Such cases present legal complications that an admiralty attorney with experience litigating against the cruise lines is uniquely qualified to handle. We can hold the cruise ship owners liable for negligently exposing their passengers to coronavirus that has resulted in personal injury, death and millions of dollars in medical costs and lost income.
In Florida, a major cruise line has sailed into hot water for allegedly downplaying the severity of COVID-19 to its customers. On April 6th, Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, announced an investigation into Norwegian after allegations were made that the cruise line was providing its sales force with inaccurate information and “one-liners to respond to customer concerns about COVID-19,” according to a release sent from the attorney general’s office.
According to the Attorney General, a whistleblower leaked emails to the media that show managers at NCL encouraged employees to downplay the risks associated with contracting COVID-19, using one-liners such as, “the coronavirus can only survive in cold temperatures, so the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for your next cruise,” and “the only thing you need to worry about for your cruise is do you have enough sunscreen.”
In five other suits, Princess Cruise Lines is accused of “gross negligence” in multiple lawsuits for over $1 million while they were still aboard a ship with at least 21 coronavirus patients, claiming that Princess continued to sail even after learning that at least one passenger from a previous voyage exhibited virus symptoms.
Passengers understandably claim that they were traumatized from fear of infection and never would have boarded the ship had they known of the risk before embarking. The suits seek past and future medical expenses as well as punitive damages.
This past April 3rd, Holland America Cruise Lines’ M/S Zaandam, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale after floating between ports for nearly two weeks being denied dockage until Broward County, the City and Florida’s Governor DeSantis let them dock in its Port Everglades. Once again, at the hands of the Cruise ship owners, the over 1,400 passengers were traumatized from fear of infection and lost tremendous amounts of income on a wasted and dangerous trip, while Holland America allegedly failed to warn them or take the necessary protective measures for their safety. A number of the ship’s passengers tested positive for COVID-19, nearly 200 had flu-like symptoms, 14 were taken to the hospital, and four already had died at the time of finally docking. However, “the voyage” did not end at docking for 26 of the symptomatic passengers, who were kept on the Zaandam until they “stopped exhibiting symptoms.” Meanwhile, the Zaandam’s sister-ship, the M/S Rotterdam, also docked at Port Everglades with multiple infected people.
These stories are just the tip of the iceberg. As a law firm that routinely handles cases against the cruise ships, bringing their owners to justice and obtaining justice for our clients, The Law Offices of Peter M. Commette, P.A. are here to help you. If you or a loved one has been on a cruise affected by COVID-19, also know as Coronavirus, we have established a special cell number in these days of working remotely (754-207-8233). You also can reach us at our email address: email@example.com