As a cruise ship passenger, is your health at risk?
2 more cruise ships have failed inspections of their vessels by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The Regent Seven Seas Navigator and Un-Cruise Adventure’s Safari Endeavor both failed recent cleanliness exam inspections in June 2013.
The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships.
According to reports, “poor record keeping, food handling, storage and debris violations all contributed to the failures.”
Read more here at CruiseCritic.com.
Why do health inspections matter to you as a passenger?
The inspections handled by the CDC are done to help maintain industry regulation and provide passengers with a safe sailing environment.
As a passenger, your main interest is having an enjoyable vacation. However, if you could avoid booking a cruise on a ship with repeated health and food inspection violations, you would probably do so.
You can check CDC scores here for the cruise lines.
Are cruise line liable for sick passengers?
The simple answer to that question is, yes. Cruise lines are responsible for providing a safe and healthy sailing environment for their passengers and crew. If a cruise line or its staff are negligent in their efforts to provide that safe sailing environment, then they may be liable for medical issues incurred by their passengers.
Each medical claim brought against a cruise line is individual and specific unto itself. If you feel you have a potential claim against a cruise line after becoming sick while on a cruise vacation, you should contact an attorney.
An attorney with cruise ship claim experience can help you ask and answer questions that would help determine if you have a viable claim.
Let an attorney help you with your cruise line injury claim
At Waks and Barnett, P.A. we are experienced cruise ship injury attorneys. Our firm works hard to help victims of cruise ship and other boating related accidents to file lawsuits if appropriate and obtain compensation for their injuries.
Our firm has 25+ years of dealing with the cruise lines – and protecting the rights of cruise ship passengers (and injured crew members).
If your or someone you know was injured or became sick while on a cruise vacation, call us today to schedule a consultation.
We’re here to help you. Contact us at 800-905-2891.