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Most Dangerous Cruise Ports

Charles R. Lipcon

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Charles R. Lipcon is the firm’s founder and one of the preeminent maritime attorneys in the United States. Mr. Lipcon has been handling maritime lawsuits – including personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assault and rape – for over 40 years. In that time, he and his firm have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

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When you need maritime lawyers with extensive accolades and more than two centuries of combined experience, you need Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. on your side. Headquartered in Miami but with seven offices around the country, our team of cruise ship and maritime injury lawyers has been recognized over and over again for our efforts to help cruise line and maritime injury victims recover, including four of our attorneys being named in “Best Lawyers” ® in America.

Cruise passengers expect their safety to be protected when they plan their dream vacation on any cruise line. Unfortunately, cruise ship accidents happen, and worse, some areas may be far more dangerous than passengers realize. Below are some of the most dangerous cruise ports in the world, as listed by the US State Department. If you have suffered an injury that could have been avoided with care from the cruise line, reach out to a personal injury law firm like ours to learn more about your options.

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras has gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous cruise ports for its high rates of violent crime. While it is a popular spots for major cruise lines, as its scuba opportunities and beautiful beaches make it one of the most appealing cruise destinations, it is among the most dangerous ports that cruise ships dock at because of the high rate of murders, sexual assault, and other violent crime.

Margarita Island, Venezuela

Cruise ship tourists should always be aware of their personal safety at any cruise ports, but Margarita Island in Venezuela has become a particularly dangerous cruise destination.

Cruise ship passengers should be aware of the high rate of armed robberies, murders, and other violent crimes. These risks make this a particularly dangerous cruise destination, so be aware of any travel advisories and other warnings before you leave the cruise line.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Quintana Roo is a popular cruise port in Mexico, but any tourists should exercise extreme caution when on shore excursions. The area has seen a rise in organized crime and risks involving the drug trade, so be careful even in daylight hours if this is your port of call.

Most cruise ships take steps to keep their passengers safe, but innocent bystanders can be impacted in locations with high criminal activity.

Izmit, Turkey

Many cruise destinations may find themselves in dangerous maritime areas, but few have a higher risk of terrorist attacks than Izmit, Turkey.

This city can already be one of the most dangerous maritime areas because of the earthquake risks and terrorist attacks on Istanbul. However, this city is also as close as possible to areas where ISIS operates, meaning extremists, including suicide bombers, use this popular destination as a way to travel to other countries.

Acajutla, El Salvador

In recent years, El Salvador has been designated the murder capital of the world. While the country’s capital city and other urban areas are more likely to see violent crimes, such as armed robbery and sexual assaults, the state department may issue travel warnings for Acajutla as well.

While Acajutla is not the most violent city in El Salvador, it does have a higher crime rate there than in other locales around the world. From petty crime to drug trafficking, crimes are a concern and visitors should always be aware of any potential risks.

The Ivory Coast

Africa’s Ivory Coast is a popular port area for many cruise lines, but it is also dangerous due to civil unrest in the region. From petty crimes to terrorist attacks in its capital city, this area is one of the most dangerous places you can visit for many passengers. While travelers are not always specifically targeted in areas of unrest, it is always best to watch out for particularly dangerous areas.

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You May Have Legal Options When Hurt at Port

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A cruise can turn dangerous in an instant, but with key evidence on your side, you may be able to hold the cruise line you were traveling on liable for your injuries. If you believe the cruise was responsible, our team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help, starting with a free consultation. To learn more, simply reach out by calling 877-233-1238 or by filling out our online contact form.

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