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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 cruise ships. These proposed laws could have a serious impact on local businesses, however. Now one Florida Keys business has filed a lawsuit to prevent the questions from appearing on the November ballot. Pier B development, which owns the only privately held pier in… Read More »


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. These workers come from all over the world but largely hail from the Philippines where labor rights are nowhere near what they are here. They were among several thousand cruise ship… Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Couple Sues Royal Caribbean After Deadly Volcano Explosion

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A Virginia couple recently filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean after they say they suffered severe burn injuries in a volcano eruption that occurred in New Zealand. The volcano erupted on December 9, 2019 on White Island. Forty-seven people were visiting the island at the time of the eruption, and 21 of those people… Read More »


Holland America Sued After COVID-19 Outbreak

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Holland America, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., has been hit with a COVID-19 lawsuit after an outbreak claimed the lives of passengers and crew. The outbreak occurred in March aboard the MS Zaandam. The plaintiffs hope to make the case for a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of all the passengers aboard the MS… Read More »


Ruby Princess Investigated Over COVID-19 Deaths

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

You’ve likely heard of the Grand Princess and the Princess Diamond as two of the earliest locations where COVID-19 cases surged. Well, a third vessel is now under investigation after several passengers fell ill and at least a few died. The Ruby Princess recently embarked in the Philippines to drop off workers who were… Read More »


Hurdles Facing Cruise Ship Passengers in Coronavirus Lawsuits

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

You’ve likely read at least one article in the past few months discussing the fateful voyages of the Grand Princess and Princess Diamond. These were among the first two cruise ships reporting coronavirus cases in the United States. Passengers aboard both vessels have filed lawsuits against Princess Cruises and their parent company, Carnival Cruise…. Read More »


Nurses Sue Royal Caribbean and Nursecon After Convention Cancelation

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Nurses are claiming that Royal Caribbean and Nursecon stole their deposit for a convention that they were supposed to attend but were never able to due to the coronavirus. The nurses believe that they should get that money back, but Royal Caribbean seems unwilling to give it back. Jessica Mitchell filed a class-action lawsuit… Read More »

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