The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to protect people with medical conditions in the same way as other laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and other characteristics. The sweeping legislation sets standards for accessibility in public places and requires private businesses to make reasonable accommodations to support those with disabilities. The ADA does apply to cruise ships via rules and regulations established by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Vessels that use US ports or sail in US waters must comply with the accessibility standards, including any cruise in or out of Miami.
Even if you are familiar with some of the basics of ADA, the statute is different when you are on board a ship traveling through unpredictable seas and carrying thousands of other passengers. Plus, cruise lines have been inconsistent with their efforts to enable reasonable accommodations, potentially leading to serious injuries. Consult with a Miami cruise ship accident lawyer to learn more about your rights, but some background is informative.