Cruises are supposed to be a time of carefree relaxation. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. As we recently reported on our Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, a four-day cruise turned into a weekend lost at sea. In this incident, a mechanical problem left the gigantic cruise ship floating in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.
And the problems don’t stop there. Our cruise ship injury attorneys understand that Carnival Cruise Lines is having a multitude of problems. According to The News-Press, the company has reported problems on two ships in the last week. Of the two incidents, passengers are being offered a $100 credit for a late arrival of their ship. The Dream, another cruise ship, experienced some serious on-board generator problems while it was docked in the Virgin Islands. Passengers had to be picked up by plane and flown home.
Carnival Cruise Lines prides itself on being “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line.” This is a distinction achieved by offering a wide array of cruise vacations. The value proposition is another reason why passengers choose cruise ships when it comes to making vacation plans.
But are they safe?
As it stands now, there are about 25 Carnival ships that partake in voyages anywhere from 3 to 12 days.
“We all understand that it is our responsibility and also the law of the sea to provide assistance to any vessel in distress, and it is not an uncommon occurrence for our ships to be involved in a rescue at sea. In fact, we have done so more than 30 times in the last ten years,” said Carnival in a statement.
There have been roughly 100 cruise ship fires in the last 20 years. And that’s just one of the problems we have to worry about aboard these paradises on the water. Employees who are oftentimes overworked with little pay. We’ve got on-board diseases that have been known to injure and sicken passengers, too. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports contaminated water and food is the number one source of mass illnesses aboard these ships.
You’ve also got to be concerned with accidents that can happen on stairways, in bathrooms or on slippery decks. Defective equipment can cause some serious problems. We also have to worry about assault or other crimes aboard ship.
If you’ve been injured on your cruise vacation, it’s critical for you to recruit aggressive representation to help fight for your rights!