Mistakes With Shore Excursions Could Lead to Serious Cruise Accidents

Despite the major disruption across the global cruise industry in 2020, key performance indicators spell good news for passengers seeking sea-based adventures. In its publication on the state of the cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reported a major uptick in cruise activity over the last few months and signs that passenger volume is returning to normal levels. Projections reveal that passenger volume will spike more than 12% by the end of 2026. 

As more ships return to full capacity, you can also expect an expansive list of shore excursions to choose from to round out your cruise experience. There are adventures for all ages, interests, and fitness levels. While you mull options, it is important to avoid mistakes that could affect your dream trip. Some mishaps could even lead to injuries, so consulting with a Miami cruise ship accident lawyer is essential if you were hurt. Consider the following points when reviewing shore excursions.

Failing to Book Through the Cruise Line

Many cruise tip websites will advocate making reservations directly with a tour operator because the cost of excursions is typically less expensive. However, not going through the cruise line also has its downsides. You know the cruise operator has a presence in the US, while it can be challenging to pursue a company in a foreign country that is not subject to US jurisdiction.

Underestimating Physical Requirements

The array of offerings is vast, so you will need to take time to find an activity that is appropriate for your physical abilities. Extreme adventures are strenuous, requiring participants to be flexible, strong, and solid on their feet. Even some walking tours can be several miles or more. Injuries and accidents are common when you overestimate what your capabilities are.

Not Vetting the Most Dangerous Shore Excursions

The descriptions of shore outings are attractive, promising excitement, immersion in local culture, and thrills. If you do not take a closer look at the excursions and operators, you could be putting yourself at risk. For instance:

  • Regulations covering parasailing and ziplining operators fall far short of US laws if they exist at all.
  • Scuba equipment, especially tanks, must be meticulously maintained. The excursion itself is also inherently dangerous, and the movie Open Water is about how negligent operators can lose track of passengers.
  • Rock climbing, hiking, and ziplining are also hazardous, and even more so when the equipment is worn or damaged.

Not Reading the Fine Print

Many shore excursions will contain waivers and disclaimers, which are important warning signs about the dangers of certain activities. However, they are not always enforceable, so you may still have legal remedies.

Talk to a Miami Cruise Ship Accidents Attorney About Remedies

Liability for injuries on shore excursions can be confusing, which is why retaining legal help is critical when the cruise line and tour operators each throw the blame on the other. Our team at Gerson & Schwartz, PA will tackle the challenges, so please contact our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL today. We can set up a free case assessment to review details.

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