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file3261246766942The FBI is investigating the death of a South Carolina woman after she fell from the deck of a cruise ship into the ocean off the coast of Cuba and was not found by the coast guard and cruise ship personnel. The Norwegian Cruise Line vessel was on a course from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico when the accident occurred. Authorities searched over 600 nautical miles for the woman before giving up search and rescue efforts. The FBI was called in to determine if there was any foul play or negligence that could have caused the incident. If you were hurt or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship contact a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

Can the Cruise Line be Held Responsible?

While not all the facts regarding this case have been discovered, could cruise liners hypothetically be responsible in these types of situations? In most cases, cruise ships are considered “common carriers,” which means that they have a responsibility to their passengers beyond just reasonable care. Cruise liners must take a very high degree of precaution to prevent injury or deaths aboard their ships and failure to do so could land them with a personal injury or wrongful death suit.

Legal Rights if You Get Hurt or Lose a Loved One Aboard a Cruise Ship

A common misconception surrounding cruise ship injuries and wrongful death claims is that they fall under the same rules and laws as land-based accidents such as car crashes and premise liability claims. Unfortunately this is not the case. Because these accidents happen at sea, they fall under maritime law and various requirements and restrictions apply to filing a lawsuit.

Cruise ship companies often insert various provisions into their tickets that set the rules for filing lawsuits. This often includes shortening the window available to file a lawsuit and requiring a written notice be sent to the cruise liner before a lawsuit can be filed. Some cruise liners restrict the area in which a claim can be filed such as only allowing lawsuits to happen in Florida courts or even a foreign country. These restrictions are blatant attempts by cruise liners to inconvenience passengers out of filing a lawsuit.

The case may be further complicated if the incident took place in international or foreign waters, as there may be jurisdictional issues when filing a claim. An experienced cruise ship attorney will be able to navigate these stormy seas and make sure your claim is filed correctly.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.


In a tragic accident caught on video, a passenger of a Miami-based Royal Caribbean cruise liner fell off the ship and remains lost at sea. The family of the victim plans to sue the cruise line, citing that their version of events do not match the official statement given by Royal Caribbean. If you or someone you love was the victim of a cruise ship accident contact an experienced Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

About the Accident

According to Channel 8 News, a local Miami news station, the passenger fell from the balcony of his room, falling about 20 feet onto one the ship’s lifeboats. After hanging from the lifeboat for some time, while cruise ship employees attempted to rescue him, the man fell into the rough waters below. The man still remains missing at sea and is presumed dead.

Royal Caribbean claims the man jumped from the ship after a domestic dispute with his husband and has stated the cause of death was a suicide. The victim’s family’s lawyer claims that the man fell and cruise ship employees did not do enough to help him.

The lawyer goes on to assert that the crew members were the cause of the altercation leading to the accident and even that the crew members used anti-gay slurs towards the victim and his husband. The victim’s family also seeks to prove that not enough was done in a timely manner to save the man such as providing him with a life ring as he dangled from the lifeboat.

More evidence still needs to be collected to determine the exact cause of the accident and who was at fault. The FBI has requested that the Broward Sheriff’s office investigate the incident.

Cruise Ship Accident Cases

Cruise ship accidents are handled differently than other personal injury or wrongful death claims, as they fall under maritime law. Cruise ship companies often insert provisions into passengers’ tickets, shortening the time they can file a lawsuit and require passengers to give a written notice on their intent to file a claim. This means that the victim’s family in this case must act fast to ensure they get their lawsuit started before the provisioned time runs out.

Because the accident occurred outside the U.S., various local and international laws could apply to the case. The family must determine the correct jurisdiction and legal forum in which to file the lawsuit.

There are a multitude of damages the family can sue for including funeral expenses, financial losses for the victim’s spouse, pain and suffering, and many other damages based on the hardship the family will likely endure.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is absolutely crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.


Most accidents on a cruise ship could take place anywhere. Whether it is a slip and fall or any other premises liability mishap, cruise ship passengers usually face the same risks they would on land. There are some unique dangers present due to the unpredictability of the high seas that can leave you injured and needing an experienced cruise ship lawyer.

