Cruise Ship Injury News: Why Miami Is The Cruise Cruise Capital of the World

The Port of Miami also known as PortMiami is the largest and most important cruise ship terminal in the world. It employs nearly 200,000 people and contributes nearly $20 billion dollars to Miami’s economy. It is located near downtown Miami and more importantly close to the corporate headquarters of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity (which are both at the Port of Miami) and Carnival and Norwegian, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania (all located just down the street in Doral) and the United States Federal Courthouse where these cruise lines all require injured passengers to file their claims against them. Last year alone, nearly 5 million cruise ship passengers embarked on a cruise to or from the Port of Miami. Which is why it is currently the home port to many of the world’s most exciting cruise ships: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Majesty of the Seas, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Sky. The majority of cruises leaving from the Port of Miami go to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Mexico among other destinations. To accommodate the tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers that sail to and from PortMiami- the port has some of the world’s most modern and sophisticated cruise ship passenger terminals. Many of which will rival those found at major international airports in terms of passenger comfort and convenience. PortMiami has serious competition to stay the World’s number one cruise terminal with Port Everglades which is only a 30-minute drive to the North in Fort Lauderdale. Port Everglades had nearly 4 million passengers last year and his home to two of the world’s largest...

Proving Liability In Your Cruise Ship Accident Case

One of the most difficult legal concepts for people who have had an accident on a cruise ship and are pursuing a personal injury claim against the cruise line to understand and accept is the legal concept of liability- which means that unless and until their accident can be proven to be caused by the carelessness of the cruise line. In other words, simply slipping and falling, tripping and falling or even being sexually assaulted on a cruise does not automatically entitle the victim to be compensated by the cruise line. This means that in order to actually have a viable case it has to be proven that the fall is the cruise line’s fault.  And while it is easy to say- it is often extremely hard to do in the realities of actual maritime litigation, primarily because the source of this information, specifically what the cruise line knew or should have known about the alleged dangerous condition, such as the wet deck, ill-repaired staircase or poorly marked threshold that caused the accident in the first place is solely in the cruise line’ corporate data bank- and they aren’t about to upload that information without a fight. Proving Fault For example- simply asking for a list of all of the known passenger accidents that have occurred in a manner similar to the one at issue will invoke a heated objection and a trip or two or three to a Federal judge where arguments are made- by both sides- usually resulting in an order forcing the cruise line to spit out the least amount and of course least helpful information...

Miami Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Lists The 3 Best Cruise Ships for Halloween 2017

Halloween on a cruise ship, what could be better than trick or treating at sea?  If you or your kids have some time off this Halloween, taking a cruise might be a great way to spend some quality family time and not miss trick or treating.  Many of the major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney go all out for Halloween- and even encourage passengers to pack costumes and decorations for their cabins. #1 Disney Cruise Line If you have kids there is no better place to spend your Halloween at sea than aboard a Disney Cruise Ship. Starting in late September, Disney decorates their cruise ships with a “spooktacular” Halloween theme- and holds special parties and entertainment that is designed to be not too scary for little kids.  Some of the highlights aboard a Disney Halloween Cruise include a “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” and  Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream.   Make sure to pack your costume and be prepared to go trick-or-treating with your favorite Disney Characters. In addition, there will be mask making and pumpkin carving activities and of course movie night will include ghost stories.   And if you have the strength there will be an adults-only costume party too. #2 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line calls it’s Halloween cruises “Frightfully Fun” vacations offering passengers scary movie options, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and Halloween themed drinks and desserts.  Highlights include a Halloween Day Parade and a Costume Meet and Greet which will give passengers the chance to walk around the ship in costume.  Once the sun sets things to get even spookier when Carnival...

Filing a Claim Against Disney Cruise Line: Disney’s Dream Turns Into a Nightmare

News out of Nassau reports that a 4000 passenger Disney cruise ship collided with a pier at in Nassau on its way to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.  The Dream is homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida- which is the nearest port to Disney’s headquarters in Orlando. Port Canaveral is also the home port of the Dream’s sister ship, the Disney Fantasy. According to sources, the Dream was on the final stage of a 4-night cruise- when the collision occurred.  Thankfully, there were no reported injuries.   Passengers aboard the ship shared pictures of the damage on social media sites. Filing a Claim Against Disney Cruise Line Claims against cruise lines like Disney for injuries sustained by passengers or crew members require highly specialized legal representation.  For example, lawsuits against Disney have to be filed within one year of the date of the incident- generally speaking in Federal Court in Orlando, Florida and in passenger claims- within one year of the date of the incident.     These types of cases are legally complex and are commonly referred to a maritime personal injury claims attorney.  This is because special laws apply including Florida state, federal and international maritime law- and these laws severely limit what an injured passenger, crew or their families are entitled to recover.  Federal substantive and procedural differ greatly for typical Florida state court claims.  For example, if someone were to slip and fall in a wet and slippery bathroom at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, they and if married their spouse would be able to file a lawsuit in state court in Florida up to four years from the...

Should I File a Cruise Ship Injury Claim with an Attorney?

Should I File a Cruise Ship Injury Claim with an Attorney? Following a cruise ship injury, it is common to wonder if litigation is the right course of action. Filing an injury claim might seem confrontational, or the injuries might not seem to warrant a court claim. However, there are clear incentives to contact an accident attorney immediately after an incident aboard any cruise ship. Filing a Claim Directly with the Cruise Line Following a cruise ship injury, many people believe their best option is to deal with the cruise line directly. In fact, for a passenger aboard one of the major cruise ships, the cruise company will probably provide contact and other information on how to file a claim for the injuries. Immediately after an incident this quickly becomes the most obvious path to covering medical costs and other expenses, but it isn’t always the best choice for recovery. Cruise lines seek to pay as little as possible in damages, putting injured passengers at an obvious disadvantage from the onset. From strong-arming a fast settlement to offering an unrealistically low amount of money, a cruise line and its insurance provider will act in their best interest, not yours, after an injury. The process can become confusing and manipulative. Most importantly, accepting compensation as settlement from the cruise line probably requires you to forfeit the right to further legal action. It can also preclude a personal injury claim due to timing. Questions of Timing and Procedure Frequently, the biggest obstacle to an injured passenger’s compensation and recovery is timing. Cruise passengers are often unaware that their cruise tickets are...

Cruise Ship Accident News: Thousands of Cruise Ship Passengers Stranded in Gulf by Hurricane Harvey

Cruise Ship Accident News: Thousands of Cruise Ship Passengers Stranded in Gulf by Hurricane Harvey The latest cruise ship accident news reports that thousands of passengers have been stranded due to hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic impact.  In recent days the United States has received nearly constant updates on the tragic events unfolding in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm made landfall on Friday, August 25th and immediately began to wreak havoc across the state. The worst has been felt in and around the Houston, where flooding from the hurricane has precipitated a national emergency. As of Tuesday evening, Texas officials reported that nine people have died in these massive floods. However, more casualties are feared, as many are still reported missing. Those on land weren’t the only people affected by this powerful storm. As Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, picking up steam along the way, it bypassed numerous cruise ships. Then because of damage from Hurricane Harvey’s massive landfall, these cruise ships were unable to port in Galveston, Texas. At daybreak on Saturday morning, thousands of people were left stranded aboard cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico. These passengers are still waiting to disembark as floodwaters continue to rise. What Ships Are Stuck in the Gulf? Major cruise lines reported ships afloat in the Gulf of Mexico yet unable to reach land. Carnival Corp, the owner-operator of Carnival Cruises, told authorities that two of its cruise ships were stuck in the turbulent Gulf of Mexico waters on Saturday. These huge cruise ships stopped in New Orleans for fuel, water, and supplies,...
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