In a harrowing turn of events on Friday night, a Celebration Cruise Liner entitled the – Halloween Horror Cruise – struck an unknown object in the waters off the Coast of Grand Bahamas Island, leaving the craft dead in the water. Immediately following the collision, the ship quickly lost power, leaving passengers in a pitch black and slowly titling vessel. Many witnesses assumed it was all part of the act, but quickly discovered that the darkened hallways and repeated evacuation warnings were no trick.
Worry quickly turned to panic as many passengers looked to the Celebration crew for answers. “There were folks crying. You could see people were kind of jockeying for the life jackets,” said one man. “One crew member would say one thing and then another crew member would say something else. They had no idea what to do,” a witness to the accident said. Read the rest »
Trouble-plagued Carnival Cruise Lines have one more problem to add to its seemingly growing laundry list of woes: this time it’s a failed health inspection on a Jacksonville-based ship.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does twice-a-year health inspections of cruise ships and the recent inspection of Carnival’s Fascination revealed a score of 84 out of 100 — which might be a decent score on a math test, but is a failing health inspection score for a cruise ship. A passing grade is 86 or above.
The CDC found 44 different violations on Fascination, which included salad bar items not protected by a sneeze shield, not enough chlorination in the ship’s water park and inadequate lighting for cleaning up in food areas. Inspectors also discovered flies and at least one roach nymph present in food areas, corroded equipment and soiled surfaces in the kitchen and food service areas. Read the rest »
It was only a month ago that the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph experienced a fire in its engine room that knocked out power and stranded thousands of passengers for five days aboard a ship with no toilets, no air conditioning, and dwindling food supplies as it was being towed back to port across the Gulf of Mexico.
And now, there appears to be yet another setback for Carnival.
The cruise ship litigation lawyers in Florida at Farah & Farah have learned that yet another Carnival cruise ship has experienced problems — difficulties so serious that the company is flying passengers home from a port of call in St. Maarten and canceling the ship’s next scheduled cruise. Read the rest »
The lawsuits are starting to pile up in response to the recent Carnival Triumph voyage disaster, which left thousands of passengers stranded on the disabled cruise ship for days without air conditioning, working toilets, or proper food.
A lawsuit filed by an Oklahoma couple is seeking class-action status for the more than 3,000 passengers who were aboard the ship. Their lawsuit claims that they and other passengers suffered from headaches, nausea, insomnia, and nightmares while they were being towed back to port in Mobile, Alabama. The suit also claims that the conditions were made worse because Carnival, for economic reasons, decided to tow Triumph to the United States rather than pull it to a closer Mexican port. Read the rest »
Costa Cruises has announced that it is adopting new safety rules for its fleet — this, in the wake of the deadly Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in January that left the vessel capsized off the coast of Italy and claimed the lives of 32 people.
Under the new rules, guests will receive emergency training before the ship leaves port and officers in uniform must be in attendance during that training to answer any of the passenger’s questions or concerns. Guests will be issued electronic cards that will track whether they have attended the safety drills. Read the rest »
So far, the year 2012 has been an accident-plagued year for the cruise ship industry.
Coming on the heels of the deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck in January which left 32 people dead, and the Costa Allegra cruise ship fire that occurred in the an engine room in February, leaving 1,000 people stranded for days without lights, air conditioning, or working toilets, yet another luxury liner has run into trouble. Read the rest »
Coming on the heels of the fatal Costa Concordia grounding, yet another Costa Crociere SpA luxury liner, which is owned by Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, is in trouble.
The Costa Allegra, which has over 1,000 passengers aboard, found itself dead in the water in the Indian Ocean after a fire in the engine room shut down all power to the ship. The Daily Beast reports that the fire was put out fairly quickly and was confined to the generator room. However, passengers were told to gather at their muster stations with lifejackets on and to be ready to abandon ship at any moment. Read the rest »
Consumers should be aware of what they may be in for when they board a cruise ship. The recent wreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy underscores how carefully you should read the fine print on the back of your passenger ticket. Costa Cruises, which owns the ship, is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Lines. On January 13, the captain ran the luxury liner into the rocks off the Tuscan coast, killing at least 30 people and traumatizing everyone on board.
Survivors plan to file a class-action lawsuit against Carnival. The back of the passenger ticket specifies what jurisdiction that lawsuit must be filed in, which is Miami. The injured passengers are asking for $160,000 per passenger, with 3,206 onboard the ship that amounts to almost $513 million. They contend the cruise line knew and even encouraged the captain to sail close to the coast as a form of advertising. Read the rest »
The Carnival cruise liner, Costa Concordia, capsized late last week in Italy alongside Giglio Island. According to a New York Times article, five more bodies were discovered today, January 17, bringing the reported number of known dead to 11, leaving as many as 24 individuals still unaccounted for. Italian officials have stated that two Americans are in the group of missing people.
There is no doubting the severity of cruise ship passenger disappearances. With so many questions still unanswered at this point regarding the Italy cruise liner accident, an investigation will examine the events before and after the accident further. However, it has been reported that the cruise ship’s captain failed to follow regulation by straying from an established, computerized course. His apparent reasoning for doing so was to have the people of Giglio Island admire the $450 million liner carrying 4,200 people consisting of passengers and crew members. The crash occurred on rocks and within swimming range of the island. The captain has been detained and a judge is expected to determine whether he should be formally arrested and charged with criminal offenses for his actions and abandoning the ship while others were still aboard. Read the rest »
One passenger on the Carnival ship Sensation was killed and another seriously injured when the two were involved in a jet ski accident recently while on an excursion off the ship in the Bahamas. The injured passenger is in the hospital in the Bahamas, according to a report in The Sun-Sentinel. Their condition is unknown. The ship left Port Canaveral in Brevard County for a three-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas.
There is no more information from this story on the nature of the shore excursion injury accident. Read the rest »