Vucci Law Group Blog & Updates

Cruise passengers experience gastrointestinal illness on Royal Caribbean ship

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 1:41 pm    

According to Miami, Florida-based Royal International Caribbean officials, guests and crew members on the Majesty of the Seas ship have suffered from gastrointestinal illnesses that doctors presume are caused by the norovirus. 68 people total, or around 2.5% of the 2,581 passengers and crew, were affected.

Cruise officials tried to take precautions to ensure that illnesses would not spread throughout the trip, including asking passengers when they boarded the cruise ship on Friday, January 17 if they had developed any gastrointestinal problems within the last three days.

Last year, the Vessel Sanitation Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed nine incidences of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks on cruise ships. This happens when 3% or more members of the passengers or crew suddenly show symptoms of the illness while the ship is at sail.

When on a cruise ship, you should be able to expect clean and sanitary conditions that do not allow for illness outbreaks such as this. Thus, if you have been affected by an undue illness on a cruise ship, call (786) 375-0344. Our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., can help you explore your legal options for filing a passenger claim and possibly begin taking legal action.

Former employee sues Princess Cruise Lines Ltd.

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 4:33 pm    

On Monday, December 9, Peter Simon, a former cruise ship employee, filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. alleging that the company refused to take action regarding the injury that he received while working aboard the ship.

According to the lawsuit, Simon was arranging coffee cups in preparation for a guest dinner when a particular lifting motion caused injury to his lumbar spine. Simon said the respondent failed to properly provide back support and suitable medical assistance, leading to the worsening of his physical condition.

Simon’s doctors advised him to avoid straining his spine due to “disc herniation, nerve compression, and spondylosis.”  These medical instructions disable the plaintiff from continuing his work aboard the cruise line.

Specialized legal representation is available to passengers and workers that sustain injuries while aboard a cruise ship. If you have been injured within the duration of an excursion, contact the Louis A. Vucci P.A.. Call (786) 375-0344 today to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney.

Cruise ship lawsuit ruling reversed by appeals court

Posted on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 pm    

In a 2-1 decision issued Wednesday, December 4, the Florida Third District Court of Appeals reversed an earlier trial court ruling, stating that cruise ship doctor Dr. Chris Taylor, who was being sued, was not covered by the trial court’s jurisdiction.

The case was originally filed by a passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, Ms. Gutierrez and her husband. The claimants alleged that Gutierrez was subjected to medical malpractice by Taylor, causing her to suffer from sepsis, multiple organ failure, and a cerebral hemorrhage, resulting in brain injury.

According to the lawsuit, Ms. Gutierrez and her husband rode the cruise ship in May 2010 and left from Port Everglades, Florida. As the ship neared Labadee, Haiti, Gutierrez felt intense abdominal cramps and was treated by Dr. Chris Taylor, the ship’s medical practitioner, for gastritis when she was actually suffering from a more severe medical condition.

Unfortunately, as this case demonstrates, passengers on cruise ships can be injured, causing them to need justice and compensation from the cruise ship. If you have been harmed on a cruise ship, whether due to medical crew malpractice or other negligence on the behalf of the crew, our lawyers at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., may be able to help you fight for compensation. Discuss your options by calling (786) 375-0344 today.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas features new attractions

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 4:18 pm    

Miami-based cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, recently announced that its cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, will sail from Southampton in the United Kingdom for its 2015 spring launch.

The Anthem of the Seas boasts some unconventional attractions for cruise ship passengers. The ship’s feature attraction, the North Star, is a mounted glass capsule designed to rise 300 feet above sea level, giving guests a comprehensive view of their surroundings.

In addition to the North Star viewing feature, the Anthem of the Seas will offer simulated skydiving, circus school, studio staterooms, and virtual balconies.

The popularity of cruise vacations has increased exponentially within the past 15 years. However enjoyable and economical cruises can be, they can also present dangerous situations. If you have sustained injuries while on a cruise, contact the Louis A. Vucci P.A.. By calling (786) 375-0344 our lawyers can help determine if you are eligible for compensation.


Royal Caribbean says Allure of the Seas will undergo repairs next year

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 4:08 pm    

Miami-based cruise liner Royal Caribbean International has announced that because of mechanical issues affecting its ship Allure of the Seas, the liner will be forced to cancel the ship’s upcoming February trips in order to complete the repairs.

According to Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive officer Adam Goldstein, the ship will be docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas starting on February 24 to do the repairs on the affected propulsion motors. Goldstein promised a speedy repair of Allure of the Seas “so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect.”

William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. said “there was no satisfactory solution” to the problem of premature bearing wear in one of the ship’s three propulsion motors “that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service.”

When cruise ships are not properly maintained and repaired, unsuspecting passengers may be the ones to pay the price. If you or a loved one was harmed due to a mechanical defect on a cruise ship, talk with an attorney from the Louis A. Vucci P.A., about filing a legal claim. You can discuss your situation by calling (786) 375-0344 today.

