Elderly Passenger Medevacked from Carnival Cruise Ship

An 80-year-old female passenger was medevacked from a Carnival cruise ship, reportedly after a fall that injured her head.  The fall required immediate medical attention. The passenger was traveling on the Carnival Ecstasy, which was approximately five hours into its five-day Bahama voyage after leaving Charleston, South Carolina. The Coast Guard was notified at 9:15 p.m. ET that a passenger had suffered a head injury after a fall. Due to the nature of the injuries and age of the passenger, the U.S. Coast Guard immediately dispatched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Savannah. The crew met the ship approximately 55 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. They were able to successfully lift her from the ship to the helicopter where the passenger was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment. One of the most common injuries we see as cruise ship passenger attorneys are slip, trip and falls. Whether it be down a staircase, slipping and falling on the ship’s deck or tripping over a threshold- these falls can result in serious injuries. If you are injured on a cruise it is important to consult with an experienced maritime personal injury attorney. These cases must be filed in Miami Federal Court regardless of where the accident occurred and regardless of where the injured victim is from. 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...

Search Suspended for Royal Caribbean Crew Member Who Went Overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Royal Caribbean crew member who reportedly fell overboard the Majesty of the Seas off the coast of Florida last Thursday. The 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, was seen falling overboard by fellow crew members at approximately 2:35 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast shared an update, confirming that three crews were dispatched to search for the employee, who fell approximately 37 miles off the coast of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach. “At 6:43 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard advised the ship that they would be assuming control of the search. The ship was then released from the search and able to continue to Port Everglades,” according to local news reports. The Majesty of the Seas, which was returning from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, returned to Port Everglades later that morning. This incident is similar to another Royal Caribbean overboard incident that occurred last month, during which a 20-year-old Royal Caribbean cruise entertainer went missing. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for 20-year-old 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. 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...

The Air Quality on Cruise Ship Decks- Worse Than We Thought

It turns out that the so-called fresh sea air you breathe in while on a cruise ship may not be as clean and invigorating as you think. In fact, according to a recent study produced by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, the air just outside of a cruise ship at sea may be more dangerous for the passengers and crew than expected and contain high levels of air pollution that can put your health at risk. The study was conducted by Ryan Kennedy, an associate professor at John Hopkins, who measured the number of ultrafine particles in the air on four different cruise ships, including the Carnival Liberty, the Carnival Freedom, the Holland American MS Amsterdam, and the Princess Cruises Emerald Princess. What Kennedy found was that measurements of these particles was equivalent to locations known for high pollution, including Taipei and Beijing, China. Even more concerning was the fact that many of the worst readings were taken in places that were meant for exercise or children’s activities on the ship. When confronted with the findings, Carnival Cruise Line disputed these tests as “completely ridiculous, inaccurate and in no way represent reality.” Those are some fairly strong words against Kennedy’s findings, which is understandable since all four ships were Carnival ships or ships associated with Carnival subsidiaries. Kennedy’s study counted the particles of pollutants in the air while on-board, which are known as ultrafine or nanoparticles. Each particle is smaller than 0.1 cubic centimeters. When someone inhales a nanoparticle, they enter the bloodstream or brain and can have significant impact on the human body. These particles...

Kid-Free Cruise Vacation Offered by Virgin Voyages

For many adults wishing to go on a relaxing cruise vacation, the thought of having to share this experience with children seems far from a vacation. A cruise can be a wonderful family trip, but many travelers wish to have this vacation without the presence of small children. Luckily for them, Virgin Voyages will be debuting the first ‘adults-only’ cruise, set to depart from Miami in 2020. Virgin Voyages, a company owned by celebrity business mogul, Richard Branson, will be debuting the very first adults-only ship, named the Scarlet Lady, with a voyage from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020. This ship comes decked out what 78 luxury “Rock Star Suites,” all of which are located on the ship’s 15th deck. It also has what are called Mega Rock Star Suites, which will be divided into additional categories, titled Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous. When they say the phrase “rock star,” Virgin means it quite literally. The Rock Star Massive Suite features a music room that comes stocked with guitars, an amp and special private deck, looking out to the front of the ship. These suites also come with a private terrace with a standing hot tub, as well as a “runway” table for entertaining guests. Instead of referring to people who are traveling on the cruise as passengers, Virgin refers to its guests on this ship as “Rock Star sailors.” These “Rock Star sailors” get the VIP treatment with private airport transfers, access to an exclusive terminal pathway, as well as the ability to submit rider sheets, just as if they were real life rock stars. The suites...

Lawsuit Follows after Norwegian Cruise Turns into a Nightmare as Ship Sailed into Bomb Cyclone

Passengers and crew onboard the Norwegian Breakaway in January 2017 sailed directly into a nightmare situation as the ship stuck to its itinerary, despite countless warnings about a severe storm developing along the East coast and navigated right into the middle of a bomb cyclone. One year later, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is facing quite the legal battle following the incident. A complaint has recently been filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida by nearly 200 passengers who are suing NCL, accusing the cruise line of being negligent in making the decision to stick to the ship’s itinerary and knowingly sail into a massive storm. Many of the passengers who are a part of this lawsuit stated that they have suffered severe distress and that, while on the ship during this storm, they had a reasonable fear of death and that the ship would sink due to the storm conditions. In fact, several passengers stated that the storm and situation on the ship reminded them strongly of scenes from the Titanic, as they were tossed on board, watching as water poured into staterooms and other areas of the ship. Passengers on the ship at the time of the storm said that the company and its crew knew the store was developing and worsening by the day, but the chose to sail directly into the bomb cyclone despite multiple credible warnings. A bomb cyclone is another term for a winter hurricane and can be a deadly for a ship entering its path. This specific incident is not the only one that has fallen to a similar situation....
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