Occasionally, things aboard cruise ships can go wrong and dream holidays turn sour. More often than not, personal injuries aboard cruise ships are the result of slips, trips and falls. Passengers have also been known to be injured by fires, explosions or falling overboard, but these are not the only cruise ship accidents possible.
Five potential cruise ship accidents
- Vicious elevators: You could, for instance, get caught and potentially injured by an elevator door. If this sounds silly to you, think again. A young woman suffered a fracture and severe laceration when an elevator door caught her while on a cruise with her parents in 2014.
- Sewage: On average, a seven-day cruise will generate approximately 28,000 gallons of raw sewage. Options of dealing with this amount of sewage invariably involve initial collection in storage tanks. The waste is then deposed of by, transferring it to private onshore companies to be properly treated, drying and burning the waste before dumping it, or dumping it into the ocean, which is sad, but true. Should a storage tank develop a leak or be seriously damaged by an explosion, for example, areas of the ship could be flooded with a potentially lethal mix of chemicals, bacteria and all sorts of other ‘nasties’ likely to affect the health of passengers.
- Roulette: Many of these floating cities have onboard casinos. Malfunction or improper use of a roulette wheel could result in the ball being catapulted across the room and hit a passenger, causing serious head or eye injuries.
- Chandeliers: Many cruise ship dining rooms are decorated with extravagant chandeliers. Defective fittings or particularly bad weather could cause one of these heavy fittings to fall and land on passengers. Injuries by falling objects of this weight and size, as well as those caused by flying glass fragments could be severe.
- Vanishing mysteriously: You may also end up vanishing forever for no obvious reason. Again, this may sound strange, but is true. Over the last few years, a total of 165 cruise ship passengers have mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Their bodies were never found and nobody knows whether they were swept overboard by freak waves or winds, fell victim to foul play, or committed suicide.
Getting advice on cruise ship accidents
If an accident on a cruise ship ruins your holiday through injuries caused by slipping, tripping or falling, fires or explosions, near drowning or indeed any other kind cruise ship incident, you should initiate contact with our Accident Advice Helpline advisers to see whether you may be eligible for travel accident compensation.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information regarding travel accident claims.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice