Injuries on a cruise vacation don’t always happen aboard the cruise ship itself. Sometimes they occur on the cruise ship’s tender boats.
What is a Tender or Shuttle Boat?
A tender is a boat that the cruise line uses to shuttle passengers from the big cruise ship to the dock. While some cruise ships are able to park right along side of the dock at many ports, it is not uncommon for them to be parked in a bay hundreds of yards from the dock. This can happen for a variety of reasons – other cruise ships are already moored, local regulations prohibit docking, weather issues, etc.
While this type of transportation is generally safe, accidents can occur.
Attempting to board or get off a tender can lead to injury. Accidents happen when passengers lose their balance and fall. This can result in head injuries, back injuries, broken bones and the potential for falling into the water.
Why do Accidents Happen on these Tenders?
Tender vessels are much smaller than the cruise ship and with the movement of the ocean or harbor, the tender sways back and forth. It can even bang up against the cruise ship causing injuries to occur.
The same thing can happen as the tender navigates around other boats in a busy port or attempts to dock. Simply because it’s a small boat, the boat will move back an forth with the movement of the water causing unsteadiness. While this can add to the overall experience of the cruise and ports of call, it can also add an element of danger.
The experience of the crew piloting the tender can also play a role in the safety of the passengers. It’s best to listen to the crew and abide by all rules and procedures.
What Should You do if Injured on a Cruise Ship Tender?
If you were involved in an accident while aboard a cruise ship tender, please contact us to talk about your injury. Our phone number is 800-905-2891. While unfortunate, your injury may be the result of a simple accident. If you believe your injury could have been avoided – or the actions of the cruise line or its crew contributed to the accident – you may have a case.
It’s best to speak with an attorney who has dealt with accidents like this as they can explain your rights as a passenger and can outline any legal actions you may be able to take against the cruise line.
Questions about an Injury on a Cruise Ship?
If you believe negligence played a roll in your injury (in the pool, around the pool, on a slide or on any waterpark feature, tender, gangplank, etc.) or simply have questions because you’re unsure of what to do, please contact our office. We’ve seen thousands of injuries suffered on cruise ships – and many are eligible for legal action!
Here Is What We Can Do For You:
- We talk with you – it’s a FREE Consultation
- We understand all the details of your accident or injury
- We offer legal advice and establish a plan of action
- You decide to hire us to work on your behalf against the big cruise lines
- We fight for compensation of your injuries
How can we help you? Call us at 800-905-2891.