The Impact of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) on Crew Members That Work for Cruise Lines
There is great uncertainty about the future of the cruise lines. Because of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) the cruise lines may not have enough money to pay compensation to injured crew members. Because of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) the cruise lines may not have enough money to pay retirement money to those crew members that are entitled to receive it. Because of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) the cruise lines may not be able to hire all their workers back.
ADVICE FOR CREW MEMBERS THAT WORK ON CRUISE SHIPS:
If you were injured working for the cruise lines, do not wait to start your case for monetary compensation. Start now. Do not wait.
If you already started your case against any cruise line and you have a good offer from the company, accept it now. Do not wait. Get your money now.
If you are entitled to collect money from a retirement plan, collect your money now. Do not wait.
If you lost your cruise line job, do not wait to get it back. Get a different job now.
REASONS FOR THIS ADVICE:
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak has severely impacted the financial health of the cruise line companies. Their ships are not sailing. These companies are losing millions upon millions of dollars every month. A lot of people view their megaships as disease incubators. Most people that cruise are middle age or older. This age group is the most vulnerable to the Corona Virus (COVID-19). Therefore, there is no guarantee that cruising will ever come back on its pre-Corona Virus (COVID-19) form. It is possible that some of the major cruise lines will go bankrupt.
If the cruise lines go bankrupt, the impact on the hundreds of thousands of foreign crew members that they employ will be catastrophic. These foreign crew members leave their countries, their families, and their friends behind to provide a better life for themselves and their families. They work ten to twelve hours per day, seven days a week under work contracts that typically run from six months to a year. Many of them have worked for so long for these companies that they are entitled to receive a lump sum of money upon retirement. Many of them have been severely injured aboard the ships due to the negligence of their employers who overwork them, and do not provide the necessary tools or personnel to get the job done. Many of these crew members are currently receiving medical care in their home countries and have legitimate money compensation claims against their employers.
Crew members that have legitimate pending personal injury cases against the cruise lines may never see any money. Crew members that are entitled to receive retirement plan money after so many years of work may never collect their retirement money. Crew members that depended on their cruise line job to provide a decent standard of living for themselves and their families may never get their jobs back.
Therefore, every crew member that is entitled to collect money from a retirement plan should collect it now before it is too late. Every crew member that is entitled to receive money compensation because of his work-related injuries should start his case now before it is too late. Every injured crew member that has a good offer from the company on a pending legal case should accept it now before it is too late. Every crew member who lost his job should look for a different job now because the jobs may never come back, or it may take years for them to come back.