Today, many people envision their ideal vacation as embarking on an exciting adventure to a faraway land or tropical destination aboard a cruise ship. Cruise vacations can be a lot of fun for travelers of all ages. These days, not only can you sail the seven seas to distant ports, but the vessels themselves are designed to be as exciting – if not more so – than the ports of call on their itinerary.
It’s no wonder then that cruise travel has increased dramatically since 1980. Statistics show that the cruise industry experiences an average passenger growth of 7.6 percent per year. Since 2011, over 16 million guests have taken cruise vacations all over the world. However, while cruising can be a terrific experience overall, for those few who suffer an accident or become victims of a crime on board or on land, the experience can very quickly turn into a very long nightmare.
Our maritime accident attorneys here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can attest to the growing number of passenger injuries, crimes and disappearances within the industry. Though cruise ship accidents have occurred since the industry began, the increased number of passengers each ship holds today has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of incidents in the last five years. This is despite the fact that maritime safety technology keeps improving.