A popular form of vacation is going on a cruise, from Disney-themed trips to tours around Europe or the Caribbean. With a wide variety of on-boat entertainment and land excursions, guests stay busy having a good time. Unfortunately, despite safety regulations, the potential for illness and injury still exists.
You can help your experience be a fun and safe one by becoming familiar with common dangers so you can take preventive measures to avoid them and know when you may have reason to open a lawsuit.
You may not have thought of this one, but crime is highly probable with thousands of strangers stuck together on a sea vessel. Crimes include theft, sexual assault, other types of violence and drug use. Intoxication is common, as well. With no law enforcement on board, investigations and preservation of evidence are unlikely. Travel in groups and do not let your children run around without adult supervision.
Whether it is a respiratory infection or a stomach bug from bad food, illnesses spread fast on cruise ships due to the high volume of people in a small space. Changes in your regular sleep schedule, diet and exercise can increase your chances of getting sick. The CDC recommends taking the following precautions to prevent sickness:
- Wash your hands constantly.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Get vaccines before your trip.
- Only eat hot foods and drink sealed beverages.
- Be careful with fresh produce.
Watch out for bed bugs, too. They do not cause disease but bites do lead to itchiness, irritation and allergic reactions.
Water recreation is a main focus, and combined with spills and routine maintenance, floors can become slippery and cause you to fall. Drowning, fires and falls overboard are other hazards passengers face. Unfortunately, training is often insufficient for handling accidents and emergencies, resulting in further injury. You cannot undo the damage, but you can sue the cruise line to pay for the consequences of your injury.