Unfortunately, cruise ship safety is sometimes lacking. Some vacationers spend more time in the sick bay than on the pool deck. A recent study found that 12.5% of cruise ship incidents reported were serious, leading to onshore hospitalization.
To make sure you’re not one of them, read on to learn the most common cruise ship accidents and how to avoid them.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
This category of common accidents makes it to the top of our list – and for good reason.
A cruise ship is by its very nature an unstable surface for walking. Although their impressive size means that they are usually very stable, they are susceptible to weather conditions that can lead to instability.
However, slips, trips, and falls often occur due to negligence. This could be wet floor surfaces not being properly marked, or floor coverings not being properly maintained.
Our advice – avoid areas that have just been cleaned, watch your step and beware of abandoned luggage in the corridor – a common culprit in accidents on cruise ships.
Swimming Pool Cruise Accidents
While tragic incidents are thankfully rare, cruise ship swimming pools are not immune to danger.
In fact, following a recent spate of drownings and near-drownings, some major cruise lines have taken the much-needed precaution of stationing lifeguards by their pools and offering life vests for less confident swimmers.
Our advice – make sure your cruise ship offers these kinds of safety features. This is especially important if enjoying your cruise with your children, or if you are not a confident swimmer.
Dangers Below Deck
Not only vacationers but also cruise ship crew can be at risk of suffering accidents and injury while on board.
Sadly, labor and safety laws are not always strictly followed. Sometimes, due to equipment that is not properly maintained, excessive working hours or having to move heavy loads, crew members have suffered injuries while on board.
The most common injuries that crew members suffer are back and neck problems. Interestingly, the safest place seems to be below deck, working on the mechanics of the ship.
A study found that ‘hotel’ staff and, interestingly, dancers were the most likely to suffer serious injury while performing their duties.
Our advice – don’t cut corners or take risks with health and safety while working on board. Make sure you are personally familiar with health and safety best practice and follow it while you undertake your duties.
The Takeaway: Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them
Knowing about these potential cruise ship accidents can protect you from having your vacation or livelihood ruined by one of these unfortunate incidents.
If you’ve been the victim of a cruise ship accident, we’re here to help.
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