Couple Files Lawsuit Against Cruise Line Due to Coronavirus Contagion

A New York couple is suing a cruise line, claiming that the company negligently exposed them to coronavirus. reports that Long Island, New York residents Fred and Marlene Kantrow boarded the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship on February 29 and sailed aboard the ship for approximately a month, returning on March 30. Upon returning home Fred was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized. The couple’s suit claims that Celebrity did not inform the couple that the cruise ship was hosting passengers who were sick with coronavirus, even though ship officials were aware of that fact. The officials did not inform passengers of the possible exposure until the day after they disembarked from the ship.

The couple’s suit alleges that Celebrity didn’t even take precautions to restrict buffet food service, for example. Making matters worse, the ship’s officials called a gathering of passengers and crew members to honor health care workers, the suit alleges, placing a large group of people “right next to each other.” Near the end of the cruise the ship threw a Mexican Fiesta party, the suit says.

During the height of the pandemic, thousands of people fell ill will coronavirus while sailing aboard cruise ships. Dozens of the ill died. 

Published reports indicate that between 70,000 – 100,000 cruise ship crew members are still stranded aboard over 100 cruise ships across the world.