The Miami Herald reported yesterday, Feb. 10, that the Princess Cruises cruise ship Regal Princess headed back to port in Miami because of a medical emergency of not just one, but two male passengers.
No further details regarding the emergency have been released that we can find, though both the South Florida Gay News and CruiseLawNews.com indicate that drug overdoses may be the reasoning for the emergency.
The Regal Princess disembarked from Fort Lauderdale on Sunday and had reached the Bahamas, but returned to PortMiami due to the emergency.
According to the annual report released by the Cruise Lines International Association on Monday, February 9…
A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year.
Cruise lines are enticing travelers with nearly 1,000 ports of call in new, exotic locations, especially in the fast-growing Asian market. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015 for a total investment of more than $4 billion.
Over the weekend, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship – the Grandeur of the Seas – cut short its travel plans when 200 passengers and crew became ill with Norovirus.
Quick highlights of the story:
Norovirus – a frequent passenger on cruise ships these days
Norovirus spread throughout Royal Caribbean passengers and crew
More than 200 people became sick
The CDC boarded the ship in Jamaica to collect samples from passengers
The 9 day scheduled cruise to Jamaica ended early as the virulent norovirus spread throughout the ship.
KLFY News reports that a woman was medevaced from the Carnival Cruise Ship Magic by the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday, Feb. 1.
Reports indicate the passenger was a 51-year old woman who was experiencing respiratory problems and requested a medical evacuation.
The incident occurred 184 miles off the Galveston, Texas coast.
The woman was eventually taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch and was reported to be in stable condition.
See video of the helicopter rescue below or at dvidshub.net.
Slip and Fall Accident on a Cruise Vacation?
With the average age of cruise ship passengers being over 50 years old, even seemingly small accidents can cause severe injury and pain. Especially slip and fall types of accidents where the resulting injury can range from small scrapes and bruises to more serious incidents – broken bones, concussions, internal bleeding or worse.
— and no, you don’t have to be 50+ to experience the pain of an accident!
When accidents happen on cruise ships, passengers often begin to wonder, “what recourse do I have – especially if the accident wasn’t my fault?”
Last evening (January 29, 2015) a woman traveling on the Norwegian Cruise Ship, Gem, was medevaced to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
According to a report on the WTKR.com website in Norfolk, the U.S. Coast Guard picked up the female passenger approximately 220 miles southeast of Portsmouth, Virginia.
The medical emergency seems to have occurred due to complications with diabetes.
View the airlift procedures below or here at DVIDS.com.
Even Disney Cruise Lines is not immune to injury claims, this time from a longshoreman who was hurt while working to transfer cargo from the cruise ship to a tractor trailer.
Here are more details as related in an article from the Southeast Texas Record, Southeast Texas’ Legal Journal…
A longshoreman is suing over claims he was injured transferring cargo from a cruise ship.
Daniel Wayne Edwards filed a lawsuit Nov. 26 in Galveston County District Court against Magical Cruise Company Limited, doing business as Disney Cruise Lines; GRS Logistics Inc.; Daniel Edwards Arrington; and Chris Large, citing negligence.
It’s been a busy January as the cruise ship industry has been dealing with accidents, incidents and other issues.
First, some good news…
A private plane flying to Hawaii ran out of fuel, the pilot ditched the plan and was then rescued by a Holland America cruise ship.
From KCRA News in Tracy, California… Jan. 26…
“The pilot of a single-engine airplane from Tracy ran out of fuel over the Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii — but he was able to ditch the plane in the water and then a cruise ship came to his rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson said the pilot was picked up by the cruise ship Veendam, which belongs to Holland America.
Are changes coming to the cruise line industry by federal mandate?
We’re not sure yet, but according to The Hill which provides breaking news from Capitol Hill and Congress, the Coast Guard is considering new rules for investigating crimes on cruise ships.
From a release in Friday, Jan. 15th issue of TheHill.com…
Cruise ships would face new security protocols, such as informing passengers about crime aboard the ship, installing systems to detect if someone falls overboard, and crime scene preservation and evidence gathering training, under proposed rules from the Coast Guard.
Many details still unclear
According to various reports, like this one from the Jamaica Observer, two men have gone missing in Jamaica after disembarking from a Carnival Cruise ship that had
The men, 42-year-old Shelby Person and 45-year-old Tyrone Rideout, got off the Carnival Victory on January 12 in the port of Falmouth. Both are American citizens from Maryland.
According to the article published on Tuesday, Jan. 13th,….
“Information received is that both Person and Rideout disembarked the vessel shortly after its arrival in the island about 10:00 am and left the pier for an undisclosed destination.