Maritime Matter of the Week

Thinking of Retiring At Sea? Think Again


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Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is comprised of attorneys that are nationally-recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of lawyers has over a century of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients.

For many, the opportunity to spend months or even years on a cruise ship sounds like an impossible and incomprehensible goal. After all, most cruises are a once-in-a-lifetime experience that lasts just a few days. So is it really possible to consider a long-term option of life at sea? As it turns out, many seniors are finding a way to make this happen.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend among retirees to spend their remaining days traveling the world aboard cruise ships. Away from the chaos of life on land, this choice sounds like it offers all of the luxury of retirement with none of the stress of responsibility. After all, with meals and entertainment provided on board and exciting ports of call to explore around the world, what more could you want? Could it be that this really is the best way to make the most of your retirement?

Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold. And as maritime lawyers, we believe there are some things that every cruise passengers should know, before committing to long-term cruise life.

Consider the Consequences

While traveling the world on a cruise may turn out to be cheaper than an assisted living facility, there are some very important distinctions that you need to keep in mind.

For example, while retiring on a cruise may be possible for individuals who are highly mobile and social, it may not be a great option for those who prefer a slower pace or guaranteed peace and quiet. Cruises can hold thousands of people at a time, resembling small cities. This means that there will likely be many other passengers aboard. So while this can be great if you are set on making new friends, it may just be a hassle if you would prefer to do your own thing, without running into other people.

What’s more, a cruise is not fully equipped with the medical services you could need in times of emergency. It is a common occurrence for cruises to require medevac assistance, due to the limitations of their on board staff. Especially if you are handling more serious medical concerns, choosing to spend your life at sea, away from your primary care provider and the physicians who have a firm understanding of your medical history may be a risk that is not worth taking.

After all, when you choose to spend your life at sea, you make the choice to separate yourself not just from your doctors, but from the support system of family and friends you have made on land. No cruise company will take care of you the way that these people will, so the decision to place your health and wellbeing in the hands of a major corporation is one that should not be made lightly.  Often times cruise lines put profits before passenger safety and the well-being of an ill or injured guest.  When they are at their most vulnerable, passengers can find themselves alone in a foreign port where they don’t speak the language.

Although some may find long-term life aboard a cruise to be worthwhile, we feel it is necessary to remind our clients that accident and injury can take place anywhere…even aboard a cruise. As a result, you will want to make sure you have access to a solid legal team, should something ever happen to you while you are on the water.

Let LMAW Defend You

The team at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has experience helping clients navigate a wide range of legal burdens. So if you have been hurt on a cruise and believe that the cruise line is at fault, do not hesitate to contact us. We promise to stay by your side and fight for you at every turn, until you get the results you deserve.


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