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Admiralty and Maritime Law Newsletter - Summer 2020

Steering Through the Coronavirus Crisis: A Beginner’s Gander at Assessing the Strategic Importance of Maritime-Lien Law in Potential Cruise-Line Bankruptcies by Pierce Smith - The accelerating coronavirus crisis has upended major industries across the globe, but none more so than the cruise industry.1 In the early days of the unfolding international catastrophe, the Diamond Princess became a global topic of conversation as the locus of one of the first major outbreaks outside of mainland china.2 In the following weeks, this crisis for the cruise industry has only intensified, and the ultimate fate of the passengers and crew of the MS Westerdam, Grand Princess, MSC Meraviglia, MS Zaandam, and other possibly affected cruise ships remain largely unknown.

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