Teenage Boy Dies Following Fall from Eighth-Floor Balcony on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean has been hit with another tragedy after a teenage boy died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony while the cruise ship was docked in Haiti last week. It was reported that the 16-year-old boy was trying to climb into his room on the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas ship through a nearby balcony when he suddenly slipped, falling to his death. The victim has been identified as Laurent Mercer from the Wallis and Futuna Islands located in the South Pacific. He was on a seven-day Caribbean cruise with his family. The ship departed from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was docked in Labadee, Haiti when the incident occurred. After the passenger fell, the ship’s medical team tried to resuscitate Mercer through CPR, but because of the extensive head trauma he suffered, he was not able to survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m. This tragedy follows another on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas after a crew member died after falling overboard into the Atlantic Ocean on Christmas Day. Carnival Cruise Line has also been in the news with the separate deaths of two passengers who fell overboard. It is important to note that these types of injuries, while they seem common with how often they have been reported in the news recently, are not the norm. In any given year, approximately 19 people on average fall overboard while on a cruise ship, based on data released in April by cruise industry consulting firm G.P. Wild. Relatively speaking, these numbers are low considering more than 20 million people go on cruises...

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers Files First Lawsuit on Behalf of Passengers Injured Due to Carnival Sunshine’s Cruise Ship Tilt

MIAMI – (January 16, 2019) Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has filed the first lawsuit (CASE NO. 19-cv-20213) in Federal Court on behalf of injured passengers onboard the Carnival Sunshine. The widely publicized cruise ship tilt that occurred on October 28, 2018 after the ship left Port Canaveral, FL not only caused widespread panic onboard – but resulted in serious injuries to some of its passengers. “We are seeking a trial by jury in this case,” said the plaintiff’s attorney Spencer Aronfeld. “Carnival Cruise Line’s negligence caused our clients great bodily harm that is either permanent or continuing in nature. Through discovery, it is evident that Carnival violated the duty of care owed to its passengers. Its failure to maintain the electrical switchboard in a safe and reasonable manner caused the fin stabilizer malfunction, resulting in the ship tilting drastically to one side. Further, we feel that the Defendant had actual knowledge of the risk-creating conditions and failed to implement proper methods of inspection, which would have avoided the outcome.” Due to Carnival’s negligence, multiple passengers have suffered severe bodily injury resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, hospital expenses, medical and nursing care treatment, lost wages and future loss of earnings. Plaintiffs seek a trial by jury and damages in excess of $75,000.00, exclusive of interest, costs and attorney’s fees. ### Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers was established by Managing Partner and Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld in 1991. The firm represents clients involved in serious injuries in the areas of Maritime Law, Automobile Accidents, Premises Liability, Cycling Accidents,...

Norovirus Outbreak Affects Hundreds on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Getting sick while on a cruise is every passenger’s worst nightmare but imagine getting sick along with hundreds of other passengers and not being allowed to leave the ship. This situation describes the nightmare that passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas are now facing following an outbreak of the norovirus on the ship. The ship departed Port Canaveral last Sunday and was set to sail for a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean. However, shortly after the ship left port, passengers began to experience symptoms associated with the norovirus. Now it is estimated that a total of 277 guests and crewmembers have been affected with some type of gastrointestinal illness. Two other norovirus outbreaks occurred on Royal Caribbean Cruise ships back in December 2018. The outbreaks raised concern over the cruise line’s sanitation practices and the cruise industry in general. Those who have been affected by the illness are being treated by the ship’s medical team with over-the-counter medication. The ship’s crew is also engaging in intensive sanitary procedures to reduce the risk that the illness will spread any further. Confirmation as to whether the passengers who are sick have been quarantined has not been obtained. Illnesses like that can be the result of a cruise ship’s own negligence. Norovirus and food poisoning are some of the more common types of illnesses that result from the cruise staff’s negligence. Recently, a 17-year-old passenger died from food poisoning while on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Cruise ship safety tips can help passengers protect themselves from these risks, but sometimes, the illness can be unavoidable. It is unclear at this...

Carnival Cruise Not Responsible for Overboard Death of 33-year-old Texas Mother

A federal judge ruled this week that Carnival Cruise Line was not responsible for the death of a 33-year-old mother who fell overboard during a cruise in 2016. The mother of four, Samantha Broberg, was seen on video falling overboard the Carnival Liberty on May 13. Her body was never found. The Carnival crew failed to report she had gone overboard until 15 hours after the incident, according to the Miami Herald. Broberg’s widower sued the cruise line in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Miami and alleged Carnival knowingly over-served Broberg alcoholic beverages, which resulted in her falling overboard. When a passenger falls overboard from a cruise ship, the results are almost always deadly. The family members of passengers who die while on a cruise ship may have a viable legal claim against the cruise line when the death occurs because of the negligence or carelessness of the cruise line or its medical team. However, the law that covers these incidents is complex and governed primarily by an 1886 statute called the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP OR CRUISE SHIP EXCURSION? SPEAK TO A CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY: 1-866-597-4529. If you have been injured on your 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,...

Search Suspended for Missing Cruise Ship Entertainer Who Reportedly Went Overboard RCCL’s Harmony of the Seas

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for 20-year-old Arron Hough, a cruise ship entertainer working onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Harmony of the Seas. The RCCL employee reportedly went overboard 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on Christmas Day. The ship’s security camera footage shows Hough entering an area on Deck 5 around 4 a.m., where he was not seen again. This incident marks the fourth person to fall overboard on a cruise ship last month. On December 16, a 22-year-old Georgia man with autism went overboard on a Mexico-bound Carnival Fantasy cruise. Initially, Carnival said the crew could not find footage of the man on the ship’s security camera tape. On December 14, the Carnival Victory arrived back in Miami after a 26-year-old male passenger went overboard earlier that day. The ship was heading back to Port Miami after a four-day voyage and was approximately 35 miles south of the Florida Keys when the man fell overboard during the early morning hours. On December 8, a 69-year-old woman from Holland went overboard the MSC Preziosa; the Coast Guard was never able to locate her. In all three of these cases, the disappearances went undiscovered for several hours, until the ships reached port. INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP OR CRUISE SHIP EXCURSION? SPEAK TO A CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY: 1-866-597-4529. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety. We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you...

Winter 2020-2021 Itinerary Released for Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise travelers can now purchase tickets for the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Winter 2020-2021 itinerary. When planning your upcoming cruise vacation, it helps to research the ship, as well as the cruise line. Norwegian Cruise Line has some important updates for its passengers regarding scheduling and changes to its ships. One major change involves the ship, the Norwegian Joy joining its sister ship, Norwegian Encore, at the Port of Miami. Additionally, the ship, Norwegian Escape will be homeporting from Port Canaveral for the very first time, and the Norwegian Epic will return to Port San Juan. The season for the Norwegian Joy will begin as the ship departs from Miami on October 24, 2020, and the voyages will include five-to-seven day western and eastern Caribbean trips. Western Caribbean cruises include calls to Mexico, Honduras and Belize. Eastern Caribbean cruises include trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. The Norwegian Encore will also sail out of Miami after it returns from its first summer season in New York. The Norwegian Encore will include seven-day western Caribbean cruises with stops in Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The Encore will also take 12-to-12-day cruises through the Panama Canal to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire and Colombia. In addition, the Winter 2020-2021 cruise schedule shows that the Norwegian Escape will begin its first season out of Port Canaveral as of November 21, 2018. The Escape will include five-and-seven-day voyages for both eastern and western Caribbean trips to the Bahamas, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The...
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