Vacationing or working on a cruise ship can be a great experience. You get to visit places, while enjoying your time on the ship with activities the cruise lines have. You eliminate the packing and unpacking as you would do if you were taking a trip on land. There is more of a commodity traveling by sea, but it does not come without risks.
There are hundreds of passengers along with crew members, who are injured every year while boarding a cruise ship. People can get raped, murdered, injured, robbed, and even go missing while taking a vacation on a cruise. You may think to yourself that with all the money a cruise makes, why don’t they have more safety measures? How is it possible that someone just goes ‘missing’ without anyone knowing what happened to them?
If you are a passenger, or a crew member that has been injured because of standards and safety policies that were not properly met while being or working on the cruise ship, you will need a skillful litigator who has had their share of cruise ship injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and who is aware of the maritime law content. Take note that the statute of limitations on these cases have a shorter time frame than other personal injury lawsuits.
Is Being On a Cruise Ship Safe?
Traveling by any means always comes with risks. Nothing is guaranteed safe. Precautions need to be taken by the cruise line companies, the crew members, and the passengers to prevent any accidents from occurring. If you enjoyed vacationing by cruises, by all means, but just be aware that cruise ships are never 100% safe, nothing is.
Although, there may be more risks for different methods of traveling, every method of traveling has a percentage of either being in an accident, suffering an injury, contracting a virus, and potentially losing a life. You can never know what will happen, even while walking to your car. Don’t ever let your guard down. Try to keep safe when traveling, and avoid any potential risks.
Known Incidents Where There Was a Lack of Safety
- Costa Concordia contained 3,800 passengers. It was operated by Carnival Cooperation in January 2012. The cruise ship went ashore right off the coast of Italy. There were a total of 32 casualties. This made international headlines.
- Carnival Triumph endured an engine-room fire that led to the ship being disabled in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, no one was injured, but it left thousands of travelers without electricity, or water for many days.
- Royal Caribbean Cruises contracted norovirus. 118 voyagers became sick by this virus. Ships are known to be susceptible to virus outbreaks because of so many passengers boarding and exiting.
With all of these incidents, there could have been something to prevent the ending result. A maintenance and check-up of the ship could be a key in the prevention of mechanical failures. The implication of sanitizing methods can be a factor in containing an outbreak on board. So many things can be implanted as safety methods to avoid tragedies from happening.
Ways to Stay Safe
Throughout our knowledge and encounters with victims injured while taking a cruise ship, we have thought of ways that passengers and crew members can adapt to their travels to remain safe. We recommend some of the following methods:
- Be aware of your alcohol consumption: Being on a cruise is all about having fun right? Yes, to a certain degree. Cruise ships have many bars and all different kinds of alcoholic drinks. You may be tempted to get ahead of yourself and just a little too much. Know how much alcohol you can consume before losing your senses. A cruise ship is practically a moving hotel. If you are intoxicated, you could slip and fall, and even fall overboard.
- Investigate where you are headed: Some countries have more dangerous than others. For example, the Bahamas is a popular visitation site, but it has a high crime rate. Research which places are safe to go to when going on excursions. Find out about their culture, their police force, and any known incidents that have occurred there to cruise ship members while visiting. It is important to be knowledgeable of your destination.
- Travel in a group: It is always better to travel with someone, than to travel alone. For starters, you can look after each other if anything goes wrong. Also, if a criminal becomes interested in you, he or she is less likely to make you a target if you are with someone else. Criminals go after what is the easiest to obtain, and attacking one person is less of a struggle than with two people.
- Safety with your balcony: Due to the beauty of the sea at night, you might want to leave your door open, but it is safer not to. Lock your doors and make sure to inspect your balcony before you hit the hay for anyone who may be hiding and waiting for you to fall asleep. Leaving a door open allows easy access for anyone who wants to come in.
- Your safe is there for a reason: Most people do not use their safes located in heir cabins. By using your safe and placing all your personal belongings of value, you can avoid someone stealing it. Most crew members are honest, but you are better safe, than sorry.
There are many other tips that someone can take to try and stay safe on their travels.
Dealing with Unsafe Conditions Claims
If an injury or loss has occurred due to unsafe conditions while vacationing on a cruise ship, call us at (305)529-0001. We have an impressive understanding of cases of unsafe conditions on cruise ships. We will aid you on your journey in acquiring compensation for your suffering.