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Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you’re ready to board a cruise ship for your next vacation you need to be cautious. Cruise disasters may not happen all too often as car accidents or plane crashes, but they do happen.

From storms to explosions, the number of things that can go wrong when out to sea are numerous. Here’s everything you need to know about what can go wrong and what you can do if such things arise.

One Of The Safest Ways To Travel

“Airplanes are the safest way to travel.” You’ve heard this at least once in your life. Without a doubt, this phrase is partially true. According to the BBC, while the likelihood of injury or death during a flight is low, cruise ships have – on average – a lower death rate.

The number of people who died during commercial flights peaked at 373 in 2011. Car accidents faired worse with the World Health Organization estimating over a million deaths each year. If you’re ever in a car accident, here’s a brief guide on what you should do.

As for cruise ships, between 2005 and 2011, the death toll peaked out at 16 people out of 100 million passengers.

Types of Cruise Disasters

With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks.

From 2009 to 2013, cruise ship incidents rose. From technical failures, fires, and collisions, the death toll reached 50 with over 300 injuries.

Gastrointestinal illnesses were responsible for several deaths. Passengers falling overboard accounted for the highest fatality rate at 80 between the same time period.

Just think of all the activities available on a cruise ship and you can imagine all the possibilities for accidents and injuries:

  • Slip and fall
  • Broken bones
  • Drowning
  • Legionnaire’s disease
  • Burns
  • … and many others — including death.

How Common Are Cruise Disasters?

Cruise ship mishaps don’t occur all that often. When the Concordia capsized in 2011, there wasn’t a rush to change safety regulations because of how infrequent disaster are.

In fact, in a 34-year period – from 1979 to 2013 – a total of 55 cruise ships sank. Compare that to the number of airplanes crashes between the same timespan.

Should you worry? No, you likelier to get into an accident on your way to a cruise ship than you are on a cruise ship.

What You Can Do If Something Happens?

If cruise disasters strike, stay calm. There’s plenty you can do to avoid the simplest of disasters while out at sea.

Avoid slip and falls by carefully watching your steps. Look for safety features for activities available on board. If you need a full guide on how to avoid cruise ship accidents, this is sure to help you.

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