Cruise holidays are usually considered as a luxury, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for many people taking exotic cruises, they are just that. Others, however, have their cruises ruined by slips, trips and falls and various other cruise holiday accidents.
Cruise holiday accidents
Here are the five biggest threats likely to ruin a dream holiday:
- The biggest risk passengers on board cruise ships face is that of injury by slipping. With as many as 3,000 or more passengers and crew members on board a floating city, slip hazards are not always easy to detect and remove immediately. Slip injuries are, as a matter of fact, among the most common injuries sustained on cruises.
- Almost as common as slipping injuries, injuries by tripping over steps, loose carpeting or slight raises in flooring; carelessly positioned passenger belongings; boxes and packaging in onboard stores, for example, are also sustained comparatively frequently.
- Another common risk of cruise ship accidents is that of injuries by falling downstairs or overboard,with the latter being less common than the former. Some passengers have also been known to have near drowning experiences after slipping and falling into onboard pools.
- Outbreaks of food poisoning and bacterial or viral infections are also a very predominant threat on cruise holidays. With thousands of people crammed into an relatively, rather confined space, such disease outbreaks can spread quickly among passengers and crew alike. Poor sanitation, lack of properly trained medical staff and/or inadequate food safety standards and hygiene can all contribute to and rapidly increase these risks.
- Collisions at sea with other vessels, reefs and other land masses or underwater debris, for instance, are rare in comparison with the top four threats mentioned here, but nonetheless do represent a risk that could potentially have tragic consequences. This sadly also applies to fires, explosions and attacks.
Other possible threats
Passengers may also be subjected to violent and/or sexual assault by other passengers or crew members. Excessive consumption of alcohol could lead to alcohol poisoning, and participating in onboard sporting activities could result in sporting injuries.
Professional help is at hand
While no-one expects to be injured on holiday, accidental injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. It may help to know that professional help and advice concerning personal injury claims is available from Accident Advice Helpline via our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice