Sunday, May 29, 2011

A lawsuit from an ocean cruise

Last year the 2,758-passenger Carnival cruise ship Victory was in St. Thomas with a boat load of cruisers.  The ship made a stop in St. Thomas where many passengers got off and checked out land.  On the way back a gang shoot out occurred and while on an open-air safari taxi a 14 year old girl was struck and killed making her way back to the ship.  

The young woman's parents filed the lawsuit this week alleging Carnival should have known the violence was likely.   St. Thomas is one of the most visited cruise ports in the Caribbean but has had a string of violence recently and has many travelers wondering if they should even visit the island and its famous Coki Point Beach.  The U.S. Virgin Islands had a homicide rate in 2009 that was about 10 times the USA's national average of five killings per 100,000 people.

No word on the lawsuit yet, should Carnival be held responsible for this?  IMHO, no.  How can a cruise line stop a random gang shootings bullet while on a water taxi from land back to the ship?   On a good note,  a 22-year-old resident of St. Thomas was convicted of two counts of murder last month for the killings.

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