Construction Crane Crashes into Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docked in Bahamas

Eight people were injured after a large construction crane smashed into the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas Monday as the ship was docked in a shipyard near Freeport in the Bahamas. The ship was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the incident. Video of the destruction was captured by witnesses and quickly went viral after showing a large crane crashing into the cruise ship was posted Twitter. The construction crane smashed into the stern of the boat where the ship’s AquaTheatre is located. Because the ship was docked for maintenance, only crew members were on board at the time of the accident. All injuries involved the dock workers who were around the ship at the time. One dock worker reported being so close to the crash that the crane barely missed him. At this time, Royal Caribbean does not know the full extent of the damages. They are aware of the damage done to the dock structure and construction crane but are still assessing just how much damage was done to the vessel itself. After the incident, Royal Caribbean sent the ship home early and offered refunds to all affected passengers. The Oasis of the Seas is one of the fourth largest cruise ships in the world. The ship is 1,187 feet long, 215 feet wide, and has a gross register tonnage of 225,282. At one point in time, this four-deck luxury ship was the biggest cruise ship in the world, but it was eventually surpassed by sister ships through the Royal Caribbean line, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas....

American Cruise Ship Passenger Facing Prison Time in Cayman Islands After a Gun Was Found in Her Luggage

A Wisconsin woman is facing criminal charges in the Cayman Islands and even possible prison time after a gun was found in her luggage. This story is a cautionary tale for other cruise passengers regarding the importance of reading the restrictions on what can and cannot be brought on a cruise vacation and the consequences of what can happen if a prohibited item is found. Carol Ann McNeill-Skorupan left Florida for a nine-night cruise through the Caribbean last month. The first stop on the cruise was in the Cayman Islands. While the ship was stopped at port on February 3, McNeill-Skorupan received a notice that her third piece of luggage, which did not arrive with her on the flight from Wisconsin to Florida, had finally made its way to the George Town airport. She left to retrieve her bag where she was arrested due to a .25 caliber handgun and six rounds of ammunition that the Cayman Island authorities discovered in her bag. These items were found during a routine X-ray of the third bag when it arrived at the airport. McNeill-Skorupan argued that she had a valid Wisconsin concealed carry permit, which allowed her to possess the firearm and ammunition. However, despite her claims that the permit justified the weapon, the Caymans considered it an illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm. She spent three nights in jail before finally being released on $10,000 bail and a surrender of her passport. She was released and allowed to stay at a local hotel, although she has reportedly been allowed to return to Wisconsin. Depending on how this plays out, she...

Norwegian Cruise Lines is Giving Away FREE Cruises to Teachers

Norwegian Cruise Lines wants to reward teachers who inspire their students and their communities by giving them a FREE cruise vacation. As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches in May, Norwegian is looking for nominations for teachers who inspire and share the joy of learning. Now until April 12, 2019, Norwegian is accepting nominations for teachers to win a FREE cruise on the Norwegian Joy. Anyone can submit a nomination, including the teacher themselves. If you want your favorite teacher to win, you can also share your submission on social media to gain more votes. The more votes the teacher receives, the better chance they have of being selected as a finalist. Norwegian will select the TOP 15 nominees who will receive a free cruise vacation for two, an exclusive invitation to an award ceremony on May 3 in Seattle (including airfare and accommodations) and the chance to win the grand prize of $15,000 for their school. To nominate your favorite teacher, go to the Norwegian Cruise Line’s website. Nominations will be accepted now until April 12, 2019. 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...

Helicopters Sent to Rescue 1,300 Passengers from Disabled Cruise Ship in Norway

After issuing an SOS message over the weekend, 1,300 passengers onboard the Viking Sky cruise ship were airlifted from the ship by the Norwegian coast guard. The SOS signal was sent due to apparent engine problems in bad weather. At the time the signal was sent, the ship was reported as having one working engine and was sailing in strong winds. Shortly after the Viking Sky cruise ship sent out the SOS, southern Norway rescue authorities sent out four helicopters to airlift passengers from the boat. In addition to the helicopters, coast guard and sea rescue boats were also sent to help accommodate the ship’s evacuation. Another larger vessel was sent to tow the Viking Sky into port. Given the risk that inclement weather can present to ships at sea, resulting in cruise ship tilting and injuries to passengers, the decision to evacuate passengers was arguably a wise one. The Viking Sky was on its way from Tromso to Stavanger when the SOS call was made. One of the main reasons why the crew made the decision was the risk that ships encounter with high winds and hidden reefs in the area. In fact, the location where the ship eventually laid anchor is known for being difficult to navigate, even in calm weather. Authorities reported that 17 passengers had been taken to the hospital after being evacuated from the ship. Operated by the Norwegian firm Viking Ocean Cruisers, the Viking Sky is a modern cruise ship launched in 2017 with a capacity of 930 passengers plus crew. INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP OR CRUISE SHIP EXCURSION? SPEAK TO A...

$10 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Royal Caribbean after Passenger Breaks Pelvis during 20-foot Trampoline Fall

A passenger who broke his pelvis while on a trampoline attraction onboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas ship is suing the cruise liner for $10 million in damages, according to a lawsuit filed on March 12. The passenger, Casey Holladay was on the Sky Pad, which is a trampoline attraction on the Mariner of the Seas. While getting on this attraction, the user straps into a harness held by a bungee cord on each side. Holladay was injured after his harness snapped while he was approximately 20 feet from the ground on February 9. As soon as the harness broke, he fell, hitting a hard surface next to the trampoline and breaking his pelvis. Holladay’s lawsuit alleges that Royal Caribbean was negligent in installing the Sky Pad trampoline on its ship. Holladay’s girlfriend took a video of the incident, although Royal Caribbean staff members were also filmed by others trying to prevent passengers from filming the events occurring immediately after his fall. As a result of his injuries, Holladay reportedly now suffers a disability, as well as permanent injuries that will require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers regularly represents passengers who suffer injuries onboard cruise ships. Attractions, like the Sky Pad, Sky Zone and FlowRider come with their own inherent sets of risks and can lead to injury, even if installed and used properly. The problem is, many of these onboard activities are either completely unsupervised or they are supervised by crew members that have little experience in their respective area. In the event, however, that cruise staff is not careful in installing the...

Carnival Cruise Line Announces Cancellation for All Stops at Antigua Port

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that it intends to cancel all calls to the port in Antigua. Currently, four different ships have scheduled visits to this Southern Caribbean port starting in November 2019, including the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Magic, Carnival Legend and Carnival Pride. This cancellation comes as a surprise to many and will affect passengers currently booked for cruises on these ships. This sudden cancellation has led many to question why this change in scheduling has been made. An official statement from Carnival has been released indicating that Antigua government officials have made statements to the effect that they do not want cruise lines to visit the port in the future. As a result, Carnival has cancelled upcoming stops at this port and is rescheduling stops to locations that will be more accommodating and welcoming to their guests. The official statement is as follows: “Government officials in Antigua have taken steps which indicate they don’t want cruise lines and our guests to visit so for the time being we are focusing our itineraries on the destinations that are more welcoming.” Nathan Dundas, the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association (ABCTA), has expressed concerns that the cancellation of ship visits to the port will negatively impact area businesses. It is estimated that 250,000 cruise guests were expected to be on board these ships. Despite the fact that Carnival has released an official statement regarding its reason for the cancellation, many wonder whether the recent discussions between the island and Global Ports Holding with respect to expanding the Antigua cruise port could be behind the cancellation. The...
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