In 1999, I launched – a legal web site focused on the cruise industry. The need for such a web site was obvious. Passengers sexually assaulted or injured on cruise ships operated by Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Norwegian, or Royal Caribbean are required to bring their claims in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. The internet provides an easy way for passengers living in California, Kansas or New York to locate a maritime lawyer in South Florida for advice.

CruiseLaw in 1999 – No Shortage of Horror Stories

Within a year, we were representing over 50 passengers who had been seriously injured on cruise ships or shore excursions. It was disturbing to see the large number of injured passengers and to hear their stories about how the cruise lines treated them after their injuries. Worse still was the large number of women and children raped or molested by crew members where the cruise line tried to cover up the incidents.

We have seen cruise ship fires, "missing" passengers and crew members, and accidents of every sort – both on the cruise ships and during shore excursions. 

500 Cruise Clients Later – A Perspective to Share

Now ten years and around 500 clients later, I am launching this blog – called "CruiseLaw News." I will report on breaking cruise news every day. The blog will provide insightful legal commentary regarding cruise passengers and crew members around the world. No ghost writers here, you will hear directly from me. The cruise lines won’t be pleased. Travel agents may cringe. You will learn about issues that the cruise industry PR machine and the happy-go-lucky cruise fanatics don’t want you to know.

Post Your Comments – Pro or Con

This blog will not be a one way street. You are encouraged to post your comments. Please express your genuine feelings and opinions. No editing will take place. The only rules are to be civil. Hopefully, be original and thoughtful.  And, preferably, get to the point

Check back for my first blog, and we will get into things. In the interim, stay in touch with me on Twitter @CruiseLaw and see where I stand on the latest cruise fiasco.

  • Jonathan Smith

    I understand and agree that the cruise lines should be held accountable in most cases, and at least to some degree in all cases, but it seems to be the same as suing Domino’s Pizza if your delivery guy robs your house or assaults you when you open the door.

    I know that someone must be held accountable when a crime is committed, and that cruises should be heavily regulated to make them safer, but how much can be blamed on the cruise lines. Couldn’t you go a step further and sue the Federal Maritime Commission for allowing U.S. Cruise Lines to fly an F.O.C.

    It is obvious to everyone even the FMC that this is done to skirt the law. Ultimately, who is to blame, The Cruise Line or the Government that allows a U.S. based company the liberty of choosing what laws they are subject to? I mean really, how much could a person get away with if the general population was allowed to have an F.O.C. hanging from the rear-view mirror. “Yes, officer, I was going 123 in a 65 mph zone. But since I have this German flag hanging from the car, you can’t do anything about it. Have a great day.”

    The whole idea of allowing anyone, especially cruise ships, to claim a foreign nationality is absurd. You might as well just start passing out the Jolly Roger and chaining the passengers below decks.

  • Jim Walker

    Jonathan, you are a smart cookie. I don’t like the Koolaid served by the U.S. Government any better than that served by the cruise indistry . . .