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Two Royal Caribbean Passengers Die of Natural Causes on Same Ship

May 15, 2019

Two days after four cruise ship passengers were killed in an excursion accident, two more passengers have died while aboard a cruise ship.

Newsweek reports that two passengers died while aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas ship, in incidences that the company says we're not related. Both of the passengers reportedly died from natural causes.  

“We extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the 75-year-old and 61-year-old guests from Singapore who…

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Is There A Limit for Filing A Claim Against A Cruise Line?

May 15, 2019

There are time limits for all types of lawsuits including those against cruise lines for cruise ship accidents and cruise ship sexual assault. You have one year from the date of the incident to file your claim, and it’s crucial to start the process as soon as possible to preserve evidence and build a comprehensive case. Our Miami attorney specializes in claims against cruise lines and explains more in the video below.

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Four Dead and Two Missing in Midair Plane Crash Involving Cruise Passengers on Excursion

May 14, 2019

Four people were pronounced dead and two more missing yesterday, after two float planes carrying cruise ship passengers collided head-on in midair near Ketchikan, Alaska. 


One of the flights was operated by Taquan Air, and was carrying 10 passengers and the pilot at the time of the crash. The other flight was operated by an as-yet-unidentified operator and was carrying four passengers.…

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Florida Family Asks the State for Help after Denial of Medical Malpractice Claim

May 13, 2019

In September 2014, 39-year-old Tommy Myers died following a dental procedure. Dr. Veronica Thompson, who treated Myers, applied too much sedation, causing Myers to stop breathing. Two days later the Myers family removed life support. reports that Dr. Thompson not only applied too much sedation, but also failed to follow proper protocol for handling emergency situations once it was clear that Tommy was in trouble.

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Cruise Company Installs Roller Coaster Aboard Ship - What Could Go Wrong?

May 12, 2019

Cruise companies are in a virtual arms race, practically daring one another to go bigger and bolder in a game of maritime one-upmanship. In recent years, cruise ships have grown to astronomical proportions, with the largest ships in the world now able to carry over 7,000 people. And cruise ship attractions have gotten bigger and bolder too. Newer ships not have waterslides hundreds of feet long and go-kart tracks. But the newest cruise attraction, meant to send travelers to flocking,  is a roller coaster.

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Business Insider’s List of Cruise Ships with Worst Sanitation

May 11, 2019

Every year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control inspects cruise ships that call on U.S. ports. The inspections are meant to help ensure that the cruise ships’ crew members observe proper hygiene and sanitation protocols. The ships are graded on a scale from 0 to 100, with 86 being the minimum passing score. With this information at its disposal, recently released its list of “the 8 nastiest cruise ships.” Here, we will take a look at the three worst offenders on the list.

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Key West Pier Getting Back to Normal after Last Year’s Cruise Ship Collision

May 10, 2019

In November 2018 a Key West pier was severely damaged when it was struck by a cruise ship. Now, after months of repairs, the pier is finally getting back to operation.

The pier at Mallory Square hosted its first cruise in nearly half-a-year on May 5th, the…

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69-Year-Old American Cruise Ship Passenger Reported Missing of Coast of Ireland

May 09, 2019

Newsweek reports that an American woman has been reported missing from a Holland America cruise ship, and is feared dead.The 69-year-old passenger is thought to have gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean as the cruise ship traveled from Florida to Ireland. 

The Newsweek report quotes retired professor Maria Luciano Hernandez, who chronicled the search for the woman on Facebook. Hernandez said that the ship turned around to search for the missing passenger as Hernandez hoped that the woman would be…

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$10 Million Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Viking Sky

May 08, 2019

In March 2019 the Viking Sky cruise ship made headlines when it suddenly lost power while sailing off the coast of Norway. The ship was in the midst of a powerful storm when the power loss occurred, leaving passengers and crew vulnerable to the choppy waves. Many people were injured in the incident, some seriously. Now, some passengers who were on the ship during the terrifying event are filing a class action lawsuit against Viking.


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Cruise Ship Illness Outbreaks Once Again in the News

May 07, 2019

Cruise ship outbreaks are in the news once again. While cruise ships can be struck with cases of norovirus that can sicken up to 700 people, the industry’s most recent illness outbreak involves measles. The prevalence of cruise ship outbreaks has many wondering why do cruise ships seem to be the perfect breeding grounds for infectious diseases. Today, a CNN report tries to offer an answer. 

To help get to the…

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