Today, over nine million passengers travel on cruises that depart from North American ports each year. While the number of pleasure cruise travelers has increased over the past few years, the safety aboard these ships has not improved correspondingly. Countless claims of injuries, assaults by crew members, virulent illnesses, and even deaths arise each year following cruise ship vacations.
In Part I of this two part series, our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers looked at four of the most disastrous cruises of all time. We addressed the stranded Carnival Triumph and Carnival Splendor, which both suffered engine fires that left the ships grounded and without power. We next looked at the infamous Costa Concordia, which ran aground and tipped to its side near Italy, killing 32 passengers. Finally, the Seabourn Spirits, a small cruise ship, was shockingly attacked by pirates and sustained rocket damage.
In Part II, we will address another four cruise ship disasters that are sure to make any would be vacationer worried, and highlight the need for increased safety standards in the cruise industry.
5. Celebrity Mercury–in 2010, over 400 of the 2,600 passengers and crew on board the Celebrity Mercury luxury cruise, which departed from Charleston, South Carolina, were stricken ill by a terrible stomach virus. The Centers for Disease Control deemed the outbreak to be from a virulent strain of norovirus, a bug that cases vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea, among other gastrointestinal ills.
6. Norwegian Dawn–in 2005, a massive 70 foot wave smashed into the Norwegian Dawn, flooding over 62 cabins. Roughly 300 of the ship’s passengers disembarked early in Charleston once the storm had passed.
7. S.S. Eastland–this historically disastrous cruise ship rolled over just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. The passenger tour ship rolled over while in port in Chicago. Over 840 of its 2,500 passengers perished in this tragic accident.
8. RMS Titanic–the most notorious cruise ship disaster of all time, the Titanic, once deemed unsinkable, struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage. The gigantic ship sank into the frigid water, killing more than 1,500 of the passengers and crew members aboard.
Studies of cruise ship accidents reveal that, although the eight cruise nightmares described in parts I and II of these blog posts are exceptional, the events that led up to these horrific voyagers occur with some regularity. Loss of power is actually common aboard cruise ships, though typically it occurs for just a few hours. Evacuations occur every once in a while and are usually conducted safely. As for fires, there have been over 79 fires onboard cruise ships since 1990, and the number of fires a year appears to be rising, making this a serious and common threat. We have also sadly witnessed two recent occasions where ship’s captain failed in their duty. Both the Captain’s of the Concordia and the recent ferry sinking in South Korea, not only delayed evacuation, causing lives to be lost, but, amazingly each managed to save himself from “going down with the ship.” Lastly, cruise ships run aground an average of 2.5 times a year.
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