Celebrity Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean’s Fancy Little Sister
Celebrity Cruise Lines is essentially the fancy little sister cruise line to Royal Caribbean. Celebrity ships are smaller and far more luxurious and, therefore, cater to more sedate passengers who are looking to do more relaxing on their cruise rather than rock climbing, ice skating, and surfing found on RCCL’s ships.
Celebrity had some exciting announcements this month. First, they announced that they commissioned two new luxury cruise ships from the STX France shipyard with expected deliveries in the fall of 2018 and early 2020. Both new ships are being built under the name Project Edge; reportedly, they will be able to hold 2,900 passengers each. Currently, Celebrity’s fleet has 11 ships, the most recent of which is Celebrity Reflection, which was delivered in 2012.
In addition, Celebrity announced it will begin cruising the Persian Gulf. This is a first for the line-which plans to embark from Abu Dhabi in 2016. Celebrity plans to utilize the 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation for a series of six voyages from Nov. 28, 2016 through early 2017.
Investigating Accidents on Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity, like Royal Caribbean, maintains its corporate offices, which handle passenger claims, in Miami, Florida at the Port of Miami. Both also share the same team of talented and experienced in-house cruise ship lawyers who investigate and defend both lines when passengers file complaints.
Celebrity’s offices are also a few blocks from the United States District Courthouse, which is convenient for them because Celebrity requires that any passenger injured aboard one of their ships due to a slip, trip, fall or for any other reason must file their claim in Miami. This is true regardless of where in the world the accident happens.
Another vitally important consideration for anyone who gets hurt on a Celebrity cruise, is that the lawsuit must be filed within one year of the date of the incident. This often creates an enormous financial burden on the injury party as they must travel to Miami (sometimes multiple times) to litigate their claim.
Hiring an experienced lawyer who understands the law and how Celebrity works is important. First, to understand whether or not one even has a valid claim. And second, to make sure that the claim is processed both efficiently and effectively. Not all accidents on Celebrity ships are necessarily cases. Understanding the difference is vitally important.
We have been investigating, litigating, and settling cases with Celebrity for years. We provide free initial consultations– and urge you to call our office today: 1-866-597-4529 or email us at: [email protected]– BEFORE you speak or write to the cruise line.