Cruise Ship Injury Accident Claims Guide? – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Ruth Dolan. Last Updated 4th February 2021. Welcome to our guide on cruise ship accident claims. On this page, you will find a guide to making a successful compensation claim for a cruise ship injury. Both as a passenger on the cruise ship, and also whilst working as a crew member. Although accidents on board a cruise ship are quite rare, they do happen from time to time. This guide is aimed at people who believe they have a valid reason to make personal injury claims based on an injury caused by an accident on a cruise ship.

The kind of accidents you can claim for, are not restricted to those that happen while on the ship. You can also claim for accidents that happen in port, or whilst on shore-based excursions if you can prove the cruise line caused the accident and is liable to pay damages.

If you would rather skip reading this guide, and move straight on to starting a claim, then call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now, and we can explain to you how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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A Guide To Accidents, Injuries, And Illness On A Cruise Ship

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This guide is going to cover the entire process of making a claim for an injury caused by an accident on a cruise ship. It pertains to both members of the public who are taking a cruise holiday, and also the staff that work for the cruise line.

It will cover everything you need to know about making a claim, so you understand what your legal team is doing for you at every stage. It will also cover issues such as the personal injury claims time limit. Although you won’t find an online personal injury claims calculator on this page, you will find a table detailing typical compensation amounts for a full range of injuries that might be sustained via an accident on a cruise ship.

If you require any additional information once you have read this guide, then please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page and we will do our best to assist you.

What Are The Most Common Accidents, Injuries, And Illnesses On Cruise Ships?

Although there are many ways that accidents can happen on a cruise ship, which may lead to a person needing a personal injury lawyer to help them make a compensation claim, some causes are much more common than others, such as:

  • Slips, trips and falls – these are the single most common type of accident that a personal injury solicitor has to deal with. Being on a moving, rolling ship only makes it more likely you might slip, trip or fall.
  • Sporting accidents – most cruise liners offer a full range of sporting activities including swimming, tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc. This means that there is a risk that passengers may be injured while playing these sports.
  • Food-related illnesses – many cruise lines operate a buffet breakfast or lunch. This means that food might be left our too long, leading to a food-related illness.
  • Faulty equipment and fittings – such as receiving an electric shock from a faulty light fitting in your cabin or being injured by a piece of ships equipment that has not been secured during high seas.

Although these are the most common causes of accidents on a cruise ship, there are many more. If your own accident doesn’t fit into this list, call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page and we will tell you whether we believe you can claim compensation for your injury.

What Are The Most Popular Cruise Lines?

If you need to make a cruise ship injury claim to claim cruise ship injury compensation, you will need to know the name of the cruise line that operates the cruise ship you were injured on. Some of the major cruise lines include:

  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Cunard
  • Princess Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Fred Olsen
  • Cruise and Maritime
  • Carnival
  • Azamara Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Thomson Cruises
  • Star Clippers
  • Hurtigruten
  • Costa Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Seabourn
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Swan Hellenic
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Scenic Discovery Yacht
  • Club Med
  • Viking Cruises
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Hebridean Cruise Line
  • Saga Ocean Cruises

Accident Claims UK can help you to claim compensation from any cruise line, regardless of whether they are based in the UK or not. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to proceed.

Slip, Trip, And Fall Cruise Line Accidents

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Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753515001770

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and based on answers to the Labour Force Survey, slips trips and falls are the most common types of accidents in the workplace. And, the NHS says that slips and trips that result in falls are the most common cause of serious injuries. As an employee or passenger on a cruise ship, you could experience slips, trips or falls. 

If it can be found that the cruise line is liable for the accident, a reason to make a cruise illness compensation claim could exist. Employees and passengers could make cruise ship accident claims. 

Slip, trips and falls can happen for many reasons whilst onboard, including:

  • Slipping on a wet or dirty floor or deck – when a floor is dirty or wet, it is supposed to be signposted as a hazard until it is cleaned up. If it isn’t and you slip on it and harm yourself, you should be able to claim compensation.
  • Tripping on faulty floor coverings or decking – such as carpets that a torn or frayed, or deck planks that have warped and are no longer flush to the rest of the deck.
  • Falling downstairs – due to reasons such as a faulty handrail, or insufficient lighting. When the boat is pitching in high seas, stairways can be a hazardous challenge.

If you slipped, tripped or fell whilst either working on or as a passenger on a cruise liner, Accident Claims UK can help you. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page.

Can I Claim Cruise Compensation For Missed Ports?

