The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspects cruise ships, in order to monitor outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses. At each inspection, the ship is given a 100 point scale. Anything below 85 is considered failing. Reports and scores are available to the public on the CDC website, be sure to inform yourself before booking your next cruise.

Sea Tow Foundations Is a website which focuses generally on issues concerning small or recreational boats, and includes a significant amount of information on small boat law and safety tips for boaters.

Boat Safe Is a website dedicated to informing you of all the boating laws, and maritime laws. A good one to peruse if you are a boater.

Recreational Boat Injuries

Injuries at Sea While on a Cruise Ship


Some common injuries on cruise ships include:

  • Slip/trip falls and other personal bodily injuries incurred onboard the ship.
  • Food poisoning.
  • Contagious diseases.
  • Assault by other passengers or crew members.
  • Sexual battery.
  • Drowning.


What Rights Do You Have?

  • If you have incurred injuries on a cruise ship, you do have important legal rights. Victims of cruise ship accidents may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
  • All cruise ship lines have a responsibility to make sure that the ship is free of hazardous conditions and that they are free of unreasonable risk to their passengers. When an accident occurs because of staff members, inadequate safety equipment, inadequate emergency precautions, poorly trained employees, or poor ship maintenance, then the cruise ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence.
  • Most cruise ship tickets contain a “choice of law” provision in the small print at the bottom. This provision tells you which state courts have jurisdiction over potential lawsuits arising from injuries on board the cruise ship.
  • While injuries are more obvious and easily identifiable, few allegations of sexual assault on a cruise ship ever make it to a court of law. This is because few cruise ships have trained police officers who are able to properly investigate a sexual assault case, which means that tangible evidence can be destroyed, impairing a fair investigation.


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All recreational boats must carry one wearable lifejacket for each person aboard. Boats 16ft and longer (except canoes & kayaks) must also carry one throwable lifejacket.

Just Answer- Admiralty and Maritime If you have any questions that need a quick answer this website provides a 24 hour information service that you can turn to in case of a small emergency to which you need a legal answer to. There are experts on hand to answer your queries rapidly and help you with any problem at hand.