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12 Deaths Reported in Bus Accident During Cruise Excursion

Twelve people were killed on a shore excursion in Costa Maya after their tour bus flipped over. Costa Maya is located on Mexico’s eastern Yucatán peninsula. The passengers who were injured are from the US, Brazil and Canada. Eight Americans were killed. Two passengers from Sweden, one from Canada and a local tour guide also died in the crash. The bus passengers were participating in a shore excursion to Mayan ruins in Chacchoben, Mexico. They were passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox cruises. Both cruise lines are owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Joseph J. Kalbac, Jr., a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, was quoted by the Miami Herald for an article on the crash. Mr. Kalbac commented on why these accidents are more likely to occur in less-developed countries. Underdeveloped countries lack strict safety standards that exist in the US. Equipment on…
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How Did a Little Boy Drown Aboard a Cruise Line?

It was a normal launching for the passengers and crew aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. The ship left port at around 4:30 pm on June 30th. At 5:30, the crew announced the ship would be heading back to port. There had been an incident, and it would change one family’s lives forever. How Did a Little Boy Drown Aboard A Cruise Line? Anthem of the Seas crew members discovered an 8-year-old boy in one of the ship’s pools. They estimated the boy had been in the pool for around 8-10 minutes, but at the time, he was unresponsive. The crew administered CPR and established a pulse. Then an NYPD helicopter came to the ship and transported the boy to the nearest hospital. The boy spent two days in intensive care. He was in critical condition the whole time. Then on July 2nd, the boy finally succumbed…
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Is Your Cruise Ship Clean?

When there is an outbreak of sickness on a cruise ship, the massive boat is usually docked and washed from stem to stern. Often solvents and disinfectants are used liberally on every surface, but a new study questions whether these procedures are working. A study out of the Universite Laval, in Canada, has revealed that Norovirus might be transmittable by air. Norovirus is commonly called the “stomach flu,” even though the flu virus isn’t a part of the illness. The virus causes symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever. Norovirus is also commonly known to strike on cruises, and ruins vacations for countless people every year. The study’s leader hopes their findings can help change how people deal with these outbreaks. “In light of our results, these rules need to be reviewed to take into account the possibility of airborne transmission of noroviruses,” she says. She also hopes that…
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Can Cruise Lines Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that cruise ship companies can be sued for medical malpractice, which reversed a 1988 decision. According to Daily Report, the incident that led to the appeal involved a woman who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises after her father died because of a fall on one of Royal Caribbean’s ships in 2011. The woman claimed in her suit that her father fell and hit his head boarding a trolley near the dock where Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas was docked in Bermuda. After being examined by the cruise ship’s nurse, the man was sent back to his cabin, where his condition worsened, leading his family to take him back to the ship’s infirmary. During his second…
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Disney Cruise Ship Rescues Royal Caribbean Passenger Who Fell Overboard

For the average person, the idea that they’ll ever fall off a cruise ship into the sea seems about as likely as winning the lottery. However, it does happen, and no matter how long the odds are, anyone who steps onto a cruise ship is potentially at risk of falling overboard. Imagine it; one minute you’re having the time of your life, the next it’s a struggle just to take your next breath. Plus, you probably didn’t have a life jacket on, because you weren’t expecting to fall overboard. But now, here you are, alone in the deep blue sea as the ship’s getting smaller and smaller in the distance with every passing second. Did anyone see you fall? Can they hear your screams? Recently, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger was put in the position of having to fight for his life after no one on his vessel noticed…
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Near-Drowning On Royal Caribbean Line Raises Cruise Ship Lifeguard Debate

A young boy has been hospitalized after nearly drowning in a pool on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. This tragedy has once again raised the issue of whether or not cruise ships need active lifeguards around their swimming pools. Most cruise ships do not have lifeguards stationed at their pools. Signs are posted warning passengers to swim at their own risk, similar to what you would see at many hotels, but this is hardly sufficient. A four-year-old boy drowned and a second six-year-old child was airlifted to a hospital after an accident onboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship just this past February. That ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, has not yet installed lifeguards at their pools. As of this writing, only Disney Cruise Line has lifeguards stationed at its family pools. The company made the change last year, after a four year old nearly drowned on one of its ships. How…
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