Cruise Ship Accidents
In a scene that was described by fellow passengers as “gruesome”, a woman tragically fell to her death early this past Friday morning aboard the Carnival Elation from her cabin’s balcony, located on the 14th Floor of the fantasy-class cruise ship.
An alarming situation happened early on Saturday morning when numerous people were evacuated from a Carnival Cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral. While specifics as to the reason behind the emergency removal of the individuals was not included in the initial statements from either Carnival Cruise or the Brevard County Fire Rescue, it is known that all of the individuals were rushed to hospitals close to the area.
In what initially began as a routine inspection by the CDC quickly took a turn for the worse when it was discovered that Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Triumph had sustained multiple health code violations during one of the cruise ship’s annual health reviews last November, causing the ship to receive a rare failing grade for sanitary deficiencies.
On Saturday, a ship with the popular Carnival Cruise Line was returning to PortMiami after a week-long journey through the Caribbean when an incident occurred that transformed what was an enjoyable trip into a nightmare. Just after 8:00 in the morning, the ship arrived at Port Miami and docked so that the passengers could disembark. It was during the movement of passengers from the deck of the ship to the pier that an 8-year-old girl, who was standing on one of the upper decks inside the ship, fell from her location in the atrium to a deck two stories beneath her.
On Thursday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas ship was discovered in one of the vessel’s three pools. The ship, which had recently departed from Bayonne, NJ, was on the first leg of a 9-day journey that was to take the passengers south to Bermuda and then the Caribbean when the boy was found. According to the statement on record, Coast Guard officials were notified shortly before 7:00pm. The ship changed course and began heading back towards its port of departure. FDNY emergency response crews intercepted the ship about four miles off of Sandy Hook, NJ, and medevaced the child to Staten Island University Hospital North. Currently, the child is still in the hospital, his condition unknown.
Families aboard the Carnival Ecstasy Sunday evening met a gruesome scene on their way to dinner. As they approached the restaurant, blood poured out of the elevator doors with a noise so loud it was described “as a rainstorm.” At the same time workers aboard the cruise ship tried to keep passengers away from the scene, herding them back into the restaurant. Another witness compared the occurrence to “a real life scene of ‘The Shining’” – a 1980’s horror film starring Jack Nicholson. The elevator was later sealed off to shield passengers and their children from the elevator and the area nearby.
Cruise ship illnesses are becoming more and more common these days as the cruise industry tries to cram more and more people into larger and larger ships. It makes sanitation more complicated.
In 2014, approximately 17 million people boarded cruise ships from North America and sailed to ports all around the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Around 37 percent of the passengers went sailing to the Caribbean, the highest destination for cruise ships across the world by a wide margin.
A cruise ended badly for two people on a Regal Princess Cruise. The ship had left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, February 7th and stopped on the Bahamas at Princess Cays, a private port of call for the cruise lines. The ship then disembarked and was headed toward Cozumel, Mexico.
On January 23, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to reconsider a previous ruling, opening the door to medical malpractice lawsuits against the cruise ship industry. The decision has the potential to reverse nearly 100 years of maritime law that gave cruise ship companies immunity against lawsuits for medical malpractice. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines had asked the court to reconsider an earlier decision.