What should I do if I’m injured on a cruise
ship? This is one of the frequently asked
should you do if you are injured on a cruise
ship? Most passengers embarking on a
cruise don’t think about that question….and
for obvious reasons. Passengers going on a
cruise vacation normally think about more
pleasant things, like a ship’s destination
ports, fun activities for the kids, making sure
to pack sunscreen, camera batteries, etc.
Passengers think about cruise ship food and
exotic tropical drinks….they wonder if they
should bring along bottled water when going
ashore. A passenger might not give much
thought to emergency protocol in a shipboard
accident. It’s normal to imagine that ship’s
officers and crew are there to take care of
that emergency if it should arise. Passengers
don’t usually think in terms of, “What are the
things you should do if you are injured on a
cruise ship?”

However, it’s good to know what to do in a
cruise ship accident because if something
happens, the steps a passenger takes aboard
the vessel can preserve and protect his or her
legal rights afterwards. If you have an
accident on a cruise ship, here is what you
should do…

▪ The first thing you should do is determine if
you need first aid or other medical attention.
This should be your first priority. If a
companion is with you, ask them to summon
an immediate first aid response from a
qualified member of the ship’s crew.

▪ After your primary first-aid and medical
needs have been met, report the accident and
your injuries to the cruise ship’s security
officer or safety officer. Sit down with the
security officer and provide information about
the accident, and request a copy of the report
once it is completed. A well drafted report
should document the particulars of the
accident…date, time, location, what happed,
description of injuries, how the accident
happened, how the injuries arose, who was
present, etc.

▪ Take down names of witnesses and their
contact information. Try to include a home
address or post office box, telephone and e-

▪ Take photographs of your injuries. If there
are lacerations, punctures, stitches,
contusions, swollen ankles or wrists,
photograph them…or ask a friend to do so.

▪ Take photographs of the location of the
accident. If necessary, make a sketch of the
passageway, stairway, poolside, or other
location. Note if there are signs…or if there
are no signs. This includes “do not enter”, “do
not exit”, or “warning - automatic doors”
signs. Note the presence or absence of
handrails, non-skid surfaces or other physical
characteristics of the scene of the accident.

▪ If necessary, arrange for follow-up medical
care after you leave the cruise ship.
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No one goes on a cruise
planning to have an
accident. However if an
accident does occur,
taking these measures
will protect your legal
rights as a passenger.
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