Cruise companies seem to only attract significant national attention when something goes wrong. But the fact is that every day aboard cruise ships passengers fall ill due to outbreaks, are injured in slip-and-falls, suffer from sexual assault, and suffer from myriad other cruise ship related injuries. In addition to this, every year approximately 2 dozen people go missing from cruise ships, most never to be seen or heard from again.
The most significant cruise ship related story in recent years was the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. This terrible disaster left nearly three dozen people dead, and many more injured. Two American citizens were among those killed when the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy in January 2012.
Another cruise ship related incident which attracted significant national media attention was the 2013 fire aboard the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which caused the vessel to lose almost all power and become adrift at sea. The cruise voyage was nicknamed the “poop cruise” because, without power, the ship’s plumbing was not operational, causing passengers to improvise when relieving themselves.
In the video clip below, cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses the Carnival Triumph incident.