The 2014 cruise season is well underway, but that doesn’t mean it’s been smooth sailing for the cruise industry thus far– no pun intended. In the first half of the year, we’ve already seen a host of accidents and crimes, many of which have resulted in fatalities. The cruise lines’ image have again been tarnished with news of violent sexual assaults, and both passengers and crew members have faced peril while exploring foreign ports due to high crime rates, including gun-point robberies. Each maritime and offshore injury lawyer at our firm knows all too well that accidents do happen, but from our perspective it just seems as though the cruise industry as a whole far too frequently fails to maintain a safe shipboard environment. There can only be one result of this type of conduct: crime, injury, and death on the high seas.
Recently, it has come to our attention that negligence in maintaining a safe shipboard environment likely contributed to a new accident involving a passenger aboard an MSC ship. According to the media station Univision, a passenger went overboard from the MSC Divina cruise ship this week. The news report, originally written in Spanish, explains the passenger, who was on deck 15, fell roughly 164 feet into the water – an extremely dangerous, if not deadly, fall. The vessel had been on a special sailing around Brazil in honor of the World Cup. The ship was transporting around 3,500 passengers, all of whom were from Mexico, and was traveling between the three cities where Mexico’s soccer team was scheduled to play during phase one of the World Cup games.