Cruise Ships Have a Dubious Safety Record

In April, Norfolk had a reminder of the downside of the cruise industry when a ship with more than 100 people on board who had been struck down by the norovirus docked at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center.

When you sign up for a cruise you sign up for sea, sun, exotic ports and cocktails, not vomiting and diarrhea.

However, these are the symptoms that were reported by 153 out of 917 passengers on The Balmoral, a cruise liner operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

The passengers didn’t get to see Bermuda. They didn’t even get to see the McArthur Center. They were quarantined on board the vessel.

 The cruise industry is popular but its safety record is suspect. We read a regular stream of reports about people who disappear overboard on ships.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy

The wreck of the Costa Concordia

And there have been even more serious incidents such as groundings and fires.

Over the last few years Carnival, the giant cruise line, has made the wrong kind of headlines.

The Carnival Triumph caught fire after sailing from Galveston, Texas, with more than 3,100 passengers on board. The fire crippled the vessel and left passengers stranded for days in appalling conditions.

Carnival also owned the Costa Concordia, the liner that ran aground and capsized off Italy in 2012, with the loss of 32 lives

June 10 marks the first cruise ship departure for this summer at Norfolk’s Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center.  Norfolk enjoys the business of Carnival, as there are six Carnival departures from Norfolk slated for this summer and fall.  There are also many smaller cruise lines scheduled to utilize the Half Moone Center this summer.

While going on a cruise is a great way to relax and take time off from work or school., safety questions remain over the cruise industry.

These massive boats pose the same risks that are seen in hotels, and many other public spaces.  They are not inherently dangerous, but there are possible dangers associated with them. The cruise liners also frequently operate under flags of convenience in an effort to avoid responsibility for negligence on board. If you are hurt on a cruise ship, it's vital to hire an injury lawyer who is familiar with the complex framework of laws that applies to the cruise ship industry.

If you or someone you know has been hurt on a cruise liner, ensure that that individual seeks the proper medical care.  It is also important that the injured person contacts an experienced personal injury attorney for legal counsel.  Call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.  When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.

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