Passengers enjoy cruises for many reasons that include a variety of live entertainment, recreational activities, exciting shore excursions, an abundance of good food, and lots of alcohol. While alcohol consumption might be a featured part of any cruise for many travelers, intoxication increases a passenger’s vulnerability to hazards. If you or a loved one is injured after selecting this form of travel, the cruise line will certainly raise alcohol use by a passenger as the cause of many accidents. What cruise injury victims should keep in mind is that alcohol sales constitute one of the most lucrative sources of profit for cruise lines. Our cruise accident lawyers know from experience that cruise lines often push alcohol sales at the expense of passenger safety.
In this blog, our Miami cruise injury attorneys review a recent case that examines liability of a cruise line for injuries to intoxicated passengers. A couple traveling onboard the Carnival Dream were served 22 alcoholic drinks over a period of 12 hours. Because the couple mostly drank Long Island iced teas, the beverages had a high alcohol content. Evidence was introduced indicating that the evening the husband suffered his fatal fall, he was obviously intoxicated at dinner though he did not exhibit a loss of coordination or slurred speech. Later that evening, he tumbled off a stool while sitting at the bar inside the ship’s casino. The husband and wife purchase a final round of drinks approximately an hour after the fall in the casino. When the wife went into a club, her husband stayed behind to smoke a cigarette. The husband ends up heading back to his stateroom where he experienced a fatal fall from the balcony onto a lower deck. Continue reading →