Meet Larry and Christy
Happily married for over 51 years, Larry and Christy poured their hearts into raising their daughters and, later, showering their grandchildren with love. Their shared passions included the cultural arts, cheering on the Huskers, photography, their beloved dog Razzle Dazzle, and traveling together abroad. Their zest to experience the world’s vast and varied cultures led them on numerous adventures around the globe, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.
Their happiest moments were during vacations with their family to places such as Disneyland, Colorado, and Hawaii, and on far-flung adventures to Africa, Machu Picchu, and the Galapagos Islands. They were experienced travelers who unfortunately placed their trust in International Expeditions, an American eco-tour company that has yet to accept responsibility for their tragic deaths.
On April 9th, 2016, Larry and Christy started their week-long cruise on the Amazon River with International Expeditions. The company markets its 15-cabin eco-tour boat, Estrella Amazonica, as a “custom-designed” vessel on which passengers “adventure in safety and comfort.”
On the very first night of the International Expeditions cruise, Larry and Christy died of smoke inhalation from a fire in their cabin through no fault of their own. They were the only passengers who died. Their deaths were completely preventable and entirely mishandled.
To learn more about what happened, read the recent piece at Independent Journal Review.
What You Should Know
- People who book cruises in other countries should be wary and additionally cautious of American companies like International Expeditions which market safety but do not adhere to U.S. regulations despite being based in the United States.
- International Expeditions should make their boats fully compliant with SOLAS standards before profiting from more American travelers on their boats.
- The friends and family of the Hammers will forever remember Larry and Christy for the kind and generous people they truly were. We urge you to read more about their lives at the About section.