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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 3-year-old girl slipped off the balcony of a cruise ship recently and suffered injuries that required her to be hospitalized at a U.S. hospital. Thankfully, she was in stable condition aboard the ship after the accident.
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A cruise ship accident in the Pacific Northwest left 16 people injured and plenty of questions left unanswered. The incident occurred as a cruise ship, the Norwegian Sky, was entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca which separates Washington's Olympic Peninsula and Canada's Vancouver Island. As this occurred, the ship violently jolted to the side, and the ship appeared to be capsizing -- though thankfully it did not.
A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a recent accident in a port that involved a cruise ship could have been prevented. The accident occurred in January, when a cruise ship with 120 passengers on board broke free of its moorings and crashed into the pier. The ship was then stranded in the pier for several days as crew members and dock workers attempted to fix the situation. The passengers were stranded in the city of Melbourne during this time. It doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the incident.
A stunning video shows a large ship slowly approaching a sea wall before ultimately colliding with the wall and causing massive damage. The ship, called the Volcan de Tamasite, was supposed to travel from Tenerife to Las Palmas but during the trip there was a power outage on the ship that temporarily disabled the pilot's ability to steer the ship. It careened out of control and eventually barreled into a sea wall. A large section of the wall broke apart, but it doesn't appear to have caused any massive water spillage.