If you have been planning a cruise through the Caribbean, you are undoubtedly looking forward to fun in the sun. While most cruise ships are safe for passengers, as many as three passengers per week die on cruise ships somewhere in the world. Fortunately, many of these deaths have nothing to do with ship safety.
Even though you depend on members of the crew to keep you safe, you may want to think twice before entering dangerous parts of the ship. Here are three places that can put the health and well-being of passengers at risk.
1. The dining room
Arguably, the ship’s dining room is the biggest risk to your health. After all, you may develop a serious gastrointestinal illness after eating contaminated food. You may also be in danger of catching a virus when eating near other passengers.
2. The pool deck
When you are walking near the ship’s pool, you must be careful not to slip and fall. Still, if the crew does not warn you about slip-and-fall hazards and take steps to eliminate them, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury or another type of life-altering bodily harm during a fall..
3. The gangway
Boarding a cruise ship may take hours, as many passengers often arrive at the same time. When you are on the gangway, you may be vulnerable to sunburn, crush injuries and even physical assaults. Allowing a few extra feet between yourself and others may be an easy way to stay safe.
Anywhere on the ship may be dangerous during rough seas, so you should be careful when the boat starts to rock. Ultimately, if you sustain a catastrophic injury or develop a serious illness on a cruise ship, you may be eligible for financial compensation.