Yesterday, I received a number of emails about Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas as it continued its transatlantic crossing to the U.S.  

There is talk onboard that the new ship needed a medevac due to a medical emergency. The ship had to be diverted and made an unscheduled stop in Azores where a pilot boat picked up a passenger lying in a stretcher with a neck restraint. He had to undergo emergency surgery. 

A passenger also dislocated his shoulder on Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider.  

I’m not certain whether the medevac and the FlowRider injury are connected.

I’m wondering whether Royal Caribbean is still requiring passengers to sign the legally unenforceable waivers of liability before they step onto the FlowRider or into the cruise line’s new iFly® simulated sky-diving contraption or before they participate in the bumper-car demolition derby. 

Last year I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about all of the new ways that passengers will be injured on Royal Caribbean’s much proclaimed first "smart ship," entitled Quantum of the Seas – A Cruise Lawyer’s Dream?  

I suspect that the first lawsuit will be filed against the Quantum before the ship even reaches the U.S.

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  • Tim

    I hope they had mac daddy trip insurance.

  • Cpt. Drake

    Dear lawyers,
    With so many people on board the passenger ships, the medical evacuation is not anymore an emergency, it is a frequently occasion. There are passengers injured from the first step on board. Most of the accidents are due to passenger’s mistake and they are trying to sue the rich company using your help .

  • Karen Fraser

    The person who was medivaced yesterday and the person with a Flowrider injury are not these same person.

    The person with the flowrider injury is a friend of ours, and he not only had a dislocated shoulder but also a broken collar bone from it. He was anesthetized and the shoulder was repaired on the ship. He was taken to the ship’s infirmary about the time the other person was medivaced from the ship.

  • Sylvia

    I am not at all surprised that people are getting hurt on these attractions. At least when they happen on land, you are usually a great deal closer to immediate medical assistance. On a ship, that can be miles away from land, I know I wouldn’t want to go on any of these attractions knowing that if I were hurt it could be hours before I could be on land in a hospital.

    Yes, I realize that there are medical personnel on board, but generally, these individuals are generalists and not specialists. Yes, they can probably make the individiual comfortable until they can be transported to a hospital on land, but I truly believe that all of these “amusement” type attractions should not be on a ship.

    I know, speaking for myself, if I am interested in this type of attraction for my vacation, I certainly wouldn’t do it on board a cruise ship. I’m sure the cruise lines have people sign waivers when they agree to partake in these attractions, all the while thinking that everything will be okay. But, as we all know, accidents happen and even though they sign waivers, once hurt, the “sue” angle pops into the equation!

    The costs to the insurance company is high, as evacuating the patient is not simply a ride in an ambulance to a hospital. If these accidents keep happening, the insurance companies will be raising their rates and in turn the passenger will end up paying more to cruise and the additional cost to the majority of passengers would be to those who aren’t even interested in going on these attractions. So, for a percentage of people who want to take the chance on this type of attraction, they can thank the other passengers for paying more for their cruise which allows them to go on the attraction. Not sure why the general passenger would agree to this type of logic.

    The cruise lines are trying to be everything to everyone and in reality, this just can’t be done. Perhaps if these types of attractions are important to people who want to cruise, there then should be a cruise company that builds ships for this type of entertainment only. That way, all of the “thrill seekers” could go on this type of ship and those who are interested in actually “cruising” could then choose the line that interests them most without having to pay so others can do the “attraction” thing!

  • Bee

    Sylvia, did you read before you posted? There is a cruise company building ships for these types of entertainment/activities….it is called Royal Caribbean and they don’t force anyone to cruise with them. You are quite free to cruise on another line if Royal Caribbean’s entertainment/activities do not suit you so you don’t have to pay so others can do the attraction thing…if that is what you believe. Every ship has activities that not everyone will partake of so, unless you are going to do everything on every ship you go on to get your money’s worth, I think you’d better just stay on land.