According to the Cairns Post, an elderly couple was forced off of a cruise ship and left onshore without homeward transportation. The cruise ship’s medical crew thought it in the best interest of the couple’s safety to abandon them. The couple’s nephew posted their experience on social media where its users shared the story over 5,200 times, bringing much needed attention to the cruise line’s actions.
The 78-year-old woman and her husband were on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium when they docked in Cairns, Australia. The husband decided to go site-seeing on land while the spouse remained on the ship. The husband had been gone a long time without calling and the spouse was lost on the incredibly large ship looking for her room. The vessel’s medical crew found the spouse crying over the frustration of finding her husband and cabin.
The husband then returned to the ship where he and his spouse were told they were not allowed back on. A spokeswoman for Celebrity Cruises said, “since we were concerned for [the woman’s] safety and wellbeing while aboard the ship, particularly in a cabin with its own balcony, we felt it was necessary to disembark her.”
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Rather than deal with the issue at hand and locate the woman’s cabin and husband, the cruise line simply stated that it would be unsafe for the couple to remain aboard. How could abandoning the couple on shore without transportation home be in the best interest of their “safety and wellbeing?” If this story is familiar to you and you have been wronged by cruise line negligence, contact us and we can help. Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey has been defending the rights of those injured in cruise ship accidents, cruise ship sexual assaults and maritime accidents for many years. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at 1 (800) 215-7117.
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Source: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/elderly-passenger-with-dementia-forced-off-celebrity-millennium-cruise-ship-at-yorkeys-knob/story-fnjpusyw-1226775647930, http://www.statisticbrain.com/cruise-ship-industry-statistics/