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THE CORONAVIRUS & CRUISE SHIPS IN FLORIDA

cruise-ship-1360757-640x360-1-300x169Reports of the coronavirus making its way aboard cruise ships and into harbors around the world have been a part of the COVID-19 pandemic since the outbreak; and ships carrying thousands of passengers continue to reach Florida shores. This past Thursday, two ships belonging to Holland America Cruise Line  arrived at Fort Lauderdale in Broward County with dozens of reported cases, while Coral Princess docked in Port Miami with two deceased on board. Situations like this raise questions as to the role of cruise line officials and governmental agencies to protect the well-being of passengers, crews, and residents of the ports where these cruise ships disembark.

The most recent ship to dock was the Coral Princess and the mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos Gimenez, stated that five passengers were taken to local hospital while 38 crew members and 27 passengers remain on-board to receive medical attention to treat their symptoms. The other 1800 passengers and crew will gradually be able to leave for their homes on Sunday aboard specially provided buses. According to Gimenez, those allowed to disembark the Coral Princess must wear masks and remain isolated for two weeks in their homes. The cruise line has charter flights arranged for those needing to travel to faraway destinations within the U.S., Europe and Asia. Gimenez warned that Port Miami may not be able to house other ships coming into port seeking healthcare as hospital system begins to feel the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The Coral Princess had traveled to Barbados from Chile with its passengers unable to touch land since March 13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is helping with blood samples of passengers to determine whether they are cleared to leave the ship. Meanwhile, panic-stricken passengers expressed their discontent with the way Princess Cruises treated their passengers and handled the situation. The Coast Guard is said to have intervened in delaying the ship’s docking as it prevented the ship from sailing into U.S. waters.

cruise-ship-1360757-300x169Life is but Cruise

Rest and Relaxation at Sea – Cruise ships are floating resorts, amusements parks at sea, restaurants and nightclubs with the endless horizon as the backdrop to an experience like no other. With cruise ship companies and cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, and others taking to US and International waters. the chances for unexpected mishaps can occur. Just like airlines, railway operators, and bus lines, cruise ships can experience mishaps that can lead to personal injury, damage, and even wrongful death due to negligence, wrong doing, or mechanical flaws. Contrary to trains, planes, and automobiles, cruise ships offer much more when it comes to passenger satisfaction. When a passenger boards a plane, train, or bus, he/she simply expects to reach their destination safely and perhaps enjoy a good meal. When it comes to boarding a cruise ship and setting out to sea, passengers are more interested in the entertainment the cruise line has to offer. Today, cruise ship companies go all out to make sure their passengers have as much fun as possible and thus, they include swimming pools, dance floors, restaurants, adrenaline rides such as bungee cords, trampolines, diving boards, roller coasters and much more. In fact, some cruise ships companies offer two floor suites with staircases, hot tubs, and many more amenities. This all sounds very tantalizing and thrilling, but the truth is that passengers aboard these floating resorts sometimes get hurt,  with the cruise ship operator legally responsible liable for injuries, damages, and compensation for the passenger’s losses.

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key-west-resort-1529488-1-225x300THE BAHAMAS: Fire swept through the Princess Cays Resort this past Monday night and struck panic among hotel staff and local residents. With an average of five Princess and Carnival cruise ships docking every week at the south port of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, yellow and red flames lit-up the night sky alongside beach chairs and umbrellas. Luckily, local firefighters and local staff were able to get the fire under control in just over an over. Princess Cruises reported no injuries and thanks to no passenger ships docking that day, there were no guests at the resort. Unfortunately, the flames were enough to damage several buildings across the 40 acres of land owned by the Princess Cruises Company, which last year renovated the Princess Cays Resort and added a marina.  The cruise ship Carnival Pride, along with its 2500+ passengers, was scheduled to arrive but had to set a new course for Half Moon Cay because of the damage the fire left behind at Princess Cays. It is still uncertain what led the blaze at the Bahamas resort.

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