The Costa Luminosa cruise ship is now the subject of great scrutiny for the Covid-19 outbreak that occurred during its February and March 2020 voyages. As passengers and others have noted, the cruise was a living hell and resulted in a widespread outbreak of Covid-19. Even as Covid-19 sickened passengers, the Cosa Luminosa was slow to act to prevent infections, despite two previous outbreaks on its parent company’s ships.Read on to learn more about how ignoring the coronavirus can put others at risk, from the coronavirus lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys.
From the information now coming to light, it appears that the cruise line’s response to the outbreak was untimely, insufficient, and below the industry standard of care.
The ship’s disorganized response and protocols failed to manage the outbreak and protect passengers. This was a systems failure on the part of the cruise ship, causing numerous passengers to become infected, and causing many others without infection to suffer severe emotional distress. The cruise line’s failure to take reasonable precautions prior to the outbreak and as the virus spread caused harm to the passengers on the cruise and put the public at greater risk of widespread infection.
Below is a timeline of events that demonstrates Costa Luminosa’s failures in managing the Covid-19 outbreak:
February 24, 2020 – The Costa Luminosa leaves Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a cruise around the Caribbean.
February 29, 2020 – A Costa Luminosa passenger is evacuated on Grand Cayman Island after exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms. He later died of Covid-19.
February 30, 2020 – The Costa Luminosa returns to Fort Lauderdale to drop passengers off and pick up more.
March 5, 2020 – Costa Luminosa sets sail from South Florida on March 5, 2020. The itinerary includes Puerto Rico, Antigua, Spain and France. The cruise line provided no information about the prior passenger with Covid-19 symptoms to its passengers boarding the ship on March 5, 2020.
March7, 2020 – An Italian passenger who had already gone to the ship’s doctor exhibits worsening respiratory conditions and other Covid-19 symptoms. The Costa Luminosa claims that at some point the Italian passenger was placed in isolation on the cruise. However, the Costa Luminosa did not provide any information or warning of the passenger suspected to be infected with Covid-19.
March 8, 2020 – The Italian passenger, along with her husband who also had coronavirus symptoms, disembarked in Puerto Rico. More than 1,400 passengers exited the Costa Luminosa and flooded into the streets of Old San Juan to enjoy a day of leisure with no restrictions before re-boarding the ship, still without any information from Costa Luminosa of the suspected Covid-19 outbreak. More and more passengers began reporting Covid-19 symptoms.
March 12, 2020 – The government of the Cayman Islands publically confirms the passenger evacuated from the Costa Luminosa tested positive for Covid-19. He died days later. At this time the Costa Luminosa still did not notify passengers about the passengers evacuated in Grand Cayman or Puerto Rico for Covid-19.
March 13, 2020 – The Costa Luminosa receives confirmation that the passenger who disembarked in Rico tested positive for Covid-19. Yet the cruise still did not immediately enact strict sanitary protocols and quarantine passengers. It appears that crew members were not even notified of the positive test. At this point the Costa Luminosa continues activities and socialization for passengers including alcohol bars and casinos.
March 15, 2020 – The Costa Luminosa dropps off several sick passengers at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. At this time the Costa Luminosa began quarantine procedures for passengers.
March 19, 2020 – France granted the Costa Luminosa permission to dock in Marseille.. The Costa Luminosa arranged chartered flights for over 300 US and Canadian passengers to Atlanta, Georgia. Only 10 of the 300 Americans and Canadians taking the chartered flight to Atlanta were tested for Covid-19. The flight chartered by Costa Luminosa chose not to wait for confirmed test results before taking off from Marseille. Carnival Corporation has yet to provide answers to questions of why they let people board a flight without medical attention, food or test results.
March 19, 2020 – March 20, 2020 – While on the overnight flight from Marseille to Atlanta, three passengers on the flight received confirmed positive Covid-19 test results. Many other passengers experienced symptoms at that time, but had not been tested. During the nearly 10 hour flight, several passengers were coughing constantly, some lost consciousness, and others had fevers so high that they had to be separated while on the flight. According to passengers on the flight, it was nothing short of a chaotic debacle.
March 20, 2020 – The chartered flight lands in Atlanta, Georgia with no clear guidance or preparation. The sick passengers sat packed together in the plane on the tarmac for nearly five hours. Officials in hazmat suits met the passengers where they checked temperatures and performed visual assessments. Only those with obvious signs of illness were taken into a separate room, while the remainder of passengers headed to customs and boarded another bus together. At that point passengers, including some who were symptomatic, were free to move around the airport and travel free of restriction, joining and likely infecting other travelers as they dispersed and boarded other planes to head throughout the country and elsewhere. Since then, numerous passengers and crew members have tested positive for Covid-19.
Gomez Trial Attorneys is representing passengers who suffered any harm as a result of the Costa Luminosa cruise. If you or a loved one has suffered any harm as a result of the Costa Luminosa cruise or any other cruise ship, please contact us at 619 237 3490.
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