When you set out on a cruise vacation, you are likely looking forward to a few days of sun and relaxation. Especially if you opt for a more luxurious cruise, like one that takes you on a tour around the world, then it only makes sense that you would expect the highest quality experience. After all, if you are making a top-dollar investment, you should receive top-dollar service. Most of the time, this is exactly what happens. However, there are times when even the most luxurious cruise line must be subjected to situations that are out of their control.
When sailing around the world, a cruise ship must traverse a variety of different waters. Although some of these waters will be friendly, others may not be. And in these cases, the cruise must take the appropriate precautions to ensure that passenger safety is maintained as the highest priority. A recent story reminds us of this.
The Sea Princess Prioritized Safety
This week, passengers aboard the Sea Princess were subjected to dawn-to-dusk blackouts and pirate drills for 10 days of their 104-day cruise as their ship sailed through the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal.
A spokesperson for the Sea Princess explained that, “Any measures aboard Sea Princess were simply taken out of an abundance [of] caution and not in response to a specific threat and are common to international shipping sailing in the region.” It is well known that this area of the world has a history of dangerous waters. For years, cruise ships have turned into ‘ghost ships,’ turning off all lights and drawing all curtains as they sail through these potentially dangerous territories.
Although these measures are necessary for the safety of the passengers, it can be disappointing and even concerning to be required to leave the idyllic vision of a luxury cruise to face the reality of pirate drills and blackouts at night. That said, we always believe that it is far better to be safe than to be unprepared for the worst. And in this case, we are glad to know that this cruise line prioritized guest safety above all else.
It would be much worse for the cruise to leave guests uninformed and unprepared should matters take a deadly turn.
LMAW Can Help
While we are grateful to the cruise line and especially to the captain for requiring guests to follow these safety measures, we know that not all situations work out so smoothly. The unfortunate truth is that accident and injury take place aboard cruises far more often than anyone would like. So if you or someone you know has been injured aboard a cruise and you believe that the cruise company is to blame, rest assured that we are here to help.
With more than 100 years of combined experience, the maritime lawyers on our team know what it takes to bring your case to a successful close. You should not have to understand your legal options alone, so allow us to guide you, every step of the way. When you are ready to move forward with your life, do not hesitate to contact us.