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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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CARNIVAL READY TO CRUISE

CARNIVAL WANTS TO CRUISE FROM FLORIDA

It sure seems like Carnival Cruise Lines is getting ready to run cruises again from the State of Florida. Carnival released a statement saying they were ready to begin running cruises out of Port Canaveral and Miami, Florida. The CDC extended the no-sail order through the end of October, but it is difficult to believe that they will be able to re-issue it under the present political pressure. 

It will be interesting to see whether cruise fans come back out on the first few cruises. European cruises have had problems with Covid flaring up. The CDC has warned that Covid appears ready to flare up again in the cooler Fall and Winter weather. So, customers ready to get back on cruise ships will be placed on a floating small city, which—if that population mirrors the land-based population—could face other customers not necessarily observing safety procedures recommended by the CDC.

We stick with our earlier projection that cruising in large numbers will not return until at least Spring Break in 2021—if then. In our view it still depends on whether Covid-19 is under control, and the status of any vaccine or therapeutics. There will be pressure from the cruise lines to get sailing again, no doubt, because they need to begin generating revenue again. It is difficult to believe that the cruising population will return in good numbers until Covid-19 is under better control. The question is whether some of the cruise lines will still be around to see that renaissance. 

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CARNIVAL WANTS TO CRUISE FROM FLORIDA

It sure seems like Carnival Cruise Lines is getting ready to run cruises again from the State of Florida. Carnival released a statement saying they were ready to begin running cruises out of Port Canaveral and Miami, Florida. The CDC extended the no-sail order through the end of October, but it is difficult to believe that they will be able to re-issue it under the present political pressure. 

It will be interesting to see whether cruise fans come back out on the first few cruises. European cruises have had problems with Covid flaring up. The CDC has warned that Covid appears ready to flare up again in the cooler Fall and Winter weather. So, customers ready to get back on cruise ships will be placed on a floating small city, which—if that population mirrors the land-based population—could face other customers not necessarily observing safety procedures recommended by the CDC.

We stick with our earlier projection that cruising in large numbers will not return until at least Spring Break in 2021—if then. In our view it still depends on whether Covid-19 is under control, and the status of any vaccine or therapeutics. There will be pressure from the cruise lines to get sailing again, no doubt, because they need to begin generating revenue again. It is difficult to believe that the cruising population will return in good numbers until Covid-19 is under better control. The question is whether some of the cruise lines will still be around to see that renaissance. 

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | October 8, 2020 | Cruise Ship Injuries