As a parent planning the trip of a lifetime with one of Miami’s many cruise lines, you are probably both excited and overwhelmed by the activities available for children onboard. The major cruise companies, operating some of the largest watercraft on earth, heavily market to families with children of all ages. In fact, according to a report published by the Cruise Lines International Association, approximately 15% of all passengers are under 20 years old – a rather large percentage of the 27.5 million passengers that board cruise ships across the globe every year.
Unfortunately, whether your child is into adventure, water sports, culture, or social activities, the risk of injuries is higher than you might expect. Just like on land, serious accidents can occur, especially when cruise operators prioritize profits over passenger safety. A Miami cruise ship accident lawyer will pursue all available remedies, but some safety tips can help you protect your child.
- Supervise Children on Deck: Passengers spend much of their cruising time outside their rooms enjoying the countless activities on deck and in restaurants. These spaces, as well as the route you take to reach them, can be unsafe. Staircases, balconies, and railings are the location of many accidents that cause injuries to young passengers. Keep a close eye on children in these areas, and make older kids promise to use caution if you are not around.
- Monitoring Children Around Water Attractions: Pools and waterparks are the unquestionable primary attraction for many cruise passengers, but there are always risks around water. Do not trust pool staff to supervise your children, even when lifeguards are present. The cruise company is responsible to some extent, but keep in mind your own duties as a parent and never leave your child unattended around pool decks.
- Stranger Danger: Older children often view a cruise vacation as a way to make new friends, but they can be too trusting at times. As a parent, you need to monitor these new friendships to make sure someone is not taking advantage of your child. Do not allow your child to visit another cabin or invite others into your own private spaces. If possible, set up a buddy system for older children who can hold each other accountable.
- Implement a Curfew: Your family may be on vacation, but you should still keep a basic curfew in place for children of all ages. Plus, set rules on which places on the ship are absolutely off-limits, like bars and nightlife that cater to an adult crowd. Make sure your kids know the punishment for violations and do not hesitate to enforce your rules.
Trust Our Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys to Pursue Your Legal Remedies
When your dream cruise vacation turns into a nightmare due to your child being injured, you need legal counsel with specific experience in cruise ship accidents. Our team at Gerson & Schwartz is aggressive in seeking compensation for injured passengers, so please contact us right away. We can schedule a free consultation at our offices Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL.