Cruise ships are a great option for vacations year-round: you can explore new places, enjoy the convenience of all-inclusive pricing, and relax while you send your kids off to do activities and play throughout the ship.
Unfortunately, this form of vacation also comes with serious risks. After all, you are out on open waters. Here are a few different types of cruise ship injuries to keep in mind before you head out on your next all-inclusive vacation.
Fires – The idea of a fire on a cruise ship may seem odd at first. You’re in the middle of the ocean and worrying about a fire? However, they do happen.…
A number of cruise lines have recently unveiled extra-long cruise itineraries, hoping to target Baby Boomers with three-to-six month cruises visiting multiple tourist destinations all over the world.
Companies like Oceania (owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line) and Princess Cruises are booking cruises lasting well over 100 nights. The characteristically adventurous and often wealthier Baby Boomer generation offers an attractive market for cruise lines as this generation heads into its retirement years.
Now, cruise lines have always made a point to advertise to American seniors. Retirees are an attractive demographic to cruise companies – they are often looking to travel during off seasons, and they usually budget much more time and money to spend on vacation.…
For one passenger aboard the Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Magic, a leisurely cruise vacation quickly transformed into a nightmare. Just a few weeks ago, the 29-year-old man had to be airlifted off of the Disney Magic and brought to the coast of South Carolina after suffering multiple injuries while on the cruise.
According to reports, the passenger sustained leg and hip injuries while aboard the cruise ship. The Coast Guard was informed of the emergency around 5 AM on a Saturday morning, when the ship was 45 miles off the coast.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to lift the victim from the ship and take him to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.…
For many families with young children, taking a cruise seems like an attractive option for their next vacation. And cruise ship vacations do indeed offer many youngster-friendly perks, often featuring both onshore and onboard child care excursions, kids clubs, and sweeping buffets that can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Yes, cruise ships can be a treasure trove of fun activities for young passengers, with pools, water slides, game rooms, and more.
However, before deciding to take your young children on a cruise, it’s important to understand the risks. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common cruise ship risks for young passengers.
Health concerns. In a heavily populated confined space like a cruise ship, disease and illnesses such as the flu and norovirus can spread very quickly.…
Are spending a lovely, relaxing vacation with your spouse and enjoying the company of your children mutually exclusive? Granted, in the past there weren’t a lot of options for vacationers if they didn’t want to be called “Mom” and “Dad” or have to change diapers in between guided tours. But then, cruise ships came along, with their one-of-a-kind offer, and revolutionized the world of vacationing as we knew it: they introduced the perfect family vacation, without compromising adults’ relaxation or children’s fun.
The Perks of Fun-Filled Family Cruise
“Family cruises” is how they’re called, and they allow both parents and children to be happy in their own age-related manner.…
The Ruby Princess has, again, returned to port in Fort Lauderdale carrying sick passengers.
The Princess Cruise ship, which has had three reported outbreaks of norovirus so far in 2012, returned to port Sunday, March 11, 2012, from a weeklong Caribbean cruise with an unconfirmed number of sick passengers.
A week ago, the Ruby Princess returned to port with 129 sick passengers.
It has not yet been determined if this most recent incident involves the norovirus, or is an unrelated coincidence.
If you or someone you know contracted the Norovirus on a Cruise, feel free to contact the Maritime Lawyers at Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-525-2345 (toll free 1-877-267-6022).…
The most common outbreak that occurs on a cruise ship is called the Noro virus. It is a highly contagious gastro-intestinal illness that strikes mainly where people are living in close quarters, and displays symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. There can’t be much worse than getting ill on your vacation, especially when you’re confined mainly to a tiny room with a port window and a constant sway of the ocean. While the Noro virus isn’t too serious an illness, the aggressive way it can spread on a cruise ship makes it particularly grotesque. The worst outbreaks are notable for the sheer volume of passengers afflicted and the way the crew dealt with the illness.…Read more
For the second time in the last three weeks, a Princess Cruise Ship, the “Crown Princess”, shipping out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was forced to return to port early due to a sweeping outbreak of norovirus.
The ship was “sanitized” following its last voyage when it returned to port with approximately 200 people onboard sick. Following that outbreak, Princess claimed it conducted a thorough “sanitization” of the ship, declared it safe for passengers, and allowed it to depart on February 4 for a seven day cruise to Curacao and Aruba.
However, Princess’ assurance to its passengers was, apparantly, premature and irresponsible–the ship returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale today with another 200+ passengers sick with the stomach virus.…