While the Costa Concordia cruise captured headlines across the globe and also introduced tourists to a grisly side of the cruise industry, a recent article on the Daily Beast touts that the Costa occurrence is only the beginning. Rough employment conditions, disease outbreaks and sexual and physical assaults are also negative cruise ship occurrences that are often swept under the rug or under reported. In the interest of allowing you to cruise worry free and avoiding troubles, we want to bring light to potential issues that can arise behind the scenes aboard a cruise liner.
Cruise industry critics are not hesitant at all to say that there are aspects of the cruise industry that many tourists and travelers do not know about. Controlled labor costs are an effective way for cruise companies to regulate spending. Also, having ships incorporated in other countries allows for labor laws of the US to be avoided and staffs made up highly of foreign employees who will work for less—the largest percentage of which hail from the Philippines. According to cruise ship attorneys, some employees are even taken advantage of by recruiters who seek a fee for finding them employment aboard a ship—up to $4,000 in some cases.
There are also cruise ship injury scenarios that aren’t always handled to US standards- including an ex-Costa employee who sustained a seizure disorder from the accident back in January of this year. Another cruise ship employee claims despite a horrible fever and antibiotics, he was still forced to work in the kitchen preparing food—despite the potential dangers to food contamination.