Those who plan a cruise vacation often want to let go and relax. They don’t want to drive, worry about their meals or micromanage the family itinerary. A cruise means that someone else has responsibility for everything from food to transportation in most cases. It can be the perfect low-effort vacation.
When everything goes right, cruises can be very relaxing. People get to enjoy a variety of beautiful destinations and delicious meals. Unfortunately, cruises come with their own risks and challenges. Some people will end up injured because of a cruise ship vacation gone wrong.
Cruise ships can be dangerous settings
There are many risks that people need to acknowledge when planning a cruise vacation. Any place where large numbers of tourists gather, the possibility of criminal activity is usually higher.
Additionally, workers on cruise ships may have too many responsibilities and not enough time to do them all well. Cruise ship employees may cut corners on cleaning and maintenance matters, which could lead to someone slipping and falling or experiencing some kind of illness due to poor sanitation practices. The pressure created by inclement weather can also lead to serious injuries. Recently, 100 cruise passengers ended up injured because of how a ship responded to a serious storm. Five of them suffered significant injuries.
If someone fell overboard because of poor vessel design, suffered injuries due to improper cleaning or otherwise developed an illness or serious injuries because of questionable business practices on a cruise ship, they may have grounds to seek compensation. Filing a civil lawsuit is often the best option available for those injured or sickened in maritime environments while on vacation.