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Cruise Ship Accidents Archives

Fire on Florida casino boat causes dramatic scene

A boat that takes passengers to and from the Florida mainland to an island offshore so that they can gamble at a casino caught fire recently, leaving 50 people in a dire situation that they thankfully escaped. The boat accident happened outside of Port Richey, FL. As it was leaving shore, the boat encountered some technical problems and the operator turned the vessel around to head back to shore.

Repairs needed after cruise ship encounters technical problem

Another day, and another cruise ship story that involves a breakdown of a critical vessel in the Carnival fleet. Today's story is from Mobile, Alabama, where the Carnival Triumph is begin held for a short amount of time as it receives repairs. The Carnival Triumph was returning to New Orleans from Mexico, but as it returned home it encountered engine issues. It was unable to maintain maximum cruising speed, so it docked at the Mobile port for repairs.

Cruise lines routinely destroy their video tapes after 30 days

If you are injured on a cruise ship, you should immediately retain counsel so that they can put the cruise line on notice to preserve that video evidence; otherwise, it will be destroyed. Although, if it is favorable evidence for the cruise line, rest assured that it will be preserved. However, if it is detrimental to the cruise line, it most assuredly will be destroyed after 30 days. 

Discussing some intricate legal points about cruise ship accidents

Cruise ships are not immune to the same accidents and injuries that can occur in other vehicles -- and, really, in any place around the world. People can slip and fall on a staircase, just as they can slip and fall on a cruise ship. People can get injured in a car crash, just as they can get injured if their cruise ship crashes. The operator of a boat or a car could act negligently, just as the captain of a cruise ship could act in a dangerous or negligent manner.

Fatal cruise ship accident in Miami being investigated

In our last couple of posts, we have talked about cruise ship accidents. Today we continue with that theme, and in an unfortunate way: a tragic cruise ship accident claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl. The fatal accident occurred in Miami after a Carnival cruise ship had finished it's voyage. The 8-year-old was on the upper level of an inner atrium on the ship, and she fell some 20 feet to a lower level. She was transported to a local hospital, but she couldn't be saved.

Port welcomes more cruise ships in a day than ever before

In our last post, we talked about a minor cruise ship accident involving a Disney vessel. The news stories that we use as sources for the topic of cruise ship accidents usually involve, obviously, an accident. However, today we want to change the discussion a little bit and focus on the potential for accidents at ports and shipyards when cruise ship season gets particularly busy -- and when ports decide to take on more vessels and people than they ever have before, thus sacrificing safety for money.

No injuries, minor damage in Disney cruise ship accident

When you hear the phrase "cruise ship accident," it is likely that you think of a massive disaster like the Costa Concordia or the Titanic. This is understandable to a degree, because these incidents grabs headlines (for obvious reasons) and they stick in our minds more than a minor accident. But the fact of the matter is that cruise ship accidents can be minor in nature -- and when these occur, it makes it perfectly clear that even experienced captains of cruise ships can make the silliest mistakes.

What you should know about cruise ship food poisoning

A cruise is a unique vacation. It's a way to take in the expanse of the ocean, the beauty of new sights and the food and culture of different lands. While it's great to get away and have everything catered to you under one roof, there are a few downsides to cruise lines.

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