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Viking Sky Cruise Ship Finally Reaches Port a Day After Issuing Mayday Call

March 24, 2019

Yesterday the cruise ship Viking Sky became stranded off the coast of Norway after it suffered propulsion issues while sailing in choppy seas. 

The ship issued a mayday call after ship authorities realized that the vessel would not be able to make it back to shore. This set off a frantic rescue effort, which saw hundreds of passengers…

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Massive Rescue Effort Underway As Disabled Cruise Ship Battles High Waves and Winds in Norway

March 23, 2019

A massive rescue effort is underway after a cruise ship in Norway called authorities for help.

USA Today reports that the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into severe mechanical problems as it sailed off the coast of Norway. The ship was unable to return to shore, necessitating the rescue of the 1,300 passengers aboard.…

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Fire Reportedly Breaks Out Aboard Carnival Triumph While in Dock in Spain

March 22, 2019

Various news outlets are reporting that there has been a fire aboard the Carnival Triumph.

The blaze reportedly broke out on the fourth deck of the ship while the ship was in dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, and resulted in the evacuation of hundreds workers and contractors. 

It is not clear how much damage was done to the ship. suggests a spark from a welder's arc may have ignited the fire.

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Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Unconscious Man from Cruise Ship

March 21, 2019

Published reports indicate that a man was medically evacuated from a cruise ship, after being found unconscious while sailing on the vessel earlier this week.

The 52-year-old man was  about halfway through a 32-day itinerary aboard the MSC Divina when he was found unresponsive as the ship…

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Cruise Companies Taking Increasing Risks With Ever More Dangerous Rides

March 20, 2019

Yesterday we blogged about a 25-year-old Casey Holladay, who is suing Royal Caribbean after suffering a serious injury while using one of the company’s rides aboard a cruise ship earlier this year. Holladay’s plight may be the result of cruise lines’ pushing the envelope when designing ship attractions.

Cruise companies have equipped ships with rides such as enormous water slides, a go kart track, and even a roller coaster. The ride that injured Holladay, the SkyPad, is billed as a mix between a bungee and a…

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Supreme Court Maritime Case Decision

March 20, 2019

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) yesterday delivered a significant 6 to 3 opinion which recognizes a middle ground in terms of the circumstances under which a manufacturer of a product which is later outfitted with a dangerous or defective add on part can be held liable for not warning about the dangers of that add on part.  In the case of Air & Liquid Systems Corp v. DeVries, the Defendant made certain machines for ships.  Asbestos was added to the machines sometimes by…

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Cruise Ship Passenger Falls Several Stories from Ride to Ship Deck

March 19, 2019

NBC Chicago reports that in February, Casey Holladay was sailing aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas when he went on the ship’s Skypad ride and suffered a horrible accident. 

Described as a “trampoline and bungee jump in one,” Holladay when on the ride and eventually found himself crashing down nearly 20 feet below when the ride’s safety measures failed. 

"I just felt the momentum release from my body that I wasn’t being held by anything anymore," he…

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Cruise Lines Struggle with Sexual Assault Problem

March 18, 2019

Most cruise ship passengers are unaware of the fact that cruise lines have a relatively high incidence of sexual assault, when compared to the ships’ rates of most other crimes. Put simply, cruise ships suffer more sexual assault and rape than most other forms of crime combined. 

Recent data shows that the demographics most commonly victimized aboard cruise ships are women and children. 

Though recent data shows an increase in the percentage of…

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Woman Set to be the First to Captain a New Cruise Ship

March 17, 2019 is reporting that, for the first time in maritime history, a woman is set to be the captain of a new cruise ship.

There are already several woman cruise ship captains across the globe. But, until now, a woman has never been selected to captain a brand new ship.

45 year old Serena Melani, of Liborno, Italy, wil  pilot the Seven Seas…

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Uniformed Carnival Cruise Lines Officers Caught on Tape Making Out with Passengers

March 16, 2019

In 2014 cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey was interviewed by INSIDE Edition relating to a client, who had been violently sexually assaulted while sailing aboard a cruise ship.

The woman, identified in the report only as Tristan, was sexually assaulted by two cruise ship employees while she sailed aboard a Carnival cruise ship. The crew members held her down in their cabin and violently raped her multiple times.

The report cites the fact that, according to court…

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