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Family attorney for toddler who died from cruise ship fall accuses Royal Caribbean of giving ‘false narrative’

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Attorney Michael Winkleman, representing the Indiana family suing Royal Caribbean over the death of toddler Chloe Wiegand who fell from an open ship window in July, is accusing the cruise liner of lying about how the incident transpired and claims a recent inspection of the ship proves it.

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Winkleman spoke to Fox News, explaining that Chloe’s grandfather, Salvatore Anello, who was holding the 18-month-old when she fell from his arms while the cruise ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had no idea the window was open at the time of the tragedy.

The cruise ship has previously claimed Anello was “well-aware” of the open 11th-floor window when he lifted Chloe up before the fatal fall.

Now Winkleman is speaking out against the claims after conducting an inspection of the ship with a maritime safety expert, which he says proves the cruise ship has been giving a “false narrative.”

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“Really, we think since day one, they’ve always tried to make it seem as though and what they said in court papers was that Sam can be seen to walk up and lean over the railing out the window. And that’s incorrect. That’s just factually incorrect. If you look, if you take time to look at the photos and the reconstruction of what we did, you will see that’s not possible,” Winkleman told Fox News.

“So the reason why we say it’s physically impossible for him to do that is we actually just [tried] to get my law partner, for him to even touch his head on the window,” he said. “He would have to get it up on his tippy toes on a railing where his feet were […] more than seven inches off the ground. And that would be just to touch his head where the glass is. So to be able to go out of that window, you’d have to lean so far that you would be at risk of falling. Therefore, it’s essentially physically impossible. But more importantly, I think, is just that it shows that the position that Royal Caribbean is taking is untrue.”

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Royal Caribbean has claimed that security camera footage shows Anello leaning out of the open window prior to Chloe’s death. The cruise liner sought to dismiss the case based on the security footage, blaming Anello’s negligence for the tragedy.

However, Winkleman alleges that the security footage is “deceptive” and only uses two angles of the available 13 cameras. The lawyer has filed a motion to both strike the video footage submitted and for Royal Caribbean to “produce all video footage from all of the cameras.”

In a previous statement shared with Fox News by Royal Caribbean, the cruise liner called the incident a “heartbreaking tragedy,” but offered no further comment on its motion to dismiss.

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“The death of Chloe Wiegand is undeniably a heartbreaking tragedy that has prompted a criminal prosecution of Chloe’s step-grandfather and a civil lawsuit brought by the Wiegand family attorneys. Our position in the matter is outlined in our Motion to Dismiss, which we were legally mandated to do in response to the civil complaint. The motion was filed in Federal Court in South Florida and is available to the public,” Royal Caribbean said.

Anello was charged with negligent homicide by Puerto Rico prosecutors in November. The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, if he is found guilty.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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Royal Caribbean claims grandfather knew window was open before toddler’s fatal fall

Royal Caribbean is seeking to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Chloe Wiegand, claiming that her grandfather was “well aware” that the 11th-floor window was open before the Indiana toddler’s fatal fall.

Chloe, who was just 18-months old at the time of her death, had fallen from the Freedom of the Seas cruise liner on July 7, after slipping from her grandfather Salvatore Anello’s grasp while the cruise ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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An attorney for the Wiegand family said later that month that Anello had held Chloe up to what he believed to be a window, so she could bang on the glass.

Anello later claimed that his colorblindness may have been a contributing factor in the heartbreaking incident, leaving him unable to distinguish between the ship’s tinted windows and the open windows.

“I thought there was glass. I still say it to myself, it’s just, I kind of relive it all the time, and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you,” he had previously said of the incident.

In December, the Wiegand family filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean, questioning why the window was open, and with no sufficient warning or signage.

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This month, Royal Caribbean filed a motion with the courts in the Southern District of Florida to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Chloe Wiegand, who died after falling from the Freedom of the Seas in July.  (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)

This month, Royal Caribbean filed a motion with the courts in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida to dismiss that lawsuit, citing security camera footage that, they claim, shows Anello leaning out of the open window prior to Chloe’s death.

“This is not a case of an unknowing child approaching an open window and falling out because the window was defective or improperly positioned. Rather, this is a case about an adult man, Chloe’s step grandfather who, as surveillance footage unquestionably confirms: (1) walked up to a window he was aware was open; (2) leaned his upper body out the window for several seconds; (3) reached down and picked up Chloe; and (4) then held her by and out of the open window for thirty four seconds before he lost his grip and dropped Chloe out of the window,” the cruise line wrote in its motion to dismiss.

Royal Caribbean then referred to stills from its video footage, which they claim show Anello leaning from a window before picking Chloe up.

