When you travel on a cruise, you are provided the option of signing up to participate in a variety of shore excursions. Examples of excursions include tours of famous sites, parasailing, scuba diving, helicopter rides, catamaran rides, and more. The cruise lines at times benefit significantly in a financial sense from your participation in these excursions, as the excursions are conducted either directly through the cruise line or via an independent contractor. Local companies that provide the tour or other excursion may not be licensed, which could leave those injured in an accident in a tricky situation.
At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our cruise ship accident attorneys have assisted several cruise ship passengers injured while participating in shore excursions. We understand the complexities surrounding these cases and will fight to achieve the recovery our injured clients deserve.
A number of cruise ship shore excursions involve transportation. Cruise ship passengers will often travel on buses, in vans or cars, and in helicopters. Accidents can occur while passengers are aboard any of these modes of transportation. A recent accident in the Virgin Islands demonstrates this danger. Passengers from a Celebrity Cruise ship were on a trip to a famed beach in the area when the bus they were riding in lost control. The bus crashed on the steep, wet hill, killing two cruise ship passengers and injuring another 18. Since the accident, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has released a statement saying the bus was independently operated.
This horrific accident is sadly not the first transportation related accident to occur when cruise ship passengers head ashore. Eight passengers were killed in a plane ride several months ago when the plane took off in poor weather. The family members of those killed are likely to seek compensation from the cruise line as well as the helicopter operator.
Research Can Help You Stay Safe and Avoid Liability Nightmares
When you book your cruise and consider possible shore excursion, take some steps to help ensure the companies you use are safe and insured. Research the company online and call to ask if they are licensed and insured. Look for reviews and other information as to the company’s safety record.
If you are injured while participating in an on shore excursion, the cruise line may be held accountable, even if the excursion was operated by an independent agent. Courts have held that cruise lines need to perform due diligence when selecting excursion operators. This includes ensuring the operators are licensed and insured. Failure to meet this duty could result in liability on the part of the cruise line. Injured passengers can further seek compensation from the actual excursion company, although jurisdictional issues may complicate these actions.
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano: Fighting for the Recovery of Injured Cruise Ship Passengers
Cruises should be fun and enjoyable, but sadly not all end this way. If you have been injured while on a cruise ship, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. Our exceptional firm offers the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida and will put our extensive experience to work for you. Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.