Miami-based cruise ship attorney Brett Rivkind, who has been handling maritime cases for over 35 years, has three lawsuits pending involving multi-million dollar claims on behalf of cruise ship passengers, illuminating areas of potential danger for passengers.
The first case involves the sexual assault of a minor committed by adult passengers at approximately 2 a.m. in a public area of a cruise ship. The lawsuit alleges that the passengers were over-served alcohol to the point they were heavily intoxicated. The cruise ship employees permitted this and did not monitor their consumption nor their whereabouts after they left the bar. The case, L.A. vs. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., alleges that sexual assaults are known to occur onboard cruise ships, often involving minors, yet passengers are not warned about these dangers. Passengers who are over-served alcohol become a danger to themselves as well as to others.
The lawsuit focuses on the failure to properly warn, and the failure to provide adequate security. In addition, especially in the case of minors, the lawsuit alleges it was negligent to allow minor children to congregate in a public area of the ship at 2 a.m. without any security present. The lawsuit also alleges that the surveillance cameras that captured the incident should have been monitored, especially at 2 a.m., when it is known that drunk and mischievous passengers would be leaving bars and casinos, and other passengers would be vulnerable to criminal activity.