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
logistics of putting so many millions of people
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 case.

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
cruise 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
swimming 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
Crown Princess
demonstrates 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.

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.

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
professional’s 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 more.
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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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cruise ship accident
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