Six-year-old on a four day Caribbean Cruise Line trip drowns in cruise pool

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 pm    

Six-year-old Qwentyn Hunter drowned on Sunday, October 13 in one of the pools on a cruise ship he was riding on with his family.

According to officials from Carnival Cruise Lines, the boy had been on a four-day Caribbean cruise with his family and their company’s “CareTeam is [currently] providing assistance and support.”

The ship reached Miami shores on Monday, October 14. The pool was already closed, and police had already sealed its perimeters with crime scene tape while officials took photographs of the area.

An investigation from the Miami-Dade police showed that Hunter was swimming in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he drowned at around 4:45 p.m. while the ship was out at sea.

The boy was immediately given cardiopulmonary resuscitation after being pulled from the water but was already dead.

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Line to feature new attractions

Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 pm    

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Line will incorporate fun, Miami-themed features in their next new ship. The cruise line’s new ship will first tour passengers in January of next year.

It will feature the Miami Beach-inspired Tropicana Room and the Flamingo Bar & Grill, both of which are free of charge for guests. The restaurants will serve Latin American dishes. Tropicana Room will be designed to replicate the supper clubs of the 1940s and 1950s.

Finally, the Sunset Bar’s décor and atmosphere was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Key West, which even features a daiquiri inspired by the 20th century writer.

The design of the new ship will contain replicas of the Miami skyline, Miami Beach lifeguard stations, and iconic Key West scenery.

Although cruise ships can provide a fun and memorable vacation, they only do so when the negligence of a crew member or other party does not cause you to be harmed. If you have been assaulted or injured on a crew ship due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., in Miami by calling (786) 375-0344 to discuss your situation today.

Bornstein is new president and COO of Crystal Cruises

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 3:12 pm    

Japanese-based cruise line Crystal Cruises, a liner which sails two all-inclusive ships, is under new management with the former head of sales and marketing at Miami-based Azamara Club Cruises Edie Bornstein.

Poised to assume a higher-profile role on Wednesday, October 16, Bornstein is set to become the president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises after leaving her job post at Azamara Monday, September 30. She will take over the position from Gregg Michel, who resigned Friday, October 4.

Bornstein became part of Royal Caribbean Cruises’ two-ship brand Azamara in 2009. Prior to that, she was vice president of business development and strategic partnerships at Carnival Cruise Lines and also worked for Cunard and Seabourn. She also devoted her time to global travel technology company Amadeus.

At the Louis A. Vucci P.A., our lawyers strive to help any cruise ship passengers who have been mistreated and harmed while on a trip. Call us at (786) 375-0344 if you have gone on a cruise and suffered an injury due to the negligence of the cruise staff or other parties.

Cruise execs set initiatives for advancement

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 4:20 pm    

To be successful in today’s market cruise line, CEOs underlined the importance of adapting and sometimes taking tips from one another, industry executives said in Thursday, September 19 panel discussion with travel agents at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The heads of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, and Viking Cruises talked about onboard experiences and the importance of travel agents for cruise passengers when choosing a particular cruise line, among issues.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian said cruise liners can cash in on the influx of passengers with amenities directed towards not merely the cruise-paying adult audience, but also to their children and parents/grandparents.

Viking Cruises chairman Tor Hagen said their company will have two ocean-going ships in 2015 and 2016 to complement their nearly three-dozen river-cruising vessels. As incentive to their passengers, the company will provide wine and beer, some shore tours, and access to specialty restaurants.

Despite the actions that some cruise lines are taking, innocent passengers continue to be seriously injured while on cruises. If this has happened to you or a loved one, call the attorneys from the Louis A. Vucci P.A., at (786) 375-0344 today. We might be able to help you file a claim against the cruise ship or other party responsible.

Celebrity Millenium replaces worn motor

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 9:05 pm    

Celebrity Cruises will be changing a dysfunctional propulsion motor on Celebrity Millennium so that the ship can begin making trips again on September 22. Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Tavia Robb said both the Millennium’s 2,158-passenger vessel and the 250-ton Rolls Royce Mermaid pod will be retired to the Grand Bahama Shipyard from Rotterdam.

Since the electrical issue is located in an area in the pod that is highly inaccessible, the company decided to just replace the entire pod, Robb said. Robb added that Celebrity Cruises, which is part of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, has yet to determine the exact cost of the repair.

The failure in the part of Celebrity Millennium’s two Rolls Royce propulsion pod systems, specifically the pod’s stator, was the cause of the cancellation of five Alaska cruises, Celebrity President and CEO Michael Bayley said. It has been out of commission for more than a week already.

Passengers who have had the misfortune to suffer an accident or an injury during a cruise may be able to seek compensation from the responsible cruise line or staff member with the help of our lawyers at the Louis A. Vucci P.A. Learn more about your legal options by dialing (786) 375-0344 today.