Cruise ships introduce interesting and
challenging legal issues for the injury.
Tickets for a cruise often impose
forum clauses that place restrictions
on where an injury action can be

That means a plaintiff submits to the
jurisdiction of the state where the
cruise ship maintains its corporate
offices (not to be confused with flag
registry, which is where the vessel
itself is registered).

Additionally, cruise ship tickets can
impose shorter statutes of limitations
than those ordinarily applied under
U.S. maritime law. A cruise ship ticket
can stipulate a one-year statute of
limitations, as opposed to the
three-year maritime statute of
limitations ordinarily applied in
shipboard negligence lawsuits. A
ticket may further impose notice of
claim requirements that are even
Most cruise ships are not registered
in the United States. They sail under
the flags of the Bahamas, Liberia,
offers many advantages for cruise
lines. Operating a vessel under a
foreign flag (or flag of convenience as
they are sometimes called) offers
benefits to cruise lines in terms of tax
issues, employment and labor law
issues, and other areas.

While many of these international
aspects about the operation of cruise
ships might not appear relevant or
seem interesting, the ones about
jurisdiction, venue, and certain other
procedural issues do become VERY
relevant for cruise ship passengers.

In terms of passenger rights for
matters involving medical care, recent
case law has shifted the balance in
favor of passengers, so far as
protections that cruise lines used to
enjoy in terms of vicarious liability for
the actions of doctors, nurses, and
other medical professionals aboard
cruise ships.

Understanding jurisdictional issues in
cruise ship litigation is an important
aspect of pursuing the legal rights of
passengers, whether in the form of
injuries from accidents or from while
at sea.

The vast majority of cruise travelers
enjoy a high quality vacation for their
money, but as with anything, injuries
can happen. Injuries can result from
slips and falls, fires, being struck by
objects falling from higher decks,
being struck by golf balls, food
poisoning, assault by crew members,
other passengers, and other causes. If
you were injured on a cruise ship and
would like to learn more about your
rights, call us. The consultation is
free and confidential.
Would you know what to do if
you were involved in a cruise
ship accident? Click  
What To
Do If You Are Involved in a
Cruise Ship Accident .

Read this legal information
which answers many frequently
asked questions about cruise
ship accidents... and you'll know
what to do if you're injured on a
cruise ship.
Cruise Ship Law
Passengers could
become injured in a
cruise ship
accident in a
number of ways.
The cruise ship
could sink. There
could be an
outbreak of food

First District
Office: Boston, MA
Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Connecticut,
parts of New York and New

Contact Information
408 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone: (800) 368-5647


Fifth District
Office: Portsmouth, VA
North Carolina, Virginia,
District of Columbia,
Maryland, Delaware, parts
of Pennsylvania and New

Contact Information
431 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, Virginia
Phone: (757) 398- 6486


Seventh District
Office: Miami, FL
South Carolina, Florida, part
of Georgia, the Panama
Canal Zone, Puerto Rico,
U.S. Naval Reservations in
the West Indies and north
coast of South America.

Contact Information
909 SE 1st Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131-3050
Phone: (305) 415-6730


Eighth District
Office: New Orleans, LA
North Dakota, South Dakota,
Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa,
Colorado, Kansas, Missouri,
Kentucky, West Virginia,
Tennessee, Arkansas,
Oklahoma, New Mexico,
Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, and
parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Florida, Georgia
and Gulf of Mexico

Contact Information
500 Pydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone: (504) 589-6277


Ninth District
Office: Cleveland, OH
Michigan, and parts of New
York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,

Contact Information
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44199-2060
Phone: (216) 902-6073
Eleventh District
District office: Alameda, California
Covers Arizona, Utah, Nevada,

Contact Information
Coast Guard Island Building 50-3
Alameda, CA 94501-5100
Phone: (510) 437-2970


Thirteenth District
District office: Seattle, Washington
Covers Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, and Montana and parts of
contiguous Pacific Ocean areas.

Contact Information
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174-1067
Phone: (206) 220-7280

Fourteenth District
District office: Honolulu, Hawaii
Covers Hawaii and certain U.S.
island possessions in the Pacific.

Contact Information:
300 Ala Moana Boulevard 9-236
Honolulu, HI 96850-4982
Phone: (808) 541-2316 Day
(808) 842-2600 Night

Seventeenth District
District office: Juneau, Alaska
Covers Alaska and parts of the
Pacific and Arctic Ocean.

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 25517
Juneau, AK 99802-5517
Phone: (907) 463-2269 Day
(907) 463-2004 Night





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In the wake of the Costa
Concordia accident, IMO's
Maritime Safety Committee
new measures to
help protect the safety of cruise
ship passengers.
In May, 2013, Cruise Lines
International Association (CLIA)
announced that its Board of
Directors approved adoption of
a “Cruise Industry Passenger
Bill of Rights,” which
addresses issues about the
safety, comfort and care of
cruise ship passengers. This
follows other measures dealing
with cruise ship passenger
safety, comfort and care
include the creation of an
industry-wide Operational
Safety Review in 2012. This
resulted in adopting ten safety-
related policies that were
submitted to the International
Maritime Organization (IMO),
the initiation of a Preparedness
Risk Assessment in March
2013 to review and address
redundancies related to power
systems, and successful
completion of a multi-day
emergency drill involving
authorities from the U.S. and
Bahamian governments. The
drills were led by the U.S. Coast
What issues confront cruise ship passenger
plaintiffs in the prosecution of a claim for
serious injuries on a vessel? See our video to
the right (photo of bow of a cruise ship).

The use of
experts in maritime cases -
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Maritime law addresses the
issue of a cruise ship
passenger's right to videotape
their independent medical
examination on shore (long after
the ship's infirmary).
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encounter extreme
opportunity to avoid.
Passengers could slip
and fall on the a deck,
indoors or outdoors
(below decks or above
decks), or a passenger
could fall on a