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Cruise Ship Liability and Admiralty Lawsuit

cruise-ship-lawsuitOn March 31, 2012, US marshals briefly seized the MS Carnival Triumph owned by Miami-based Carnival group after a Texas federal judge issued arrest warrants following filing of a cruise ship liability lawsuit seeking 10 million in damages from the world’s biggest cruise operator. The lawsuit filed in a Galveston-based court on behalf of a deceased German woman is one of the many lawsuit filed against the luxury cruise liner operator following the Costa Concordia disaster off the Italian coast. Judge John Froeschner found ample reason to order attachment of joint and collective property held by the defendant within the district under the laws governing admiralty and maritime claim in the United States.

Cruise ships departing from any of the ports in the United States are legally viewed as common carriers of passengers. The ships designated passenger carriers have the duty to ensure safety and wellbeing of passengers until they reach their destinations. Tourists spend thousands of dollars to enjoy exotic cruise vacation with the expectation that they enjoy their holidays on board safely and without any inconvenience. However, mismanagement by the cruise operator, negligence of safety issues, and failure to maintain proper standards often contribute to falls, injury, loss of life, fire, food poisoning, and lack of medical facilities on the ship. Most of these accidents are preventable and occur only because of sheer negligence of the cruise staff. Passengers are entitled to file cruise ship liability lawsuits evoking various provisions of the Admiralty Law.

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