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The world was shocked and appalled to discover the the crew of the cruise ship, the Star Princess, had left 3 stranded fisherman to die, after having been signaled by the men for help.  The ordeal garnered international news attention after 2 of the men aboard the small boat died, while one survived.  When he finally arrived back to his home country of Panama, news reports broke that the men had actually been spotted by passengers aboard the Star Princess.  The passengers notified the crew of the stranded men, but the crew of the Star Princess did not offer the men any aid.

 

 

With this in mind, we should commend the crew of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.  Though there are many points in which the cruise lines fail to care for their passengers’ needs, it is important to spotlight that in this case, the cruise line did the right thing.  Click the video above to see footage taken of the rescue of 23 Cuban refugees, who were rescued off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico in April.

 

 

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A recent report from CruiseCritic.com indicates that an elderly couple was recently booted off a cruise ship after skipping out on the ship’s safety drill.  The incident, which occurred on Saturday, seems to show that at least some cruise line captains are getting the message, to put safety first.

According to CruiseCriti.com member Seabourntraveller, after the passengers boarded the 450-passenger ship, the Seabourn Sojourn, the captain announced that anyone who did not take part in the safety drill would not be permitted to sail.  Apparently that warning was not heeded by a particular elderly couple which was sailing at the time.

“[The passengers] in [cabin] 627 did not respond to numerous requests, phone calls and announcements to proceed to the Restaurant for the muster drill, and, much to their chagrin, they are spending the next 12 days somewhere other than Seabourn Sojourn,” said Seabourntraveller.

The couple was ordered to leave the ship, which was docked at Lisbon, Portugal at the time.  ”He was not bluffing, and they were re-packed, removed and escorted off the gangway,” reported Seabourntraveller.

This is a bit of an extreme example, but it does underscore just how important the muster drills are.  After the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January, in which 32 people were killed and many more injured, it is about time that the cruise lines begin to take safety more seriously.

But, considering this was an elderly couple, this example also puts a spotlight on the possible need by cruise lines to ensure they are providing the elderly and those with disabilities the adequate assistance in receiving the muster drill insrtuction.

 

 

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney

Cruise ship injuries and accidents can be serious.  Accidents on cruise ships have caused death, paralysis, brain damage, and significant orthopedic injuries for its passengers and crewmembers.  Medical malpractice caused by the medical staff on cruise ships, now we believe to be a daily occurrence, causes death and significant, permanent injuries.  Accidents on cruise excursions are now a daily occurrence and likewise have resulted in death and catastrophic injuries.

The Costa Concordia is still aground on the rocks of Giglio Island in Italy.  The bodies of the last of the dead passengers, an older couple from the Midwest, were recovered only weeks ago.  And yesterday, Costa Christened it newest ship, the sister ship to the Concordia, the 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger Costa Fascinosa.  The cruise line executives say that the incident could not happen again apparently relying on some new voluntary measures which they say that they will take.  These measures are the anemic response of the cruise line trade association, CLIA, which was the subject of another one of our blogs.

The response of Costa executives to the Concordia disaster now is limited to a press release in which Costa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pier Luigi Foschi, said the company has “bounced back” and that “booking volumes are back to the same levels recorded this time last year.”  “Our share of the market in the main countries where we operate has not been affected. We were, are and will remain number one in Europe,” he stated, adding that Costa’s fleet expansion will continue. Its next new ship is scheduled to launch in fall 2014.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

 

 

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney