MIAMI, Florida–We are always sad to hear of a passenger on a cruise ship being injured. The most recent case involves a Disney cruise ship, the Disney Wonder, sailing from Galveston, Texas. Not far after leaving port, approximately 50 miles from Galveston, it had been reported that a passenger fell down a set of stairs and had to be airlifted due to head injuries, suffering a skull fracture and bleeding. The seriousness of the injuries and long-term impact is unknown at the time of this writing.
Common questions future cruisers often ask is whether cruise ships are safe, whether the cruise lines keep statistics on the number of accidents occurring on their ships,what is the cruise lines’ duty of responsibility to passengers regarding their safety, and whether the cruise ship companies adequately protect their passengers.
With respect to the question whether there are statistics on the number and types of accidents occurring on board cruise ships, the answer is NO, we do not have an accurate number. Unfortunately, there is not any public information regarding these type of accidents that can accurately inform passengers about the number and types of accidents happening on cruise ships.