With record low temperatures hitting the Northeast recently, many people have been looking for ways to escape the frigid arctic air. One popular method to leave the cold behind is to take a cruise to a much warmer destination. While sailing away on a cruise ship to tropical location may sound like the perfect plan, it doesn’t always turn out that way.
Passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise know this all too well as the ship Anthem of the Seas was forced to return to port in Bayonne, New Jersey, after being caught in a major storm while on the way to the Bahamas. Many passengers questioned why officials decided to sail into such treacherous conditions when the storm was being monitored at least four days in advance. Crew members claim the severity of the storm changed very quickly in a short period of time. The ship wound up sailing through near hurricane conditions with winds over 100 miles per hours and waves reaching 30 feet.
While there were only minor injuries to passengers, the ordeal left some skeptical about heading out on the water again. They are not alone. Aside from worrying about bad weather, cruise ship patrons have a long list of potential problems to think about including the ship running aground, fires onboard and an outbreak of illness such as the Norovirus.
Being on a cruise ship is intended to be a fun and relaxing way to leave the cold weather behind and forget about real life for a while. Unfortunately there are times when a dream vacation can turn into a nightmare. If you or someone you love has been injured while aboard a cruise ship or due to a cruise ship accident, call the experienced lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C., to fight for the compensation you deserve.