The CDC (Center for Disease and Control) is working on guidelines and requirements that Cruise Lines must follow and meet in order to set sail once again following a year of inactivity. The news comes as a sigh of relief for the ailing industry as it has been on standby after the COVID pandemic struck internationally to cripple cruise lines and the destinations that depend on the tourism cruise lines provide. Last Friday, the CDC made public a list of detailed requirements to deal with COVID by way of agreements between U.S. ports and cruise ship companies. The measures are a direct response to the outbreaks that occurred aboard cruise ships and situations that followed when the coronavirus reached the United States in March 2020. In a statement from the CDC, “Cruising safely and responsibly during a global pandemic is difficult. While cruising will always pose some risk of COVID-19 transmission, following the phases of the [conditional sail order] will ensure cruise ship passenger operations are conducted in a way that protects crew members, passengers, and port personnel, particularly with emerging COVID-19 variants of concern.”
When the agreements between cruise lines and the CDC are reached, cruise ship companies are obliged to run trial cruises with no passengers on board and only crew members. However, it take months before cruise lines will see passengers onboard reaching U.S. ports after international voyages at sea.
Life 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.
MIAMI CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT LAWYER – THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SERVES VICTIMS OF CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENTS ABOARD ROYAL CARIBBEAN, CARNIVAL, PRINCESS, WINDSTAR, AND OTHER CRUISE LINES
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm offers NO WIN, NO FEES representation for cruise ship accident clients. We know the many reasons why they happen. While cruise ship companies like Royal Caribbean and Carnival go all out to provide the most in entertainment at sea, sometimes they go overboard and passengers simply wind up getting hurt. Such as the case when a 35-year-old Royal Caribbean passenger was bouncing a trampoline. After several leaps and somersault, one of the straps on the support harness snapped and he went crashing onto the wooden deck. Sadly, the victim, who was of perfect health before boarding, shall never fully recover from the negligence of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Company. Perazzo Law knows of the many types of injuries that cruise ship passengers can suffer while spending days and nights at sea. Personal Injuries aboard cruise ships can range from food poisoning to slip and falls which end in wrongful death. Slippery pools decks & alcohol usually go hand-in-hand aboard a cruise, with pool sides injuries accounting for head, neck, and back injuries; which may have long term effects if not treated properly or immediately. The Perazzo Law Firm is fully-dedicated to providing the most professional and complete legal representation to Cruise Ship accident victims in Miami. Contact the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE now for a FREE initial consultation.
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CRUISE LINE NEWS AND ACCIDENT SITUATIONS
A Royal Caribbean Employee Gets $20.3 in Compensation
Miami-Dade County. A worker aboard a Voyager of the Seas cruise ship, which sails to the Royal Caribbean flag, received $20.3 million in compensation for the personal injuries she suffered when her hand got crushed by a door. The incident happened while conducting a routine fire drill at port on route back to Miami from Barcelona, Spain in 2008. The workers hand got lodged into a narrow space as the semi-tight door closed and crushed her hand. The company sent her to a doctor in Barcelona but her injuries were improperly diagnosed and only served to worsen her condition. The worker spent two years undergoing rehabilitation and received the sum of $25 per day in disability according to Royal Caribbean’s insurance policy. She was unjustly fired in 2010 and she eventually sued the company in 2016 for negligent safety procedures, failure to provide adequate medical attention, unjust dismissal, and breach of contract. This past July 27th, the worker was awarded $20.3 million to cover her personal injuries, losses, and future medical care.
MIAMI CRUISE SHIP LAWYER – THE CORONAVIRUS & CRUISE SHIPS IN FLORIDA
Reports 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.
With regards to the Holland America cruise ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, they had been moored in a state of oblivion given the close of national borders stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Governor of Florida had been hesitant to allow the docking of ships in local ports at first and the Holland America liners reportedly has some 107 infected passenger and crew on board. Broward County Mayor, Dale Holness stated that foreign and resident passengers that are fit to travel will be flown out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this weekend. Local Florida residents allowed to go home will have to remain under quarantine for 14 days, while those infected, including all those with flu-like symptoms, will stay on-board. Critical cases will receive treatment at local healthcare facilities as the CDC determines when those on-board will be able to disembark and head home.
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CRUISE LINES FOR THE WELL-BEING OF PASSENGERS
Just like hotels and restaurants, cruise ship operators are obliged by law to guarantee safe and hazard-free conditions the well-being of its guests. Passengers aboard cruise ships may fall victim to negligence or wrongdoing on behalf of staff, crew, or operators. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm understands accidents that occur aboard cruise ships resulting from slip and fall accidents, food poisoning, or any situation resulting in personal injury or losses.
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