For many people, taking a cruise is a trip of a lifetime. After months of planning and anticipation, there is nothing more exciting than being able to set foot aboard your vessel of choice to embark on a few days of sunshine, open seas, and relaxation.
Many choose a cruise vacation for the ease and convenience it provides. Once you’ve started your journey, there is very little else that you need to worry about. Especially if you trust your cruise operator to deliver on their promises, you can sit back, relax, and take it easy.
While trusting your cruise line is key to having a good time on your vacation, we understand that it may be easier said than done. As maritime attorneys, we see plenty of cases where cruise lines did not live up to expectations, jeopardizing passenger or employee safety in the process.
However, as sensational as these cases may be, it is important to remember that these are, in general, isolated incidents. Countless cruises set sail every day without any accidents, injuries, deaths, or other problems. So while it may sometimes seem that every cruise is burdened with tragedy, that is not the case.
Much of the time, cruises are enjoyable, memorable experiences for all of the right reasons. That said, when there are issues that arise, we feel it is important to communicate those situations to you, so that you can be a better-informed cruise passenger in the future.
A recent story out of Florida shows us that incidents can happen when you least expect them.
Body Found Aboard Cruise
On Tuesday, October 25th, USA River Cruises’ M/V Victory docked at the Clay County, Florida port of Green Cove Springs. The vessel had radioed police before docking, explaining that a dead body had been found aboard the ship.
At the time of this writing, there are no further details as to the cause or the nature of the death. With so little information to work with, we cannot help but to wonder what took place aboard the cruise?
This could be a simple case of a heart attack or other natural death due to the passenger’s previous health conditions. Unfortunately, many people embark on cruises without knowing the full extent of their medical condition, which can be aggravated at sea.
“Cruise deaths have also become more common because of the health changes that often take place on cruises coupled with bad or no medical care available,” says Jason Margulies, one of our maritime lawyers. “Excessive consumption of alcohol and food may trigger health conditions which require immediate specialized quality medical attention which is just not available on a cruise ship,” he explains.
There is also the possibility that this situation could be more sinister than we may have originally thought. Although we like to think of cruises as places outside of the reaches of violent crime, it is not out of the realm of possibility for a murder to have taken place.
A Maritime Attorney Can Help
We will be sure to keep our ears open as more information becomes available. Given our many years of experience with maritime law, we are well-equipped to handle a wide variety of cases with care and attention to detail.
So if you or a loved one have been injured or suffered another form of accident aboard a cruise, you do not have to face your legal case on your own. We are ready and willing to help. So contact us today. We’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story, and help you decide how best to move forward.