Cuba Imprisons Canadian Tourist Involved in Water Excursion Accident Cuba remains a popular tourist attraction, especially for Canadians who visit the island. But there are dangers there which few tourists may realize. Newspapers in Canada are reporting that a 47 year old Canadian tourist from Quebec, who was on vacation in Cuba with his wife and two young daughters, is facing criminal charges after a boating excursion accident in Cuba killed another Canadian tourist. View Full Post
Lawsuits Against Miami-Based Cruise Lines: Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Bloomberg Legal reports today that according to date which it collected over the last several years, 83 federal personal injury cases were filed against cruise lines in the first three months of 2018. Bloomberg concludes that this figure continues an upward trend over the last two years in which 188 negligence suits were filed against cruise lines in in 2017 and 164 in 2016.  Bloomberg also states that "personal injury cases against the three biggest cruise lines – Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings – accounted for 78 to 87 percent of all federal litigation they faced over the last five years, according to the data which it collected.  Bloomberg explains that the lawsuits "often involve slip-and-fall claims, but recent complaints also allege serious illnesses and injuries worsened by shipboard medical decisions." The article does not explain that according to the terms and conditions in the passenger contracts, most cruise lines require that all legal claims be filed in the cruise line’s home city, such as Miami for Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. View Full Post
Suspicious Death Reported on Carnival Vista? Several passenger who disembarked from the Carnival Vista today stated that there was a suspicious death on the cruise ship near the end of the eight day cruise leaving from and returning to Miami. One of the passengers stated that yesterday (Saturday) there was an announcement over the ship’s intercom where a passenger’s name (which I will keep anonymous) was repeatedly paged to report to guest services. View Full Post
Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship.  I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it’s impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. View Full Post
Passenger Reported Overboard From P&O's Pacific Dawn ABC News in Australia reports that a woman has gone overboard from the P&O Pacific Dawn today. The cruise ship left Brisbane, Australia last weekend on a cruise of the Pacific Islands.  The P&O ship is now conducting a search for the missing guest.  P&O released a statement today stating that a crew member observed the unidentified woman going overboard from the ship around 4 P.M. View Full Post
MSC Armonia Crashes Into Dock in Roatan The MSC Armonia crashed into the dock in Roatan, Honduras today, according to videos which were posted on Youtube. The MSC cruise ship is shown coming into the port at a higher than normal rate of speed. In addition to the vesel damage, there was significant damage to the pier.  There are several videos of the incident. View Full Post
"Missing" MSC Crew Member: A Victim of Exploitation? A MSC crew member who stayed in Grand Cayman last month, when her cruise ship left port, was sentenced to three months in prison for illegally remaining on the island.  As we previously reported, 34 year old Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez, employed as a bartender on the MSC Opera, was reported by MSC to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service four days after the ship left Grand Caymen after she did not return to the cruise ship. View Full Post