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Galveston Wants To Expand Cruise Industry, But Will This Mean More Cruise Ship Accidents?

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While cruise vacations can be extremely fun, there is always a chance that passengers and crew members can get involved in accidents. Whether it was the cruise line’s fault or the result of a crime onboard, sometimes cruise accident attorneys have to be called to action following an incident at sea. With a greater number of cruise ships at a port, the chance of accidents increases, but the city of Galveston, Texas doesn’t seem too worried. Galveston already has a cruise terminal, but city legislators have been talking about expanding the cruise market in the area.

The Port of Galveston and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau operations, have joined forces to improve the cruise industry in the area. A new task force was created to focus on increasing Galveston’s appeal for both cruise lines and travelers, which would greatly improve revenue for the city.

Marketing efforts are already underway, and by mid-November, new signs are going to be erected on the exterior walls of Cruise Terminals 1 and 2 at the Port of Galveston. The signs will depict maps to help guide visitors to local attractions. Six additional signs will be added in January. The signs will also display an access code so users with Smart phone can connect to a GPS system that will help them find the attractions.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Galveston served about 655,000 cruise line passengers and crew members during 2011, accounting for roughly 3 percent of all passenger and crew visits in the United States. The visits led to an estimated $45.2 million in passenger and crew onshore spending, or roughly $69 per person per visit to Galveston. In addition, 2011 saw a 5.5 percent increase in passenger embarkations for the Port of Galveston. Local leaders want to capitalize on the industry and expand it, in hopes of bringing in more revenue for the city. And with Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest and only year-round cruise line operating from Galveston, launching the Carnival Magic from the Port of Galveston last year, the city’s appeal as a cruise destination and point of embarkation is steadily growing.

“Galveston has been an important homeport for Carnival for many years,” explained Terry Thornton, Carnival’s senior vice president of revenue management and deployment. “Galveston offers many unique advantages including access to large and attractive drive markets, availability of significant low cost airlift from many major cities and a strong local tourism appeal and attractions.”

Other cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line are also getting in on the action in Galveston, utilizing the port for itineraries. Experts believe that in the coming months, the city will keep growing as a popular cruise terminal and destination, but our cruise accident attorneys warn passengers and crew members to stay safe from possible harm.

Cruise accidents can occur at any time, especially as a port begins to boom economically. While some incidents can’t be foreseen, travelers can protect themselves by packing an emergency kit with supplies to treat injuries and also by downloading Lipcon’s new “Cruise Ship Lawyer” app for Smart phones. Our app is available for both iPhone and Android users and provides you with a way to document your experience and costs as well as allows you to contact us directly.

For more information on cruise ship incidents and to file a claim if you or a loved one have been the victims of an injury at sea or in port, turn to our cruise accident attorneys today to discuss your options and protect your rights.

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