When most people think about traveling on a cruise ship, they think of rest and relaxation in the lap of luxury at sea, but employees who work on these ships paint quite a different picture of what goes on behind the scenes.

At the time of hire, cruise employees sign employment contracts that detail their duties and obligations. These employees do not put in the average five-day work week that most employees do. Most of them work for seven days in a row for their contracts, which can last anywhere from two to 11 months during the cruise season.

The most common contract period is four to eight months, while some can be longer. During these days, the employees work much longer than the average eight-hour work day. The employees interviewed reported to Business Insider that they worked up to 12 hours per day. Even for the strongest person, this grueling schedule can be tiring and stressful.

The hours can also be intense, ranging from around eight to nearly 20 hours per day. A former waiter for Carnival Cruise Line who said he worked about 12 hours a day described his schedule as “crazy” and said it led to fatigue and stress.


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety. We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits. You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering. Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529, 305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.