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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 »


Tender Boat Injuries Aboard Cruise Ships

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Cruise ships are responsible for passenger safety. This includes several duties to ensure the health and safety of passengers while they are embarking, disembarking, and even while on excursions. In some cases, small passenger boats are used to transport passengers from the ship to the shore. These boats are safe for travel but are… Read More »


Gangway Collapse Injures Passengers Aboard Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A recent report of a gangway collapse aboard a Norwegian cruise could result in a lawsuit filed against the company, according to reports. Embarking and disembarking from cruises can be more dangerous than the cruise itself. In some cases, small boats are used to ferry passengers to shore when the ship itself cannot dock… Read More »


Retired Officer Who Sucker Punched Elderly Cruise Passenger Goes To Prison

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A retired police officer who sucker punched an elderly passenger aboard a cruise ship is headed to federal prison after being convicted during a bench trial. The man faced charges for assault causing severe bodily injury and manslaughter. He was convicted on the assault charges but acquitted of manslaughter after the judge ruled that… Read More »


Crewmembers Imprisoned Aboard Cruise Ship Allowed To Pursue Lawsuit

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Two cruise ship crewmembers have filed a lawsuit against Celebrity Cruises claiming they were terminated and then forced to stay aboard the vessel and work during the pandemic. The cruise industry makes everyone sign arbitration agreements, including employees and customers. These arbitration agreements are almost always enforceable. However, in this case, the two former… Read More »


Is Sexual Assault Common Aboard Cruise Ships?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

“Common” is a relative term, but cruise ships are easily exploited by sexual predators due to jurisdictional problems that occur in national waters. To be certain, the United States will hold any American citizen accountable for the crimes they commit in foreign territories. But not every country works like that. It’s also true that… Read More »


Lawsuit Filed Against Cruise Line Alleges Wrongful Termination

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A lawsuit has been filed against the Ritz-Carlton cruise line after several workers complained of being terminated after being asked by their supervisors to sound more British on the phones. Those who complained about having to sound British or those who could not bring themselves to sound British enough were terminated. They have since… Read More »


Are Cruise Ships Damaging The Environment?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Yes, cruise lines have been cited in the past for dumping gray water into the ocean, among other claims of environmental damage. Recently, Princess Cruise lines pleaded guilty to a probation violation after it was convicted in 2017 of environmental crimes. Princess Cruises pleaded guilty to illegal dumping of waste and paid a $40… Read More »


Lawsuit Filed By Crewman Claims Cruise Line Cut Corners, Caused Injury

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A lawsuit has been filed against a cruise line by one of its crewmen after she was injured while on duty, according to a recent lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed under The Jones Act and the crewman is not a citizen of the United States. However, the principal place of business for the cruise… Read More »

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