The cargo ship El Faro left Jacksonville on September 29 for a routine trip to Puerto Rico, carrying nearly 400 shipping containers and another 300 automobile trailers. Two days later, contact with the ship was lost as Hurricane Joaquin slammed the Caribbean with winds over 130 mph. In the last communication from the ship, the crew reported that El Faro was taking on water and tilted 15 degrees, but that the situation was still “manageable.” When the ship set sail, Joaquin was still just a tropical storm. Read the rest »
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Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) was less than thrilled with the response he received to a letter that he sent to global cruise company Carnival Corporation. Rockefeller asked if Carnival was planning to reimburse some $4.2 million the Coast Guard and Navy spent rescuing the crippled Carnival Triumph in February and the Carnival Splendor in 2010.
Carnival’s senior vice president of corporate maritime policy penned an answer that vaguely insinuated that the cruise line giant had no obligation to pay for the rescue operations. “Carnival’s policy is to honor maritime tradition that holds that the duty to render assistance at sea to those in need is a universal obligation of the entire maritime community, “ he wrote. Read the rest »
A stomach virus sickened nearly 100 passengers on a Princess Cruise Line that docked in Miami where another ship contained passengers who also complained of gastrointestinal illness. In all, TBO.com reports 92 passengers and 13 crew on the Ruby Princess were affected by stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. The ship returned to South Florida on Sunday, February 5. The Crown Princess arrived at the dock Saturday, February 4 at Port Everglades. The passenger sicknesses are not believed to be related. As is customary, the ships must be disinfected in the cabins and public areas before they can embark again.
Florida has more cruise terminals than any other state, all of which accommodate millions of passengers who embark for a cruise every year. Passengers should read closely the fine print on the back of the ticket to understand their rights. Experience an injury on a cruise ship, such as a premises liability or slip and fall, and the passenger may find that the cruise operator can avoid liability and accountability. The major cruise operators are registered to foreign countries and therefore do not have to abide by U.S. regulations. Doctors are not employees of the cruise ship, so it is recommended to buy additional insurance in case you have a medical mishap onboard and want to seek medical attention back in the U.S. Read the rest »
Easter Sunday, April 24, a 14-year-old teenager’s leg was partially amputated during a jet ski accident on Lake Gibson in Lakeland. Bay News 9 reports two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, were on WaveRunners driving side by side when one of the teens turned into the side of the other watercraft and right over the seat section, amputating a portion of the rider’s leg below the knee. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded to the scene of Lake Gibson and said it happened around 2:30 p.m. about 150 yards offshore.
Our condolences go out to the young girl for this tragic accident. Read the rest »
Passengers traveling on one cruise line have a refund coming thanks to Florida’s Attorney General.
Bill McCollum filed a lawsuit this week against Imperial Majesty Cruise Line. The company is alleged to have added a fuel surcharge of $20 to $30 secretly onto customers’ bills. Most people thought these were government fees.
Many customers complained to the AG office alerting him to the practice. Customers said they had no idea they would be asked to fork over extra money until their arrived for their cruise. Read the rest »