In a press release, the the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it suspended its search and rescue efforts for a passenger who went overboard from the Carnival Paradise on May 22, 2018. The Coast Guard stated that it ended its search on the following day at approximately 9 P.M. (May 23, 2018), which is approximately
Grand Jury Indicts Passenger on Carnival Elation of Sexual Abuse
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) announced yesterday that a grand jury indicted a man from Jacksonville, Florida for aggravated sexual abuse by force of a young woman on Carnival cruise ship. The FBI announced the news via a press release.
The indictment arises out of a incident which occurred on February 27, 2018 on the…
Lawsuit: Two Adult Cruise Passengers Assault Minor on Independence of the Seas
Surveillance video on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas shows an attack on a 13 year old boy by two adult passengers.
The men, identified by local Miami news station NBC 4 as Martinez and Lawson, corner the teenager in the ship’s library, before pinning him against the bookcase. The boy had apparently made an…
Overboard Carnival Cruise Passenger Identified
Yesterday, a local newspaper in Louisiana, KLFY, interviewed the mother of missing cruise passenger Juwanna Brooks who disappeared from the Carnival Triumph on January 21st, as the cruise ship was sailing toward Cozumel after departing from New Orleans the previous day.
The cruise to Mexico, a Christmas present from her husband, was Ms. Brook’s…
MSC Cruises Implements New Man Overboard System Amidst Industry Delays
MSC Cruises announced that it installed a state-of-the-art man overboard system on the MSC Meraviglia and is planning to deploy similar systems across its fleet of cruise ships.
According to Seatrade Cruise News, MSC Cruises developed an “intelligent video capturing and analysis system” in collaboration with security technology experts, Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.…
Thank You President Obama!
In 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) became law. The statute required, for the first time, cruise lines to disclose incidents of missing passengers, sexual assaults and other shipboard crimes to the American public.
The legislation was the result of the dedication and hard work of our client and good friend, Laurie…
Recent Lewd and Lascivious Conduct on HAL Cruise Line Show Shortcomings of CVSSA Crime Reporting
Last fall, the Arizona Republic reported that cruise travelers for the first time can see what crimes are being reported aboard cruise ships operating in U.S. ports.
The newspaper commented on improvements once the Department of Transportation replaced the Coast Guard as the agency responsible for reporting crimes on cruise ships leaving US. ports. Consumers previously…
Royal Caribbean’s Misplaced Priorities: Fast Internet, Virtual Balconies But No Automatic Man-Overboard Systems
Today I read an article by a popular cruise blogger that Royal Caribbean was on track to deliver a fast land-based internet experience to its guests.
The article went on to say that "cruise lines are working overtime, trying to enable passenger use of their electronic devices at sea just as they might at home."
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report Reveals Cruise Industry Failed to Implement Key Provisions of Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act (CVSSA) of 2010
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report regarding whether the cruise industry has implemented the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010.
I have pointed out that the last several man overboard cases indicate that the cruise industry refuses to install the necessary man overboard technology. It’s disgraceful that this is…
Cruise Critic’s Man Overboard Article Misses the Boat
Yesterday the on-line cruise community Cruise Critic published an article "Man Overboards: Questions and Answers."
We previously criticized Cruise Critic after it deleted comments from its message boards about the passenger who recently went overboard from the HAL Veendam. We have also been critical of the cruise lines for not investing in…