Category Archives: Admiralty-Maritime Law

Miami Cruise Lawyers Expect Busy End to 2017

2017 is coming to a close with just a few weeks left in December. October and November were busy months as both passengers and crew members reached out to our law firm for help after they were hurt on cruise ships. This is normal as over 23 million passengers and tens of thousands of crew members travel the world each year. Accidents, both minor and severe can occur. Because we represent clients from all over the world, the office can get quite busy fielding calls from people wanting to know what their rights are, do they have a case to sue the cruise line…and a myriad of other questions. We’re here to help. We expect a busy year end. For some reason, we’ve noticed over the past 25 years that both the end of and beginning of years spark people to ‘take action’ — something compels them to pick up the phone and find out if there is a legal solution to the injuries they’re facing. And quite often there are. Waks and Barnett, P.A. |….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Passenger Falls to Death on Carnival Elation

Earlier this afternoon, a guest traveling aboard a Carnival ship died after falling from the balcony of her cabin, according to a passenger aboard the cruise ship. The woman reportedly died after she fell from her balcony on the 14th deck down to the 11th deck on the Carnival Elation cruise ship. The death was confirmed by Carnival who said that "a guest fell from her balcony to several decks below," according to New4Jax. The Carnival Elation departed yesterday from Jacksonville on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. A passenger sent me photographs which he took on the cruise ship, including of an area on deck 11 which had been roped off. The passenger commented that the woman was apparently celebrating her birthday. Another passenger reportedly was seen handcuffed after the incident. Police from Freeport, Bahamas reportedly boarded the ship after the fatality.  You can see additional photos from the cruise ship here. In October of last year, a 8….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Carnival Triumph Cancels Cruise Due to "Technical" Problems

The Carnival Triumph joined the club of cruise ships which have suffered propulsion problems this year. There have been fourteen such problems this year alone. The Triumph arrived late back at the port of New Orleans on Thursday due to what Carnival is calling "technical issues." Propulsion problems are reportedly affecting the maximum cruising speed of the Carnival cruise ship. Carnival notified its passengers (bottom) that the November 30th cruise was canceled because the cruise ship needed repairs. “We want to provide you with an update on your Carnival Triumph cruise for tomorrow. The ship is currently experiencing a technical issue, which is affecting the maximum cruising speed. Our team is in the process of completed the necessary work, however, it will not be completed in time to operate your cruise. Regrettably, it will be necessary to cancel tomorrow’s sailing.“  AIS sites show the Triumph in Mobile, Alabama, where the ship….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Is Cruise Ship Rape A Real Problem?

If you are preparing to depart on a cruise, you may be wondering if cruise ship rape and sexual assault are real problems? While these are certainly very real problems at sea, there are steps you can take to keep yourself and your traveling companions out of harm’s way. The post Is Cruise Ship Rape A Real Problem? appeared first on LMAW, PA... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Carnival Vista Caught Hiding Food and Galley Equipment in Crew Quarters, Flunks USPH Sanitation Inspection Along with Carnival Breeze

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally issued a report regarding the United States Public Health Inspection (USPH) inspection of the Carnival Vista which took place six weeks ago, on December 2, 2017.  The USPH sanitation inspection resulted in a failing score of only 79.  Any score of 85 or lower is a failing score according to the U.S. Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). Most significantly, the sanitation inspectors found that the Carnival crew members were caught hiding perishable food and galley equipment in crew quarters. The report stated that "an organized effort was made to physically move several containers and trolleys of food equipment, utensils, spices, potentially hazardous food items, raw produce, and decorations to a crew cabin hallway and a crew cabin in order to avoid inspection by VSP staff." The USPH concluded that crew members moved trolleys filled with lexan boxes of perishable food and galley equipment in….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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