The summer is fast approaching in the United States and with it, summer vacation. Those who enjoy cruises are planning and making reservations for their families’ summer time cruise vacation. If everything goes well, they will have a great time and maybe even some mementos to remind them of those good times for years to come…
Things Can go Wrong in Paradise
However, things can go as wrong on a cruise as they can on any other type of vacation…If you don’t believe me, read this article by the Fraser Coast Chronicle…
In a nutshell, a couple had been saving for years to take a cruise around New Zealand. Unfortunately, their trip was cut short when their ship, owned by P&O Cruises, suffered engine failure. The compensation they received from the cruise line: a $100.00 on-board credit…
It Happens In The U.S. Too…
If after reading the preceding article you think that these vacation ruining events only happen abroad or because, as the article states, P&O ships are old, think again…Last December, something similar happened during a cruise on the “Norwegian Sun”, according to an article on The Seattle Times.
Full Credit Rarely Happens
As stated in the article, the compensation that passengers get (if any), varies in each case: while the P&O passengers only got a $100.00 on-board credit, those on the “Norwegian Sun” got a 30% discount towards a future cruise vacation, in addition to the same $100.00 on-board credit…
However, sometimes passengers do get a full cruise credit and at times more: passengers stranded at sea with no electricity, overflowing toilets and poor food when the “Carnival Splendor” lost power last year after an engine room fire got a full refund, transportation costs and a free future cruise priced at the same amount they had paid for the ill-faited trip.
Similarly, passengers on the “Brilliance of the Seas” got a full refund from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines when the ship severely listed in rough weather, causing passenger injuries and damages.
Read The Fine Print
Since cruise ship passengers rarely get full credit, experts recommend buying travel insurance. If, however, you buy the travel insurance offered by the cruise line, read the fine print: the policy usually offers not much more than a future cruise with the same company, i.e., no money back. Therefore, you’re better off buying your travel insurance from an independent insurance company.
Don’t Let Cruise Lines Fool You With A Full Refund
Yet, in cases like the “Brilliance of the Seas” above, don’t allow the cruise ship company to take advantage of you by tricking you into taking a full refund if you have suffered injuries while on the cruise…A full refund will not nearly compensate you for your medical expenses or, in worst cases, future medical care and rehabilitation.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of circumstances similar to those experienced by the passengers on Royal Caribbean’s ship or as a result of any of the following typical cruise activities, your best bet lies with a law firm experienced handling cruise ship injuries cases:
1. Diving 2. Surfing 3. Boating 4. Parasailing 5. Jet Skiing 6. Hiking 7. ZIP Lining 8. Off road excursions on bicycles, motor bikes, 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Please note that these cases are usually governed by the conditions established in the ticket, which typically establish a term of six months to give written notice of the claim and one year from the date of sail to file suit against the company. The Cruise Lines Injury Attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases over the years and can help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.