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Don’t Get Sick: Preparing For Your Cruise

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Cruise ships have some basic logistical problems. Firstly, they are what they claim: Giant cities on the sea where thousands congregate in close quarters. Most all food is prepared in common areas on board, which allows viral ailments spread rapidly. That’s what happened in January of this year when hundreds of passengers contracted the… Read More »


Carnival Cruise Hit With Lawsuits Involving Expropriated Cuban Assets

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

When the Cuban revolution occurred, the state, under Fidel Castro expropriated millions in privately owned assets. Some of the assets belonged to American citizens and others were the assets of the descendants of former Cubans. A federal judge recently ruled that American citizens can sue Carnival Cruise to seek damages under a special provision… Read More »


Royal Caribbean Crewman Falls off Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A 26-year-old crew member fell off The Vision of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean vessel. The crew member was performing maintenance work on the vessel. The crewman died as a result of the fall and his body was later discovered by divers. This is the 349th individual to fall overboard on a cruise vessel…. Read More »


Cruise Line Sexual Assault Lawsuits Highlight Need for Better Security

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

If you take a look at the sorts of lawsuits that cruise lines face, you’ll find a number of medical negligence lawsuits, some injuries to passengers, and a whole lot of sexual assaults. While sexual assault aboard cruise ships is often sensationalized by the weight and tragedy of the incident, it’s important to understand… Read More »


Appeals Court Rules Case Against Royal Caribbean Can Move Forward

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A lawsuit stemming from a 2015 rape aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship will be allowed to move forward, an appeals court ruled. The details of this case are unsettling. The fifteen-year-old alleges that she was fed alcohol and gang-raped. According to the lawsuit, nearly a dozen men bought her multiple rounds of alcoholic… Read More »


Are Cruise Ship Vacations Safe?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

With all the bad press you’ll find in our blog concerning cruise ship accidents, injuries, and lawsuits, you may come to wonder if going on a cruise ship vacation is safe at all. Actually, each year millions of people go on cruises safely and enjoy every minute of it. The problem lies in the… Read More »


Crew Member Falls Overboard on Carnival Cruise

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The Coast Guard announced that it was suspending a search for a Carnival Cruise crew member who fell overboard in early July. The Coast Guard reported that it searched over 2,600 square miles for the body of Gaffar Sitwilkar who is the father of three children. The news came as a terrible revelation to… Read More »


River Cruise Ship Collides With Boat on the Danube; 28 Dead or Missing

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The Viking River Cruise ship, Sigyn, collided with a Hungarian sightseeing boat called the Hableany (Mermaid) on the Danube River. Both ships were headed northbound when the Hableany seemed to pull in front of the Sigyn. The Hableany was significantly smaller than the Viking Sigyn. When the Sigyn struck the Hableany, it caused the… Read More »


Man Says Thumb Was Nearly Amputated on Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A Louisiana man says doctors had to amputate part of his thumb after his cruise ship crashed into a dock. The ship was operated by a Connecticut-based cruise line known as Guilford (no relation). The ship disembarked from Portland, Oregon and was supposed to make its way to Clarkston, Washington. However, the plaintiff would… Read More »


85-Year-Old Man Severely Injured After Faulty Catheter Insertion

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

An 85-year-old man may never enjoy the sport of golf again after a Royal Caribbean doctor failed to insert his catheter properly. His wife claims that after the catheter fell out, he tried to put it back in himself but couldn’t do it. He went to the shipboard medical facility where he enlisted the… Read More »

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