Cruises are becoming one of the most popular types of vacation, as they offer a broad range of activities, combining relaxing or active days onboard, sightseeing in different ports or day trips to exotic locations. Each year thousands of passengers leave the port of Miami to enjoy a relaxing week aboard a luxurious ship, away from their usual concerns. Unfortunately, when boarding the ship, the last thing they expect is to suffer various injuries that might even endanger their lives.
Accidents Resulting from Onboard Activities
Most cruise lines offer packages combining port days and sea days. To avoid passengers getting bored on sea days, the crew organizes a broad range of onboard activities, both for adults and children. On most ships passengers can choose from some of the following activities:
swimming or participating in pool games
competing in basketball and volleyball tournaments
taking dance classes
going to the gym or spa
taking cooking classes
gambling in the casino
Some cruises, like the Royal Caribbean, offer more exotic activities as well, like rock-climbing, onboard surfing, boogie boarding, driving a racecar, ice skating or learning trapeze.
Children can also be registered with the onboard kids' club to participate in different age-appropriate activities, like various organized games, contests, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts projects and dance parties.
Although most of these activities are performed under crew members supervision and guidance, simply due to the nature of some of them, passengers are exposed to the risk of serious injuries, especially because there is a tendency of trying out new types of activities, they just aren't prepared. It is easy to imagine the casualties, and unaware passenger can suffer during onboard surfing or in the gym's boxing ring.
Although the cruise line's effort to provide all these activities is considerable, alongside it exists the responsibility to ensure passenger safety even during such high-risk activities. If a passenger slips even during a simple dancing class and sustains, for example, a hip dislocation that requires surgery for correction, the cruise line will be responsible for the injury and may have to pay the damages.
How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?
At the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we have extensive experience in representing cruise ship passengers who sustained various injuries during their vacation. We know how even a minor injury can ruin your vacation and we believe cruise ship operating companies should be held responsible for not providing a reasonably safe environment for their passengers.
If you sustained serious injuries while participating in any onboard activities, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. You need to act quickly, as cruise lines have short statutes of limitation. Most of them require a written accident report within six months following the injury, and legal claims have to be filed within one year. The laws that apply to cruise ship injuries are also different from customary personal injury laws, so having an experienced maritime attorney on your side is essential if you wish to pursue just compensation.
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