The reason for the town’s rise in popularity among cruise ship companies is obvious; Costa Maya is stunningly beautiful as you pull into the cruise ship port. However, that is where a lot of the charm ends for passengers to Costa Maya.
Visitors to Costa Maya originally came for the Mayan temples of Chacchoben and Kohunlich. Both are a 45-minute taxi drive from the coast. Alternatively, the cruise companies will offer a prearranged excursion to these ancient ruins. While the ruins are interesting for an afternoon, most of today’s visitors to Costa Maya do not make it past the shopping mall near the cruise ship pier.
Every day of the year the major cruise ship companies efficiently funnel their passengers from port to shopping complex. In addition to the shops selling the usual Mexican themed souvenir, there are restaurants and a swimming pool.
The last of Coast Maya’s popular attraction is the nearby town of Mahahual. It is only a short ride from the dock at Costa Maya and billed by the cruise operators as a Mexican beach town. However, visitors spend most of their time strolling among other tourists and sitting in over-priced beach chairs.
All of these cruise lines are based in Southern Florida, and despite docking in Mexico require any passenger who is injured or involved in an accident on the cruise ship to file claims in Miami, Florida. This comes as a big surprise to many potential plaintiffs, even though the obligation is printed on your ticket or purchase contract.
Many passengers on cruises to Costa Maya have never visited Miami, or even the state of Florida. Therefore, navigating the legal proceedings in Miami and the United States Federal Court can be a huge burden.
Further, the cruise companies restrict the amount of time passengers have to file a claim. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Lines all state in their agreements with passengers that a claim be filed within one year of the incident. At first, this seems like a lot of time to bring a lawsuit, but in reality, it is an extremely short limitation.
In addition to all of the requirements imposed by the cruise companies, most people need assistance assessing their claim and rights to sue the cruise operator. The majority of injuries on cruise ships are slips, trips, and falls while aboard the vessel. In some instances, these accidents and the cost of resulting injuries are the legal responsibility of the cruise company. However, in other instances there is no right to compensation.
If you or a family member was injured aboard a cruise ship, it is best to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your legal rights. The lawyers at our firm have a combined 75 years of experience in successfully representing plaintiffs against cruise companies and operators.