There are lots of ways to
have fun on a cruise
ship. But just the same,
there are many ways to
get injured. Cruise ships
operating under
reputable companies are
attentive to passenger
safety and go to great
lengths to prevent
accidents. When you
consider the to sea every
year on these ships,
safety is of paramount
importance. Fortunately,
safety regulations under
the U.S. Coast Guard and
SOLAS go far to prevent
injury and death at sea.

Accidents and injuries on
cruise ships arise in a
number of ways. The
common accident
involving a slip and fall
can occur on a cruise
ship as easily, if not
easier, than on land. It
might be because
carpeting is damaged or
hasn’t been secured
down properly. A
passenger might loose
footing because of an
obstacle, debris or other
foreign object on a
stairway or corridor. To
read a case dealing with
a passenger slipping on
a piece of ice on a
staircase, click the text
highlighted as
ship slip and fall injury

Passengers may also be
injured on a cruise ship
when objects fall from
upper decks. This might
include bags, drinks, or
children’s toys. It isn’t so
implausible when you
consider the shear wall of
eight decks of balconies
on many of today’s
cruise ships. Click the
text highlighted as
ship falling object -
struck by object injury to
read about a case dealing
with this scenario.

Fire at sea is a very
serious matter. Fire
prevention and fire
fighting are taken very
seriously on a ship.
However, fires can break
out because of
equipment failure,
ignition of solvents, or
ignition of debris.
Passengers may be
injured as a result of a
fire because of trampling
if the exits are not
coordinated by ship’s
crew, or while
abandoning ship if the
situation is that serious.
Passengers can be
burned if they are
situated close enough to
the fire, but many cruise
ship fire injuries are an
indirect result of the fire.

Passengers may sustain
injury as a result of
various cruise ship
recreational activities.
Cruise ship passengers
have been struck by
errant golf balls.
Passengers have also
inadvertently come in the
line of fire during skeet
shooting activities. I don’
t understand why it
seems like a good idea to
encourage people who
have never fired a gun in
their lives to blast away
with a 12 gauge shotgun
off the stern of a ship
carrying two thousand
passengers…but then
again, someone could
argue that a firearms
accident can occur on
shore. In one case, a
cruise ship passenger
was struck by an object
thrown at her from an
entertainer during a
show. Click
injury due to being struck
and hit by object thrown
from stage aboard ship .

Pool accidents are
another source of injury
aboard a cruise ship.
Passengers may slip, fall,
land on each other, or
God forbid, drown.
Passengers can also
become sick from debris
in the swimming pool, or
swimming pool
equipment such as water
filters. To review a court
decision involving being
injured in a swimming
pool, click
pool injury aboard ship .

Passengers may sustain
injuries while using gym
equipment. A passenger
assumes the risk of
health hazards
associated with
exercising. A cruise line
is not responsible for
preventing a passenger
from undertaking
strenuous activity a
passenger should know
they are not physically up
to. However, a passenger
would have a cause of
action for a claim if they
injured themselves if the
equipment such as
weights, treadmills,
elliptical machines were
defective or broken.

If officers and crew make
an error in navigation,
passengers can be
injured if a cruise ship
collides with another
ship or fixed object. If
passengers have to
abandon ship, great care
must be taken by officers
and crew to ensure that
the exit from the vessel is
done in a safe and
orderly manner, taking
measures to avoid panic
among passengers.
Sometimes, crew error
can cause a sudden roll
that can catch
passengers off guard.
The recent incident
involving the
how easy it is for
passengers to sustain
injury when something
on the scale of a cruise
ship is suddenly tilted at
an angle approaching 15
degrees. Loose objects
moved, water surged out
of pools, and passengers
were hurt in the process.

A passenger can sustain
injury at the hands of a
cruise ship physician,
doctor or nurse. This can
occur on shore just the
same as it can happen on
a cruise ship. However,
many cruise ships do not
sail under the American
flag and their medical
staff may not hold United
States professional
licenses. I do not suggest
that medical competence
is dependent upon a
country of licensure. A
good medical
competence does not rely
upon the country in
which he or she obtained
a medical license.
However, the licensing
issue can affect the
prosecution of a medical
malpractice case in the
United States that arises
aboard a cruise ship. To
see a decision involving
a health professional or
health provider, click
cause of action based on
medical malpractice
aboard cruise ship to
read more. This
additional decision stems
from swimming pool
injury coupled with a
medical malpractice
cause of action, and
involves damages for
loss of consortium. Click
loss of consortium injury
on cruise ship to read
Cruise Ship Law - Accidents and Injuries - Types of Injury on a Cruise Ship
Legal Help for Cruise Ship Passengers - Legal Questions About Cruise Ship Accidents for Injured Passengers
If you were injured on a cruise ship, it will be
important to read the fine print on your ticket.
It may stipulate that you submit to a court
venue that may be far from home for you in
the event of an accident. Here is a list of ship