Rough waters and oncoming storms are some of the risks for which the cruise ship crew should be prepared. Through tight communication with the coast guard, most of these sea-born dangers can be avoided and mitigated. But sometimes, due to negligence, apathy or conceit, the cruise ship could be set on a course that is unsafe for both the ship’s employees and its passengers.

We have all heard of the Costa Concordia disaster, where a cocky captain maneuvered the ship too close to shore to enjoy a nice view, hit an underwater rock, and caused the ship to capsize. Most cruise ship disasters occur in different, more common scenarios.


Most cruise lines are hyper vigilant about avoiding oncoming storms at all costs. In some cases, however, poor judgement prevails and cruise ships hit these storms head on.

In 1998 Windjammer Cruises’ ship, the Fantome, disembarked from Belize and continued to sail right into the path of Hurricane Mitch. The hurricane was on an erratic course and the captain misjudged the path of the storm and put the entire crew in danger. Thankfully all the passengers had left the ship in Belize City, but 31 crew members remained onboard to face 50-foot waves and 100-mph winds. The ship capsized and all the crew members lost their lives.

This disaster could have been avoided if the captain simply played it safe, kept better contact with the coast guard, and stayed up-to-date with the satellite projections of the path of the hurricane.


There are various hazards, both on the sea and below, that can collide with a cruise ship, causing it to sink. Cruise ships have been known to collide with coral reefs, rocks, and even other ships, leading to disastrous consequences.

In 1992 the MS Royal Pacific collided with a fishing trawler off the Straits of Malacca in the dead of night. It only took two hours for the cruise ship to sink, leaving a limited window for the 530 passengers to evacuate. Sadly, 31 people died from the accident.


In 1991 the MTS Oceanos sailed into rough waters and heavy waves. After a small explosion near the generator room the ship began to fill with water. When the ship began to sink, the crew, including the captain, panicked and abandoned the ship without even alerting the passengers that there was an emergency. Thankfully, all the passengers were saved, but no thanks to the people primarily responsible with their safety.

These incidents recall some of the worst possible scenarios of a cruise ship voyage. In all these types of incidents, the captain or other cruise line officials can be blamed for loss of life and other disastrous consequences. In almost all the situations, best practices and a strict adherence to safety protocol could have change the outcomes dramatically.

Contact a Maritime Law Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has been adversely affected by a cruise ship accident, contact the experienced Maritime Law Attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. Law Firm today. Our team has a proven track record of fighting on behalf of the victims of  all types of cruise ship accidents.


A Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Splendour of the Seas, caught on fire in the engine room as the cruise ship was sailing in the Mediterranean near the Greek islands. The fire was so large that crew members had to remain at their emergency stations for hours on end. Passengers reported not feeling well and struggling with the constant smell of smoke. Some passengers and crew members had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Our team of cruise ship injury lawyers are not surprised by this news. If something goes wrong on a cruise ship that is out to sea, help is not around the corner.

This is not the first time Royal Caribbean has had a large fire on a cruise ship. For example, in July 2015, a fire broke out on the Freedom of the Seas as it traveled toward Falmouth, Jamaica.  Additionally, in May 2013, a large fire suddenly developed on the Grandeur of the Seas and the crew battled with the fire for over two hours.

One passenger aboard the Splendour of the Seas reportedly stated that the ship was operating on just one engine resulting in a very rocky, turbulent trip. It was even difficult to simply walk around and numerous passengers are sick.

Fortunately, no severe injuries or deaths have been reported. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. For example, three people aboard an Oceania Cruises ship were killed when a fire broke out in the engine room. Other passengers suffered injuries as a result of the explosion, according to

Your Legal Rights if You are Injured or Lose a Loved One in a Cruise Ship Incident

Getting seriously hurt or losing a loved one in an incident aboard a cruise ship is a terrible, gut-wrenching event. Some passengers mistakenly believe that the laws applying to other accidental injuries (e.g., car accident, truck accident, slip and fall, etc.) apply to a cruise ship injury. Not so. There are specific requirements and restrictions in place when attempting to pursue a claim for personal injuries or wrongful death arising from a cruise ship accident or fire.

