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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:58 AM

Volcano tourism anyone? Newlyweds sue Royal Caribbean cruises

It began with a plume of brilliant white smoke, billowing silently from the volcano's rugged crater before mushrooming into an ominous black cloud. By the time their tour guide had yelled at them to take cover it was too late for newlyweds Matthew and Lauren Urey. The couple from Richmond, Virginia, were soon engulfed in a suffocating fog of molten ash, scorching their flesh, pummeling them with debris and plunging their dream honeymoon into a living hell.

'My body was literally sizzling,' said Lauren, 33, fighting back tears.'I was holding Matt's hand and I just kept telling him I loved him because I thought it was only seconds before we would both die.' Matthew, 36, added: 'It was darker than the darkest nights you've ever seen. It was scalding hot, agonizing, we were getting pelted with rocks.

It's been six months since the brave couple escaped the terrifying eruption on New Zealand's White Island, a rocky outcrop that sits atop one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The day-long excursion was supposed to be the highlight of a 12-night Royal Caribbean cruise taking in the sights and natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand.

'It never even crossed my mind that Royal Caribbean would put anybody at risk on something that dangerous,' added Matthew.







https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8452195/Newlyweds-sue-Royal-Caribbean-bodies-horrifically-scorched-active-volcano.html
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and they were the lucky ones

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:03 PM

1. I haven't thought this all the way through, but isn't this kinda like...

signing up for the army, hoping for a clerk job and some good stories, and complaining you got shot at?

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 03:21 PM

9. Well put

At this point, anybody who deliberately gets near a volcano, or goes on a cruise ship, well, I just won't feel sorry for them when something bad happens.

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:03 PM

2. Yikes

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:05 PM

3. It might be a memorable experience to run with the bulls in Pamplona.



But don't run to your lawyer if it doesn't end well.

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:06 PM

4. Burns are lifelong injuries. I feel for them.

However, isn't it understood that it's dangerous to walk around in a volcano?

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:10 PM

5. They hired Royal Caribbean to deliver a volcano experience

They got it. I don't think that RC scheduled the eruption.....

I am sympathetic with their pain and injury, but it was of their own making. Play dangerous games, win dangerous prizes. They wouldn't want me on their jury.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:32 PM

6. volcano eruption predictions only work in the movies, really bad timing luck there

1st eruption in almost 20 years, what are the odds?

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:22 PM

8. Just because, like cockroaches, we have

been able to make our homes all over the planet no matter what, there are still some places on this planet where we don't belong for our own safety. Humans think that they can just go anywhere and the consequences are someone else's responsibility, at least the American ones sure do.

ETA: They're lucky they survived, unlike some of the others.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 04:36 PM

10. Cockroaches have existed for 300 million years, its quite an honor to be compared to them

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Response to Baclava (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 04:40 PM

11. Yes, they also haven't threatened all life on the planet in all that time.

We have accomplished that in a few short centuries.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 05:00 PM

13. Wait till we get that warpdrive and spread our seed to the stars, our swarm will rule the galaxy!

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Response to Baclava (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 05:03 PM

14. Yikes. ...nt

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Response to Baclava (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 04:52 PM

12. We went hiking in the Kilauea crater

about a year before the recent eruption. Knew the risk.

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