Cruise lines and politicians have resisted efforts to have independent law officers on ships to ensure passengers safety and bust miscreants.
Here are five other times cruise companies have allegedly protected their bottom lines instead of their fare-paying passengers: 1.
For years, cruise companies failed to provide lifeguards, making it easy for children like 6-year-old Qwentyn Hunter to drown: Thanks to an obscure, nearly 100-year-old law, cruise lines aren't liable for the big-money lawsuits that can be filed against land-bound resorts and hotels when a child drowns.
Cruise ships staffed by ill-equipped medical providers have led multiple passengers to die, including Sunrise woman Cynthia Braaf: Although Cynthia could have been airlifted off the ship once Royal Caribbean doctors realized she was in critical condition, she wasn't promptly evacuated, and her condition worsened overnight with limited medical assistance, the lawsuit states.
In 2017, the Norwegian Breakaway knowingly sailed into a "bomb cyclone," terrifying passengers, according to a lawsuit: Attorney Michael Winkleman of the Miami firm Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, points out this isn't the first time a cruise line put passengers in the path of a major winter storm.