Holland America was founded in 1873 and is a British owned cruise line. Today it is part of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and is headquartered in the Seattle Washington far from Carnival’s Miami base of operations.
Currently, Holland America operates 15 ships to seven continents and is expected to carry nearly 1 million passengers in 2015. Its ships are very distinct due to their dark blue hulls with white superstructures. The Holland logo is always featured prominently the ship’s smoke stacks.
We urge anyone who has been involved in an accident during their Holland America cruise to consult with an experienced and aggressive maritime lawyer–quickly. Important evidence such as CCTV footage of the incident, maritime data regarding the wind and wave conditions, and the names of witnesses and crewmembers are often lost or difficult to locate with the passage of time.
Perhaps the most common cases against Holland America involve people who have slipped or tripped on the ship in their cabins, pool deck or at one of the buffets. With injuries ranging from broken arms and legs to more serious head, neck and brain injuries often resulting in lost wages, astronomical medical expenses, and pain & suffering.
Passengers injured aboard a Holland America ship are required to file their claims in Washington State in Federal Court within one year of the date of the incident. This can often pose an enormous financial burden on injured passengers-forcing them to travel to Washington State to litigate their claims
According to Holland’s passenger contract (ticket) all claims have to be resolved in Arbitration rather than a jury trial (if the amount in controversy is less than $75,000). If however, the claim exceeds $75,000 then the injured passenger must file the claim in Federal Court.
(g) ALL CLAIMS OR DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO ANY ASPECT OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND NOT SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION SHALL BE LITIGATED, IF AT ALL, IN AND BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE, OR, AS TO THOSE LAWSUITS AS TO WHICH THE FEDERAL COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES LACK SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION, IN THE COURTS OF KING COUNTY, STATE OF WASHINGTON, U.S.A., TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER COURTS.
It is very important, to understand that not every fall or injury is a bona fide claim. Simply because someone gets hurt on a cruise ship does not mean that it is necessarily the cruise line’s fault. Understanding the significance of a simple accident and a meritorious legal claim is crucial- and we pride ourselves in knowing the difference.
Currently the Holland fleet is categorized into the following classes: