Vucci Law Group Blog & Updates

Royal Caribbean to stop cruise trips to Port of New Orleans

Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 5:24 pm    

Miami-based Royal Caribbean International announced it will conclude its cruise ship service next year from the Port of New Orleans, The Times-Picayune reported on June 10.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Janet Diaz said there are no New Orleans ships planned for the winter of 2015-2016. The 2,360-passenger Serenade of the Seas ship replaced the larger Navigator of the Seas at the port in December 2013. Serenade underwent a major $29 million renovation. Three restaurants and an outdoor café were added, plus a wireless internet connection was installed throughout.

Port of New Orleans president and CEO Gary LaGrange said that upon conferring with Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein, he gathered that there is a possibility that Hong Kong will replace New Orleans as a port destination due to an increasing demand for cruise ships in Asia. The cruise line has not yet said whether it will return to port at New Orleans in 2016.

Cruises are a beloved vacation for many American families. However, dangers are still prevalent on cruise ships. If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, contact a member of our legal team at the Louis A. Vucci P.A. today by dialing (786) 375-0344 to discuss your situation.


One passenger injured onboard Majesty of the Seas

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 4:27 pm    

A cruise ship passenger, who was not named by the authorities, was taken via helicopter to a hospital in Miami, Florida after the person incurred a head injury while aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas on May 21, NBC South Florida reported.

The cause of the head wound is still unclear, although authorities placed the time of the accident at 11:30 p.m. in waters not far from Miami. Miami Fire Rescue Captain Robert Hevia said the victim was brought to Mercy Hospital and was promptly admitted to the emergency room. The cruise ship continued to the Bahamas as planned without any delay of its travel schedule.

Despite being famous for their convenience as an inclusive vacation, cruises can be a dangerous place to sustain an injury. It may result in an injured or ill passenger waiting for adequate medical treatment not readily available on the ship. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our Florida-based legal team at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. if you experience this situation.


Cruise Ships gather oceanic and atmospheric data

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 5:40 pm    

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox has partnered with Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in an initiative to monitor ocean circulation dynamics and assess oceanic and atmospheric conditions, the Royal Caribbean blog reported on May 13.

The data gathered by both cruise lines is turned over to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for analysis. Included in the list of things that the scientists record are ocean temperature, ocean surface properties, salinity, and chlorophyll concentration. They also monitor meteorological data. Understanding and comparing this data will make it easier for scientists to forecast climate change effects on marine life and habitats like coral reefs.

Cruises are popular with families in the United States as a convenient way to experience fun and travel on a vacation. However, cruises also expose passengers to injuries they may not be able to treat as well on site. If this happens to you on a cruise, call our attorneys at The Vucci Law Group, P.A. by dialing (786) 375-0344.


Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas to feature North Star

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 7:42 pm    

This November, Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean International will be launching the North Star, a glass capsule designed to lift as many as 13 guests at a time 300 feet above the ocean, on their new Quantum of the Seas ship.

Other features of the 1,141-foot long, 16-decked ship Quantum of the Seas include a sports and entertainment complex complete with bumper cars, skydiving simulations, and a surfing simulator known as FlowRider. Quantum of the Seas is expected to launch on November 23, and will have the capacity to hold around 4,180 guests. It will travel a route between the Caribbean and New York City.

Cruise ships can provide guests with incredible opportunities for excitement and adventure, but unfortunately, cruise ship passengers may also be exposed to dangerous injuries or illnesses. If you or someone you love has suffered a cruise ship injury or illness, seek the legal help of our attorneys at the Vucci Law Group, P.A., by calling (786) 375-0344.


Royal Caribbean to base newest ship in China

Posted on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 5:51 pm    

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, a 4,180 passenger ship will debut in November. It will be based out of China instead of Europe or the Caribbean. This move marks Asia’s growing significance in the cruise ship industry.

Royal Caribbean Cruises president, Adam Goldstein said that the company has great confidence in developing and touching base with China. Goldstein hopes that Royal Caribbean’s partnership in China will give the company a competitive advantage over other shipping lines.

While cruise trips can provide people with an enjoyable experience, many people can sustain injuries and become ill during the course of the trip. If you have been injured or contracted an illness while on a cruise ship, the attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci P.A., could help you file a claim. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.

