Every year millions of vacationers take to the seas in search of a vacation to remember. As they sail off into the sunset on a water hotel, they expect a dream holiday that they will remember for a lifetime.
Most of the time this is the case and they have a memorable experience, make new friends and have a great time aboard and visiting distant and exotic lands. On the rare occasion, they remember the cruise for life for the wrong reasons.
Every month cruise ship passenger accidents are reported to captains and lawyers, once the vacationer arrives home. The most common cause is slips and falls, many of which take place inside the cabin or in their bathroom.
Other slips and falls reported happen around the pool areas. It is the duty of the cruise ship to ensure that the deck is clean of any debris and is safe for those staying onboard. This ensures that you enjoy your vacation and reduces the risk of a slip and fall.
Though in some cases it cannot be avoided and should you have an accident around the pool, in your cabin or in the bathroom, it’s advisable to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. The boat should provide a doctor on board to give you a check over and determine if you need to be taken ashore for further treatment or whether you can remain on the boat and enjoy the remainder of your vacation.
Another very common complaint from passenger is food poisoning and illness. Most passengers choose a package on a boat that provides them with meals and drinks included, this ensures the vacation is an affordable one. When paying for this type of vacation you look forward to the delicious meals being prepared and dress up for a night of luxurious dining.
In most cases you get to enjoy a gourmet meal that is second to none, but there are the rare cases where food poisoning occurs, leaving you weak and ill and unable to enjoy all that the experience has to offer.
Stomach bugs such as the norovirus is another problem aboard these luxury cruise ships. This bug leaves passengers seriously ill and unable to leave their beds for days on end, sometime still affecting them once they have returned home.
This virus spreads quickly between the people staying on board, affecting guests and crew members. Being in such a small space with so many people is a recipe for this virus to spread like wildfire. All it takes is one guest to be ill, head upstairs, running their hand up the railing and the next guest comes along running their hand up the railing and the virus has spread.
While these are the most common cruise ship passenger accidents that are reported, there is also assault, which can be very serious. Men getting in an argument late into the night and ending up in a fist fight, though this is not the cruise ships fault, their duty is to ensure you don’t drink too much and can arrive back at your room safely.
When you arrive home and feel you have been a victim and not a guest, then it may be worthwhile seeking some legal assistance. So many people don’t realize that it’s up to the cruise ship to ensure their safety at all times. Anything that goes wrong may be grounds for a claim, especially if you are unable to work once you arrive home due to your injury or illness.
Be sure you get the right legal advice as quickly as possible, as there is a cut off time in which you can file a claim.