Carnival Offers Discount to Submerged Passengers of Costa Concordia Crash
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.
Adding insult to injury, Costa Concordia is offering a 30% discount on future cruises and other future plans with the cruise line. Needless to say, that news was not received well.
Millions of Americans board a cruise ship every year and generally things are smooth sailing. But there are times when dangerous incidents occur onboard, which can range from an assault on a passenger to a cruise ship passenger disappearance. The passenger should read very carefully the fine print on the back of a ticket which outlines your rights and restrictions. Some people opt to have extra insurance to cover a medical emergency that might require an airlift flight to a U.S. hospital.
The Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Farah & Farah understands the restrictions the powerful cruise industry puts on injured consumers in an effort to stop personal injury lawsuits. You will need an advocate on your side to seek a fair and just compensation. Call us at (800) 533-3555.