While enjoying a cruise ship vacation, most passengers wish to take part in some of the organized shore excursions. Most cruise lines combine in their vacation packages days at sea with days on ports, during which passengers are welcome to participate in offshore day trips. While the excitement such trips can provide is evident, most passengers forget about the potential risks of exploring a tropical island or an exotic country, even with a designated guide.
Injury Risks During Offshore Excursions
Offshore trips vary greatly depending on the geographical region you are visiting. In Europe, they mostly consist in the sightseeing while on Caribbean islands, excursions are usually more active. Some day trips involve the presence of a guide while in other cases, a bus might take you to the city center and you are left alone to explore the area. Passengers can, of course, choose to visit the port on their own without paying extra fees for the planned trip. Regardless of the visited area and the type of the excursion, passengers are exposed to the risk of various injuries.
Trip and fall injuries can easily happen while visiting a busy metropolis or just as well while wandering among ancient ruins. If the journey involves more demanding activities, the risk of injuries is certainly higher, including:
Snorkeling and swimming accidents
Injuries on tender boats
Passengers being robbed
Injuries occurring on rides due to equipment failure
Passengers suffering violent crimes
Legal Liability for Offshore Accidents
When organizing offshore trips, cruise lines usually hire independent contractors, meaning they are not directly responsible for any claims arising from these trips. Operators are not supervised by cruise lines, and in case they are not adequately trained or act in a negligent manner, unaware passengers are exposed to various risks.
Injured passengers need to be aware of the fact that they might still be able to recover damages, even for injuries occurred during offshore trips. According to the law, the cruise line has the responsibility to hire competent contractors for their day trips. If they were careless in selecting the contractors, they could be held legally responsible. Cruise lines also have the duty to warn passengers about the dangers they might face offshore. Therefore, in case a passenger was robbed in a country with high criminality rate, and he or she hasn't been warned about the risk, the cruise line can be held responsible.
On the other hand, proving liability will be much more challenging if the injury resulted from a condition the passenger should have discovered using reasonable care. For example, if a passenger slips and falls on the stairs of the Coliseum in Rome, even if he sustains severe injuries, holding the cruise line responsible for the accident will be virtually impossible.
How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?
If you have suffered a significant injury during a cruise line offshore excursion, our attorney will help you pursue monetary compensation. We have an extensive experience handling this type of cases, and we know exactly when and how compensation can be awarded.Contact us so we can analyze the circumstances of your case and establish whether you have a valid legal claim or not. Remember:claims brought against cruise lines have short statutes of limitation so you must act quickly to preserve your chances for compensation.