Cayman Island Cruise Industry Experiences Busiest Month in January 2019

The month of January was an exceptionally busy month for tourism in the Grand Cayman Islands- and the cruise industry accounted for a major part of it, according to recent figures from the Department of Tourism. It is reported that a total of 271,111 tourists from cruises alone visited Grand Cayman in January 2019. This number is a 24 percent jump from the same time last year. It also represents the strongest month ever recorded for cruise ship arrivals in the area. The fact that the cruise industry is booming and bringing so much tourism business to the Cayman Islands is significant in light of recent protests over plans for a new cruise berthing facility in the area. Those protesting the construction of this new facility have said that it was not necessary and was not backed by tourism figures. However, those advocating for the construction have consistently argued that the area was experiencing a notable increase in arrivals. They believe that the piers are needed due to a boost the Cayman Islands have experienced because of hurricane damage sustained in other eastern Caribbean islands. These additional piers are also argued to be needed to accommodate arrivals of larger ships. The increased numbers only further support the argument made by local government and tourism authorities that the Caymans need additional piers. The minister of tourism also argued that the increase numbers of tourists arriving by air in January shows even more that the construction is needed. Air arrivals were said to be up five percent from last year with over 40,000 tourists arriving at Owen Roberts International Airport. New...

Cruise Ship Employees Disclose Grueling Work Schedules

When most people think about traveling on a cruise ship, they think of rest and relaxation in the lap of luxury at sea, but employees who work on these ships paint quite a different picture of what goes on behind the scenes. At the time of hire, cruise employees sign employment contracts that detail their duties and obligations. These employees do not put in the average five-day work week that most employees do. Most of them work for seven days in a row for their contracts, which can last anywhere from two to 11 months during the cruise season. The most common contract period is four to eight months, while some can be longer. During these days, the employees work much longer than the average eight-hour work day. The employees interviewed reported to Business Insider that they worked up to 12 hours per day. Even for the strongest person, this grueling schedule can be tiring and stressful. The hours can also be intense, ranging from around eight to nearly 20 hours per day. A former waiter for Carnival Cruise Line who said he worked about 12 hours a day described his schedule as “crazy” and said it led to fatigue and stress. 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...

Norwegian Escape, the Latest Cruise Ship to Tilt at Sea, Causing Passenger Injuries

Of all the possible accidents that can occur on a cruise ship, a cruise ship tilt is considered one of the most unpredictable. A cruise ship tilt occurs when the ship leans heavily to either the port or the starboard. The most recent cruise ship to tilt at sea was the Norwegian Escape. The offshore incident occurred Sunday night as a strong weather front moved across the eastern seaboard of the U.S., generating a string of tornadoes across Alabama and Georgia. The Norwegian cruise ship had departed from New York hours earlier that same day. The wind gusts that night registered at about 155 mph, similar to the force of a Category 3 hurricane – at sea! One passenger was tossed out of the shower in her eighth-floor cabin.  Several other passengers reported injuries as a result of the cruise ship tilt and were treated by the ship’s medical staff. On social media, passengers aboard the Norwegian Escape posted images of tables, chairs and clothing racks falling over. Video footage showed passengers screaming, glass could be heard shattering and furniture was seen sliding across the floor. During the tilt, the ship called three “Code Alpha’s,” which is code for a medical emergency. Several passengers and crew members were injured, the cruise line said Tuesday without giving specific numbers or detailing the nature of their injuries. A dozen ambulances were seen at the port when the ship arrived at Port Canaveral, on Tuesday morning. Cruise ship tilts are not uncommon at sea.  However, the severity of them can vary. Our firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of injured passengers onboard...

Protesters Gather at Monterey Bay to Fight Growing Number of Cruise Ships

Wildlife activists gathered at the San Carlos Beach in Monterey Bay last weekend in an effort to protest the growing number of cruise ships using that location as a scheduled stop along their journeys. An estimated 100 protestors swarmed the beach with paddles and kayaks to bring attention to the environmental effects of cruise ships in the bay. What has these protesters so upset is the fact that these ships are stopping in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In 2019, 18 ships are scheduled to stop in Monterey Bay. This number is 11 more from 2018 and up 13 from 2017. In 2020, 20 ships are expected to stop in Monterey Bay, which leads them to believe these numbers will just increase over the years. These ships stop in Monterey anytime between California winters and Alaska summers. The large cruise ships set anchor just outside of Monterey Harbor and transport passengers via ferry to visit the area. The influx of tourists does bring the area a much-needed economic boost, but the results to the surrounding environment are less positive. The protesters are concerned about the pollution that these ships and ferries bring to the bay. They claim that the emissions from the ships are contributing directly to air pollution in the area. Additionally, they believe that the water is being polluted from the ships’ accidentally emitting liquids into the bay, while noise pollution from the ships hurt the marine mammals living in the waters. However, area officials argue that they have considered these risks, and they have been addressed. John Haynes, Monterey Harbormaster, has said that sanctuary regulations...

Norwegian Epic Crashes into Dock in Puerto Rico

The Norwegian Epic, one of Norwegian’s three largest vessels, crashed into a dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico this week. The incident was captured on video, and was later posted to social media. While there were no injuries reported, passengers were understandably rattled by the incident, and questions remain as to why the crash occurred. The video posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #EpicFail, was taken by a passenger who was on another cruise ship that was already docked in San Juan. The footage got a clear shot of the Norwegian Epic, striking and sinking two mooring points on the dock at Pier 3 East. Norwegian reported that the incident was caused by strong winds that unexpectedly resulted in the ship veering towards the pier. The Norwegian Epic was on a seven-day cruise in the Eastern Caribbean and was not originally scheduled to stop in San Juan. Cruise ship passengers were told that the ship was experiencing mechanical problems and would be diverted to San Juan, skipping planned calls at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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,...

Cruise Ship Passenger Faces Gun Charges Before Grand Court in the Cayman Islands

A female passenger on board the Celebrity Cruise Line’s Silhouette now faces charges before the Grand Court in Grand Cayman Islands after being arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and six rounds of ammunition. The passenger, Carol Ann McNeill Skorupan was charged on Sunday, February 3, after firearms were discovered in her bag. A .25 caliber pistol and six rounds of ammunition were discovered in her bag, which was sent to the Cayman Islands by Delta Air Lines. The passenger was granted bail on February 5 and has been staying at a local Cayman hotel since her release. She appeared in Summary Court last week where Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn ruled that the matter needed to proceed further to Grand Court, which is expected this week. She has a license to carry a concealed firearm, a license issued by the State of Wisconsin. This license authorizes her to go to other U.S. states with the firearm. She lawfully traveled with the firearm and ammunition from Wisconsin to Florida with three pieces of luggage. She took two pieces of luggage with her from the airport and brought them on the ship. One bag, the one with the firearm, did not arrive, and she inquired as to where it was located. It appeared that airline personnel took it upon themselves to ship the bag to Grand Cayman, knowing that her ship, the Celebrity Silhouette, would be stopping there. When the ship arrived at port, she was asked to go to the airport. She followed the instruction, and once she arrived at the airport, she was arrested. The summary court hearing represents...
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