Money for Cruise Passengers for Dangerous Conditions Aboard the Ships

Information for Passengers

A cruise ship passenger has the right to sue the cruise liner and receive money compensation for accidents and injuries due to slip and falls aboard the ships.

If a cruise a cruise passenger is injured or suffers an accident during the cruise because of the negligence or the fault of the cruise line, he has the right to receive money compensation from the cruise line. The most common dangers that cruise passengers are exposed to are the following:

  1. Slip and falls aboard the ships. When a passenger is injured because the floor or the stairs he was walking on were slippery, defective, or dangerous, the cruise line is responsible for his injuries because it failed to keep the floor clean and safe. Therefore, if a passenger falls and injures himself because the floor or the stairs of the ship were dirty, slippery or defective, he is entitled to receive money compensation from the cruise line.
  2. Accidents and injuries during shore excursions in the ports.The cruise lines are responsible for accidents and injuries during port excursions.  If a cruise passenger is injured during a shore excursion, he can sue the cruise line for damages suffered. Frequently cruise passengers suffer accidents, injuries, or assaults during shore excursions in the different ports. The cruise lines are responsible for these accidents and injuries because the companies that run these excursions are often agents or partners of the cruise line. Therefore, if a cruise passenger is injured or assaulted during a shore excursion in a port, he is entitled to receive money compensation from the cruise line.
  3. Rape or sexual assaults during the cruise. Frequently, cruise passengers are the victims of rape or sexual assaults by the crew members or other passengers. The cruise line is responsible for these rapes and assaults for its failure to have a well trained crew or its failure to provide adequate security for its passengers. Therefore, if a passenger is raped or sexually assaulted, he is entitled to receive money compensation from the cruise line.
  4. The cruise lines are responsible for passenger safety.Drowning or near-drowning. When a cruise passenger drowns or almost drowns while participating in activities sponsored or supervised by the cruise line, the cruise line is responsible because of its failure to have adequate security or supervision such as a lifeguard on duty. Therefore, if a cruise passenger drowns or almost drowns, he or his family is entitled to receive money compensation from the cruise line.
  5. Disappearances. When a cruise passenger disappears during a cruise because he has been the victim of a crime on the ship, in a port, or because the cruise line employees sold him too much alcohol, the cruise line is responsible for his disappearance. Therefore, if a cruise passenger disappears because he has been the victim of a crime or because he has been maliciously drugged or intoxicated, he or his family is entitled to receive money compensation from the cruise line.

Our advice to any passenger that is injured aboard a cruise ship is to consult with a maritime lawyer immediately.

The State Of Cruise Safety One Year After The Concordia Disaster

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It was one year ago on January 13, 2012, that the cruise liner Costa Concordia sank off the Italian island of Giglio after accidentally navigating into rocks. There was no warning—the lights simply went out during the magic show, which was quickly followed by sounds of scraping, the ship tipping to one side, and a panicked and disorderly evacuation. The disaster claimed the lives of 32 people, and even now the ship remains submerged in the ocean. The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, may be indicted on various charges, including manslaughter, negligence, and abandoning the ship before his passengers. Other Concordia crew members and executives may also face trial, though it will definitely take more time before accountability is fully established.

Fortunately, the cruise industry has taken action and reviewed cruise safety policies, enacting changes designed to make cruises safer for both passengers and crew members alike. Since the disaster, cruise ships all over the globe have redoubled their commitment to safety on cruise ships. Nobody wants to repeat the Concordia disaster, which means that routine cruise ship safety measures are no longer taken for granted. Passengers need to pay attention, attend muster drills, and listen to cruise safety instructions.

New cruise safety drills

After Concordia, the new muster rule was established—which means that cruise ship safety drills must be completed before sailing. This is especially important, since at least several hundred passengers on the doomed liner had not attended a muster drill. This was cited as one of the biggest factors behind the panicked and disorderly evacuation.

In addition, 10 new initiatives have been enacted, which include important cruise safety measures such as: restrictions on bridge access, an increase in available life jackets.

Cruise ship passengers can help ensure their own safety by listening to the ship’s crew members Whether it’s the massage therapist, server, or bartender, they are all rigorously trained and knowledgeable when it comes to safety on cruise ships and emergency evacuation procedures. Passengers should not blow off muster drills, since the information being dispensed is always essential during the event of an emergency.

Safety standards and regulations have been standardized for cruise lines all over the world after the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was formed at the end of 2012. The organization’s focus is to create and update existing cruise ship safety regulations for the cruise industry, in order to ensure a safe traveling experience for everyone involved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Coast Guard also play an important part in regulating cruise safety, since these organizations conduct safety inspections and ensure compliance with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. Passengers looking for more information regarding cruise safety records can access CDC reports posted on the CDC web site, or read the Coast Guard incident reports on the U.S. Coast Guard web site.

An important consideration for ensuring passenger safety is for the traveler to practice good hygiene. As always, frequent hand washing with soap and hot water is one of the best defenses against illness. If hand washing is not always possible, infrequent use of over the counter hand sanitizers may be the next best thing (overuse can inadvertently create resistant bacteria).

It can’t be emphasized enough that a little preparedness can go a long way to ensuring a safe and fun vacation. Travelers looking to prevent seasickness would do well to pack ginger candies, Dramamine, and acupressure wristbands into their luggage before boarding the ship. Health forms should be answered honestly, so the crew can take the proper precautions to ensure the health of all boarded passengers.

