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Cruise Ship Nightmares: From Dreams to Disasters...

Vacations are usually hard to come by as the times these days barely allows for them anymore. They are seen as a luxury, a few days of Eden-like freedom from the humdrum of everyday life, and are often worked towards as an end goal in mind. A cruise vacation is often one suited for people who truly want to get away but don’t want to be rooted to a particular spot for a prolonged period of time. After all, the promise of cruise ships is often that of total escape. Imagine then that this dream is suddenly ruined and made into a nightmare most foul? According to the website of the Louis A. Vucci, a lot of harm could come upon unwitting passengers due to negligence, such as an ineffective hiring process or ineffectual safety procedures. One of the most devastating consequences of negligence to this degree is that of sexual assault. Cruise ships are notably large, usually, and often requires sufficient security in order to maintain the peace and safety of the passengers on board. However, due to the lack of security or perhaps even a passenger or a crew member with ill intent, these incidents are not completely unheard of – and warrant just as much legal action, if not more. What is meant to be a well-earned vacation from the stress of everyday life to turn into this kind of traumatic experience that will undoubtedly follow the sufferer for the rest of his or her life? It is near the epitome of appalling. Too many cases have been dismissed or have been jeopardized due to improper handling or misrepresentation of a case that occurs on a cruise ship. A legal claim of this nature requires specialization and expertise; only then can you claim the justice that is so rightfully due...

Causes of Cruise Ship Accidents

From 1979 to January 2014, a total of 55 cruise ships have been reported to have sunk while en route to their destination or port of call. Despite this, the cruise industry continues to grow, with more cruise liners being built and debuting every year and the annual number of travelers, from 2010 to 2013, always going above 15 million, 60% of them coming from the US. Many travelers book their cruise holidays at least six to eight months ahead of schedule. This is primarily to avail of the great discounts and the many perks offered by cruise ships, besides the opportunity of getting to choose their preferred cabin. Besides the great places travelers intend to visit, the mere experience of being aboard a cruise liner is an experience to long for already, granted that no untoward accident happens which can turn a blissful experience to a nightmarish one. And the problem with cruise ships is that, if something goes wrong, like being caught in a hurricane or sea storm, the passengers usually have nowhere else to go except to the confines of their cabin. There are different types of disasters that cruise ships may be involved in, but those included in the top four, which have been identified by the Cruise Lines International Association are rouge waves, unfavorable weather conditions, cruise ship fires and collisions. Cruise ships colliding or crashing against icebergs, other vessels, piers, reefs and rocks has often resulted to wide gashes on the side or underside of liners, causing these to capsize and sink. Besides causing severe injuries to passengers, these type of sea tragedy, which has sank many ships for the last 20 years, has also been the cause of many passenger deaths. Cruise companies are responsible for ensuring the safety of their liners. Thus, it is highly important that these companies make sure that every part of the ship is in good condition, besides being equipped with all the necessary facilities and equipment needed during emergencies plus having onboard a crew that is highly trained in handling emergency situations. Considering the possibility that cruise ship companies and operators have complied with the safety standards mandated by the maritime or admiralty law, there should be no more issues of mechanical failures that could lead to fire or sanitation problems that can cause infections to...