Suing Royal Caribbean Cruises
Our Royal Caribbean cruise ship accidents attorneys are both experienced and aggressive in representing passengers who have been hurt onboard one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships. RCCL’s corporate and legal team are based in the Port of Miami which is only a few blocks away from the United States District Courthouse where all RCCL passenger injury lawsuits and claims must be filed. This can often pose an enormous burden on our clients-because they will be forced, according to RCCL’s passenger contract, to litigate their claims in Miami-even if the accident happened at sea. In addition, the claim must be filed within one (1) year of the date of the incident. Because of the tight deadline to file a claim, it is important to hire a lawyer who has both the experience and knowledge to protect your legal rights.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. or RCCL is the world’s second largest international cruise line and presently has over 20 ships in active service ranging from the Legend of the Seas to the massive super ship the Quantum of the Seas. RCCL is actively building bigger and more complex cruise ships that are scheduled to go into service in the next several years. These new mega ships offer passengers an array of onboard activities that can often lead to serious injuries-such as rock climbing, bumper cars, ice skating and the new RipCord by iFLY, which claims to be the first skydiving experience at sea.
RCCL was founded in 1968 by three Norwegian shipping companies: Anders Wilhelmsen & Co., I.M. Skaugen & Company, and later Gotaas Larsen. Today it is headed by its president and CEO, Adam Goldstein.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Classes
Currently RCCL categorizes its vessels by both the size and number of passengers that the ship carries. The largest class of RCCL ships are called the Quantum Class. Which include ANTHEM OF THE SEAS and the QUANTUM OF THE SEAS which can accommodate nearly 5,000 passengers.
The Oasis Class includes the ALLURE OF THE SEAS and the OASIS OF THE SEAS which hold nearly 3,000 crew members to serve passengers and has an extraordinary amount of onboard activities ranging from Zip line, nine decks in the air and 82 feet across, Two FlowRider, which are surf simulators, 43 foot high rock-climbing walls, basketball courts, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf courses, and carousels.
The Freedom Class includes the FREEDOM OF THE SEAS, LIBERTY OF THE SEAS, and the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS. These ships have on board a surfing simulator rides called the Flow Rider, rock climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, boxing rinks, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf courses, and their own water parks.
The Voyager Class includes VOYAGER OF THE SEAS, ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS, NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS,
EXPLORER OF THE SEAS and the MARINER OF THE SEAS. All five ships in the Voyager Class have onboard activities such as basketball courts, mini-golf courses, a rock walls, and a full ice skating rink.
The Radiance Class includes the JEWEL OF THE SEAS, BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS, RADIANCE OF THE SEAS and the SERENADE OF THE SEAS these ships accommodate up to 2,501 passengers with a crew of 859. During the summer they often operate as Alaskan cruises and move to Hawaii during the winter months.
The Vision Class includes the ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS, GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS, VISION OF THE SEAS, RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS,LEGEND OF THE SEAS and the SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS. The ships provide Rock-climbing wall and Bungee trampolines to 2,446 passengers and 760 in crew. In May 2013 a fire broke out aboard the Grandeur of the Seas Based in Baltimore, Grandeur of the Seas was on the way to Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay. The ship never lost power during the incident and was still able to reach Freeport, Bahamas on its own. Thankfully no one was injured. RCCL flew most of Grandeur’s 2,224 passengers back to Baltimore, where the ship is based and refunded all passengers fully for their lost cruise.
Our passenger injury lawyers have recently filed a lawsuit against RCCL on behalf of a woman from Tennessee who was injured while on a cruise aboard the Vision of the Seas. The case was filed in the United States Federal Court in Miami. You can read the complaint here.
The Sovereign Class has only one ship, the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS which has a capacity of 2,744 passengers and 833 crewmembers. The Majesty of the Seas is scheduled to enter dry-dock on April 29, 2016 to be converted for use to RCCL’s sister brand: Pullmantur Cruises.
DEATH ON THE HIGH SEAS
In 2005 passengers on board the RCCL Brilliance of the Seas reported finding blood on a passenger balcony. After an extensive search, passenger George Smith, IV was discovered missing. His widow, Jennifer Smith, sued RCCL, which claimed he had simply fallen overboard. A criminal investigation revealed possible foul play. A settlement was reached between Ms. Smith and RCCL that included a matching contribution made by RCCL to a charity of Ms. Smith’s choosing.
Royal Caribbean's Violations of Environmental Regulations
RCCL tried to defend itself against the complaints by hiring former Justice Department lawyers to argue that the United States federal courts lacked jurisdiction to prosecute Royal Caribbean since it is incorporated in Liberia even though its headquarters in Miami. They were unsuccessful in their defense, and only after the judge ruled the government did have jurisdiction, did Royal Caribbean plead guilty to 30 criminal charges in Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska–paying $27 million in fines in 1998 and 1999.
AZAMARA, PULLMANTUR, CELEBRITY AND CROISIERES CRUISE LINES
Besides the home port of Miami, Florida, RCCL ships dock in approximately 300 ports worldwide, from the Caribbean to Croatia, Belize, China, and Alaska. RCCL ships are literally floating cities that provide passengers onboard amenities ranging from casinos, Broadway-style shows, night clubs, fitness centers, and spas, to day-care programs for children.
PERSONAL INJURY Claims AGAINST ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Currently our office is representing a passenger against RCCL. Our client, then a nine-year-old boy, was injured while under the ship’s child-care program; he was attempting to play a game devised by RCCL called “pizza bowl” when he suffered a traumatic brain injury while onboard an RCCL ship docked in the Bahamas. He required emergency brain surgery and extended hospitalization in the Bahamas. The case was filed in the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida, located in Miami. The case was settled a few days before the trial in February 2014.
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We accept and welcome referrals from out of state attorneys and pay the maximum referral fees permitted by the Florida Bar. We encourage any attorney that has been contacted regarding a potential cruise line injury case to contact us. If you or a client has been injured on a cruise ship or during a cruise, please contact us for a confidential and free legal consultation.