The Miami Herald published an interesting article last week entitled Watch Out for the Fine Print, a well written and researched article by prominent Miami maritime lawyers Robert Peltz and Carol Finklehoffe. It explains how cruise lines strip the rights of U.S. consumers by burying exculpatory fine print in the cruise line tickets. It’s
Mega Ship Disasters, Risky Shore Excursions & Other Ways to Become Seriously Injured (or Worse) on a Cruise Ship
Anyone and everyone who practices maritime law involving cruise ships knows Judge Thomas Dickerson.
For years he has written the definitive collection of law cases involving what can go wrong on cruise ships and during international vacations.
My alma mater Tulane School of Law just published one of his amazing articles entitled The Cruise Passenger’s…
Yah Mon! Cruise Law Goes to Jamaica
Tomorrow the lawyers here at our firm are traveling again to Jamaica.
We’ll be visiting our clients to see how they are doing. I will be meeting friends in Falmouth and will see if there has been any signs of the revitalization of the town after the new Royal Caribbean port destroyed ancient coral reefs…
Cruise Passengers: Do You Really Complain About Your Cruise Vacations?
Our law firm receives anywhere from a dozen to several dozen e-mails a day from people complaining about every imaginable problem on the high seas.
We divide the complaints into two general categories – complaints by passengers and complaints by crew members.
Cruise passengers complain about all types of things, like the food was bad…
Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights: A Step in the Wrong Direction?
Late yesterday afternoon the cruise industry’s trade organization, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), announced in a press release that it was adopting a cruise passenger "Bill of Rights."
The "Bill of Rights" is primarily a reaction to the adverse publicity following the Triumph "cruise from hell" stories where passengers were stuck on the disabled and…
Carnival Triumph Passengers Happy to Be Home
The long tortuous tow back to Mobile ended last night with smiles of relief on the faces of the over-3,000-passengers as they straggled off the stinking stricken Triumph. It was a happy sight to me. Yes, there were people still upset, understandably so, but the sentiment seems to be that they had all encountered a…
Cruising, “Eh!” to Z! What Canadians Should Know Before Getting On-Board . . .
Danielle Gauer, JD Candidate 2013 University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, joins us for another guest blog. You can read about Danielle’s background and read her first guest blog here. This blog is an interesting inside look at cruising for our friends north of the border:
More and more Canadians are looking for a…
Four More Years – What President Obama’s Re-Election Means For Cruise Passengers & Crew Members
The election yesterday was an important event for U.S. cruise passengers and crew members from around the world.
Whether you know it or not, there is a war being waged by large corporations against consumers and employees. The trend of big business has been to strip consumers of their rights, to take away the constitutional…
Local Television Investigation: “Cruise Passengers Have Few Rights”
WRAL television in North Carolina published a story today which reveals how cruise lines protect themselves from passenger claims by severely limiting the passenger’s rights in the cruise tickets.
Entitled "Cruise Passengers Have Few Rights," the article addresses the plight of a family in North Carolina who purchased a family cruise to Grand…
Cruise Ship Medical Care – Royal Caribbean Gives Their Crew Members the Royal Shaft
In 2004, The Miami New Times interviewed me as part of an investigation into how cruise lines treat their crew members once they become ill or injured. The article was entitled "Screwed If By Sea – Cruise Lines Throw Workers Overboard When It Comes to Providing Urgent Medical Care."
The article focused on…