Despite the recent disasters involving cruise ships such as the tragic Costa Concordia incident, and memories of the Titanic coming back with the 100 year anniversary of the sinking, as well as reports of sexual predators on cruise ships, fires, and disappearances, the cruise ship industry sails on.
On April 27, MARAD, which is the Maritime Administration, reported its North American Cruise statistics for 2011. “There were 10.9 million passengers with 4,222 cruises, with a total of 71.8 million passenger nights. This was an increase of 2.8% over 2010.” More interesting cruise ship statistics can be accessed by to the website link provided.
In addition, USA today published an interesting article earlier yesterday afternoon titled “Cruise boss: Bookings, pricing on the rise.” According to the article, “strong demand for voyages across much of the globe is boosting bookings and driving up pricing.” It states that almost every destination is dealing with record demand.
Despite the serious problems facing the industry, the cruise ship companies seem to be doing very well. It is too bad they don’t want to let go of any of their precious profit to adequately compensate family members who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of the cruise ship company. The cruise ship companies continue to use the death on the high seas act to deny family members just and fair compensation for loss of a love one due to the negligence of a cruise line. In addition, the cruise ship companies continue to assert defenses to liability, and limitations on the rights of people to sue them, that are put into passenger tickets. The passenger ticket is nothing but a contract of adhesion. Take it or leave it agreements with a bunch of disclaimers and limitations of liability. The passenger ticket is a great shield against the sword of passengers trying to receive compensation for loss caused by the negligence of the cruise ship company.
Costa is currently boasting about newer and bigger ships, and how they are back on track regarding bookings. In the meantime there are still unaccounted for bodies from the Costa Concordia disaster and many family members who lost loved ones who were killed in the disaster. These family members are facing the many legal hurdles one must navigate in a claim against a cruise ship company.
The lawyers at the Miami based maritime firm of Rivkind and Margulies continue to act as safety advocates for those harmed at sea.