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Going Overboard: What Happens When A Passenger Falls

 

When you go on a cruise, you’re supposed to have a fun and relaxing time, making memories with friends and family. The last thing anyone expects is for an accident or injury to occur while on a cruise – or for someone to fall overboard.

However, overboard accidents do occur each and every year to both those who are guests on the cruise and those who work for the cruise line. In many cases, overboard accidents are the fault of the cruise line.

When is the cruise line at fault, and who is ultimately liable when someone goes overboard? Read on to find out.

The Duty of Care

The cruise lines you cruise with, and that some work for, owe

How to Ensure Your Shore Excursions are Safe and Fun

A great cruise wouldn’t be complete without a memorable shore excursion. However, sometimes those shore excursions can be memorable for all the wrong reasons – like getting injured.

Choosing the right shore excursion can be a tricky business. You have to know what to look for to ensure that it’s safe and to understand what you should do if something goes wrong. Here are a few tips to help you find the best shore excursions for your next cruise, plus what you can do if something on your excursion doesn’t quite go to plan.

Planning Safely

If you want to choose a shore excursion that is right for you, then the best place to start is with safety. To ensure

Cruise Personal Injury: How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?

Cruising is big business. People just love to cruise, as evidenced by how much more popular cruising is now than it was just 15 years ago.

In the last decade, the number of people cruising has doubled, and over 30 million people cruise each year. To meet this increased demand, cruise lines have built humongous ships that can hold thousands of passengers and crew members. This has led to an increased number of injuries aboard cruise ships for passengers and crew members alike.

If you are injured on a cruise ship, there’s a lot to grapple with, including how to file a lawsuit and how much time you have to do it. Here is what you need to know if

What You Should Know About Cruise Ship Law

How Common are Accidents on Cruise Ships?

It’s important to remember that there are plenty of dangerous, extreme activities available on cruise ships and on the coastal tourist spots along the way. Between 2005 and 2018,  there were 448 major cruise ship accidents reported. 16 people died in cruise ship accidents between 2005 and 2011.

Recreational equipment failure may be to blame for a large number of cruise ship accidents, but there are plenty of on-board safety concerns, including but not limited to:

    Loss of power resulting in being adrift at sea Fire (101 incidents since 2005) Plumbing issues (bursting pipes, overflowing toilets, etc.) Spread of viruses Improper sanitation Running aground Sinking Crime
Can I Sue the Cruise Line If

If a Fun Excursion Goes Sour, Your Cruise Line Can Be Held Responsible

Part of the fun of cruise vacations is the opportunity to explore ports around the world. Cruise lines promote these options at different ports of call to help their passengers make the most of their experiences onshore. From horseback riding to snorkeling to walking tours, these shore excursions can be memorable and exciting.

It’s important to remember, however, that activities offered in onshore excursions carry risk. Injuries do happen on shore, with many factors that contribute to accidents. These factors can include negligence on behalf of the cruise line or the shore excursion company.

When an injury on a shore excursion happens, what do you do? Can you sue the cruise line for your injuries?

Here’s what you need to

Injured at Sea? A Lawsuit May be More Complicated Than You Think

Millions of Americans go on cruises each year. Reasonably, accidents can happen on cruise ships just like anywhere else. However, not many people realize that the cruise line can be liable for injuries sustained while onboard.

If you’re injured at sea, you have the right to sue. But you also have to meet a fairly high bar in order to show that the cruise line should, in fact, be liable and made to pay. In fact, it can be quite complicated to pursue lawsuits against cruise lines for a variety of reasons.

Whether you’re a regular on the cruise ship scene or dreaming of your first, it’s important to understand what to do if you’re injured on a cruise, including

What Carnival’s 6 Injured Passengers Did Right After Cruise Collision

Most of us have a general idea about how to stay safe once you’ve set sail. Not to mention, every cruise line has a quick tutorial for all passengers before the ship even leaves the dock.

You know to follow safety guidelines, hold onto railings, and be cautious while in port in foreign countries. Still, there’s one potential cause for injury over which you have zero control: a crash. Yes, cruise ships can – and do – collide.

You likely heard that’s exactly what happened in Cozumel, Mexico in December.

When Cruise Ships Collide

Two Carnival Cruise ships ran into each other as they were pulling into port, resulting in six injured. The cruise giant claims that the impact was