Part of getting excited about a vacation is knowing you will have time to relax and take a break from worrying about the hustle of daily life. While you may consider the risk of injury part of your everyday life, it is typically not part of your vacation planning, especially when going on a cruise.
Cruises promise to be “worry-free” since they often include many of the extras you would plan for on an ordinary vacation. Unfortunately, the carefree attitude that comes with going on a cruise can leave you unprepared if you experience an injury on the boat.
Here’s what you should know about injuries on a cruise ship.
People fall overboard
While a fall off a cruise ship may not happen often, when it does, the injuries can be severe or even deadly.
Cruise ships have safety mechanisms in place to prevent or respond to overboard incidents, like guard rails and security cameras. When these incidents do happen, they tend to involve people who have had too much to drink.
Slippery when wet
When you are on land, you are more likely to be cognizant of the risk so you can take precautions. On a cruise, however, the footing can be less predictable.
While you are on the boat, you will quickly notice that some areas will stay wet while others will be dry. However, with changes in weather and sea patterns, a dry surface can quickly turn into a slippery one.
While you are on the ship, you should use care as you navigate the areas around the boat. Pay attention to changes that could lead to unstable footing or unpredictable movement from the ship.