Passengers aboard the Celebrity Solstice recently experienced two separate tragic accidents while at port in Tauranga, New Zealand. First, a bus carrying a group of cruise ship passengers back to the ship was involved in a head-on collision with a car. The driver of the car did not survive. Some of the passengers sustained minor injuries but were otherwise fine. Less than an hour later, an American passenger was struck and killed by a truck while on a cycling tour of the city. The 71-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Our South Florida cruise ship attorneys were horrified to learn of these two tragedies and our thoughts go out to the family members of those involved.
The Celebrity Solstice was launched in 2008. This luxury ship features a live grass lawn, a 12 deck atrium, and even its own glassblowing studio. It can accommodate 2,850 people and is 1,041 feet in length. One of its featured destinations is New Zealand. Passengers have the option of numerous excursions to enjoy off the ship in New Zealand, including cycling, white water rafting, bush jet boats, and more.
The Tauranga double tragedy is unprecedented. According to the bus company involved in the crash, the bus fleet has never been involved in an accident of this magnitude during its 28 years of operations. Nonetheless, passengers and the family of the woman killed are distressed by these two alarming events that happened in such a short time. Our Miami cruise ship accident attorneys understand that cruise ship accidents can occur unexpectedly. When a cruise ship accident turns deadly, it is imperative that passengers understand their legal rights.
Cruise Ship Accidents At Ports of Call
Accidents can happen while a cruise ship is at sea, but they also commonly occur when passengers disembark at various ports of call. When passengers leave the cruise ship, they will often travel via bus or car to an excursion. Excursions are varied and may include anything from a walking tour of the city to helicopter rides, horseback riding, jet skiing, and much more. Often, transportation and excursions are booked through the cruise company.
Cruise lines are responsible for ensuring that transportation and excursion companies meet certain basic standards, such as being properly licensed and carrying adequate insurance. In the event of an accident happening at port, the cruise line or the transportation/excursion company could be liable. Cruise ship accidents are complex and will require the assistance of an experienced cruise ship accident attorney.
Contact the Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
Cruise ships are a time for fun and relaxation, but sometimes a cruise vacation can go horribly wrong. Injured cruise ship passengers have the right to seek compensation from the cruise line that negligently inflicted their injuries, but the cruise company can be a formidable opponent.
Our dedicated cruise ship accident attorneys will quickly investigate your cruise ship accident and mount your strong case for damages. We will then fight to see that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.