 2015-2016, and Seabourn, the luxury cruise line owned and operated by Carnival, is investing heavily in Asia, christening its largest and newest ship the, Seabourn Encore, this year. Royal Caribbean has likewise announced that it has increased...

River Cruise Accidents: Disney Announces New Fleet of Cruise Ships

European river cruises have traditionally been operated by smaller niche cruise lines, like Viking River Cruises. However, Disney Cruise Line also offers cruises down Europe’s Danube and Rhine Rivers, recently announcing six special Beauty and the Beast-themed cruises set to depart next year, to take passengers through the castle-filled countryside that inspired the film.  Onboard the ship there will be Beauty and the Beast-themed meals and a live production of the film. The highlight will be docking in the romantic French village of Riquewihr, which was purportedly Belle’s hometown in the movie.   Additionally, Disney is offering two adult-only cruises for high-brow foodies, featuring unparalleled dining experiences focused the wine-tasting, -pairing, and -making.  While in port, these gourmet passengers will dine at some of Europe’s most sought after restaurants, bakeries, and craft breweries. Disney partnered last year with two California companies called Amadeus Waterways, Inc. and AMA Waterways, which operate two river cruise ships, the 158-passenger AmaKristina–which sails through France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands–and the 170-passenger AmaViola–which sails the Danube, taking passengers through Germany, Austria (including a visit to beautiful Salzburg), Slovakia, and Hungary. INJURIES ON A DISNEY CRUISE If you are injured on a Disney ocean cruise ship or while on a Disney River Cruise because of the cruise line’s carelessness, it is important to understand the complex legal hurdles that Disney will require you to clear in order to bring a claim. As with all cruise operators, the timing, place, and method of bringing a claim are contained in the complex legal “small print” found deeply buried in the “terms and conditions” of the passenger ticket....

Suing Holland America: Passenger’s Case Dismissed After Suffering Injury in Mazatlan

Cruise ship passengers who are injured while in port on excursions sold by cruise lines face a very difficult legal battle to hold those cruise lines accountable for their accidents.  Take for example the case of Gary Reming and his wife Patricia, who were passengers on a Holland America cruise from San Diego to Mexico. During the cruise, they purchased an excursion tour for the Port of Mazatlan, Mexico, operated by a Mexican company called Tropical Tours. The tour took them to a place called the Cliff Diver’s Plaza, where Mr. Reming fell and sustained very serious injuries when the pavement he had been walking on collapsed beneath him Mr. Reming, who was represented by another law firm, filed a personal injury case under federal maritime law against Holland America in federal court in the state of Washington, claiming that Holland America was negligent. He asserted various theories of liability, including a claim for negligent misrepresentation and deceit. The trial court judge dismissed his entire claim after Holland America moved for summary judgment. Mr. Reming appealed, and the dismissal was affirmed, meaning that he received nothing from Holland America for his accident and injuries.1Reming v. Holland America Line Inc. United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. October 14, 2016 662 Fed.Appx. 507 2016 WL 5956740 14-35249. Passenger injury cases against cruise lines like Holland America are governed by maritime law–even when the accident occurs off the ship, in port, and on an excursion.  In these types of cases, a cruise line operator’s legal responsibility is to “exercise reasonable care to the passenger under the circumstances.” The trial court found...

Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Discusses How Cruise Lines Plan to Appeal to Everyone

Selecting the right cruise ship for you and your family is easier than ever today, as cruise lines are now tailoring their cruise ships and itineraries to specific demographics. However, while not all cruise lines are equal in terms of safety and sanitation, those looking for specific cruise experiences can usually find what they are after with a little research. MILLENNIALS LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE Recently, the New York Times reported on the challenge that many cruise lines face in motivating millennials–those 30-somethings–to consider taking a cruise for vacation.  Many people associate cruising with either their childhood experiences (traveling with their parents) or the elderly–as an easy way to get from one exotic country to another without the stress of busy airports, customs, and immigration lines.   But the population is aging, and surveys have found that today’s young adults prefer adventure travel to all-night buffets and the bingo and shuffleboard games they associate with cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity.   In fact, just look at the most recent slew of television ads from Royal Caribbean. They hardly ever depict the ship, focusing instead on ziplining and scuba diving in ports of call. Probably the most ambitious push for the millennial cruise ship passenger is Carnival’s controversial Fathom cruise line. Fathom promises passengers a more spiritual experience, with in-port visits to homeless shelters and children’s hospitals, while providing onboard seminars on self improvement and spirituality. GAY CRUISES Royal Caribbean has long offered very specific chartered cruises designed to attract a definite demographic, such as their Groove Cruise, which is billed as the world’s largest floating dance...

It’s Official–Titanic II Set to Sail in 2018!

It’s official–the Titanic II, a replica of the White Star Line’s ill-fated RMS Titanic, is set to sail from Eastern China to Dubai next year, more than 100 years after the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage and more than 1,500 people died when she slammed into an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912.   Not to be confused with a Chinese replica ship on permanent display as a tourist attraction and floating hotel in China, this will be an actual functional cruise ship.  Photographs recently released of the Titanic II show just how faithfully the ship’s builders are recreating the original ship.  Reportedly, it will have nine decks and 840 cabins, accommodating 2,400 passengers and 900 crew, and just as on the original Titanic, passengers on the Titanic II will have the choice of sailing in first, second, or third class. The new ship is the brainchild of Australian Clive Palmer and is being built in China by CSC Jinling. It promises to feaure an authentic Turkish bath, an Edwardian gym, a cigar-smoking room, and the famous grand staircase prominently featured in the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.   One significant difference between the original Titanic and its soon-to-be newly minted successor it that the Titanic II will be equipped with all the necessary modern navigation and safety equipment of today’s cruise ships–and of course enough lifeboats for all its passengers and crew. Another significant difference will be that the new ship will be powered by modern diesel-electric propulsion systems running on heavy fuel and marine oil, rather than the original’s steam...
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