İrem GÖL -TDO- More than 3000 people on 43 ships have fallen ill from the coronavirus since the famous Diamond Princess ship was quarantined off the port of Yokohama in Japan in early February. At the beginning of the pandemic, the infections on board of the ship were the most significant source of infections outside of China. However, the cruises still continued in February and early March, and to date, at least 69 cruise passengers died due to coronavirus.
After these incidents, Carnival Cooperation, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, which make up nearly 70% of the global cruise industry, are facing legal appeals. The claimants include an American woman who lost her husband, a group of investors who took a financial hit and a Bulgarian crew member who was forced to take a 20-hour journey home despite being sick with Covid-19.
The cruise lines are facing lawsuits due to negligence. The claimants say the lines were promoting the cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak by advertising that “The coronavirus can only survive in cold temperatures, so the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for your next cruise.” The lawsuit said the companies’ “wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the companies’ securities” had caused investors to suffer significant losses and damages.