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A quick YouTube search for the term “cruise ship crash” returns a striking number of collisions involving cruise vessels. While most of these incidents equate to colossal “fender benders,” it is nevertheless very troubling that cruise companies have not figured out how to avoid such collisions. The most recent such crash involving a cruise ships occurred just this month, when a massive ferry crashed into a cruise ship in Barcelona.

According to a write-up in the DailyMail.com, the ferry reversed into the Viking Star cruise ship, which was docked at port in Barcelona at the time.  

There were no reported injuries stemming from the crash.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

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Cruise companies are not just in the business of selling their customers travel to and from their destinations. When travelers arrive at their destination cruise companies are almost always offer them the option to go on any of a number of excursions which are promoted and sold by the cruise lines.

Though most of these excursions go off without a hitch, there have been several high-profile examples of cruise excursions gone wrong, which have resulted in serious injury, or even death, to one or more cruise ship passengers. For example, last month 12 cruise passengers on excursion were killed in a very serious vehicle crash in Mexico. In certain instances, cruise lines are responsible when their passengers are injured or killed while on excursion.

Cruise companies frequently take passengers into dangerous areas of the world, and then sell them excursions which could potentially put them in harm’s way. For example, we recently blogged about the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for U.S. citizens considering visiting Jamaica. But despite the warning, cruise companies continue to call upon the island nation.

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In one of the most horrific cases of cruise ship sexual assault in recent memory, a cruise ship crew member attacked and nearly killed a female guest after he used his key to enter her stateroom.  

On Valentine’s Day 2015 the female victim was sailing aboard the Holland America cruise ship when the crime’s perpetrator entered the victim’s stateroom and hid on her balcony, waiting for her to return. When she did finally return to her room the perpetrator waited for her to fall asleep. Once he was sure the victim was sleeping he attacked her, assaulting her both physically and sexually. The victim fought for her life for an estimated 30 to 60 minutes before finally reaching safety.

The perpetrator was arrested for the crimes, tried, and eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Authorities Launch Investigation into Cruise Disappearance

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Cruise Injury Attorney Jack Hickey Discusses Cruise Ship Medical Malpractice

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The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for U.S. citizens traveling to Jamaica, due to elevated levels of crime.

The travel advisory listed several cities of concern on the island nation, including:

·         Kingston

·         Montego Bay

·         Spanish Town

The travel advisory recommends that travelers stay within resort areas and avoid venturing outside. But cruise travelers do not have this luxury. The very idea of a taking a cruise vacation involves the idea of disembarking from the ship and touring diverse locales.

While resort travelers can enjoy Jamaica from inside the relatively safe confines of the compound, cruise travelers must decide whether to step foot on Jamaican soil at all.

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Authorities have detained a cruise ship passenger for suspected sexual assault.

23 year old Elias Azzi of Sydney, Australia, was remanded to the Dunedin District Court in New Zealand for an attack which allegedly occurred on January 3 aboard the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas cruise ship.

In a statement Royal Caribbean commented that "When one of our guests reported an alleged sexual assault on board Ovation of the Seas we contacted the New Zealand police and we are cooperating fully with their investigations."

The details involved in the attack were not immediately available.

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A woman fell overboard from a cruise ship earlier this week and was lost a sea.

The 44-year-old victim, Juwanna Brooks, was reportedly on her first cruise when she went missing from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. Her mother, Marilyn Winfrey, reportedly told a local Louisiana new station that it is hard to believe that her daughter is gone, and that she“ want[s] to believe that they’re going to find something.”

Mystery surrounds the woman’s disappearance. Her husband says that Brooks sent him a video before boarding the ship. She was last seen falling from the cruise ship, but as of yet no body has been found.

Cruise companies have been criticized for not better deploying “man overboard” technology, which was mandated by the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

Every year dozens of cruise ship passengers fall from the vessels. The majority of the victims are never heard from again. Proponents of the man overboard technology believe that it could help save lives if used properly.

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A Carnival cruise ship received a failing grade after a sanitation check late last year, which was the result of multiple violations according to a Miami Herald report.

According to the story, the Carnival Triumph was found to have more than two dozen violations, including:

·         Dairy products not being kept chilled

·         Flies in food preparation areas

·         Machinery which was “soiled with debris.”

Though the Miami Herald article characterizes the failure as a rare occurrence, in actuality major cruise ships fail the CDC sanitation inspection every year. But November’s inspection is the first time the Carnival Triumph has scored under 80. The November inspection resulted in a score of just 78 points.

This report comes in light of other troubling sanitation reports on other Carnival cruise ships. The Herald reports that crew members aboard the Carnival Vista cruise ship were found to be hiding sanitations violations from inspectors, including suspected spoiled food and dirty dishes. The Carnival Breeze was cited because it was found to have two dozen garbage bins filled with waste near food handling areas.

Every year thousands of cruise passengers are sickened due to cruise ship outbreaks and other illnesses. Cruise companies have a duty to maintain their ships in sanitary conditions, and when they fail to do so they put passengers’ and crew members’ health at risk.

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Woman Falls into Gulf of Mexico from Carnival Cruise Ship

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