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.
While the following story didn't occur here in Florida, it exemplifies the problems that cruise ships have in general. A cruise ship in Galveston, Texas had to cancel a cruise recently after the ship crashed into a buoy that was under water. The cruise ship was casino themed and had just recently opened. Canceling the cruise certainly isn't going to help the new ship's reputation.
Carnival Cruise Lines is in the news again after they were sued by a woman who traveled on one of their ships in 2016 and suffered an injury that required surgery.
Our source article today has a video shot by homeowners in Port Everglades, Florida, that shows a cruise ship barreling into the narrow channel in a bizarre fashion, and nearly coming into contact with the shore. The homeowners who shot the video thought that the massive cruise ship was going to collide with their home. Given the awkward angle at which the cruise ship approaches and given the extreme measures the operators of the ship went to in order to avoid colliding with the shorelines demonstrate that the ship's approach was quite perilous.
In the vast majority of cases, mishaps on cruise ships amount to no more than inconveniences for passengers.
While the following story didn't occur here in the United States, it did involve an American-owned cruise ship. The "Seabourn Encore" drifted into a cement carrier in the Port of Timaru in New Zealand recently. The source story is light on details, so it is unclear if the cruise ship was in operation at the time or if it was docked and simply drifted on its own. What is known, though, is that the cruise ship collided with another.
Accidents on cruise ships can take many forms. However, for a group of Royal Caribbean passengers, negligent and reckless acts that occurred off the ship resulted in serious injuries and death.
Cruise ship accidents can happen under a variety of circumstances and can affect a number of different people. Passengers can be affected by dangerous conditions; crew members can be hurt due to negligent standards or non-compliance with safety standards; and the ship itself can crash as a result of operator error or a technical malfunction with the ship itself. These are just three factors that can be involved in any cruise ship accident.
In a somewhat comical news story, a cruise ship struck a bridge in Jacksonville, Florida recently, causing a major stir in the local community. Thankfully no one was hurt and it appears everything is now fine. But the accident will be investigated as officials try to figure out what went wrong.
Going on a cruise is a dream vacation for most people. But not every cruise trip turns out the way you imagine. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances or downright negligent circumstances that cause serious injuries to innocent passengers or even cruise ship workers.