When going on a cruise, it’s natural to have only the highest of expectations. For many, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so they will want to make the most of it. From enjoying the on board entertainment to experiencing the shore excursions, there are so many ways to embrace all that a cruise ship has to offer.
As much as we want you to fully enjoy your cruise vacation, we also care about your safety and do not want you to embark without being fully informed. As a maritime law firm, we understand that there are some things every cruise passenger must know before setting off on a voyage at sea.
That’s why we’re here, to keep you up to date and well informed. Unfortunately, accidents and injury can happen. And a recent story from a Royal Caribbean ship reminds us of this.
Earlier this month, two passengers aboard the Anthem of the Seas were found dead aboard the ship, en route to Puerto Rico. The two men, Joseph Ambrussi and William Forsytte, had been traveling with their wives. According to reports, both men died of natural causes, during the first leg of the trip.
We send our sincere condolences to the families of all those involved in this tragic turn of events.
Personal Health Is The First Priority
Roughly 200 passengers die of natural causes aboard cruise ships every year. We advise all individuals to be aware of their current state of health and meet with a physician before taking a big vacation. Since a cruise takes you out of your normal environment for an extended period of time, it’s important to know that you are not at risk for heart attack or any other medical issue when you depart.
Despite this, many are unaware of looming medical conditions and, unbeknownst to them, are at risk of potential injury or even death. Given the fact that both men in this story died of natural causes, it sounds that an unknown lurking medical issue may have been the case. Thus, we urge all passengers to remember to put their health and safety first.
While a cruise ship is equipped with medical personnel, there are some situations that are simply out of their area of expertise or the vessel lacks the capabilities to handle. As a result, patients with serious medical conditions are often air lifted to the nearest hospital for treatment. And, we have a feeling that no one wants to end up in the hospital on vacation.
That said, there are plenty of other situations that occur on cruise ships that are not preventable. There is a chance that you or your traveling companions could be injured due to cruise line negligence, crewmember behavior, or even the actions of another passenger. And if this happens, a maritime attorney can help.
You owe it to yourself to have only the most thorough and comprehensive representation. And with over 100 years of combined experience, we are ready and willing to do our part. So, feel free to contact us. We’ll set up an initial consultation, listen to your story, and help you get back on your feet.