When you booked your cruise, you started thinking about calm days under the sun, the gentle rocking of the waves and a beautiful room to pass the time in on your way to exotic destinations. It sounded like a dream. Plus, since you wouldn’t have to worry about transportation, meals, drinks, or anything else, you figured it would be relaxing in a way that most vacations never can be.

Hopefully that’s the type of cruise you get, but the reality is that you face a fair amount of risks. Injuries happen more than people realize, and it’s dangerous when they happen at sea. That trip could become anything but relaxing in a hurry.

Some of the potential issues that you or a family member could face while on the ship include:

  • Food poisoning from those all-you-can-eat meals
  • Slip-and-fall accidents on wet decks
  • Swimming injuries or near-drownings in the on-board pool
  • An assault from another passenger or a crew member
  • Fall-related injuries if the ship gets caught in a violent storm
  • Complications from poor medical treatment on the ship or at the port

In fact, there are even numerous missing persons cases that happen on cruise ships. In some instances, people fall overboard. In others, no one knows exactly what happened to them.

You do not need to be frightened out of going on your cruise, but you also want to go into it knowing that some of these risks do exist. If you get hurt while on the ship, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills and related costs upon your return.