Archive for November 11th, 2010

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Carnival Splendor Update – Tugboats Arrive on Scene

November 11, 2010

Earlier this week, the Carnival Cruise Line’s Splendor, caught fire, leaving 4,500 passengers plus crew stranded off the coast of Mexico. The head of Carnival Cruise Lines commented that the engine fire that cut power on the disabled cruise ship was the worst accident in his company’s 35-year history. The Splendor was 200 miles south of San Diego and about 44 miles off the coast when the engine room fire began on Monday. Although no one was hurt, the fire left the ship without electricity, air conditioning, hot water or Internet service. In addition, most telephone service was cut off. Thankfully, the ship’s auxiliary power was able to be harnessed to make onboard toilets flush and to provide passengers with cold water. Because there is no electricity in the ship’s interior, some passengers have resorted to sleeping out on the deck.

Yesterday, two tugboats arrived at the ship and began pulling the 952-foot ship back to San Diego. The voyage could take at least until late Thursday, assuming good weather. The ship entered cell phone range on Wednesday, allowing passengers who had been mostly cut off from the outside world on Monday to finally reach their loved ones. Reporters noted that passengers have said that rooms in the interior of the ship were pitch black and passengers were having to prop open their cabin doors to let in air and emergency lighting from the hallways. On Tuesday, a US Navy ship brought 70,000 pounds of Spam, Pop Tarts, canned crab meat, and other supplies for the passengers and crew. Mealtimes now means a two-hour queue just to get cold food.

This cruise ship accident illustrates how quickly a dream vacation can turn into a nightmare. Even though the Splendor’s passengers are “safely” on the ship, there are still dangers, such as those that may be encountered by medically-compromised passengers, children, or the elderly. In addition, when a ship is drifiting at sea, there is no way for it to be stable in the event of a storm or rough seas.

Cruise ship injury lawyer, Joseph M. Maus says that passengers who may have been injured on the Carnival Splendor, or on other cruise ships, need to retain their tickets and be aware of cruise ship ticket limitations. These limitations generally require a one year Statute of Limitations in most cruise ship accident cases. Also, a claim must be entered in a specific location. In the case of the Splendor, any claim against Carnival Cruise Lines must be entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, FL.  This is true even thought the cruise originated out of a California port.

For more information, contact cruise ship injury lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. Mr. Maus provides a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and help you determine if you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced Florida cruise ship injury lawyer who has handled thousands of claims ranging from slip and trip and falls, sexual assault, cruise ship viruses and violations of safety and cleanliness standards, injuries during onshore excursions, and many other types of claims which are related to cruise ships.   His office handles claims on a contingent basis which means there are no attorney’s fees charged unless a recovery is made on your behalf. Mr. Maus is licensed to practice throughout the State of Florida, in the Southern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is an “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability rating awarded, and the highest ethical rating awarded to attorneys.

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Cruise Ship Accidents: The Many Ways It Can Happen

November 11, 2010

Being the unfortunate victim  involved in a cruise ship accident and suffered personal injury can be an enormous tragedy for anyone to experience. Generally individuals take a great deal of time in planning the fun and excitement they expect to be having when they take their family aboard a beautiful and exciting Princess Cruise Liner or other ship. Most families expect that they will be having the time of their life as they are planning for that cruise liner vacation.

Many ‘get aways’ and tour boat vacations are spoiled every single year by the unfortunate occurrence of some type of cruise liner accident. If this has happened to you, one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your family is to contact the specialized services that only a high-qualified professional cruise ship accident attorneys can give.

If you or one of your family members have been involved in a cruise ship accident, or have become the victim of an infectious disease, that happened out to sea in international waters, and the result is a cruise liner injury claim, then you are probably not aware that there are special maritime or admiralty laws and rules that can apply to your injury claim. If the particular cruise liner accident that you or your family members were involved in occurred in California territorial waters or United States coastal waters, then there are other rules that may apply to your injury at sea case.

There are other traumatic accidents that can occur on a cruise ship tour where individuals can become unfortunate victims, besides the obvious physical injuries and infectious disease they can become victim too. Unfortunately there have also been several cases, which involved an individual becoming a rape victim while out at sea. Wrongful death and even murder are also tragic incidents that many individuals have become victim to while out at sea on a cruise ship.

Many of the personal injuries that victims suffer from when they are involved in a cruise ship or cruise liner accident can result in extremely expensive specialized medical care as well as the need for psychological care for any emotional injury that they can suffer from when they have endured a traumatic injury.

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Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Finally Reaches Port

November 11, 2010

The ordeal for thousands of stranded passengers aboard a crippled cruise ship finally comes to an end.

Tug boats pulled the disabled Carnival Splendor into port in San Diego today, four days after the ship lost power following an engine room fire.

The ship left Long Beach on Sunday for a seven day cruise on the Mexican Riviera, but a Monday morning engine room fire left the ship disabled without power.  Passengers had no air conditioning, no hot food and no phone service.

“It was awful,” passenger Marquis Horace said after disembarking. “It was absolutely deplorable conditions, food ran out, the toilets were overflowing. The best thing about it was the camaraderie with the passengers. ”

By Tuesday the USS Ronald Reagan was called into help, air dropping food and supplies onto the ships’ deck.

“There was no refrigeration. It was basically salad and vegetables, some fruit. Warm milk, they started giving us some seafood that I think was out of the freezer and was thawing out and started to smell bad so people weren’t eating it,” said passenger Ken King. “The lines were like two hours to feed everybody and by the time you got there there were just piece of bread.”

Once off the ship, many passengers will be taken by shuttle bus two hours north to the port of Long Beach, where this ill-fated cruise first set sail.

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