Kendall Carver, president of International Cruise Victims, has expressed concern about increasing risks on increasingly large cruise ships. In an article published by the Palm Beach Post, Carver says: ‘…as ships get bigger and bigger, essentially becoming floating cities, they put more and more people at risk should the worst happen.’
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, which can hold 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew, has made its debut as the largest cruise ship in the world, along with its twin, Oasis of the Seas. A spokeswoman cited the redundant propulsion, heating and air conditioning, lighting and water systems, that would provide lights, power and flushable toilets, all at a comfortable temperature, even if one engine compartment were rendered inoperable.
Concerns of cruise ship safety were highlighted last month, when 4,500 passengers and crew aboard the Carnival ship Splendor were stranded for three days at sea, without air conditioning, hot water, hot meals, or cell phone or Internet service, after a fire broke out on the first day of a seven-day Mexican cruise.
New rules for cruise ship safety measures were signed into law in July, with the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. The Act includes requiring cruise lines to report crimes at sea, training staff to collect evidence of crimes, and specific requirements for safety features such as peep holes on cabin doors.
Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. These can involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers. Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.