People ask me why I practice "cruise law." My answer? It’s the most exciting type of law practice possible, like being in a movie – except it’s the real world with real people.
Consider the news in the world of cruising this year.
A showboating and debonair Italian captain runs a $500 million luxury cruise liner into the rocks. He puts his blond girlfriend into one of the first lifeboats to safety. His officers announce on the PA system that "the situation is under control. Go back to your cabins." He abandons ship, claiming that his slipped and fell into a life boat. Passengers as young as 5 and as old as 70 then drown.
If this were a movie, no one would believe such an outrageous script.
Click on the TV and chances are you’ll see Images of cruise ships adrift on the high seas. These are not rusting freighters from third world nations. They are the cruise lines’ best, biggest, safest and most technologically advanced cruise ships carrying the most precious cargo in the world – your families.
This year alone we’ve seen cruise line abandonment of mariners in distress, abuse of crew members, capsizing, collisions, conspiracy, cover-ups, crimes, disappearances, engine failures, fires, groundings, and union busting involving Azamara, Carnival, Costa, MSC, Norwegian, P & O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Saga Cruises and many other cruise lines.
When a passenger or crew member is injured or a victim of crime on the high seas, the cruise lines are their worst enemy. The deceit and double-dealing by the cruise lines are right out of a bad movie script.
I have written over a thousand articles about bad behavior of cruise ship over the last couple of years.
There will be no end of the stories in the future.
Our firm is on the edge of the drama, always ready to help a cruise passenger in distress or a crew member needing medical care. In an industry which cares most about it’s own image and reputation rather than your family’s health and safety, we are always eager to help the underdog. In the process, we will expose "everything the cruise lines don’t want you to know."