You had to know it was coming: Bruce Simpson, a passenger aboard the storm-tossed Anthem of the Seas sailing a few weeks back, has filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean according to reports from CNN.
Not surprisingly given the circumstances, the lawsuit alleges that Royal Caribbean acted negligently by choosing to sail into a storm which forecasters had warned would be severe. Simpson’s attorney contends that in doing so, the cruise line “took a calculated risk… and we don’t think passengers should be the ones that pay.”
Simpson’s claim indicates that he suffered injuries to his face, torso and hands when he was thrown 18 feet across his cabin and knocked unconscious. He also claims that upon coming to, he was told to await help in his cabin, but that there was insufficient emergency services available for those in need. It is not clear if Simpson’s were among the “four minor injuries” initially reported by Royal Caribbean.
CNN indicated that the cruise line had not yet seen, and therefore was not prepared to respond, to the lawsuit. In the days after the incident aboard Anthem, Royal Caribbean announced that they would be offering a full refund to all passengers, as well as a 50 percent discount on a future cruise.