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“When he arrives at the open window, and while Chloe is on the floor, Mr. Anello leans his upper-torso over the wooden railing and out of the window frame for approximately eight seconds,” the motion states, according to court documents.

“Because Mr. Anello had himself leaned out the window, he was well aware that the window is open.”

Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the Wiegands, has since called Royal Caribbean’s motion to dismiss “baseless.”

“It is clear that Royal Caribbean’s tactic is to blame Chloe’s grandfather rather than to accept that Royal Caribbean did not implement industry standards for toddler safety aboard its ships which ultimately led to Chloe’s tragic death,” Winkleman said, in part, in a statement shared with Fox 43.

Winkleman further claimed that Royal Caribbean was supplying “two deceptive views from its CCTV cameras.”

On Friday, attorneys for the family filed two further motions: one to strike the video footage, claiming the “the authenticity of the videos” had not been established; and another asking the court to make Royal Caribbean “to produce all video footage from all of the cameras,” of which Winkleman had said there were 13 in total.

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Anello, meanwhile, has been charged with negligent homicide by Puerto Rico prosecutors in November. The charge carries a possible sentence of three years in prison.

In a statement shared with Fox News, Royal Caribbean had no further comment on its motion to dismiss.

“The death of Chloe Wiegand is undeniably a heartbreaking tragedy that has prompted a criminal prosecution of Chloe’s step-grandfather and a civil lawsuit brought by the Wiegand family attorneys. Our position in the matter is outlined in our Motion to Dismiss, which we were legally mandated to do in response to the civil complaint. The motion was filed in Federal Court in South Florida and is available to the public.”

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Carnival Cruise Line now certified as ‘Sensory Inclusive’

Cruises can be a dazzling display of lights and sound with an overwhelming amount of things to do – and for some people with autism, ADHD, PTSD, Down Syndrome and other sensory disabilities, that can lead to sensory overload.

But Carnival Cruise Line has gone out of its way to be more accommodating to its guests, and that has paid off with the company becoming the first cruise line to be certified “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory needs and invisible disabilities.

All of Carnival’s South Florida-based ships are now certified, with the rest of the fleet scheduled to also earn that distinction by March of 2020.

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“Carnival Cruise Line and KultureCity share a heartfelt commitment to acceptance and inclusivity,” Vicky Rey, Carnival’s vice president of guest care and communications and the company’s ADA Responsibility Officer, said in a statement. “Working together, all of our guests can maximize their enjoyment and be the truest versions of themselves during their time on board.”

KultureCity co-founder Dr. Julian Maha echoed her thoughts.

“We’re proud and grateful to partner with Carnival Cruise Line, offering guests with sensory needs an opportunity to more fully enjoy their vacations and create wonderful memories with their friends, families and loved ones,” he said. “We appreciate Carnival Cruise Line for taking this important step in making their vacations accessible to everyone.”

Carnival’s rollout of the sensitivity training began in October. Hundreds have been trained to understand and help adults, youth and children with sensory-related questions or needs.

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In addition, KultureCity sensory bags are available for check out for the duration of the cruise and contain a variety of items to help calm, relax and manage sensory overload.

Items include comfortable noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget toys and a visual feeling thermometer (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker), as well as a KultureCity VIP lanyard to help staff easily identify guests.

These measures have proven to already be helpful in the more than 450 landside venues like stadiums, arenas and amusement parks that have partnered with KultureCity.

“Carnival Cruise Line is to be commended for training their staff about autism and offering sensory bags that will enable individuals with autism and their families to have an enjoyable cruise,” said Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned autism advocate and author, and one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience with autism.

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Princess Cruises apologizes for ‘racist’ Maori ceremony in New Zealand

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises has apologized for “cultural insensitivity” after photos of a welcoming ceremony were blasted as “racist” on social media, primarily because the employees at the ceremony were dressed in traditional Maori attire, despite not being members of the indigenous group.

On Monday, guests traveling on Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess ship were welcomed aboard at the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand by a group of “non-Maori men” wearing “crude skirts” with “scribbles” across their faces, the New Zealand Herald reports. The men are said to have posed for photos with Golden Princess passengers and pretended to perform a pōwhiri ceremony, or the traditional welcoming ritual of New Zealand’s indigenous people.

A Facebook user identified as Steve the Maori soon shared images of the scene to social media, and the post has since gone viral with over 1,400 shares and 1,300 comments. Describing the sight as “racist,” Steve alleged that Princess Cruises likely had their own staffers dressed up in the Maori-inspired outfits in a bid to save money — as opposed to hiring a local Maori group for job of welcoming guests aboard the ocean liner.

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“Many cruise ships when traveling to NZ ports, such as the Port of Tauranga, opt to have a traditional Maori Welcome (Powhiri) welcoming the 3000-plus guests,” Steve wrote.

“A lot of cruise companies employ local Maori cultural groups to sing or perform dances etc., welcoming travelers to shore but in this situation Princess Cruises (purely an assumption based off the branding of the tent) are using their own non-NZ staff, with careless scribbles on their faces [and] wearing skirts which do not depict Maori culture which I personally find a disgrace,” he speculated.

“I find it deplorable to blatantly lie to guests in a racist attempt to save money on local performers… This practice needs to be discouraged,” he concluded.

Echoing similar sentiments, Maori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru said that he found the social media posts to be so offensive that he first thought they were a prank.

“It is blatant racism and exploitation of Maori culture and of staff by the company. It is derogatory and there is no excuse for such behavior in today’s age where other actions have been in the media and criticized,” Taiuru told the Herald.

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“Anyone with a basic understanding of the English language with access to any sort of media, whether it is a newspaper, radio or the internet, should be aware of the offensiveness,” he said. “There is absolutely no excuse for an international company to operate like this in New Zealand.”

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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Port of Tauranga described the incident as “not acceptable” and claimed that the port had no responsibility for the event.

According to Stuff.co.nz, Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell said that many people called him with “very, very genuine concerns” following the incident.

“If the facts are as I understand, this shows a complete lack of cultural awareness,” Powell said. “Clearly we welcome the cruise ships and the visitors, but we expect them to have an authentic and warm welcome.”

In the days since, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises apologized for “cultural insensitivity” and confirmed that the welcoming ceremony had indeed by organized by the cruise line.

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“We give a complete assurance that no offense was ever intended and we apologize unreservedly for what has happened. We took immediate steps to address this sensitive situation,” a representative told the Herald. “After being made aware of the situation, the ship’s management team took action to withdraw the ship photographers from the area to prevent any further possibility of cultural insensitivity.”

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises was not immediately available to offer further comment.

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Grandfather charged in toddler’s cruise death says colorblindness may be to blame

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The Indiana grandfather charged in the death of his toddler granddaughter after she fell from a cruise ship’s 11th floor window in July said Wednesday that his colorblindness may have been a contributing factor in the heartbreaking incident, a report said.

Asked if he knew windows on the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas are tinted to distinguish whether they are opened or closed, 50-year-old grandfather Salvatore Anello revealed his medical condition to CBS News.

“I’m colorblind. I don’t know. I just never saw it. … I’ve been told that that’s a reason that it might have happened.” 

— Indiana grandfather Salvatore Anello, 50

“I thought there was glass. I still say it to myself, it’s just, I kind of relive it all the time, and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you,” he continued.

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CBS News was able to confirm his medical condition, the report said.

Anello has been charged with negligent homicide in the July 7 death of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand, who plunged 150 feet from the ship, which was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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If convicted, Anello could receive a three-year prison sentence, the network reported.

He maintains he raised the toddler up to an open window before she fell, CBS News reported.

His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 17.

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Grandfather who dropped child to her death from cruise describes tragic incident

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The Ohio grandfather who dropped his 18-month-old granddaughter to her death from the balcony of a cruise ship spoke out about the ordeal Monday for the first time since he’s been hit with criminal charges.

Speaking to CBS News, Salvatore Anello said he thought a glass window would have blocked his granddaughter Chloe Wiegand from plunging to her death from the ship while it was docked in Puerto Rico in July.

“I remember trying to find her on the floor and then I saw her fall, I saw her fall, I saw her fall and I was just in disbelief,” he told CBS in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday morning.

“And I was like ‘Oh my God.’ And I think for a while I was in shock and I was just standing there. And then I just remember screaming that I thought there was glass,” Anello added.

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“I thought there was glass. I still say it to myself, it’s just, I kind of relive it all the time and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you,” he said.

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Grandfather who dropped child to her death from cruise describes tragic incident

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The Ohio grandfather who dropped his 18-month-old granddaughter to her death from the balcony of a cruise ship spoke out about the ordeal Monday for the first time since he’s been hit with criminal charges.

Speaking to CBS News, Salvatore Anello said he thought a glass window would have blocked his granddaughter Chloe Wiegand from plunging to her death from the ship while it was docked in Puerto Rico in July.

“I remember trying to find her on the floor and then I saw her fall, I saw her fall, I saw her fall and I was just in disbelief,” he told CBS in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday morning.

“And I was like ‘Oh my God.’ And I think for a while I was in shock and I was just standing there. And then I just remember screaming that I thought there was glass,” Anello added.

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“I thought there was glass. I still say it to myself, it’s just, I kind of relive it all the time and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you,” he said.

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Grandfather charged in death of toddler who fell on cruise ship in Puerto Rico

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A grandfather who police say dropped his young niece from the 11th floor of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico in July has been accused of negligent homicide.

A judge in Puerto Rico on Monday ordered the arrest of Salvatore Anello after prosecutors submitted evidence and said the 2-year-old girl fell when he raised her up to an open window.

An attorney for the family has said Chloe Wiegand asked her grandfather to lift her up so she could bang on the glass in a children’s play area. He blamed the cruise ship company for leaving the window inexplicably open.

An attorney said in a statement after the charges that the judge’s move is like “pouring salt on the open wounds of this grieving family.”

A prosecutor in Puerto Rico said in a statement obtained by WSBT that Anello, the husband of the maternal grandmother, “negligently exposed the girl “through one of the windows on the 11th floor of the ship” and the girl fell from 115 feet.

The family is from Indiana and was aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.

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Anello is being held on $80,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 20.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger booted from trip for dangerous swimsuit selfie: ‘What an absolute idiot’

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but posing in such a precarious position surely isn’t worth a thousand Instagram likes.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger has been slammed as an “absolute idiot” for climbing over a balcony railing to take a swimsuit selfie high above the ocean. One witness has claimed she was later kicked off the ship when it eventually docked in Jamaica for the reckless stunt.

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One Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger, pictured, has been slammed as an “absolute idiot” for climbing over a balcony railing to take a swimsuit selfie, high above the ocean. (Peter Blosic)

Peter Blosic, who snapped the photo, was recently traveling through the Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas when he spotted the unnamed woman in a blue bathing suit, after she had apparently climbed over a balcony railing on the starboard (right) side of the ocean liner. According to Blosic, the daredevil ventured out on the massive ship’s narrow perch to take photos of herself, The Sun reports.

“What an absolute IDIOT. You cannot fall off of a ship unless you are acting like a moron!” he exclaimed.

Blosic said he immediately contacted guest services, and that ship officials soon tracked down the woman. Later, the selfie-snapper was booted off the ship when it docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, Blosic claimed.

A spokesperson for the cruise line was not immediately available to offer further comment on the story.

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According to Royal Caribbean’s guest conduct policy, passengers are forbidden from “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers, or tampering with ship’s equipment, facilities or systems” for their own safety. (iStock)

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According to Royal Caribbean’s guest conduct policy, passengers are forbidden from “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers, or tampering with ship’s equipment, facilities or systems” for their own safety.

Failure to comply may result in intervention by ship security, law enforcement and, ultimately, removal from the ship at the next port of call.

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Earlier this week, a Carnival Cruise Line passenger was critically injured after falling over a railing and landing on a deck 16-feet below. And last year, Royal Caribbean banned a guest for life after he jumped from the 11th deck of the Symphony of the Seas while the ship was docked. A global study published last summer also revealed that 259 people have died while taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

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Elderly cruise passengers claim they were tricked into smuggling 20 pounds of cocaine

Nothing ruins a vacation like getting arrested for smuggling drugs.

An elderly British couple has been accused of drug trafficking and is facing up to 12 years in prison if convicted. They claim that a mysterious businessman tricked them, but authorities aren’t buying it.

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The couple was reportedly arrested when nine kilos (20 pounds) of cocaine was discovered hidden in travel cases in their cabin. (iStock)

Roger and Sue Clarke were arrested last December, The Sun reports. Authorities allegedly discovered nine kilos (20 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside four travel cases in their cabin on a cruise ship near Lisbon, Portugal.

The couple claims, however, that they were unaware of the drugs. According to them, a Jamaican businessman named Lee paid for their cruises and simply asked them to pick up “empty” cases from a middleman. They also claimed that Lee asked them to purchase exotic fruit for him.

The couple was previously convicted in 2010 for trafficking cannabis resin near Norway.

In the current case, authorities believe that the couple had made contact with drug trafficking organizations multiple times from 2017 to 2018.

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According to authorities,  Roger, 72, and Sue, 71, were living off about $1,106 a month but were somehow able to afford to spend approximately $22,500 on luxury cruises over a two-year period. A diary kept by the couple revealed that they had traveled to Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean.

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The couple is scheduled to appear in court in Lisbon Tuesday, where they are expected to deny the charges. The couple has reportedly been in custody since their arrest in December. If found guilty, they could face up to 12 years in jail.

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