Cruise ship employee sues, claiming was effectively forced labour

Casino surveillance employee Dragan Janicijevic, a crew member on Grand Celebration (IMO 8314134), has alleged in a potential class action in US District Court in Miami that, after the cruise industry shut down in mid-March, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line failed to pay the two months’ severance that crew contracts were entitled to, or to promptly provide passage to home countries in Europe and Asia.

“These workers had no other options than to stay on these ships when the pandemic began. To ask them to stay in their place of business without pay is the equivalent of forced labour,” said Michael Winkleman, Janicijevic’s attorney, last week. The company is disputing the allegations. 1987-built, Bahamas-flagged, 47,263 gt Grand Celebration is owned by Grand Cruise Shipping Unipesso care of FleetPro Ocean Inc of Miami, Florida. It is managed by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line of Deerfield Beach, Florida. ISM manager is Campbell Cruise & Yacht Management of Nassau, Bahamas. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Paradise Cruise Line Owner Ltd