The two prior articles on “Holding the Cruise Line Responsible” discussed things to do after the accident. This article discusses some commonsense ways of avoiding accidents on a cruise.
Here are some simple, precautionary steps:
*Remember that you are on a moving structure. There is a reason for handrails in the hallways. Use them. You should not restrict yourself to your room if the ship rocks. Just be careful during rough seas.
*Be aware that many door openings will have raised sills. This is common for bathrooms. Be aware of this so as to avoid tripping.
*Wet decks can be slippery. Some decks are more slippery than others. Most decks are made of a matte finished wood which is not very slippery. However, I was once on a cruise with a polished teak deck which was very slippery when wet. A few middle aged men decided to play basketball with the foreseeable consequences of strains, sprains, and one player with a fractured arm.
*Hold-on when getting on or off a tender and when doing down the gangplank. The gangplank and tender will be rocking.
*Do not drink to excess. Many people drink excessively on vacation. Cruise lines tend to encourage drinking. Intoxication can either be the cause or contributing factor to a fall.
*Do not engage in physical activity that you are not accustomed to. I was on a cruise where there was a basketball hoop. A good number of middle aged men decided to relive their youth on the basketball court. Quite a few reported to the ship’s physician, including one gentleman who broke his arm.