A cruise vacation can be an excellent opportunity to rest and relax, but one small mistake can be enough to completely undo those plans. While it helps to plan what to do while on your cruise, it is equally as important to know what not to do on your cruise.

Not doing your research.

Many people make the mistake of not doing their research before booking a cruise. This research can include finding the best price and the best cabin option for your party. It can be tempting to choose the cheapest option available, but this may limit you in terms of what you want to do when on your cruise. The same goes for choosing the wrong cabin. Cruise ships have so many different options when it comes to cabin selections, and it is important you choose the one that fits your situation. Always do your research first before selecting what you want. Sometimes it helps to talk to friends or family members who have gone on cruises before. Their experiences, both the good and the bad, can help advise you.

Failure to plan.

Cruise ships have so many different activities available for passengers onboard, and a little extra planning can go a long way to ensure you get to partake in all the amenities offered. Many specials on the ship, including spa treatments and shore excursions, book up quickly so it can be beneficial to sign up for these activities as soon as you book your cruise.

Not Arriving Early.

When you book a flight, it is always recommended you arrive to the airport at least two hours early, the same applies for cruise ships. Make sure you are familiar with the area and roads leading to the dock so that you arrive in plenty of time before the ship leaves.

Wandering Too Far from Port.

If you do book an excursion through a third-party company, it is important that you do not wander too far from the ship when exploring each stop. Exploring can be fun and exciting, but the last thing you want to do is be stuck in a situation where you cannot get back to the ship or get lost on your way back before the ship departs for the next stop.

Whenever a cruise ship stops at a port, it is important that passengers who choose to go on shore for excursions be aware of their surroundings at all time. In certain ports, however, that need for extra vigilance and safety awareness increases even more.  There are important tips to ensure safety and security while on a cruise ship, but what about when off the cruise ship? Some ports are more dangerous than others and should be avoided.

Overindulging in Alcohol.  

This tip should go without saying, but it can be very tempting when on a cruise to overindulge in alcohol, particularly if the drinks are included.  However, excessive alcohol consumption while on your cruise can lead to injuries, such as slip and fallssexual assaults, overboard accidents and drownings.

Not Wearing Sunscreen.

Even if you may not burn easily, do not assume that you do not need sunscreen while at sea. The water reflects the sun, which can burn essentially anyone, even those who do not always burn easily. Nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than a severe sunburn, especially if the burn is so severe it leads to sun poisoning. We recommend every cruise passenger pack a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Not Keeping an Eye on Younger Passengers.

If you are going on a cruise with children, keep an eye on them at all times, especially around swimming pools. Even designated child play areas on the ship have their own set of risks, parents and guardians need to be aware of.  We have some important safety tips for children and families on cruise ships.

Not Preparing for Possible Seasickness.

The sea can be unpredictable, and many cruise passengers have no idea just how easily they will be affected by all the motion and rocking of the ship. Certain precautions can be taken to ensure that does not happen, including booking a cabin that is in the middle of the ship or on a lower deck and staying hydrated. It can also help to pack Dramamine with your essentials just in case you need it.


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 CarnivalRoyal CaribbeanCelebrityNorwegianMSCDisneyHolland AmericaPrincess, 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 1-866-597-4529305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.