For example, many cruise ship tickets contain binding contractual language requiring a passenger to notify the cruise line in writing that they intend to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you fail to provide this written notice and proceed with a lawsuit, the cruise line could move to have your claim thrown out of court. Many cruise line tickets also contain restrictive language limiting the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. In some instances, you may only have one year from the date of the accident to file a claim.

Some cruise lines have also gone so far as to add clauses into the tickets limiting the location in which your claim can be filed. Some cruise lines mandate that all lawsuits be filed in a Florida court, whereas other cruise lines require you file a lawsuit in a foreign country such as Italy.

Contact an Experienced Miami Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

As you can see, if you are planning to pursue a claim for restitution against a cruise line, there are numerous complex laws and regulations you must be aware of. This is where an experienced cruise ship injury attorney can help. Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. has that experience. Our team of maritime lawyers have handled numerous cruise ship injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

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Wendy Lewis was enjoying a trip with her husband on the 650-foot luxury cruise ship Seabourn Quest. Unfortunately, reports indicate that Mrs. Lewis fell from the cruise ship and died. Her body was discovered in the waters of Cape Ann. Our team of cruise ship wrongful death lawyers are deeply saddened to read about another life lost on a cruise ship. To make matters worse, her death certificate states that the cause of her death remains “pending,” according to the Gloucester Times.

The FBI continues to investigate the tragic death of Mrs. Lewis. Kristen Setera, speaking for the FBI, stated that the case remains an “ongoing investigation,” and that Agency continues to have “no comment at this time” regarding the woman’s identity or the circumstances of her tragic passing.

The Larger the Cruise Ship, the Larger the Mystery

The Seabourn Quest features 11 decks with a capacity of over 450 passengers boarded in luxury suites. On a vessel so vast, when a terrible incident occurs like a fall, quick action does not follow. Instead, there are vast gaps in time from when the incident occurred to when it was reported to authorities. After this tragic incident, authorities did not know Mrs. Lewis was missing until her body was discovered.

Can the Cruise Liner Be Held Responsible?

When a serious injury or death occurs on a cruise liner, it is important to ask what duty, if any, the cruise liner owed to the victim. In general, cruise ships are considered “common carriers.”

This means that cruise line companies owe a special duty beyond reasonable care to the passengers on board the vessel. Cruise liners must exercise a high degree of care in order to protect their passengers against physical harm or death. When the cruise liner fails, or breaches, this special duty and a passenger is injured or dies as a result, the cruise liner could potentially be held liable in a civil court.

Cruise Liners Attempt to Prevent Legal Action

Just because a cruise liner breached its special duty does not mean the victim will prevail through a civil suit. Cruise liners have put in numerous hurdles to prevent civil claims from being filed after an incident. For example, cruise ship tickets routinely contain provisions placing the burden on the passenger to notify the cruise line through a written statement that they intend to file a civil claim, whether it be a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim.

If the notice requirement is not bad enough, the cruise ticket may go even further and limit the scope of time you have to notify the cruise liner. For example, some cruise liners only give you six months to send out the notice.

Cruise lines also add clauses limiting the location in which a claim can be filed. For example, some cruise liners require that any and all claims be filed in Italy or some other country that looks more favorably upon the cruise liner.

Speak to a Miami Cruise Ship Injury Law Firm Today

Do not take on the cruise line alone. Speak to an experienced maritime attorney to help guide you through the complicated claims process. Contact Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. today for a free consultation.


When you fly on a commercial airplane, you have an expectation that the airline has met specific safety regulations. The same goes for a trip on an Amtrak train. However, such an expectation is absent, or at least should be, when you purchase a ticket on a cruise ship. Why? Because the cruise ship industry is an unregulated industry. This is extremely concerning to our team of cruise ship injury attorneys.

International Waters: Free For All

When a cruise ship visits a U.S. port, it must meet some regulations and is subject to inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard. However, if you are taking a cruise that goes into international waters (e.g., cruise voyages to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, etc.) only the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has authority over safety and operational standards. The IMO is part of the United Nations and generally does not exercise strict regulatory oversight. In fact, the IMO has never ordered the docking of multiple ships based on safety concerns and it is unclear that it even has that authority, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

This is not to say that the IMO is completely useless. The organization established some measures aimed at preventing cruise ship accidents, but they only apply to “new ships” and the IMO largely relies on the companies to self-report if and when an incident occurs on board.