In general, when it comes to claiming cruise compensation missed ports are not something that could form the basis of a successful claim. Every cruise line has a section covering missed ports in their terms and conditions, which indemnifies them against liability for missed port compensation. You will have been deemed to have accepted this policy when you booked your cruise.

In certain circumstances, it could be possible to claim missed port compensation. We recommend that you contact Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this guide, so we can evaluate whether we believe you have a valid reason to claim missed port compensation.

Cruise Ship Accidents In The Workplace

Every cruise line is expected to conform with Health & Safety standards laid down by the Government under which jurisdiction the cruise line operates. However, this only applies to the times they are in port, or within local waters. Once the ship is in international waters, maritime law applies, which has no provision for Health & Safety.

Therefore, making a cruise ship compensation claim for cruise line accidents as an employee is a complex challenge. You will need expert legal advice and help in making a claim. Accident Claims UK has the experience and knowledge to make such a complex claim. Contact us at the number at the bottom of this page for more information.

What Should You Do After A Cruise Ship Injury Or Illness?

If you have suffered an injury caused by a cruise ship accident, then there are a number of things you can do to give you the best chance of winning any cruise ship injury settlements you are pursuing, these include:

  • Gather evidence – such as photographs and video that show the cause of the accident. For example, if you tripped on some faulty decking, make sure you take a photo of it.
  • Gather witness contact details – if there were any witnesses to your accident, gather their names and addresses so that they can be called on at a later stage if needed.
  • Get proper medical attention – if you are overseas and have to visit the hospital for treatment, get the names of the doctors who treated you and ask for a copy of your medical file when you are discharged.
  • Document financial losses – if you have faced any losses due to your injuries, such as medical fees, transport costs or loss of earnings, document them so that you can prove these losses.

Contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to begin your claim if you have already taken the steps above.

How To Start A Cruise Ship Accident Claim

Starting a cruise illness compensation claim is very straightforward. Whether you need to make a claim for an injury caused by a cruise ship accident, or for an illness such as cruise ship food poisoning, the process is the same. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will ask you some questions about your injury or illness, such as:

  1. When and where did the accident happen?
  2. Were you at sea or in port when it happened?
  3. Were there any witnesses to your accident?
  4. What is the long-term prognosis of your injury?
  5. Have you suffered any form of financial loss due to your injury?

Once we have asked you questions such as these, we will have a better idea of how you claim looks. We will then offer you some free legal advice on what we believe your course of action should be.

What Can I Claim For After A Cruise Ship Injury?

When you claim compensation for a cruise ship accident, you will claim two types of damages, and these are:

  • General damages – pain, suffering and physical manifestations of the injury and also any long-term or permanent medical condition as a result of the injury.
  • Special damages – all financial losses caused by the injury such as expenses like travel costs and medical fees, and also any loss of earnings both current or future.

Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to find out just what damages you can claim.

Cruise Line Accident Compensation Claims Calculator

If you have an accident on a cruise ship or fall foul of sickness abroad, it is hard to give an accurate idea of exactly how much you might claim in compensation. However, the table below gives a general idea:

Type of InjurySeverityInformation About the InjuryCompensation Amount
FingerMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £4,461
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£13,970 to £15,330
LossFull amputation of a finger.£58,100 to £85,170
ThumbMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £4,461
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£9,080 to £11,820
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£11,820 to £15,740
Very seriousSuch as thumb that has been amputated and grafted back on but no longer functions.£18,390 to £32,850
LossAmputation of one thumb.£33,330 to £51,460
HandMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £4,461
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£5,260 to £12,460
Less SeriousSuch as a crushed hand, with loss of function until healed.£13,570 to £27,220
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£27,220 to £58,100
Loss (one hand)Either through amputation or permanent loss of function.£90,250 to £102,890
Serious (both)Injuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£52,310 to £79,360
Loss (both)Either through amputation or permanent loss of function.£132,040 to £189,110
WristMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £4,450
Less SeriousSuch as simple fractures and sprains which will heal in the short-term but leave the wrist immobile whilst healing.£11,820 to £22,990
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£22,990 to £36,770
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£44,690 to £56,180
ElbowModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.Up to £11,820
Less SevereSuch as those that will limit the use of the arm for the short-term but will heal eventually.£14,690 to £30,050
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£36,770 to £51,460
Arm (fractures)SimpleSuch as fractures to the short bones of the forearm.£6,190 to £18,020
Less SevereSuch as fractures to the long bones of the upper arm.£18,020 to £36,770
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£36,770 to £56,180
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£90,250 to £122,860
Arm amputationBelow elbowLoss of the lower arm.£90,250 to £102,890
Above elbowLoss of arm below the shoulder.£102,890 to £122,860
FullLoss of the arm at the shoulder.Not less than £128,710
BothFull loss of both arms.£225,960 to £281,520
ToeModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.Up to £9,010
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£9,010 to £12,900
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£12,900 to £29,770
LossComplete loss of one big toe.In the region of £29,380
Loss (both)Loss of all toes on one foot.£34,270 to £52,620
FootMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £12,900
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£12,900 to £23,460
SeriousInjuries that will heal in the long-term and until healed cause pain and possibly disability.£23,460 to £36,790
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£39,390 to £65,710
Very SevereInjuries that result in serious permanent disability.£78,800 to £102,890
LossLoss of one foot.£78,800 to £102,890
Loss (both)Loss of both feet.£158,970 to £189,110
AnkleMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £12,900
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£12,900 to £24,950
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£29,380 to £46,980
Very SevereSuch as multiple fractures that will result in a permanent loss of some functionality of the ankle.£46,980 to £65,420
LegMinorTrivial injuries such as cuts, bruises, abrasions and lacerations.Up to £11,110
Less SeriousSuch as fractures which will leave the leg immobile while they heal.£8,550 to £26,050
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£26,050 to £36,790
SeriousSuch as serious or multiple fractures that will leave the leg immobile for the long-term.£36,790 to £51,460
Very SeriousInjuries that once healed, will still have an effect on a person’s mobility.£51,460 to £85,600
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£90,320 to £127,530
Leg amputationBelow kneeLoss of one leg below the knee.£91,950 to £124,800
Above kneeLoss of one leg above the knee.£98,380 to £129,010
BothFull amputation of both legs.£189,110 to £253,480
NeckMinorCuts, abrasions and minor sprains which will heal relatively quickly.Up to £7,410
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£7,410 to to £36,120
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£42,680 to £122,860
BackMinorSprains, lacerations and bruising which will heal rapidly and have no lasting effect.Up to £11,730
ModeratePainful injuries such as simple fractures, which will heal entirely in the medium-term.£11,730 to £36,390
SevereInjuries that once healed, will leave a permanent effect such as reduced functionality.£36,390 to £151,070

Please note, this table only includes physical injuries. It does not cover illness or show amounts for, as an example, compensation for food poisoning on a cruise ship. Call Accident Claims UK to get a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to claim.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims On Cruise Ships

Accident Claims UK offers resident of the UK access to our main offering, a No Win No Fee service for making a personal injury claim.

Under this No Win No Fee agreement, there is zero cost to start your claim, and you don’t need to pay us anything at all as we pursue your claim, no matter how long it takes to reach a resolution. If we fail to win you any compensation, then you still don’t pay us a thing. The only time we will ask you to pay our legal fees is when you actually receive a compensation payment.

Why Make Your Cruise Ship Compensation Claim With Us?

The clams service operated by Accident Claims UK is a simple and effective way to make a compensation claim for a cruise ship illness or injury. Whether you have suffered a personal injury or became sick on your cruise and need to claim cruise sickness compensation we can help you.

We will leverage our 30 years of experience tackling complex claims cases for our clients, to make sure you have the very best chance of winning your cruise ship claim.

We will always keep you in the loop and update you about the status of your claim and are always available to answer any questions you might have about your claim, and what we are doing for you.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today

Are you ready to make your cruise ship accident claim? If so, please contact Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now. Once we know a little more about your claim, we will offer you some free legal advice on what we believe you should do next.

Useful Links

Health And Safety On Ships: This government page has information on health and safety on ships.

NHS info on preventing falls: Through this link, you will find information published by the NHS on how to prevent fall-related injuries.

Accident at Work Claims Guide: Were you an employee on the cruise ship at the time of your injury? Read our guide on your employer’s duty of care and what you could do. 

Concussion Accident Injury Claims: If you experienced concussion as a result of an accident on a cruise ship, take a look at our guide. 

A Guide to Head Injury Claims: A head injury can be devastating. If you injured your head after an incident on a cruise ship, read our guide. 

Cruise Ship Accident Claims FAQs

What happens if you get in trouble on a cruise?

If you suffered on a cruise ship due to someone else’s negligence, take steps to document the cause and talk to our advisors to see if you could make a claim. 

What cruise ship flipped over?

In 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground and sank off the coast of Giglio Island. 

Thank you for reading our guide to cruise ship accident claims.