 


Carnival to start sailing from Galveston

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 5:33 pm    

Starting October 2015, Doral in Miami, Florida-based and British-American owned Carnival Cruise Lines will be offering 10- and 11-night cruise trips aboard its 2,754-passenger Carnival Triumph from areas between Galveston, Texas and San Juan, and Puerto Rico.

Cruise stops will include detours at lesser-known Caribbean ports, such as those in Bonaire, Grenada, Martinique, and Antigua.

According to Carnival, the new schedule will include 11-night sailings from Galveston to San Juan that will start on Oct. 24, 2015, and resume on Jan. 16, 2016. Two 10-night voyages from San Juan to Galveston will take place on Nov. 4, 2015 and Jan. 27, 2016.

The two schedules were planned with no repeating ports in mind so they can be part of a 21-night sailing trip that spans a few dozen Caribbean destinations starting from Galveston.

Unfortunately, far too many people suffer serious harm on their cruises due to the negligence of cruise staff and other parties. If this has happened to you, our lawyers at Louis A. Vucci P.A., can possibly help you pursue compensation. Call us at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your situation and potential legal options.


Carnival Triumph passengers seek damage compensation

Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 8:58 pm    

The decision on whether passengers of Carnival’s Triumph will receive compensation will be announced soon.

Witness testimonies officially wrapped up on Wednesday, March 5, with U.S. District Judge Donald Graham saying he would issue a decision regarding damage payments at a later date.

The 893-foot Triumph departed from Galveston, Texas on Feb. 7, 2013. Part of the ship burned after a fire broke out in the engine room on February 10. The ship, which had been stuck in the Gulf of Mexico for five days, was finally towed to Mobile, Alabama on February 14.

Carnival management offered each shipwrecked passenger a $500 check, vouchers for future cruise trips, refunds for on-board expenses, and reimbursement for transportation and parking fees.

While cruises provide travelers with plenty of fun opportunities, people can become injured.  If you have been injured during your time on a cruise ship you could be eligible to pursue compensation. The attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci P.A., specialize in representing people that have been injured on a cruise ship. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our team.

 


Cruise ship employee charged for assault

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 6:48 pm    

An employee of Holland America Line was arrested on Sunday, February 16 in Port Everglades, Florida.

Ketut Pujayasa, 28, an employee on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting a 31-year-old female passenger.

In addition to battery and sexual assault, he allegedly tried to throw her overboard along the coast of Honduras. The assault took place on Friday, February 14. Pujayasa was held without bond after making a court appearance in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, February 18.

Cruise ship passengers are exposed to numerous dangers like accidents, disease outbreaks, drowning, and dangerous assailants. Should you find yourself injured or hurt due to any kind of incident while you’re on a cruise ship, seek legal help from our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A.. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our skilled legal team.


Celebrity Constellation crew member falls overboard

Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 5:07 pm    

Inyoman Bagiada, 45, a cook on the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship fell overboard at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29.

Bagiada was reported missing by management at 10 a.m., hours after surveillance cameras recorded him going overboard.

Coast Guard helicopters and cutters patrolled the area where Bagiada was expected to have fallen. Evidence of the incident included a pair of shoes found next to a deck railing.

If you have been injured during a cruise ship excursion due to someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t be responsible for covering the cost of damages. The attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., represent people that have been victimized while on cruise ships. Call (786) 375-0344 to speak with a member of our legal team.


Norovirus outbreak affects 600 Royal Caribbean passengers

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 6:40 pm    

Explorer of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International ship, was scheduled to sail for 10 days. However, after more than 600 passengers became ill from norovirus, the cruise line decided to return to the port two days earlier than scheduled.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Bernadette Burden confirmed the number of the affected passengers on the ship, stating that around 577 of the 3,050 passengers and 49 of 1,165 crew members were suffering from vomiting and diarrhea while on the cruise.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement that the outbreak has led the cruise ship to be “unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting.”

The ship took to the seas on Tuesday, January 21 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and made it to the Caribbean, before returning to home port on Wednesday, January 22.

Our lawyers at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., have experience helping passengers of cruise ships that have suffered from norovirus outbreaks. To find out more about pursuing financial compensation for suffering experienced as a result of a cruise line’s negligence, call (786) 375-0344.