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Are Cruise Ships Liable for The Safety of Their Guests off Ship?

It is well established that a cruise ship carrier has a duty of reasonable care to its passengers, and that standard applies regardless of whether or not a passenger was injured on the cruise ship, or in a port of call. Celebrity Cruise Passenger Injured While Ashore Case Review: Aronson v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc. 30 F. Supp. 3d 1379 (S.D. Fla. 2014) On March 17, 2011, William Aronson was enjoying an afternoon at the “High Ropes! High Hopes!” zip-line adventure park. The park was part of a “shore excursion” – a routine activity coordinated through a partnership with Celebrity Cruises. Aronson was on...

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When Is a Negligence Claim Against a Cruise Ship Operator Appropriate Under the Death on the High Seas Act?

A negligence claim may be brought against a cruise ship under the “Death on the High Seas Act” when a death is “caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default occurring on the high seas beyond three nautical miles from the shore of the United States.”   Wrongful death aboard a Carnival Cruise Case Review: Broberg v. Carnival Corp, 303 F.Supp.3d 1313 (2017) In May 2016, Samantha Broberg joined two close friends aboard a weekend cruise trip from Galveston, Texas, to Cozumel, Mexico. From her afternoon arrival through the early hours of the next morning, bartenders served her multiple alcoholic beverages to the point where...

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