Carnival Corp.’s new ships to break passenger capacity record

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 3:16 pm    

American registered, multinational cruise company Carnival Corp. announced that four ships of its new fleet will break the current record for passenger capacity, according to the Miami Herald on June 15.

Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison noted that this announcement was unorthodox for the company, but they released the information since their boats would support the greatest number of passengers in the world. The boats would be able to carry 6,600 passengers.

Arison added that the new vessels’ design would make sure that each space would be fully utilized.

Two of the new megaships will be joining the AIDA fleet – which caters to the German market – by 2019 and 2020. As for the other two, they will either join the AIDA or the Italian cruises – the Costa Cruises.

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Princess Cruises to shore up in Shanghai

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 4:31 pm    

British-American owned and Santa Clarita, California-based Princess Cruises will be sending a brand new ship to Shanghai, China in the summer of 2017, the Miami Herald reported on May 5.

This marks a trend in cruise ships to take advantage of Chinese markets; Royal Carribbean International also sent a 4,180-passenger ship, called Quantum of the Seas, to Shanghai last November. Year-round scheduled tours will begin in June.

According to Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz, the move is a bid to cultivate its Chinese base and to develop the company’s presence in the China cruise market.

The Cruise Lines International Association released a study in March 2015 that revealed the number of Chinese cruise passengers rose by 79% a year between 2012 and 2014.

If you were a passenger on a cruise ship who suffered from injuries you incurred during the trip, you may file a lawsuit against the people responsible for your accident with the help of our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.

Royal Caribbean CEO eliminates last-minute discounts

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 5:35 pm    

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and chief executive officer Richard Fain announced on April 20 that the company adopted a policy starting in March that effectively eliminated the use of last-minute booking discounts on cruises longer than two to four nights in North America, the Miami Herald reported.

Fain said that the reason they used to do last-minute discount booking to fully book the cruise ship. However, he recently stated that this strategy negatively impacts short-term sales because guests who depend on last-minute booking do not see an incentive to book early. Additionally, the company does not gain revenue from those last-minute passengers.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, which is purported to be the second-largest cruising company in the world, reported profits of $45.2 million in the first quarter that ended March 31.

Our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., can be counted on to represent individuals who have been hurt during their stay on a cruise ship. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to schedule an appointment with a member of our legal team.

Injured Norwegian Cruise passenger taken to dock

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 8:18 pm    

The New York Fire Department received an emergency call at around 4:40 p.m. on February 27 to transport a passenger from the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel Class cruise ship, Norwegian Gem, WABC-TV New York reported.

According to a New York City official, the victim – a yet to be publicly identified elderly man – fell from the stairs on Deck 8 mid-ship.

The guest with a medical condition was brought back to the Staten Island dock, the base of Marine 9, where emergency medical personnel gave him first-aid treatment and then transported him to a local hospital for further medication.

The Caribbean-bound Norwegian Gem left at around 4 p.m. that day from the New York Harbor with around 2,400 guests on board for a 10-day cruise.

The legal team of the Louis A. Vucci P.A., offer assistance to cruise ship passengers who have been injured while on a cruise ship. Call our offices at (786) 375-0344 today to learn more about pursuing financial compensation from those responsible.

CLIA predicts 23M passengers on cruise lines in 2015

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 7:42 pm    

The Cruise Lines International Association forecasted that around 23 million passengers will sail in cruise ships around the world in 2015 at a New York press conference on February 9, a number which is a 4% increase from 2014’s recorded data, the Miami Herald reported.

Adam Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the association’s new chairman, said this outlook was based on the fact that many of CLIA’s cruise line members have invested in new and highly innovative cruise ships and because new ports have been constructed across the globe.

Cruise ship passengers are vulnerable on cruise ships due to their isolated location on the world’s oceans. This can become dangerous when an injury occurs, as sufficient medical care may not be immediately available. If you have suffered injuries or mistreatment on a cruise ship, contact the attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., by calling (786) 375-0344 today to learn more.

Cruise Shipping Miami to transfer to Fort Lauderdale next year

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 5:57 pm    

The Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibit will be moving to Fort Lauderdale starting in 2016, the Sun Sentinel reported on February 3.

The Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, where the conference is usually held, is going to be renovated, providing Broward County with a golden opportunity to take over the cruise ship conference.

The 2015 event, the 31st annual Cruise Shipping Miami, will take place March 16-19 in Miami Beach. In late December, however, the convention center will begin upgrades with an allotted $500 million.

Local Broward County tourism authorities and convention center officials said they have signed a three-year contract to be the home of the event up to 2018, with an option to extend such agreement until 2019.

If you have incurred injuries due to an accident during your cruise ship trip, our attorneys at the Louis A. Vucci P.A., can be turned to for help when it comes to pursuing financial compensation from those responsible for your plight. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344.

Three killed in Oceana Cruises’ Insignia fire

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 3:29 pm    

A fire broke out in the engine room of Miami-based Oceania Cruises’ Insignia ship on December 11, resulting in the deaths of one crew member and two contractors, Cruise Hive reported.

The cruise ship fire occurred around 9:30 a.m. as crew members and contractors were working on this ship. Two other crew members were brought to the hospital with injuries.

Oceania Cruises president and COO Jason Montague, plus the cruise line’s support and technical personnel, remained in St. Lucia to make sure that guests were taken care of. Every guest was booked a complimentary flight back to Miami, received a full refund, and were granted credit towards a future cruise with the company.

The cruise ship was traveling on a 10-day trip that left San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7 and was set to dock at a port in Miami on December 17.

The attorneys of the Louis A. Vucci P.A., hope for the quick recovery of those injured and extend their condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.

Case may open cruise ships to medical negligence damages

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:35 pm    

The United States’ Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit’s made a decision that could be the turning point regarding personal injury accident victims at sea and their ability to sue cruise lines, Travel Weekly reported on November 23.

The case in discussion is about a man who sought medical aid for his injury while ashore in Bermuda during a cruise trip with Royal Caribbean International’s MS Explorer of the Seas back in 2011. The man succumbed to his injuries, and the man’s daughter, Patricia Franza, filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in a bid to hold the ship’s doctor and nurses responsible for the man’s death.

Although initially rejected, Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus acted on behalf of a three-judge panel and sent the case back to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to be re-evaluated.

For a period of more than 25 years, a precedent set in a 1988 case was the main basis for why courts usually rule that cruise lines cannot be held liable for the fault of their doctors or nurses, who were regarded as independent agents and not employees.

If you have a case involving medical negligence on a cruise ship our attorneys at The Louis A. Vucci P.A., may provide aggressive representation to hold the responsible parties accountable. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about the legal services we offer.

Cruise ship maintenance accident leaves one dead

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 4:18 pm    

A lifeboat accident occurred on a Santa Clarita, California-based Princess Cruises cruise ship, claiming the life of one crew member and causing the hospitalization of another on October 24.

The British-American cruise line confirmed in a press statement that the accident transpired on the Coral Princess. Two crew members were lowered to the ship’s hull on a lifeboat to perform maintenance work when the cable broke and the two members were dropped into the ocean along with the lifeboat. Both of the workers were rescued, but one died of injuries sustained.

The Princess Cruises management expressed their grief over the incident and promised to support the family of the deceased during this time. According to the report, this is not the only fatal accident that has happened from a cruise ship lowering and raising maintenance workers on life boats.