Cruise Ships: Relaxing, Rollicking, but Sometimes Risky

Find a nice spot along the beach in Fort Lauderdale on a Sunday afternoon and watch the cruise ships stream out of Port Everglades, headed out for fun times at sea for thousands of happy, excited vacationers.

In 2013 the port handled over 3.5 million cruise passengers, and the vast majority had safe, successful trips. Many travelers, however, experienced illnesses, injuries, and some were victims of crime-at-sea.

The Law Offices of Lazarus and Lazarus represents injured clients and their families throughout the state of Florida, and they have gained a solid reputation for their expertise in the area of cruise ship negligence and liability.

USA Today recently published a guide to several areas of concern aboard cruise ships where passengers should remain vigilant:

Illness – Germs can spread quickly in any confined area, and on a cruise ship carrying over 2,000 passengers, it can be difficult to contain an outbreak. The Norwalk virus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease that has become synonymous with cruise ships, although it can travel through schools and other facilities as well. Sea sickness, colds, flu and food poisoning are also common threats.

Going Overboard – Although falls from cruise ships are rare, they do occasionally occur. Always remember that you are on a moving vessel, and the waves could swell unexpectedly. Stay well back from the guard rails, particularly in stormy conditions. Use particular caution when you have been drinking, which can throw off your balance. Never climb on the railings or allow your children to do the same.

Shipboard Crime – Modern cruise ships are effectively floating cities, providing for the needs of thousands of passengers and crew. While most people on board are trustworthy and good-hearted, like any city, a small percentage of people may have negative intentions. Just because you are on a cruise is no reason to let down your personal guard. Keep an eye on your drinks and replace them if left unattended. Avoid flashing large wads of cash. Never agree to go a private area with someone you have just met. If you carry a purse, keep it close to your body at all times. Full story @
If you feel you have been injured or suffered some other loss or damage on a cruise ship as the result of someone else’s negligence, the advice and guidance of a qualified attorney is crucial to protect your rights. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Lazarus and Lazarus are eminently qualified to discuss and investigate your case. Call 954-356-0006 to schedule an appointment.

Edited by Jalaize Kukler