Embarking on a cruise vacation is intended to be a fun and exciting experience. The lure of the open seas and the days of endless sunbathing seem to draw many people out of their daily routines and into a world of exploration and adventure, via the cruise vessel of their choosing.
Most people do not go into any experience, let alone a vacation, expecting the worst. And we certainly are not suggesting that they should! However, preparing yourself with some background knowledge never hurt. That’s one of the reasons we write this blog: to keep cruise passengers, past, present, and future, up-to-date on the different issues at play that may impact their time on a cruise.
As it turns out, we aren’t the only ones who care about keeping you informed. The Compare Travel Insurance company recently created an info graphic to help cruise passengers better understand the potential risks they face onboard their cruise.
Food, Sickness and Safety Are Top Concerns
One of the first words of warning from the info graphic is to be mindful of how much you’re eating. Studies have shown that the average passenger gains about one pound per day on a cruise. And it’s easy to understand why! With three meals a day, plus snacks, sodas, and alcoholic beverages within easy reach, it requires a lot of control to keep yourself from eating and drinking your way through the journey.
Luckily, now that you’ve been warned, you can pay attention to your consumption, so you can prevent the onset of cruise weight.
Sicknesses of all sorts are also possible aboard a cruise. From stomach bugs to land and sea sickness, a cruise is often a microcosm of bacteria and illness just waiting for unsuspecting passengers. Luckily, practicing normal hygiene techniques, like washing your hands, is a great way to ward off many potential viruses.
Our biggest concern, however, is always the safety of cruise passengers. As the info graphic explains, an average of 20 people fall off cruise ships every year. Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that lead to these kinds of overboard disasters.
One of the more common problems is overdrinking as a result of the over-serving of alcohol. Too often, cruise lines continue to serve passengers alcohol, long after it has become clear that it is no longer safe to do so. This creates an incredibly dangerous situation for both the passenger and the cruise line, especially in the case that a drunken passenger falls overboard.
While we advise everyone to drink in moderation, we also believe the cruise lines should take responsibility when they are at fault, so that passenger safety really is the first priority.
A Maritime Attorney from LMAW Can Help You
Although it can be overwhelming to see all of the potential dangers aboard a cruise ship, remember that knowledge is power. Armed with the correct information, you can make better educated decisions once you are aboard your cruise, to ensure that you have a fun, safe, and generally enjoyable vacation experience.
Unfortunately, we know that vacations do not always turn out as planned. Sometimes injury or another accident takes place, leaving a confusing and complicated aftermath in its wake. If that has happened to you, we are here to help. Our team of attorneys is ready to assist you in whatever way you need, to get your life back on track. So contact us, and we’ll move forward together.