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Posted by Toni on Mar 3, 2017

A Contract Clause that Frees Tour Companies or Cruise Lines from Legal Responsibility in the Event of an Accident does not Take Away an Injured Passenger’s Rights to File a Civil Lawsuit to Seek Compensation

Since the 1980s the cruising industry has raised the standard in the cruising business, building bigger cruise ships (with passenger capacities ranging from 3000+ to 6000+) and equipping ships with everything that should make every voyage safe and perfectly enjoyable. Thus, besides the adequately equipped clinics for safety and emergency concerns, for the “fun” side of the travel, there are pool and ping pong tables, mine golf courses, basketball courts, gyms, spas, beauty salons, bars, night clubs, casinos, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, rock-climbing walls, bumper cars, skating rinks, zip lines, jogging tracks, waterslides, a planetarium, aqua parks, cinemas, and (seriously) an endless list of others.

Not limiting the excitement onboard, cruise lines have also started introducing shore excursions. Shore excursions are the latest additions to a cruise experience. These major money-making activities for cruise lines are now conducted in almost every port of call, giving passengers enough time to experience a country’s or a city’s life and culture through sightseeing tours, wildlife and wilderness tours, visits to museums and inland dining for a taste of the city’s best cuisine. Besides these passengers can also enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, rain forest hiking, ziplining, rock-climbing, and many others. Though a source of fun and excitement to many, these activities have also caused a number of passengers serious injuries that call for claims lawsuits.

Besides injuries during tours, some cruise line passengers sustain injuries due to other causes, such as tender boat accidents, dock accidents, malfunctioning or defective equipment, motor vehicle accidents, which can happen while the passengers are on a car or tour bus en route to the place they will visit, and lack of security.

Inadequate security, specifically, has caused some passengers to be physically or sexually assaulted while on land. Many have also lost some of their valuables, due to theft, because the cruise line and/or the tour company did not provide enough security, which would ensure passenger safety.

It is explained in the website of the law firm Louis A. Vucci, PA, that though shore excursion agreement contracts contain a clause that frees tour companies or cruise lines from legal responsibility in the event of an accident, this does not take away an injured passenger’s rights to file a civil lawsuit to seek compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused.

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