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Sailing on Troubled Waters: The Dirty Truths Cruise Liners Don’t Want You to Know


Has recent news about a cruise ship catching fire in the middle of the ocean or having to limp back to shore after a mechanical failure shocked you and completely changed your idea of a cruise? Good. It was about time vacationers knew the truth about the cruise industry, which is far from the idyllic image of families sipping cocktail drinks and having a blast on board. Although they remain one of the most popular vacation choices, cruises have their dirty secrets – and knowing the truth may help you greatly in deciding if a one-week voyage on a 100,000-ton steel behemoth stranded in the middle of the ocean is a responsible choice for your next family reunion.


For vacationers on a budget looking to visit multiple destinations at once, pamper themselves at luxurious spas, or serve some of the finest chef-crafted

Why You Need a Maritime Lawyer in Your Cruise Ship Accident Case

If you’re injured on a cruise, it may seem pretty obvious to you that the cruise line should be held responsible. Maybe you fell from a balcony because of a loose railing, slipped because of a wet floor on a main walkway, or broke your arm on a shore excursion that was supposed to be “perfectly safe.” In fact, you might think that the connection is so obvious, that you won’t need legal assistance and can just represent yourself in court.


You might save some money by opting for self-representation, but you’re essentially sabotaging yourself as far as winning your case goes. Here’s why you need to work with an experienced maritime lawyer.


5 Reasons to Retain a Maritime Attorney


Maritime law is complex. Unless you yourself are licensed to practice maritime law in Florida, you are not qualified to represent

What Cruise Lines (and You) Should Do to Prevent Food Poisoning

Ask cruise passengers about the highlight of their trip and you’ll likely hear a lot of different answers, ranging from exciting shore excursions to luxurious spa experiences. But one thing a lot of cruise passengers are especially thrilled about is the gourmet food they’re served onboard. These days, major cruise lines offer much more than just a buffet line and cafeteria. The organizers often work hard to provide passengers with a seemingly endless variety of food—including regional specialties—and stunning settings for dining.


Unfortunately, cruise passengers can’t enjoy all the fine food offerings, or anything else, for that matter, if they eat something bad and end up suffering from food poisoning for the rest of their trip. Although not a common occurrence on cruise ships, a single batch of contaminated food can affect a large number of passengers and derail the entire trip. For

What You Need to Know Before You Go on a Shore Excursion

Cruise ships have plenty of onboard activities to keep passengers entertained, but they also frequently offer shore excursions when they make port. Shore excursions give you the opportunity to explore a new culture, soak up local history, or even take part in a once-in-a-lifetime activity like dogsledding. Going on one might just be the highlight of your cruise, especially if your ship is making port at a locale you’ve never visited before.


However, choosing to go on a shore excursion isn’t a decision to make lightly. Read on to learn more about why you should (or shouldn’t) go on a shore excursion, how to choose the right activities for you, and how to make sure that you stay safe while having fun.


Reasons for Going on a Shore Excursion


When your ship makes port, you’ve essentially got three choices:

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What Will It Take for Cruise Lines to Employ Lifeguards?

Drowning deaths occur every year on major cruise lines, yet almost none of those cruise lines bother to employ lifeguards. Now, the parents of a Central Florida boy who drowned on a Carnival cruise last fall are speaking out about this gross negligence.


Caselle and Tashara Hunter lost their 6-year-old son, Qwentyn, on the final day of their five-day cruise on the Carnival Victory. The decks and midship pool were packed for a final party when Qwentyn, who was playing in the pool, went under the water. A ship DJ noticed and yelled for someone to rescue Qwentyn, but it was too late. Passengers and cruise ship staff attempted to revive the young boy using CPR, but to no effect.


Tashara and Casselle are devastated, and they’re now questioning Carnival’s failure to employ lifeguards. Of the major cruise lines, only Disney, who

Behind the Sails: 5 Shocking Truths Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You

Does buying a cruise ticket still conjure images of a fantasy dream-like vacation, basking in the sun all day long, and sipping umbrella drinks? You might want to reconsider that perspective: in the wake of the tragic fires, power failures, and virus outbreaks occurred on world’s greatest cruise vessels in recent years, here are 5 surprising truths you should know before embarking on one.


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Man Overboard Calls into Question Cruise Ship Rescue Practices


A man who went missing from the cruise ship Bahamas Celebration on April 27th has still not been recovered, and search efforts have been suspended.


Although it’s unclear exactly what happened, 30-year-old passenger James Miller apparently jumped off the cruise ship while it was sailing between the Bahamas and South Florida, according to the Coast Guard. The South Carolina man was reported missing when the ship was sailing about 27 miles east of Florida’s Delray Beach. Witnesses who saw Miller go over the railing say it looked like he was arguing with his girlfriend shortly before the incident. Several passengers at the scene also said they saw Miller hit the water face down and float.


The crew of the ocean liner, which is part of Celebration Cruise Line’s fleet, turned the ship around when Miller was reported missing at 2 am