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Royal Caribbean Closes Skypad Attraction Following Injury

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

March 31st, 2023 was the last day that the Skypad Attraction was in operation aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. The iconic attraction was mothballed after a personal injury lawsuit and closure due to weather. The attraction allowed guests to bounce around on an extremely buoyant trampoline inside of an orange sphere tethered to bungee… Read More »


Why Do Cruise Lines Funnel Cases Through Federal Courts?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

If you’ve ever tried to sue a cruise line, then you know that the ticket has a forum selection clause that ensures that all cases are heard by federal and not state courts. There are a number of good reasons why the cruise line would prefer a federal forum over a state forum. Until… Read More »


Norwegian Cruises Sued Over Go-Kart Injury

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A 14-year-old female passenger aboard a Norwegian cruise has filed a lawsuit against the cruise line after she lost control of her go-kart and suffered critical injuries, according to a recent news report. The girl allegedly suffered injury when the go-kart careened out of control. She suffered injuries to her head and neck, according… Read More »


Cruise Ship Passenger Protection Act

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Senator Rich Blumenthal introduced the Cruise Ship Passenger Protection Act which would help consumers in a variety of ways. One of the most reported crimes according to federal data aboard cruise ships is sexual assault. In these cases, victims are left with cruise ship security to take their statements. Cruise ship security has a… Read More »


Lawsuit Filed After Deadly Labor Day Boat Crash

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The parents of a survivor of a deadly Labor Day boat crash have filed a lawsuit against the parents of the girl who was celebrating her birthday. One person, a seventeen-year-old girl, died. Six others had to be taken to the hospital. The boat capsized after it was driven into a channel marker near… Read More »


Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault Committed By Cruise Ship Auctioneer

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The alleged assault occurred aboard one of the Princess Cruise Line vessels and the allegations are disturbing. According to the victim, she was raped by an art auctioneer while aboard a Princess Cruise vessel. She further alleges that she acquired HIV from the assault. Sex crimes aboard cruise ships are not uncommon. Sex crimes… Read More »


Report Shows that 70% Of Sexual Assaults Occurred Aboard Two Largest Cruise Lines

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises have reported 70% of all sexual assaults. While this headline sure is terrifying, it should not shock you to know that these two are the largest players in the cruise industry across the globe. They, therefore, run the most cruises. To determine if Royal Caribbean and Carnival are especially… Read More »


Maritime Industry Becoming Hotbed For Labor, Sex Trafficking

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A federal judge has ruled that a sex trafficking and labor trafficking lawsuit against a Jacksonville company may proceed. The company has denied all allegations related to the lawsuit. In one complaint, a former employee alleges that she was raped by a supervisor. The same supervisor was accused of several other assaults. When the… Read More »


Yacht Companies Sue Each Other After One Catches Fire

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

One yacht company is suing the other after a yacht allegedly caught fire causing the total loss of two yachts and significant damage to a third. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the solar-powered yacht blamed for the fire and a courier vessel that failed to disclose the presence of the solar-powered… Read More »


Four Injured, One Dead By Tidal Wave On Viking Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Four passengers were injured and another was left dead after a “rogue tidal wave” struck the Viking Polaris off the coast of Antarctica. Viking released details to the family but little is known other than the tidal wave struck the ship and killed the passenger. The passenger was a U.S. citizen. Four others sustained… Read More »

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