Obfuscating U.S. Oversight?

Cruise ship companies like Carnival, Viking, etc. intentionally register their cruise ships in virtually every country other than the United States. Why? Because that allows them to avoid U.S. oversight, taxes, and labor laws. For example, Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean International, the two largest cruise companies in the country, have their corporate headquarters right here in Florida. However, their cruise ships are registered in other countries, predominantly Panama, Liberia, the Bahamas, Bermuda and Malta, according to the aforementioned San Francisco Chronicle article. These ships are required to meet the safety and health standards of their registry country. It will probably not shock you that many of these countries do not have stringent health and safety regulations on the books or perform routine inspections.

Incidents Keep Occurring, Yet Not Much Changes

A Carnival Triumph cruise ship arrived in a port located in Mobile, Alabama four days after losing propulsion and power to run even basic systems. Imagine being stuck at sea for four long days without any electricity, heating, cooling, etc. Even worse, an Eastern Star cruise ship capsized in June 2015 resulting in the deaths of over 300 passengers and crew members.

To make matters even worse, we can only focus on the tragedies that are actually reported. Many on-board incidents, ranging from theft, sexual assault, and serious physical injuries, go unreported to regulatory entities. This lack of quantifiable data encourages the status quo rather than recognizing deficiencies and implementing solutions. For example, we know that a young woman suffered debilitating, life-altering injuries after hitting her head on board a Carnival Victory cruise ship in September 2015. Do we know how frequently such serious head injuries occur? Unfortunately, no.

When it comes to cruise ships, it is the wild west on the water.

Speak to a Cruise Ship Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one is seriously hurt on a cruise ship, do not delay in speaking to an experienced maritime lawyer. In these situations, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action. The law firm of Gerson and Schwartz, PA is here to help. They know how to handle these cases and offer free, confidential consultations.


You take your family on a cruise featuring a huge Olympic-sized swimming pool on deck. Your kids are excited to get a chance to enjoy the water while on the ship. However, when you arrive at the pool you notice something quite troubling – no lifeguards. For our team of cruise ship injury lawyers, not having a lifeguard on duty is simply unacceptable and extremely dangerous.

As of the date of this posting, only Disney requires lifeguards to be on duty at swimming pools onboard cruise ships. You read that correctly – out of all the various cruise lines (e.g., Carnival, Viking, Winstar, etc.) only one liner requires on-duty lifeguards. The other cruise lines appear to have decided that since lifeguards are not legally required, they do not want to invest in this important safety precaution.

There does not appear to be any other legitimate reason for not having at least one lifeguard on duty at swimming pools on cruise ships, especially with so many ships being occupied by families with young children able to access the pools. The cruise ship industry has grown precipitously with mega cruise ships featuring massive pools utilized by hundreds of passengers. These cruise liners must understand that a drowning can occur in the blink of an eye. In fact, in many instances, a drowning situation may not even be recognized by a passenger until it is too late.

Congress Needs to Take Action

If cruise liners continue to throw caution to the wind and leave pools open for passenger use without any lifeguards present, Congress needs to get involved and pass a safety regulation. Make no mistake about it, the cruise ship industry would likely fight any regulatory action. This may shock you, but Congress actually had to step in and require that cruise liners report crimes that took place aboard their ships. Prior to that that regulation, it was voluntary and the data was sparse regarding the types and frequency of crimes that occurred on cruise ships. The same data is needed for drowning incidents aboard cruise ships.

With Great Profit Comes Great Responsibility

Cruise ships are reaping huge profiting by having more elaborate ships featuring major swimming attractions such as Olympic-sized pools, wave machines, etc. With the money they are bringing in, they should invest in having at least one, if not more, lifeguard on duty. It could actually help save them money by reducing the number of drowning incidents, which may thereby reduce potential litigation and medical costs.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Injury Law Firm Today

As it stands today, the only way cruise ship companies are going to get the message about the importance of lifeguards is through the courts. If a loved one drowned or suffered a permanent injury after being deprived of oxygen while underwater in a cruise ship pool, contact our maritime law firm today. The cruise ship accident attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA are here to help. We are licensed to practice law in all Florida state and federal courts and are affiliated with lawyers and firms in jurisdictions throughout the United States.


A 24-year-old woman fell and suffered serious head trauma while aboard a Carnival Victory cruise ship. News reports indicate that she is now fighting for her life and may be paralyzed unable to ever walk again. Our team of Miami cruise ship injury lawyers are shocked and saddened by this news report. It begs the question – could this traumatic injury have been prevented?

The details about what exactly caused the passenger to fall on the cruise ship remains a mystery, as of the date of this posting. However, what we do know is shocking. The young woman reportedly hit her head hard, but was not taken off the cruise ship through medevac to the hospital for six to eight hours, according to In that six-to-eight hour delay, she suffered multiple strokes.

A delay of that length is wholly unacceptable. Why she was not medevacced immediately upon

discovering her head injury defies logic and common sense. The family of this young woman needs to investigate what exactly happened and who dropped the ball. Delaying treatment for someone with a potential traumatic brain injury only exacerbates the harm, as evident by the fact that this young victim suffered numerous strokes during the waiting period. There is a legitimate question as to whether her extensive injuries were caused by the fall itself or by the unacceptable delay in treatment.

What the Family Must Do Next

If the family of this young woman considers legal action against Carnival, they have some preliminary hurdles they must got through. They will need to send written notice to Carnival alerting them of their intent to file a personal injury claim, in accordance with the time limitations likely stated in small print on the back of the young woman’s Carnival cruise line ticket. Consulting with a cruise ship injury law firm would make sense at this phase since an experienced cruise ship accident attorney can help guide you through the complicated maze of laws and regulations governing cruise ship injuries.

Along with the notice, the family needs to get the names of cruise ship personnel who learned of the young woman’s injury and who made the decision to delay requesting a medevac. The family also needs to request a copy of any documents that were filled out, like an incident report.

Any photos and/or video footage of the accident scene should be collected, as well. News reports indicate that the young woman was accompanied by her boyfriend on the cruise. If he has any photos or video, he needs to turn them over to the family right away.

Once these steps are taken, legal action must be pursued sooner rather than later since there is usually a shorter statute of limitations associated with civil claims filed against cruise lines.

Hire an Experienced Miami Cruise Ship Injury Law Firm Today

As you can see, taking legal action against a cruise line is far more complex when compared to an auto accident claim, motorcycle accident claim, or other land-based accident claim. You need to seriously consider contacting an experienced maritime attorney who understands the complex laws associated with these types of claims. That is where Gerson and Schwartz, PA come in. They know how to handle these cases and offer free, confidential consultations.



Cruise liners spend millions of dollars on advertising aimed at the “passenger experience” and portraying the cruise experience as one where your enjoyment and safety are paramount. What they do not tell you is the lengths to which they have gone to protect themselves from potential civil liability if an accident, attack, or other terrible incident occurs on their ship. If you or a loved one is seriously hurt on a cruise, our team of Miami cruise ship injury lawyers has some sobering news: The fine print hidden on the back of a cruise ticket, written in such small font so as to avoid practically anyone’s notice, protects most cruise liners from responsibility for their carelessness.

Limitations on Your Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial

When you purchase a cruise line ticket, you are agreeing, probably unknowingly, to sacrifice your right to pursue punitive damages or to claim compensation for emotional distress against the cruise liner for the injuries or the death of a loved one. Furthermore, most cruise line tickets include an arbitration clause. This clause limits the right of passengers to file a civil claim in a court of law (in dereliction to the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution) and have their case heard before a jury, in certain circumstances. Another abuse of legal chicanery are forum-shifting clauses that drastically limit where a cruise ship injury or wrongful death suit against the cruise line can be filed (e.g., some forum shifting clauses require you to file suit in a foreign country). These clauses are intentional hurdles put in place to stifle anyone from seeking significant restitution through the civil justice system.

