Fatal Zip Lining Accident Allegedly Caused by Royal Caribbean’s Negligence

A cruise attraction that was meant to be a fun and exciting experience for a newlywed couple turned into a nightmare when the husband lost his life during a zip line excursion on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL). Following his death, the surviving spouse filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division on November 30, 2018. RCCL is now facing potential liability for both her injuries and damages related to the death of her husband. The couple, Shir Frenkel and Igal Tyszman were on a Royal Caribbean Cruise for their honeymoon. While on a stop at the cruise ship port in Roatan, Honduras, the couple booked a zip lining excursion while exploring the area. In the lawsuit, the wife claimed that they believed the zip line excursion tour was a Royal Caribbean attraction since they were informed about it by the cruise line. The couple even purchased their zip line tickets through the cruise line using their Seapass cards onboard the ship, and the tickets for the zip line excursion had the RCCL logo on it. The zip line excursion tour was said to be operated by partners or through a joint venture of RCCL, which led the couple to believe it was a RCCL excursion and would be up to the highest standards of RCCL. However, the company leading the tour, Extreme Caribe Zip Line Tour, was an independent contractor. This same company that was involved in a prior lawsuit where a woman severed both her legs on the same excursion back in 2015. As the couple took off on their...

Have you Suffered Injury due to a Cruise Ship Tilt?

Most cruise routes are planned with the conditions of the waters in mind ahead of time. However, as we all know the sea can be unpredictable. If the ship hits rough waters, it is common for the ship to tilt temporarily as the boat encounters unpredictable conditions. Other times a cruise ship tilting can be the result of an electrical malfunction, which was the case on the Carnival Sunshine. Shortly after the ship left Port Canaveral for a five-day Caribbean cruise an electrical switchboard malfunctioned that affected the ship’s fin stabilizers. A cruise ship tiling can be a frightening occurrence. It helps to understand what these are and how to prepare for them in the event this occurs while on your cruise. A cruise ship tilt occurs when the ship leans heavily to either the port or the starboard. Tilts can be minor, but they can also be quite significant and even terrifying, as seen in this video provided by Inside Edition. As waves hit the boat as it travels, the ship is naturally going to rock from side to side, but if the boat tips strongly to one side or the other, this tilt can be dangerous, leading to passenger injuries and property damage. One such serious tilt occurred in July 18, 2006, when the Crown Princess tilted severely off the Florida coast, injuring 93 people onboard- some were seriously injured. A tilt that causes the ship to tip more than 15 degrees to one side is considered severe or a “serious tilt,” even though a lower degree tilt can still lead to injury. In another case, a...

Cayman Government makes a deal with cruise lines, Carnival and Royal Caribbean

The Cayman government has struck a deal with Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean and is on its way towards finalizing the plans of its controversial cruise berthing project. Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival have made significant financial commitments and have agreed to finance the project. The Cayman tourism ministry announced that they are preparing to submit the final tender documents to the bidders on their shortlist. Only one of these bidders is not otherwise partnered with Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Cayman officials have also stated that these two cruise lines will be providing the financing in partnership with the preferred bidder chosen, and that this agreement is part of the invitation to submit final proposals that are expected from the three remaining bidders. The cruise berthing project has been in the works for some time, but this written proposal demonstrates that the project is officially moving forward. Up until this time, the cruise lines had simply verbally confirmed their commitment to help finance the project. However, officials are seeing this signed agreement as taking the project one step further. The next step is for those three bidders on the shortlist to submit their final bids by the end of the first quarter of 2019. The tourism ministry anticipates making the announcement of who has won the bid shortly after that point. After that announcement is made, the bidder will need to be approved by the Public Procurement Committee. The winning bidder will be obligated to conduct a geotechnical survey and submit a plan for coral relocation, as well as a proposed plan to deal with dredging. In addition, the...

Carnival Features First-Ever Sky Zone at Sea!

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Panorama will offer its passengers the first-ever SkyZone trampoline park at sea. Passengers of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the ‘wall to wall aerial action’ aboard Carnival’s newest ship. The 12-lane trampoline court will encompass over 3,000 square feet on Decks 6 and 7 and include an adjacent recreational area with a climbing wall, balance/jousting beam, Sky Ladder climbing apparatus and Tug of War – the same features found in land-based SkyZone facilities. In addition to the trampoline park, the space will offer fitness classes for all levels, family activities for those with small children, and ‘gravity-defying’ dodgeball and basketball games. The space will feature blacklight glow parties at night. The Carnival Panorama will officially debut on December 11, 2019. It will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, roundtrip from Long Beach. To celebrate the launch and unveiling of the SkyZone trampoline park, Carnival will feature a float in the 130th Rose Bowl Parade, on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP OR CRUISE SHIP EXCURSION? SPEAK TO A CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY: 1-866-597-4529. If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Regents...

Celebrity’s Newest Cruise Ship Arrives in South Florida

The Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises newest ship, docked at its permanent home at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL this week. The 2,918-passenger ship is the prototype for an innovative new series of ships at Celebrity called the Edge Class. The Celebrity Edge was designed using 3D imaging technology, and features cabins that are open to the sea in a way that has never been seen before in the cruise industry. The ship’s architectural beauty and elegance comes from the spaces designed by some of the world’s best-known architects and designers, including Patricia Urquiola and Kelly Hoppen. More than 80 percent of the Edge’s 1,467 cabins have balconies, including what is known as Infinite Verandas. Unlike other ships, the balconies are incorporated into the main cabin area. Bi-fold doors in the rooms can either be completely closed, creating a traditional room area separated from a balcony area, or left open, creating an wide-open indoor space that is about 23 percent larger than traditional balcony cabins. The ship’s Grand Plaza features a seven-ton chandelier that hangs three decks above the Martini Bar, and features LED light strips that adjust the color depending on the time of day. Other notable features include: The Magic Carpet, which is a 90-ton platform the size of a tennis court, which moves up and down the side of the ship serving functions that range from a tender boarding platform to restaurant dining. Another unique feature is the three-story venue called Eden with an 18-foot-tall wall of plants over a bar that uses ingredients from the plants to make its drinks. It serves as a relaxing...

FlowRider Injury Onboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship?

Cruise ships are always looking for the next best thing when it comes to attractions and activities for passengers on their ships. For Royal Caribbean, one of these popular attractions for surfing enthusiasts and novices alike is the FlowRider. However, most passengers do not realize the dangers associated with the FlowRider. There have been numerous reports of injuries including broken ankles, wrists, sprains, traumatic brain injuries and accidental drownings. There has even been a reported death onboard Royal Caribbean after a passenger broke his neck and was killed while on the FlowRider. What is a FlowRider? A FlowRider is a surfing simulator which allows people to surf while on a dry surface, specifically the ship’s deck. Royal Caribbean ships offer this free attraction on many of their vessels. The FlowRider creates waves formed by water traveling up to 40 mph, which mimics the flow of water in the ocean. FlowRiders come with certain safety regulations, including how many people can be on the FlowRider at a given time and how to properly “surf” while on the FlowRider. The activity is a public one, which allows others to watch the rider surf and cheer him or her on. Riders can use a surf board, as well as a boogie board while on the ride, and many of these attractions offer lessons while enjoying the experience. Like other attractions on a Royal Caribbean ship, participants must sign a waiver before using the FlowRider, which says that they accept any risk of accident as their own responsibility. However, it is important to know that just because you sign this waiver it does...
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