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What Are Your Rights As a Cruise Ship Employee?

There are hundreds of cruise ships on oceans and rivers across the world, and those ships are manned by thousands of crew who make the journey possible. Those who work aboard cruise ships perform valuable functions that allow the cruise lines to operate and bring joy to passengers.

Unfortunately, there are many hazards that can be faced when working aboard a cruise ship. Because of these hazards, injuries do happen. If you’re a cruise ship employee, and you’re injured at work, you probably have a lot of questions. But perhaps the most important question any cruise ship crew member can ask is: “What are my rights?”

Here’s what you need to know about this special area of maritime law to help you understand what your rights are before you ever set sail.

What Are Your Rights?

Crew members aboard cruise ships have rights, and

Do Cruise Ships Have Overboard Sensors?

When going on a cruise, one of the worst things people can imagine happening is falling overboard. However, it does happen – probably more than people realize.

Recently, a woman fell off a cruise ship. The Coast Guard recovered her dead body about 18 miles from Port Canaveral, where her boat headed. The cruise line stated that their advanced detection systems let people know a passenger had gone over, but it didn’t make a difference in the end.

When going on a cruise, you’ve got to have all your bases covered. After all, it’s a mode of travel unlike any other. But when things go wrong, you have to understand where you stand.

What happens if someone falls overboard on a ship? Do cruise ships have overboard sensors that allow the crew to know when someone has plummeted into the ocean below? Read on

Going on a Holiday Cruise? What You Need to Know

It doesn’t take much to understand the appeal of a holiday cruise. Just think of it: Instead of cooking, cleaning, and hosting tons of family, you can have every whim attended to on a cruise – not one dish to wash or wrapping paper scrap to clean up!

On a holiday cruise, you simply need to choose the cruise, pack your stuff, and get on board as you focus on celebrating with those who mean the most to you. However, if you’re planning a holiday cruise this year, you should be aware of a few things before you embark. If you familiarize yourself with a few things, you can ensure this holiday vacation is one of the best.

Planning Tips

After you’ve chosen the right cruise and booked it, you need to follow a few of these tips:

Know What to Pack

Even if

5 Ways You Can Be Kicked Off a Cruise Ship

Most people assume a cruise will be smooth sailing once they leave the port, but that’s not always the case. Cruise ships can kick you off the cruise once it is underway.

There are obvious reasons a person can be kicked off a cruise, such as committing violence or smuggling drugs online. But what about the not-so-obvious ways? There are quite a few ways to get kicked off a cruise ship that you may not have considered.

Getting Sick

You can get booted from your dream cruise by getting sick once you are on board. A case of the sniffles won’t cause you to get kicked off, but something serious like a stroke or heart attack will.

Perhaps saying you’ll be “kicked off” is too strong of a term because what happens is that they will evacuate you off the ship to get the

Ocean Cruise and River Cruise: What’s the Difference?


You may think that being on a boat for vacation is the same no matter where you do it, but there’s more to it than simply the vessel you’re on. River cruising has become quite popular recently, and many more people are exploring this cruising experience.

What is the distinction between a river cruise and an ocean cruise? Are there legal differences you should be aware of? Here is what you need to know about river cruises versus the ocean cruises you may be more familiar with to help you decide if it’s something you want to try.

Key Differences

One of the biggest differences between ocean cruises and river cruises is – obviously – the waters they travel in. However, there is more to what sets these cruise experiences apart. Some of the key differences are:

Size of the Vessel

Ocean cruise

Missing Persons on a Cruise: What Now?

Can you imagine getting on a cruise ship but never leaving it? Or being notified a loved one has gone missing from a cruise? These scenarios may seem unfathomable, but they do occur – people go missing on cruises for many reasons.

The cruise line is responsible for keeping passengers safe while on board. When a person goes missing on a ship, they must take steps to find them. Failure to do so can result in negligence claims against the cruise line – particularly for those never heard from again.

Here’s what you need to know about when people go missing on a cruise ship and what legal rights you have in the wake of a loved one who’s gone missing.

Gone Missing: How Does It Happen?

A cruise ship is a closed environment. That makes it hard to understand how anyone could simply

Cruise Ship Deck Chair Hoarders: How To Fight Back

You only get a few weeks each year to kick back and relax. When you’re on a cruise, you want that kicking back and relaxing to be on a deck lounger so you can soak up some of that vacation sun you’ve been needing.

The only problem with this plan? Deck chair hoarders. Some people call them deck chair hogs. They somehow manage to snatch up every available chair and hoard them like a dragon with its gold. So, now what?

You don’t go on vacation to argue, and there are definitely reasons not to get in an altercation on your cruise (hello, brig!). The real solution to your problem is that you have to outsmart those deck chair hoarders and beat them at their own game. But how? Read on for a few helpful tips!

What Is a Deck Chair Hoarder?

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