When you embark on a cruise, you probably have visions of sitting back, relaxing, and just enjoying the journey. After all, you’ve no doubt worked hard to schedule a vacation that is enjoyable for you and your loved ones. You deserve a few days to pamper yourself and indulge in the many luxurious accommodations that your cruise has to offer.
Of course, it’s easy to relax when you feel assured that your safety, health and entertainment are in good hands. That’s part of why a cruise vacation is so ideal! There’s no stressful travel itinerary to figure out, flights to catch, or tours to book. It’s all taken care of, at your convenience.
We could discuss the positive aspects of cruises for days. However, as a maritime law firm, we find it most beneficial to educate our readers on potential issues that they may face, the next time they set out on a cruise. With the right amount of preparation, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.
After all, while a cruise vacation may feel like it is separate from reality, it’s important to remember that the safety risks still exist. A program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have you thinking carefully about which ship will be best suited for you, when you decide to set sail.
The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is part of the CDC’s mission to help the cruise ship industry remain as safe and healthy as possible. The VSP conducts inspections of cruise ships while they are docked in American ports. These inspections help the cruise line to maintain proper health standards so that passengers and crewmembers can have a safe and enjoyable cruise experience.
The website provides a number of fact sheets and results, so that you can make your cruise experience as healthy as it can be.
Cruises: A Personal Safety Risk?
However, with 100 years of combined experience in maritime law, we understand that some of the greatest risk factors aboard a cruise ship are not, in fact, related to health. The safety of the cruise vessel, the competency and readiness of the crewmembers, and the environment aboard the ship play a large part in determining your overall physical safety during your cruise.
Unfortunately, we have seen countless cases of personal injury and even death aboard cruises, due to inadequate safety protocols, technical malfunctions, and crewmember error. As a result, we have experience handling cases against many major cruise lines, both at home and abroad.
So, if you’ve experienced tragedy aboard your cruise, such as catastrophic injury, rape or sexual assault, know that we are here to help. Our team of attorneys is ready to fight for you, so that you can get the just ending you deserve.
Feel free to contact us, today. We’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story, and help you decide how to make the best next step. During these stressful times, a trusted maritime lawyer can be the difference between a headache and a well-defended case. The choice is yours.