While there’s no way to undo the Concordia disaster, much can be done to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. As long as the cruise industry is vigilant and passengers are active participants when it comes to ensuring their own safety, a cruise trip will continue to be one of the safest vacation options a traveler can choose today.

Cruise Ship passenger safety and Argentinean protests

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Luxury cruise ship companies have altered their itineraries to ensure passenger safety. Cruise ship passengers have been harassed, verbally abused, and prevented from leaving their ship because of angry Argentinian protestors, who claim that visits to the Falklands are illegal under current provincial law. This has caused British lawmakers and ministers to condemn the actions of the militant protestors, exhorting them to “allow cruise ships to travel without threats of hindrance”.

However, it seems that the plea for civility may be falling on deaf ears, as activists have stepped up the disruption due to the worsening diplomatic relations between Britain and Argentina. Union flags and tires burned as elderly passengers were heckled and accosted, with the activists insisting that the ships have docked illegally.
Argentine protesters claim that the Star Princess, a Bermudan cruise ship, and Seabourn Sojourn, a Bahamian vessel, had docked at provinces in the region, including the Falklands and Tierra del Fuego, which is a violation of the Gaucho Rivero law.

The Gaucho Rivero statute covers the five provinces of Tierra del Fuego, Santa Cruz, Chubut, Rio Negro, and Buenos Aires, which prohibits British ships that traffic in the “exploitation of natural resources” around the Falklands from docking. The law was meant to regulate British and convenience flagged vessels from the Falklands’ hydrocarbons industry – but according to activists, local unions, and some prominent politicians, the law applies to cruise liners as well.

The protests have been ongoing, affecting almost 10,000 passengers since November of last year. In December, Britain’s Foreign Office “formally summoned” Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro, because of “the Government of Argentina’s failure to respond to several requests for an assurance that British and other shipping would not be disrupted in Argentine ports.”

The Foreign Office states: “Ships engaged in legitimate commercial business, including tourism, should not be prevented from going about their business. The Argentine government’s increasingly aggressive actions against the people of the Falklands Islands are unacceptable and must stop.”

Great Britain is expected to officially file their grievances against Argentina before the International Maritime Organization, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization.

The crew and passenger harassment and port disruption has taken many forms: Argentinian officials have openly refused permission entry to ports and have delayed ships; masked militants have targeted offices of shipping companies and ransacked them; and cruise lines have been forced to alter their itineraries to appease locals and avoid trouble.

American owned and Bahamas based Seabourn Sojourn was detained while trying to leave Buenos Aires on December 4th, though speculation remains rampant over the true cause of the delay. The official statement from the cruise ship claims that the postponement was “due to the temporary unavailability of a required tugboat escort.”

However, the British media reported that the delay was due to a protest by Argentine port workers. The ship was held in port for 7 hours, as the United Maritime Workers Union allegedly demanded that the Sojourn’s captain must pledge to not visit the Falklands. Eventually, the ship was allowed to continue on its itinerary, sailing to its next stop in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Last November, the German cruise company AIDAcara cancelled a stop at Port Stanley because of intense protests in Buenos Aires. The offices of the Argentine Shipping Services had been raided by militants, who allegedly told shipping agents that they would stop cruise ships from docking in Argentinian ports unless trips to the Falkland Islands were dropped from their itineraries. According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, there was no official police intervention, nor were any arrests made -which angered the British government and fanned the diplomatic flames.

The protests are affecting both Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Holland America Line and MS Veendam, both owned by US-based Carnival Corporation, have cancelled stops at the Falklands. Meanwhile, P&O also altered their itineraries; for fear that militants will target them for harassment. P&O has announced that their ships will be avoiding all Argentine ports while visiting the Falkland Islands. Meanwhile, other major cruise companies may be “considering their position” and evaluating the potential hassle of maintaining their itineraries in the face of growing controversy. Silversea Cruises are taking no chances with their crew and passenger safety, and have cancelled all visits to the Falkland Islands as a result.

Penny Guy, an official from the Passenger Shipping Association, stressed the importance of crew and passenger safety, saying that changing plans are the natural solution if “difficulties in certain countries” arose.
“We are very disappointed that cruise ships are being affected either through visiting the Falkland Islands or traveling to Argentina,” she stated.

Great Britain’s Foreign Office is claiming that Argentina is trying “to strangle” the Falklands economy, since the cruise ship tourism industry generates £10m annually and provides steady employment to a quarter of the working population.
“We condemn unequivocally any efforts to intimidate companies from pursuing their lawful business,” stated Hugo Swire, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs minister. “The British government deeply regrets that elements in Argentina have recently taken action aimed at disrupting cruise ships that visit the Falklands.”

In response to the aggressive protests from Argentina, the Falklands government has condemned the “intimidation of cruise operators,” and is asking cruise lines to “stand firm” against the intimidation and to continue visiting the islands.

The controversy intensified last year, the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, when Argentine president Cristina Kirchner made aggressive diplomatic overtures about reclaiming Argentine jurisdiction over the Falklands. On January 3rd of this year, President Kirchner stepped up the pressure, writing an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron to return the islands under Argentine control.
However, it seems that the Falkland Islanders may not be so eager to return under Argentine jurisdiction. A referendum that will determine the disputed islands’ sovereignty is set for March 2013, which should confirm where the loyalty of the 3,000 islanders truly lay. It is widely expected that the island residents will reject Argentina’s claims of ownership and vote to stay under British jurisdiction, though it remains to be seen if the results will be accepted by the Argentine government.