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What are some safety risks on a cruise ship?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2018 | Admiralty & Maritime Law

Cruises are very popular vacation options for people in Louisiana. There are cruises designed for almost everyone, from families to singles. It is easy to find a cruise ship that offers an experience you would enjoy. As with any travel option, though, sailing on a cruise ship does not come without risks. 

You may have heard horror stories about people falling from a ship and being lost at sea. According to USA Today, going overboard is not something that occurs often on cruise ships. It also is fairly easy to avoid this type of accident by not being too close or hanging over guardrails. 

Crime is another safety concern. While ships have security, criminals can take advantage of the situation and harm someone. It is important to remember that you are contained on the vessel with strangers, all of whom you may not be able to trust. Be aware of your surroundings and take personal safety seriously.

Perhaps the biggest risk to your safety onboard is germs. You are in a contained environment, and even if the ship is well-maintained and sanitary, not every germ can be killed or easily contained. Illnesses are often minor, but if something serious occurs, it could be very difficult to get proper medical care. 

In general, cruise ships are pretty safe. You can often keep yourself and your loved ones safe just by following safety rules and using common sense. So, do not be afraid to book your next cruise. This information is for education and is not legal advice.