Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World for good reason, being ideally located for sailings to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, and other exciting destinations. As of 2023 figures, there are more than 20 cruise lines at Port Miami, operating 55 ships that cater to a range of passenger ages, interests, and budgets. There are different reasons you might choose one cruise line over another, but they all have one thing in common: Guests are bound to numerous rules during a cruise vacation, and they exist for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of all passengers.
Rules might seem like a hassle when you are on vacation and just want to experience the fun, but it is a mistake to violate them. Breaking the rules could result in being removed from the ship, ruining your trip. However, the stakes are higher when you do not follow safety requirements. You put yourself at risk of injury, and you could even harm your legal rights. You should consult with a Miami cruise ship accident attorney about details and review some of the key rules to never disobey.
No Smoking or Vaping
Other than a few designated smoking areas, smoking is prohibited in all spaces on the ship. A spark, wayward match, or smoldering cigarette butt can cause a deadly fire. Plus, there is some equipment on board cruise ships that are sensitive to fumes or exhaust. Never light up in these areas due to the risk of explosions.
Bans on Alcohol and Drugs
There are numerous rules regarding alcohol consumption, and they vary according to the cruise line. Examples include:
- Not allowing alcohol in private rooms;
- An absolute ban on underage drinking;
- Crew members have the power to cut off those overserved at a cruise ship bar; and,
- No tolerance rules about bringing illegal drugs on board.
These rules exist for your safety, as impairment is a top cause of cruise ship accidents.
Mandatory Muster Drill
One of the most important safety rules on cruise vacations is this required presentation, which you will not be able to get out of if you want to remain on board. This important session informs you about how to manage yourself and your family in different emergency situations. Crew members will provide helpful instructions.
No Leaning Over Railings
It is understandable that you want to take home the best possible photos and videos of your trip, but never put your life at risk to do so. Do not climb up on railings to get a better view, and do not sit on top railings to get a selfie. Cruise ships are unsteady, and the slightest wave could send someone overboard.
You Can Rely on Our Miami Cruise Ship Accidents Lawyers to Fight for You
To learn more about your rights after suffering injuries on a cruise vacation, please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA, to speak to a member of our team. We can schedule a no-cost consultation at our offices Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL.