Shine Lawyers has launched a class action on behalf of the Ruby Princess passengers that were affected by the coronavirus outbreak on the ship in March this year.
The firm alleges the outbreak resulted from a failure by the owner and operator of the Ruby Princess to take appropriate measures to ensure that passengers were safe and protected from contracting the virus on the ship.
“This failure constitutes breaches of the cruise owner and operator’s duty of care to its passengers, and of the consumer guarantees and other provisions of Australian Consumer Law,” Shine Lawyers stated.
Over 700 Covid-19 infections were linked to the Ruby Princess, after it docked at Circular Quay in Sydney on 19 March this year.
Yahoo Finance contacted Princess Cruises for comment on the class action.
“We have the utmost respect for our guests and understand the worldwide impact of COVID-19 including on some of our guests, crew members and their families,” a Princess Cruises spokesperson said.
“The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry, in which we are participating, is in the process of establishing the facts in relation to Ruby Princess.
“It is not our intention to respond to the assertions of class action lawyers.”
Shine Lawyers alleges that despite 158 cases of coronavirus symptoms being logged on the previous voyage, passengers on board the Ruby Princess failed to be informed of this and the potential risks they faced of contracting the virus on the cruise.
You can sign up to the class action if you were one of the passengers on the Ruby Princess that departed Circular Quay on 8 March.
You can also join the class action if you are a family member or loved one of an ill or deceased passenger who has suffered psychiatric injury as a result of their loved one’s contracting the virus, or if you are executor or administrator of the estate of a passenger who contracted the virus and subsequently passed away.
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