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Cruise Lines Announce New Regulations for Industry

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Every industry took a hit due to COVID-19, but few industries were vilified as much as the Cruise Industry. Many still believe that cruise ships were pivotal in spreading the infection all over the world. This resulted in all major cruise lines suspending their operations through November. But now, cruise enthusiasts and the industry… Read More »

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Parents Sue After Baby is Tragically Injured Aboard Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Nine-month-old Phoebe Moon was with her parents on her first vacation. They boarded Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas in February, just before the coronavirus struck. The Moon family, who are from the UK, were having a great time until their little one, Phoebe, got sick. Mother, Aimee Moon says she took Phoebe to… Read More »

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What Could a Post-COVID-19 Cruise Look Like?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Cruise ships have been waylaid all over the world while the industry shuts down operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Carnival Cruises announced that they were selling off some of their older ships. Those ships are now being taken apart piece by piece in Turkey and sold for parts. So the cruise industry has a… Read More »

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Shareholders File Lawsuit Against Royal Caribbean

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

In the second such lawsuit of its kind, shareholders are targeting Royal Caribbean. The City of Riviera Beach General Employees Retirement System filed a lawsuit on their own and other shareholders’ behalf. The plaintiffs allege that Royal Caribbean misled directors and officers concerning how the coronavirus was impacting bookings and how well their safety… Read More »

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Were Dismissed Claims Against Princess Cruises Truly Trivial?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Carnival and Princess Cruises scored a major victory just recently when a federal judge  in California dismissed lawsuits against the company based only on “noneconomic” damages. These lawsuits were filed under a theory of the negligent infliction of emotional distress. They were filed by passengers of the Ruby Princess and Princess Diamond after these… Read More »

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Bahamas Paradise Forced to Pay Crew $875,000 for Unpaid Wages

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Last week, we wrote about how crew members from lesser-privileged areas of the world often rely on the cruise industry for their livelihood. The crewmembers aboard the two Bahamas Paradise cruise ships have kept on board without pay since March.  They are among several thousand cruise ship workers who were waylaid aboard cruise vessels… Read More »

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Monroe County Referendum Seeks to Curtail Cruise Ship Sizes

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Three referenda on the November ballot will deal specifically with size of cruise ships calling Key West and the number of passengers they allow off those ships. These proposed laws could have a serious impact on local businesses, affecting an estimated 1.1 billion dollars in tourist revenue. Now the Key Wests Harbor Pilots and… Read More »

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Cruise Enthusiasts Who Had Cruise Canceled Sue Royal Caribbean

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Early in the pandemic, the U.S. government had yet to place a “no sail” order over the industry. Cruise lines, however, after news broke that several outbreaks had occurred, canceled cruises that passengers had already paid for. The passengers filed suit against Royal Caribbean but recently withdrew that complaint. The voluntary dismissal came after… Read More »

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Judge Tosses COVID-19 Lawsuits Against Princess Cruises

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

We’ve discussed extensively the lawsuits emerging from Princess Cruises, another Carnival Corp. subsidiary,  specifically, the Grand Princess and the Princess Diamond. Many commented that they believed these lawsuits were doomed from the start based on provisions under maritime law that restrict injury lawsuits against ship owners. Recently, a federal judge dismissed several lawsuits filed… Read More »

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Forum Selection Clause Upheld in Miami Court

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Lawlor White and Murphey, Michael F. Guilford, P.A. and Parrish Appeals lost their attempt to avoid application of the federal court forum selection provision found in most passenger ticket contracts.  The attorneys had drafted their complaints in fashion that avoided the federal court’s admiralty jurisdiction. When a passenger purchases a ticket from a major… Read More »

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