Most cruise lines have a fairly robust plan in place to release themselves from culpability for any injuries on the premises or ashore at the scheduled destination. If you and your friends are planning on taking a cruise or if you’re suffering an injury that occurred on a recent cruise, you should take the time to understand your rights.
Your first course of action is to make sure you have a plan to stay safe. Enjoying a few drinks throughout the day is part of the fun of being on a cruise – none of you has to drive home for several days. But completely losing your inhibitions and throwing caution to the wind altogether could lead to your own personal injury or damages to others on board & ashore.
Cruise Ship Loopholes
Cruise lines can try to limit your rights or completely release themselves from premise liability with the pages and pages of fine print at the bottom of your ticket. In addition, clauses and specifications can dictate that any injury occurring shore side on any outing at the place you port.
Still, if you or any of your friends and family are injured on the cruise ship premises or on an excursion ashore (possibly as a result of having too much alcohol aboard), you should enlist the advocacy of Neufeld, Kleinberg, & Pinkiert right away.
Although International Maritime law allows up to 3 years to report your injury, Cruise ships often can include language in their release forms and the fine print of their tickets that limits the statue of limitations to just 1 year. Any claim after that period will likely not be accepted.