Whether you’re setting out on your first cruise or your 50th, there’s a chance that you may have some questions on your mind. While a cruise is intended to be a relaxing and carefree break from your everyday routine, it can be reassuring to be well informed before you depart. With the right knowledge, you can allow yourself to rest a little easier, knowing that you can handle whatever comes your way.
However, it can be difficult to find someone you trust to field your questions and set your mind at ease. After all, most people do not have the luxury of walking around with a maritime lawyer in their pocket. We understand the challenge. We also understand maritime law. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of FAQs.
Our team has over 100 years of combined experience helping clients handle their maritime legal cases. As a result, we’re familiar with the many questions that may be plaguing you before or after your cruise. We hope that the following topics can serve as a reference point for you and your family, at every stage of the cruise process. As always, should your questions require a full consultation, you should not hesitate to contact us.
Cruise Line Safety
One of the key concerns many passengers have before going on a cruise is whether or not their vacation will be safe. Whenever you leave your home, you may feel like you’re at an increased risk of encountering terrorist activity, theft, and even foreign viruses. The following questions should help alleviate your worries on some of the most common safety concerns:
- Are cruise holidays safe from terrorism?
- What is the safest cruise line?
- What are the safest cruise destinations?
- What are the most dangerous cruise destinations?
- What is the safest part of a cruise ship?
- Is cruising safe with Zika?
- What happens during a cruise ship safety drill?
Booking a Cruise
For many, the act of officially booking a cruise can be an exciting experience. You may be thrilled that the dates are set and you’re one step closer to your dream destination. However, it’s important to remember that booking a cruise is not as simple as supplying your credit card information. The following questions will explain a few key issues you should consider, before you confirm you trip:
- I booked a cruise, now what?
- What does the fine print on my ticket mean?
- What rights do I waive when purchasing a cruise ticket?
- Should I read the fine print on my ticket?
- What happens if I don’t accept the terms of agreement?
Cruise Line Facts
These days, it seems like cruise lines are a dime a dozen. While this variety means more choice for the passenger, it also means that you have more to consider. Before you decide where to spend your money, the following questions can offer some insight into the industry, so that you can make the most educated booking:
- How many cruise lines are there in the world?
- What is the most expensive cruise line?
- Who regulates the cruise line industry?
- How much does the cruise line industry make annually?
- What is the biggest port in the United States?
- What is the biggest port in the world?
Although you may be familiar with some legal terms, ‘maritime law’ may not be as common in your vocabulary. However, if you’re injured aboard a cruise, it’s a term you’ll want to know all about. The following questions are a starting point for you to dive into a deeper understanding of maritime law:
- What is maritime law?
- How does the law protect me?
- Can I bring a claim if I don’t have documentation of my injury?
- Where can I read the laws that protect me?
- In simple terms, what is the Jones Act?
- What guarantees do I have ?
- What are the most common maritime law violations you see?
Accidents can happen aboard any vessel that’s on the water. If you own or operate boats, jet skis or parasails, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind, the next time you set out:
- If no one was hurt in the boating accident, do I still have a claim?
- Is it safe to jet ski while on vacation?
- Is it safe to parasail while on vacation?
- I contributed to my boating accident; do I still have a claim?
Cruise Ship Rape
Two of the most common kinds of crimes aboard cruise ships are rape and sexual assault. However, with the right information, you can do your best to keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way. The following questions shed light on the current situation and what you can do about it:
- How often does cruise ship rape happen?
- Can cruise rape be prosecuted?
- How do I stay safe on a cruise ship or not get raped?
- What happens to the cruise ship rape victim who comes forward?
- What are recent cruise ship rape statistics?
- Is sexual assault on cruise ships a crime?
Working with a Lawyer
Now that you have a better understanding of the industry, the potential dangers, and the ways you can protect yourself, you may have decided that hiring a maritime attorney is the next step. If so, there are a few points you may want to keep in mind to make the process as smooth as possible: