Monthly Archives: February 2012

Proudly Representing Cruise Ship Cases in Miami, Nearby Areas of Florida and Nationwide

A recent report from local Tampa Bay channel 8, has revealed that Princess cruise lines has given a refund to some passengers which were stricken with Norovirus, and gave nothing to others. About a month ago a group of over 300 passengers, and 30 crew, were stricken with Norovirus while sailing on Princess Cruise Line’s “Crown Princess.”

The stories from the ship were horrid, including passengers violently vomiting and being quarantined to their rooms to prevent the spread of the disease. The quarantined passengers missed much of the fun, including eating at the nightly dinners, and seeing the on board shows. Despite not being allowed to eat at the nightly dinners, they were charged roughly $100 apiece in gratuity for the dinners.

At the end of the trip the passengers disembarked, and the same ship was then boarded by the next group of passengers, who set sail on the Crown Princess.

As can be imagined, many from the next group of passengers also fell ill with Norovirus. This second outbreak caused the cruise line to alter the itinerary, with the second sailing not making all the scheduled stops.

The second group was refunded at least some of their cruise fare, while the first group was not. Princess says that the refund was given because of the itinerary change.

It has been 1 month since the Costa Concordia disaster struck, and still there are more questions than answers.  For authorities, the questions center on who is really to blame for the disaster, the cruise line, the captain, or both.  But for families of 15 people still missing from the cruise, the questions center around if they will ever see their missing loved ones again.

The 15 missing passengers, including 2 Americans, are all presumed dead. The search efforts have been nothing short of extensive, however they the search has been repeatedly called off due to dangerous weather conditions.

Still, the family members have not given up hope. A Washington Post article today quoted Kevin Rebello, whose brother is still missing:

“I haven’t lost hope yet, anything can still happen, a miracle. He may be injured, he may have lost consciousness, anything may have happened. I still have hope, I always have hope, hope is the last thing to die,” Rebello said. “I hope I will find him as soon as possible, to bring him home.”

With the legal wranglings just beginning, and the captain of the doomed ship, captain Francesco Schettino, still under house arrest, there will no doubt be several weeks and months before any real answers are known.

In the mean time, the relatives of those lost, and those affected by the tragedy, mark 1 month since one of the larges cruise ship disasters since the Titanic.