Coronavirus lawsuits have been filed by a growing number of cruise ship passengers and employees after at least a dozen outbreaks.
UPDATE: Carnival Cruise Hit With COVID-19 Lawsuit After Deadly Mexico Voyage
In July 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed by passengers of a Carnival Cruise ship voyage from San Francisco to Mexico where an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred.
The lawsuit claims Carnival did not screen passengers before boarding the ship on February 11, despite outbreaks on other cruise ships. At least 2 passengers died after disembarking the Carnival Cruise ship.
The lawsuit (PDF) is Cynthia Lynn Ford et al. v. Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruise Lines, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 2:20-CV-06226.
Princess Cruise Lines Hit With COVID-19 Lawsuits After Sailing Ships During Outbreak
In June 2020, two lawsuits were filed against Princess Cruise Lines for continuing to sail ships after COVID-19 outbreaks. Princess Cruise Lines is also accused of letting new passengers board the Grand Princess and Ruby Princess without screening them for symptoms of COVID-19 or warning them about outbreaks. Click here to read more.
COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise Ships
Dozens of cruise ships have suffered coronavirus outbreaks due to the close-quarters and contact between travelers and workers from all over the world. The largest and deadliest outbreaks have occurred on the Diamond Princess, Grand Princess, and the Ruby Princess.
Princess Cruise Coronavirus Lawsuits
Princess Cruises has been hit with a growing number of lawsuits after 3 deadly coronavirus outbreaks occurred on the Grand Princess (7 deaths), Diamond Princess (14 deaths), and Ruby Princess (21 deaths). Princess Cruises is accused of jeopardizing the safety of passengers and crew by allowing thousands of people to board ships after previous voyages suffered outbreaks.
What is the Problem?
Cruise lines are accused of putting profits over the safety of their passengers and employees by:
- Continuing cruises as the coronavirus pandemic spread worldwide
- Failure to screen passengers before they got onboard
- Failure to warn passengers about previous COVID-19 outbreaks on the ship
- Allowing passengers to remain onboard after they were exposed to COVID-19
- Infected crew-members transmit infections on multiple voyages
Cruise Lines Told Crews to “Party On” — Now Many Are Infected & Unemployed
In April 2020, a lawsuit was filed against Celebrity Cruise claiming that the crew was encouraged to have parties, putting everyone at risk.
Texas Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Cruise Line
The widow of a retired firefighter from Texas filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines after he died in a coronavirus outbreak on the Grand Princess.
According to the lawsuit, the cruise line allowed 2,000 passengers to board the cruise — even after 2 passengers with COVID-19 symptoms had just disembarked the ship, and 60 others were allowed to remain on board after they had been exposed to the coronavirus.
1st Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed After Ruby Princess COVID-19 Outbreak
Another wrongful death lawsuit was filed after a deadly coronavirus outbreak on the Ruby Princess.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of a 64-year-old man who died on April 4 after he was infected with the virus and died after returning home. The Ruby Princess set sail in Australia on March 8 — despite an outbreak of COVID-19 on the previous voyage.
List of Cruise Ships with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
- A Sara
- Carnival Freedom
- Celebrity Apex
- Celebrity Eclipse
- Celebrity Flora
- Celebrity Infinity
- Celebrity Solstice
- Coral Princess
- Costa Atlantica
- Costa Fascinosa
- Costa Favolosa
- Costa Luminosa
- Costa Magica
- Diamond Princess
- Disney Wonder
- Grand Princess
- Greg Mortimer
- Liberty of the Seas
- MSC Bellissima
- Oasis of the Seas
- Ovation of the Seas
- Pride of America
- Ruby Princess
- Silver Shadow
- Sun Princess
- Symphony of the Seas
- Voyager of the Seas
- World Dream