A cruise can be an enjoyable way to take a vacation, or it can turn into a disaster.
While ports of call offer exotic adventure, a traveler may have his defenses down and can encounter unfamiliar hazards at a time he is far from home and familiar resources.
We know that most cruise ships have a foreign registration but what many people do not know is that the shore excursions may or may not have a connection to the cruise ship. Look at the fine print on the back of your ticket, which is your contract with the cruise line. It should specify whether the excursion operator is part of the parent company that owns the ship or whether the cruise operator is merely the agent that arranges the onshore tours.
When visiting a foreign city, tourists can encounter hazards they may not be familiar with that can lead to accidents such as a broken bone or falling off the excursion boat. Onshore, vulnerable tourists can be targets of criminal assaults, including theft, and rape.
It is important to report any accident or injury to the ship personnel immediately and seek medical help. You may find that the ship’s owner will not accept any responsibility for an accident and injury that occurs on the shore. It is important if you are injured during a shore excursion, to gather as much evidence including witness statements and numbers, photographs, even with a cell phone, and any documentation or statements.
A negligent cruise ship owner can and should be held responsible because cruise lines have a duty to their passengers. Unfortunately, many try to dodge that responsibility.
If you have been a victim of an onshore excursion crime or injury, you may be able to claim monetary damages for the injuries and psychological trauma suffered.
Let the Jacksonville Shore Excursion Accident Lawyers at Farah & Farah Help
At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville maritime lawyers have accumulated years of experience in maritime law and have the resources and expertise you need to fight back against cruise lines who fail to protect you when you need it the most.
If you have been victimized by a cruise ship crime, call Farah & Farah for a free case consultation and more information on how our Florida cruise ship accident attorneys can work for you.