Carnival Cruise Lines Will Return to Norfolk Amid Questions About Safety at Sea
The news that Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to Norfolk next year, may be a boost to the economy of Hampton Roads.
However, the safety of passengers on cruise lines remains a cause for concern among those who are familiar with the industry.
Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line, made the wrong kind of headlines last year when the Carnival Triumph caught fire after sailing from Galveston, Texas, with more than 3,100 passengers on board. The fire crippled the ship and left passengers stranded for days in appalling conditions.
Carnival also owned the Costa Concordia, the ship that ran aground and capsized off Italy in 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.
Critics of the cruise industry say fires on ships are not as rare as the industry tries to claim. In recent years more than 10 fires have broken out on cruise ships.
A recent article on CNN was critical of the level of regulation of cruise ships. “The result is that cruise lines are largely unregulated. They offer low-price cruise fares to get the passengers aboard and then make their profits from alcohol sales; casino, spa and photography activities; and shore excursions,” it claimed.
A number of lawsuits have been filed against cruise lines in recent years. Passengers who were on the Carnival Triumph when it was stranded have taken legal action and one passenger who was on a different Carnival ship claims a flesh eating bug attacked him in a whirlpool, leading to an infection that almost caused him to lose his leg.
A cruise may seem like an ideal getaway. However, a spate of incidents in recent years has confirmed how quickly it can turn into a nightmare.
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