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Cruises Are Ready to Set Sail Again… Or Are They?

After a long, lonely spring season on the water, one cruise line is getting ready to set sail on the high seas. Genting Cruise Lines, an Asia-based cruise company, announced that it plans to become the very first cruise line to resume service after COVID-19.

On July 26, the Explorer Dream was set to depart from Keelung in northeastern Taiwan before cruising to the Penghu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands.

The rest of the industry is still not so sure that it’s time to start cruising again. Celestyal Cruises, a cruise line based in Greece, has canceled all of its voyages for 2020.

In addition, major lines like Royal Caribean, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America have canceled sailings into September or October. According to representatives from these companies, whether the cruises will be able to resume this year will depend on the

COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Virus you Could Catch on a Cruise Ship

Need to take a vacation from the news? You’re not alone. Constant talk of COVID-19 is upsetting and exhausting.

You know how important it is to wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay socially distant from others, and you’re ready to utilize that knowledge…. aboard your next cruise ship vacation!

However, if you’re planning to head out on the open seas once cruises start up again, COVID-19 should not be your only viral worry. Though it has been largely forgotten in the wake of coronavirus fears, there is still a huge risk of catching norovirus onboard.

How serious is it?

Norovirus From Smoothie Infected Hundreds of Passengers

Norovirus is not pleasant. It involves 24 hours of vomiting, diarrhea, and promising yourself that you’ll never book another cruise again. While you can pass it onto other passengers, food is more likely to be the

Changes Cruise Lines Need to Make to Bring People Back

Over the last few months, you’ve likely heard numerous stories about ruined vacations due to COVID-19. One of the hardest-hit industries is the cruise industry. Even Disney Cruise Line has pushed its canceled sailings into October.

As cruise lines look to get things back on track and resume sailings later this year, the question on everyone’s mind isn’t really when sailings are going to happen, but how. In other words, if cruise lines want bookings to return to normal, they need to take measures to help the public feel safe when they come on board.

What are some of these changes that cruise lines are or should be considering?

The Problem with Cruise Ships and Public Health

Cruise ships have a “the more the merrier” type of philosophy – and they’re built for it. Some cruise ships are large enough to house 9,000 crew

Don’t Let Cabin Fever (and Low Cruise Rates) Cloud Your Judgement

Countries around the world have begun to open back up after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the United States is following suit.

For thousands of Americans, two months of quarantine was two months too many, and they are booking summer vacations to celebrate newfound freedom.

But you’ll never guess where people are heading. Despite the role of cruise ships in the spread of coronavirus, a great many vacationers are headed straight back to their nearest cruise port!

Carnival Cruise Bookings Soar as the U.S. Continues to Reopen

At the beginning of the pandemic, cruise ships carried the virus from country to country. That doesn’t seem to be scaring cruisers away these days, though.

In the three days after Carnival announced August cruise dates, their bookings increased by 600%. That is a lot of people heading out to open waters in a

Future Cruising May Practically Require a Maritime Law Education

The coronavirus pandemic has been notoriously hard on the cruise ship industry. To help moderate losses, many cruise lines are already pre-booking trips for the end of the summer — and  even into next year. However, many potential passengers are rightfully cautious of making any plans.

While the pandemic hit cruise lines hard, it hit people with bookings even harder. Many people lost money on tickets without refunds or exchanges. This has many legal officials contemplating  whether the entire cruise line industry should be reformed

If you’re considering booking a cruise any time soon, you should do so carefully. Consider contacting an experienced legal professional to help you navigate any contracts and other documents connected to the ticket. This is for your legal and financial protection. A good lawyer can help you understand the various problems that are currently endemic in the cruise industry.

COVID-19 Class Action or Private Litigation — Which Lawsuit Is Best?

COVID-19 is impacting nearly every aspect of people’s lives these days, including how they navigate the law. Case in point: a couple has recently decided to sue a cruise line for negligence and bad decision making when it came to the health and safety of the passengers on the ship.

Certainly, cruise ships have been in the news for mass infections of coronavirus among their passengers and some people feel the cruise lines should be held responsible. Yet the question remains, should these be done through private litigation or class action suits?

What’s the difference between a class action suit and private lawsuits? Which one may is best in your circumstances? Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Class Action Lawsuits?

A class-action lawsuit is a lawsuit brought forward on behalf of a group that has been affected by the entity being sued.

Facing Furlough But Your Cruise Coworkers Aren’t?

The travel industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. One of the worst-hit sectors has been the cruise industry, which has had to entirely suspend operations on top of receiving bad publicity after numerous outbreaks affected multiple vessels.

During the most recent round of stimulus funding, many areas of the travel industry got a bailout. However, according to the NY Times, the cruise industry has been completely disregarded due to tax law. Because these companies are not headquartered in the US and don’t pay taxes as US companies, they do not qualify for the stimulus package.

This has left many of the major cruise companies in a bind. Many of these businesses have furloughed workers en mass, sending them home without pay. Not all workers have suffered this fate, though, which leaves open the possibility of cruise companies being in breach of

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