American Cruise Lines
American Canadian Caribbean Line        
Bora Bora Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Clipper Cruise Line
Costa Cruises
Cruise West
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Custom Alaska Cruises
Disney Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Norwegian America Line        
Norwegian Capricorn Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Premier Cruise Line                        
Princess Cruises                        
Regent Seven Seas Cruises                
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Olympia Cruises        
Silversea Cruises                
Seabourn Cruise Line
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises
Windstar Cruises
data base for outbreaks aboard cruise ships.
If you have sailed or plan to sail aboard one
of the vessels listed below, you can find
more information by going to the page
ship illness and disease and learning the
name of the website for Center for Disease
Control's Vessel Sanitation Program.
Vessels under Carnival Cruise Lines include
Carnival Destiny, Carnival Freedom, Carnival
Glory, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty,
Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, Carnival
Spirit, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor,
Carnival Victory, Celebration, Ecstacy,
Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Holiday,
Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, and
Sensation. Under Celebrity Cruise Lines,
there is the Celebrity Journey, Century,
Constellation, Galaxy, Horizon, Infinity,
Mercury, Millennium, Summit and Zenith.
Costa Cruises vessels that include Costa
Allegra, Costa Atlantica, Costa Concordia,
Costa Fortuna, Costa Mediterranea, and
Costa Magica. Crystal Serenity and Crystal
Symphony are the vessels of Crystal
Cruises. Cunard Line runs the Queen
Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2, and Queen
Victoria. Disney Cruise Lines runs Disney
Magic and Disney Wonder. Holland America
Line runs Amsterdam, Maasdam, Noordam,
Oosterdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam,
Ryndam, Statendam, Veenda, Volendam,
Westerdam, Zaandam, and Zuiderdam.
Norwegian Cruise Line runs Norwegian
Crown, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Dream,
Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel,
Norwegian Majesty, Norwegian Pearl,
Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Star,
Norwegian Sun, and Norwegian Wind. P & O
Cruises runs Arcadia, Artemis, Aurora,
Oceana, and Oriana. Radisson Seven Seas
Cruises runs Radisson Diamond, Seven
Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven
Seas Voyager. Royal Caribbean International
runs Adventure Of The Seas, Brilliance Of
The Seas, Empress Of The Seas,
Enchantment Of The Seas, Explorer Of The
Seas, Freedom Of The Seas, Grandeur Of
The Seas, Jewel Of The Seas, Legend Of
The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Mariner Of
The Seas, Monarch Of The Seas, Navigator
Of The Seas, Radiance Of The Seas,
Rhapsody Of The Seas, Serenade Of The
Seas, Sovereign Of The Seas, Splendour Of
The Seas, Vision Of The Seas, and Voyager
Of The Seas. Seabourne Cruise Lines
vessels are Seabourne Legend and
Seabourne Pride.
Cruise ship poisoning is
another source of
passenger injury.
Sometimes food
preparation areas
become contaminated.
Other times, the ship’s
public areas or the
ductwork of the ship’s
heating, ventilating and
air-conditioning system
can serve as a means of
spreading virus or
airborne pathogens.
Cruise ships, because of
their confined area and
dense concentration of
people can be vehicles
for the spread of
legionnaire’s disease,
norovirus, and other
forms of illness and
disease. Stomach
problems such as
gastroenteritis can occur
as a result from food
poisoning aboard a
cruise ship. Click
read a court case
involving cruise ship food

In addition go to the page
cruise ship illness and
disease to learn about a
link to the Center for
Disease Control that will
provide information about
outbreaks aboard cruise
ships, by year.

In addition to the
possibilities aboard a
vessel, passengers can
sustain injury on a cruise
ship trip while on shore
excursions, tours,
horseback riding, bungie
jumping, helicopter rides,
or engaging in water
activities such as jet-
skiing, parasailing, water
skiing, or swimming.
Passengers must realize
that some of these
activities have nothing to
do with the cruise line
and that they engage in
such activities at their
own risk.
Federal Regulations can
come into play in the
event of illness aboard a
ship. Pursuant to 42 CFR
71.21(a.), CDC requires
the master of a ship
destined for a U.S. port to
report immediately any
death or any ill person
among the ship’s
passengers or crew. This
includes those who have
disembarked or have
been removed from the
ship due to illness or
death. You must report
immediately to the CDC
Quarantine Station at or
closest to the U.S. port of
arrival any illnesses or
deaths that occur during
the 15 days before the
ship arrives at the port, or
during the period since
the ship left a U.S. port
(whichever period of time
is shorter)
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involving engine room fire to learn more.
Cruise ship passengers can be
injured when a cruise ship
encounters perils of the sea such
as hurricanes, storms, or other
natural phenomena resulting in
dangerous wave conditions. For
a passenger in such
circumstances, whether the
event was an unforeseeable Act
of God or whether it was a
predictable and foreseeable
meteorological event for which
precautions could have been
taken may rest with weather
reports, communications and
correspondences between the
cruise ship and its company
office. What happens in such a
scenario is described in a case
involving a vessel caught in
rough seas, high waves, and
high winds. Click
injured when
ship encounters rough weather
to see case law involving this
cause of action.