Monthly Archives: January 2014

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2012 and 2013 both saw tragic and shocking cruise ship related news at the beginning of the new years. In 2012 it was the sinking of the Costa Concordia. 2013 saw the Carnival Triumph break out in a disabling fire. Following the patter of the two previous years, Royal Caribbean is making headlines  at the beginning of 2014 with a 600+ passenger and crew outbreak of norovirus.

The situation has caused the online news website The Wire to dub this time of year “cruise ship disaster season.” This moniker is fitting, giving the amazing amount of cruise disasters the wintertime has seen over the past couple of seasons. If 2014′s winter continues to follow the examples set forth by 2012 and 2013, perhaps there really is something to this “disaster season” concept after all.

 

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Injury Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases

Winter may be the most appealing time to cruise. Many people take a cruise vacation when the U.S. is cold, in order to escape to somewhere warm. But winter cruises are also most likely to experience devastating outbreaks of illness, as exemplified by the outbreak currently affecting a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Just a week after the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Sea suffered the company’s first norovirus outbreak of 2014, another cruise ship is battling the bug. This time the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas has seen a far larger outbreak than that of the Majestywith over 300 people currently being reported ill from norovirus. The company reports that its itinerary had to be changed – the ship had a planned call on Haiti on Friday, which was skipped. Instead the ship went to Puerto Rico in order to undergo deep cleaning. From Puerto Rico the ship set sail for the island of St. Maarten.

Norovirus is one of the most prevalent causes of illness in the United States. Every year approximately 21 million Americans fall ill from the bug, and approximately 800 die from the illness. Norovirus outbreaks tend to occur every year aboard cruise ships, and are especially prevalent on ships during the winter months.

 

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Injury Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases

The home of  Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis was robbed on December 9, 2013, a symptom of a growing trend of robbery in the nation. This incident, and others involving robbery of tourists, has apparently led to at least one cruise line operator calling on the nation’s politicians to get a handle on crime.

On December 13 the American embassy issued a travel advisory warning that their is a significant threat of robbery in the Bahamas. As a result of the situation it is being reported that the world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Cruise Lines, has issued an ultimatum to the government of the Bahamas: either the country gets crime under control or the company will move their cruises elsewhere.

Carnival denied having issued the ultimatum, but did not deny that the company is concerned about the level of violence against foreigners in the country. Not only is local violence against tourists and travelers bad for business, but should Carnival passengers become the victims of such violence the company may be held liable – depending on the circumstances.

 

 

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Injury Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases