Frankly I think many of us are sick and tired of the endless parade of those who blame the cruise lines for their tragedies. Sorry, but, speaking for me, I am sick and tired of extending "sensitivity" to those who do not deserve it. And in this case, I don't think it is warranted. Yes, she matched the funds.....with money she got from the cruise line.
Blame - shmame. Someone died and all the "cruise trekkies" seem to do is defend the RCCL and other cruiselines against anyone effecting their bottom-line. The gentleman was drunk and through some terrible circumstance he fell overboard and died (or something more sinical that we will never know). But the bottom line is he perished and his wife is a WIDOW. I am not saying the settlement was a good thing for the cruiseline industry (obviously) but his death should not be trivialized by this thread.
The original post was a comment on the precedence that this sets. It's offensive for anyone to suggest that because others point out the question about personal responsibility, that they be considered insensitive. There is nothing that RCCL did to cause the death of that man, but the wife has a million dollars to gain. By the way, I read that the foundation that the wife set up is for $50,000. We have to take personal responsibility for our actions and stop using these corporations to cash in. She has also kept the report from the parents and they are not even able to read the results. What a nice lady that Mrs. Smith. So before you start questioning strangers about their feelings and lack of sensitivity, you may want to question that of the only person that has something to gain from this tragedy. A cruise ship is a small city, and there are plenty of stupid irresponsible people sharing that space along with the rest of us. The bottom line is that those of us that work our axxes off to save up for our vacations, should not have to pay the price for those that behave in a way that they put their lives in danger.
vacation bound: you know, it is possible to separate the personal tragedy from the business side of this. Are we supposed to stop and have moment of silence for all who have died in auto accidents when we buy a new car?
I have a friend who was on a jury for a lawsuit. He said it was as clear as day that the plaintiff had no case, but one juror kept saying "well, we ought to give her something for her trouble", just because the defendent was the telephone company and "they had the money". Thankfully the rest of the jurors finally got this one idiot to change her vote and the plaintiff didn't get a penny.