Cruise Ship Captain Arrested in Fatal Danube Crash, As Search for Passengers Continues

Hungarian officials continue to search for missing passengers who were tossed overboard, while onboard the Mermaid, an 89-foot double-decker boat. Dozens of passengers, from a 6-year-old girl to a 72-year-old man, were tossed into the fast-moving current as the Mermaid capsized. The Mermaid was on a river cruise voyage carrying a group of South Korean tourists who were on the boat for a tour of the Danube river. The tour boat was passing under the Margaret Bridge during its voyage when it crossed paths with the 442-foot Viking Sigyn. The Viking vessel quickly raced up to the rear of the smaller ship, clipping the boat’s stern and causing it to spin off. The passengers who were on the top deck of the cruise ship taking photographs were tossed into the water, and the Mermaid capsized. It took only seven seconds for the ship to begin sinking, leaving very little time for those on board to react. As of Thursday, Hungarian authorities reported that at least seven passengers had died while 21 remained missing. This tragic accident has been reported as the deadliest boating accident in Hungary in the past 75 years. Authorities are looking into why the Viking boat collided with the Mermaid. The Viking Sigyn’s captain has been taken into police custody as authorities consider criminal charges against the man for his reckless misconduct that led to the accident. It is estimated that 35 people were on board at the time of collision. Concerns have been expressed regarding whether the ship was properly equipped with life vests. Authorities reported that seven passengers who were pulled from the water...

CDC Releases List of Cruise Ships that Failed Most Recent Surprise Inspections

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released the reports from its most recent cruise ship inspections, most importantly the ones that have failed to meet cleanliness standards.  The CDC conducts surprise inspections twice a year on ships that enter U.S. ports. They reported that eight ships did not meet their required standards while 14 ships earned perfect scores. The inspectors look at various areas on the ship, including swimming pools, medical facilities, child activity centers, and dining areas. Inspectors grade the ships on a scale of 1 to 100. If a ship receives a score below 86, the CDC considers that a failing score. Since these inspections are unannounced, cruise ships must be prepared for an inspection at any given time. The overall inspection can take anywhere between 8 to 10 hours as inspectors examine the following areas: The ship’s medical facilities; Dining areas and food preparation;The manner by which water is taken from source to storage; Any areas where recreational activities occur onboard; Food storage; Employee hygiene habits; Poolside inspections, including pH and halogen-based disinfectant levels; Child activity centers; The ship’s ventilation system; andAny other common areas, especially with respect to pest control management. The ships that received scores under 86 and failed the cruise inspections included the Norwegian Breakaway, the Oceania Insignia, and two different ships from Silversea Cruises, including the Silver Spirit and Silver Wind, among others. The lowest scoring ship, receiving a score of 76, was the Japan Cruise Lines’ Pacific Venus.  The CDC found water storage levels and food storage were not up to code. The two Silversea Cruise ships both scoring 79...

Royal Caribbean Private Island to Include Water Park, Zip Line and Giant Balloon

The newest trend in the cruise industry is for cruise companies to purchase private destination islands where they can offer exclusive attractions for their passengers. Royal Caribbean is cashing in on the trend with its newest CoCo Cay destination island in the Bahamas. After spending $250 million to renovate the island, Royal Caribbean is officially debuting their most recent creation – Perfect Day at Coco Cay. The island features a new water park, including a 135-foot tall water slide and freshwater lagoon. The park also has a helium balloon that will take guests up 450 feet to view the island. Another excursion offered on the island is a 1,600 foot-long zip-line attraction. The attraction spans a total of 125 acres and can accommodate up to 10,000 people at one time. Cruise passengers can enjoy a full day at the water park for the cost of $44 to $99 per person. If you wish to take a ride on the zip-line, the cost ranges from $79 to $139 per person. Similarly, the cost to ride on the balloon ride is anywhere from $39 to $99 per person. Costs vary based on the season. So far, 11 of the Royal Caribbean ships are expected to visit Perfect Day in 2019, including the Empress, Symphony of the Seas, and Navigator of the Seas. The company has installed a new pier, which allows their larger ships in the Oasis class to dock at the island. Royal Caribbean does not plan to stop with this one island either. They are currently in the planning stages for four more private island destinations in the Caribbean,...

Holland America Cruise Ships Collide in Vancouver

Passengers onboard a Holland America cruise ship were awoken in the early morning hours to quite a shock when the vessel collided into another cruise ship while attempting to dock. The incident happened at the Vancouver Port in British Columbia on Saturday at 6:50 a.m. The Oosterdam struck the Nieuw Amsterdam ship, causing damage to six of the Nieuw Amsterdam’s stateroom verandas. Passengers reported being jolted by the impact and hearing glass breaking. Passengers on both ships, which are owned by the same company, Holland America, were made to disembark quickly but have been able to return since then.  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, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights. 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 are still on your...

Measles Outbreak on Cruise Ship Results in Quarantine

A measles outbreak on a cruise ship off the island of St. Lucia has led to a quarantine of all passengers onboard. According to St. Lucia’s chief medical officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, 300 passengers and crew members on the ship are not being permitted to leave the ship until further notice. At least one female crew member has been confirmed to have a case of measles. The person diagnosed with the measles, as well as other crew and passengers, are “stable” and remain under surveillance by the ship’s doctor. Medical experts say it is likely that other passengers have been exposed to the virus.  The ship’s doctor requested 100 doses of the measles vaccine. Continued surveillance will be necessary, as the incubation period for measles ranges from 10 to 12 days, before symptoms in exposed persons develop. This report comes at a time when we are experiencing the largest outbreak of measles in a quarter-century. Approximately 700 cases of measles have been reported nationwide. Due to how contagious the disease is and how quickly it can spread on a cruise ship, St. Lucian officials are not taking any chances. To prevent the spread of infection, passengers and crew were not allowed to disembark from the ship. When a contagious illness, such as the measles, is confirmed on a cruise ship, quarantine is a common procedure to contain the illness while treating those who are infected onboard. Reports indicate that the ship involved is the Freewinds, which is owned and operated by the Church of Scientology. This specific vessel is 440-feet in length and is used by the church as...

Royal Caribbean Once Again Building the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Construction has begun on what will now be Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ship, surpassing the Symphony of the Seas.  The new, not-yet-named vessel is being built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. It will be the fifth Oasis-class ship for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Each of the five Oasis-class ships by Royal Caribbean was the largest in the world when they debuted, starting with Oasis of the Seas in 2008. Each new ship has surpassed its predecessor in size, a trend that Royal Caribbean says will continue.  The newest ship, which will debut in 2021, will surpass Symphony of the Seas’ 228,081 gross tons, 1,188 feet in length and guest capacity of 6,680. Another Oasis-class ship will immediately follow, as the sixth ship is planned to debut in 2023. The two new Oasis-class ships will combine the ‘seven-neighborhood’ concept displayed on all its sister ships. In addition, the ships will add a brand-new line-up of imaginative dining, thrilling passenger experiences, entertainment and the latest technology. 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 are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we...
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