Cruise Ship Returns To Port After Being Hit By Hurricane-Force Winds

Lawyers React To Dangerous Journey Made By Cruise Ship

10.02.2016

Personal injury experts at Irwin Mitchell react to a cruise ship being forced to return back to port early morning on Monday 8 February, following severe weather conditions where the ship was hit by hurricane-force winds on its way to the Bahamas from Cape Liberty. 

Concerned passengers aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas said they were very upset that the ship sailed into 150mph winds and 40-foot waves despite warnings, and also reported furniture toppling over, windows being broken and plant pots being smashed during the ordeal. 

Royal Caribbean apologised and said the ship's seaworthiness was not affected. They continued to say the weather was worse than forecast and that four passengers were injured, but none were seriously. 

Philip Banks, Partner and accident expert at Irwin Mitchell, said;

Expert Opinion
“The safety of passengers is the number one priority of cruise ship operators and it is important to understand how and why this ship was caught in weather which was clearly dangerous to those onboard.

“We have represented many people who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries and illness onboard cruise ships so we understand how important it is to keep passengers safe. There should be an investigation into why this ship took that particular route at that time when the weather was unsafe. Steps should be taken to understand the decision-making process so that the cruise industry can learn from this to avoid similar incidents in future.”
Philip Banks, Partner