A fellow Miami lawyer filed a lawsuit against Norwegian Cruise Lines ("NCL") on behalf of a passenger who alleges that she was raped while aboard the Norwegian Sun cruise ship.
The alleged incident occurred in April when the passenger was participating in an NCL organized "pub crawl."
NCL employees took her and other guests around the ship stopping briefly to drink at various bars where the bartenders encouraged the passengers to drink above safe limits. After the drinking game, the passenger alleges that she was raped in a public bathroom.
The lawsuit alleges that NCL created a dangerous situation by over-serving the guest alcohol to the point that she could not protect herself and not escorting her safely back to her cabin.
Several years ago, an appellate court here in Miami held that cruise lines face liability when they serve passengers alcohol to and then past the level of intoxication. The fact that the passenger voluntarily drank the alcohol does not act as a bar to the legal claim.