Woman Thrown from Top Deck of Royal Princess Caribbean Cruise Ship Prompts Murder Investigation

Police in Aruba are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly choked and thrown off the top deck of Royal Princess Caribbean cruise ship. The 52-year-old succumbed to the fall, crashing onto a life boat below. The man accompanying her on the cruise was escorted from the ship by police. He was reportedly seen choking the victim before she was thrown from the 16th deck of the ship. Horrified passengers described the scene as “gruesome” with “glass everywhere” when the woman hit the lifeboat below. The couple were onboard the Royal Princess Caribbean cruise ship , which had left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 9, headed for Aruba. It remains unclear whether the woman died from injuries sustained in the fall or from being choked. The name of the victim and the man taken off the boat have not been released. No arrests have been made yet. Reporting Crimes at Sea Cruise liners have been independently reporting crime statistics for any serious crimes that have occurred on their ships previously. However, in 2014, an amendment was made to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act that made it mandatory that certain crimes be reported to the FBI. These involve a series of eight serious crimes that all passenger vessels must report if these vessels are either embarking from or disembarking in a U.S. port. The most serious crimes include missing passengers, homicides and other suspicious deaths. With respect to crimes involving theft, the FBI only reports incidents where more than $10,000 was stolen. Cruise companies, following the 2014 amendment, have made efforts to be more transparent...

Carnival Cruise Ship Tilts at Sea After Leaving Florida Port, Causing Chaos Onboard

Passengers onboard the Carnival Sunshine describe a scene right out of the Titanic, as the ship began to suddenly tilt, knocking dishes and passengers onto the floor. Shortly after the ship left Port Canaveral for a five-day Caribbean cruise an electrical switchboard malfunctioned that affected the ship’s fin stabilizers. The ship started tilting drastically to one side around 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., according to passengers. One passenger described, “plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.” “We were actually at the table where the window broke and water came in,” another passenger described. “Next thing we know, the whole boat tilted, and we were hanging on for our lives, dangling … it was really like a scene from the Titanic.” Although the incident did not last long, maybe a minute or two, it was enough to make guests think the boat was at risk of sinking. 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, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims...

Florida Couple Finds Hidden Camera in their Cabin, onboard Carnival Cruise

Chris and Dana White claim they found a hidden video recording device inside their cabin aimed directly at their bed onboard the Carnival Fantasy.  The Pensacola, Florida couple still in shock and disbelief, were on a three-day cruise vacation when they discovered the device, which they said was ‘wired up’ and still ‘warm to the touch.’ In a statement provided to the Sun Sentinel, Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line said it performed a full investigation and acknowledged that a “small video transmitter” was found but that it “was not connected to an electrical source and not capable of recording.” In an interview, scheduled to broadcast on Inside Edition tonight, Chris White stated that he and his wife noticed a device that was hidden amid wires and pointing in the direction of their bed. Upon discovering the device, they called a Carnival employee security official, who inspected and dismantled the device. The couple documented this with their cell phone camera. The device has been turned over to the FBI for further investigation. INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP OR CRUISE SHIP EXCURSION? SPEAK TO A CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY: 1-866-597-4529. If you or your child has 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, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against...

Cruise line accused of serving a college student the equivalent of 30 drinks before he fell overboard

The consumption of alcohol is common on cruise ships, but in excess the consequences can be deadly. A federal judge has found ‘ample evidence’ that Royal Caribbean Ltd. provided too much alcohol to a passenger who fell overboard from the cruise ship, Independence of the Seas, right before Christmas 2016. The case will be decided by a jury as to whether Royal Caribbean is responsible for the death of a 22-year-old passenger from Omaha, Nebraska, who was a on a cruise with his parents when he fell overboard from the 12th deck around 2:00 a.m. The ship was returning from a 4-night Caribbean cruise which departed from Port Everglades, FL. The order cited that Nathan Skokan was served at least 30 ounces of alcohol in the 12 hours before he died, “including six full-sized martinis at a martini-making class earlier in the day and at least seven vodkas, two vodkas mixed with Red Bull, and one cognac.” Skokan’s blood-alcohol level was at least 0.256 percent, which an expert testified “presented an extreme risk of harm.” The order stated, “Even though eyewitnesses immediately notified cruise personnel that Nathan had fallen overboard from the 12th-floor deck,” the cruise line “did not lower the rescue boats until two hours after being notified; did not have its Rescue Team 2 ready for over an hour and a half after Rescue Team 1 was ready; and placed its crew members approximately 100 feet above the water during the night, without additional use of search-and-rescue techniques.” Todd and Lisa Skokan, the parents of Nathan, filed suit against Royal Caribbean in U.S. District Court claiming that...

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers Obtains 2/3 of a Million Dollar Jury Verdict for Injured Passenger Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Sea

Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has won a successful jury verdict in the amount of $667,005.75 for a client who was injured onboard Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship vessel, the Adventure of the Sea. The case (Edgardo Lebron vs. Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD – Case No. 1:16cv24687) involves a cruise ship passenger, who suffered a serious fall in the ship’s designated ice skating rink in 2016. A Miami-Dade County jury returned a verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD in the amount of $42,005.75 for Mr. Lebron’s medical care and hospital costs, and $625,000.00 in damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life and future losses. “This was a very hard fought case and we are privileged to represent Edgardo Lebron and his beautiful family. Holding a cruise line accountable in Federal court is a huge challenge,” said the plaintiff’s lead counsel, Spencer Aronfeld. “We are very pleased that our client and his family will receive just compensation for what he went through and will have to endure for the rest of his life.” Lebron, a resident and citizen of Puerto Rico, fell onboard Royal Caribbean’s, Adventure of the Sea while participating in a skating activity onboard the ship. The ice skating rink lacked adequate safety features to prevent the fall, causing him serious bodily injury, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, hospital expenses, medical and nursing home care and treatment. The losses for this client are permanent and continuing. The incident was a direct result of the faulty skating equipment and the deterioration...

Most Common Injuries to Children on Cruise Ships

Taking a cruise can be a dream vacation for your family, but for some, that dream can soon turn into a nightmare if an injury or death occurs to a child. Serious accidents and injuries can happen to children at sea when the proper precautions are not taken, or the cruise line is negligent in caring for its minor passengers.  We recently did a blog on tips to avoid child injuries on your next cruise. Among the most common accident sites on cruise ships are falls on stairs and steps. When the vacation of a lifetime turns into a nightmare due to a slip and fall, or a sexual assault, our firm holds cruise lines accountable by obtaining compensation for the injured victim and their family. Here is Part III of our special section on Cruise Ship Passenger Safety Tips for Children and Families. Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings  Pools and water slides on cruise ships are one of the biggest attractions for families, but they come with their own set of inherent risks. The risk of drowning goes up when children are around water. Our firm has handled tragic cases involving children harmed while in a pool on a cruise ship, some of these resulting in the child’s drowning. Many cruise lines do not post lifeguards at their pools, and essentially state you are swimming “at your own risk.” Cruise lines, including Carnival, require children under the age of 13 swim with parental supervision. However, it only takes a moment of looking away from your child for tragedy to strike. It is for this reason that we always encourage cruise ship passengers...
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