Arbitration Clauses – How are They Legal?

In 1925, the Federal Arbitration Act was signed into law which forces courts at every level to enforce the arbitration accords that many businesses, including cruise operators, have utilized in numerous mundane contracts. It is no surprise that businesses that include these clauses in their contracts win over 95 percent of arbitration. Yes, you read that correctly. A business has a significant advantage over you in an arbitration setting. Why? Because the business has a say in selecting the arbitrator who will hear the dispute and routinely picks the one with a track record of deciding in favor of the business. For example, Carnival Cruise Lines has their legal team participate in hundreds of arbitrations per year. You, on the other hand, will probably participate in an arbitration just once in your entire life (hopefully). Common sense dictates that a professional arbitrator will have a financial bias towards favoring the cruise line since they want to generate more business. An arbitrator who decides in favor of the passenger probably will not get hired again by Carnival or any of the other big cruise lines.

Other Harsh Limitations on Your Right to Civil Restitution

Many cruise liners require injured passengers to notify them within six months of the injury of their intention to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the liner. Even if you meet this strict notice requirement, you are then required, according to the terms of the contract included with the ticket, to file the suit in a court selected by the cruise line within one year.

Time to Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Today

As you can see, the decks are stacked against you when it comes to taking legal action against a cruise line. That is why you should not take them on alone. The cruise ship accident attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA are here to help. The lawyers at this firm are licensed to practice law in all Florida state and federal courts and are affiliated with other lawyers in numerous jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and overseas. Contact the office today to set up a free, confidential consultation.

DSC06923Recently, a passenger sued Carnival Cruise ship on account of suffering a sexual assault by an unidentified individual while using the ladies’ restroom in the ship and alleged that, in spite of reporting the incident to the support staff on the same day, no active measure was taken by the cruise ship crew or personnel. Our team of Miami cruise ship lawyers are not surprised. This brings to light the fact that sexual assaults on cruise ships are not uncommon at all.

What to Do if You are Sexually Assaulted on a Cruise Ship

If you and/or the perpetrator of a sexual assault is an American national and the ship sails from or to a U.S. port, then the FBI will have jurisdiction over the case. In other circumstances, it is more complicated to determine which agency—or even which country—has jurisdiction. The location of the vessel, the nationality of the perpetrator or victim, ownership of the vessel, the points of embarkation and debarkation, and the country in which the vessel is flagged may all have an effect on jurisdiction.

If you ever happen to experience sexual assault on a cruise ship:

  • You may wish to seek medical attention to treat any possible injuries and to check for injuries you may not be able to see. If you are at sea, you can receive care from the ship’s medical facilities. If you are shore side, visit the nearest emergency room or hospital.
  • You have the right to confidentiality when you request and receive support services. Any information you provide to medical staff, counselors, and other support staff while receiving services after a sexual assault must remain confidential. This includes information disclosed during a sexual assault forensic exam and any other support services available.
  • You have the right to a sexual assault forensic exam to collect DNA evidence that may help prosecute the perpetrator. If you wish to have an exam performed, try to avoid showering, changing your clothes, or cleaning the area where the assault occurred.
  • If you are outside the U.S., you can find support from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are visiting. Consular officers are available for emergency assistance 24/7. They can connect you with a variety of resources to help, wherever you are. They do not provide direct legal counsel.
  • You can report the crime to the FBI. If you are on board the ship when the crime occurs, contact the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard about the crime to receive advice on how to proceed. You can reach the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C at 202.324.3000.
  • You can report the crime on board. If the crime occurred on board the ship, you can report the incident to a cruise ship security officer as soon as possible. You have the right to insist that the scene of the crime be secured until law enforcement officials arrive. It may be helpful to write down the names and contact information of any individuals, both crew members and passengers, who witnessed or were involved in the incident.

Speak to an Experienced Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Today

The cruise ship injury attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA understand how to handle sexual assault cases that have taken place on a cruise ship. We understand the legal complexities and are licensed to practice law in all Florida state and federal courts. Additionally, our Florida law offices are located close to the port of Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. We are ready to help. Contact us for a free, completely confidential consultation.