Last week, The Huffington Post shared an article called 5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise (originally posted on CruiseCritic.com).
They were all great suggestions for how to get the most enjoyment out of your vacation. You can read the full article here by clicking this link.
The 5 suggestions were:
- Don’t overdo it your first day onboard
- Don’t try to eat at every specialty restaurant
- Don’t think you’re too cool to participate in cruise activities
- Don’t stay in your cabin for hours at a time
- Don’t forget to be nice to the crew
While these are good ideas and are certainly something to consider for new cruise passengers, there are some other things to keep in mind that pertain to your personal safety.
As cruise ship injury lawyers, we speak with accident victims every week. People get hurt on cruises – and sometimes hurt very seriously. Unfortunately, it happens more than most people realize.
Focus on correcting the cruise ship industry
As cruise ship injury lawyers who have been representing victims for over 25 years, we keep a close eye on the cruise ship industry. Over the last two years, with the rash of cruise ship accidents that have become seemingly so commonplace, and with large amounts of coverage from the media, much attention has been focused on the industry.
What we’ve seen over 25 years – negligence, life-altering injuries, frustrated accident victims, often callous corporate cruise executives – is now being seen by others outside the industry.
According to various news reports, a 4-year-old boy had to be airlifted from a Norwegian cruise ship Monday after falling from his bunk. The accident occurred on the Norwegian Breakaway on July 28 as the ship was about 100 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The injured boy and his mother were airlifted by the Coast Guard and were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
There are not reports yet as to how the injury happened, but it must have been a serious injury as the Coast Guard was called in. This shows that the ship was unable to properly handle the emergency.
Do you need a lawyer to help you with a cruise ship related injury that happened while on a Carnival Cruise vacation? The answer to that question is, probably yes.
Most passengers who are hurt in an accident while on a Carnival Cruise vacation (and suffer terrible and painful injuries) often don’t have any idea of “what to do” once they return home from their trip. They’re hurt, confused and generally angry about the events that occurred on what was supposed to be a dream vacation.
According to the Alaska Dispatch News, a Carnival Cruise ship passenger was taken from the cruise ship by the Coast Guard to a Juneau hospital for medical treatment.
Per the report…”the cruise ship Carnival Solstice requested a medevac for a 71-year-old man suffering from stroke-like symptoms, the release says. The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, whose crew hoisted the passenger from the ship and flew him to Juneau for treatment.”
With millions of passengers traveling on cruise ships each year, medical emergencies and injuries are relatively common – and more common than most passengers believe.
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It’s normal to have questions, especially regarding your legal rights.
And while friends and family members can offer helpful advice, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney who can answer your questions and provide the legal counsel needed to determine if you have reason to file a claim.
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Reports from July 8 show that the Carnival Spirit apparently had a crew member go overboard while sailing near the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean.
Search and rescue operations have not found the crew member, reported to be an Indian national and a member of the kitchen crew aboard the Spirit. When he did not show up for his post, the crew did a thorough search of the vessel. The cruise line then decided to turn around the cruise ship to search for the crew member in the water.
At this point, the search has been called off. Read more here at News.com.au.
With the greater Miami area being a “busy boating area” and with the rash of boating accidents we’ve seen lately (including the awful July Fourth crash off Dinner Key), it’s important to remember that safe boating is extremely important.
While out on the water, we ask that you please refrain from drinking while driving and pay attention to what other boaters are doing in the area around your vessel. Also, knowing your surroundings and having a good understanding of how to operate your boat will help keep you, your family and friends safe this summer.
Yes – slip and fall accidents on cruise ship accidents do occur – often more frequently than most passengers believe. Cruise ships inherently offer many opportunities for passengers to get hurt.
Unfortunately, it’s true – passengers get hurt all time – sometimes due to “no-fault” accidents and sometimes due to negligent actions of the cruise line or its employees, the crew members.
With so many people aboard (often thousands of passengers), the movement of the ocean, seawater and rain on open decks and other potential hazards, passengers need to try be be careful as they also try to enjoy their vacations.
Yes – cruise ship accidents do occur – often more frequently than most passengers believe.
Passengers get hurt all time – sometimes due to “no-fault” accidents and sometimes due to negligent actions of the cruise line or its employees, the crew members. The injuries can be quite painful – broken bones, internal bleeding, severe back injuries and more.
At our law firm here in Miami, we’ve talked to injured passengers for more than 25 years – and the accident stories we’ve heard are often quite hard to listen to.