Cruise ship illness and accident claims
Injury at sea claims cover all accidents at sea whether on a cruise ship, ferry or boating holiday. Injuries sustained may be through the negligence of the captain, slipping on wet decking, or illnesses such as Norovirus and Legionnaires disease.
Last updated on May 4th, 2022.
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The Athens Convention states that the carrier under an international contract of carriage is liable for; damages suffered as a result of the death or personal injury of a passenger, if the incident which caused the damage occurred in the course of the carriage and was due to the fault of neglect of the carrier or his servants or agents.
Under the Athens Convention, you have a choice of where to bring your claim. This will include the country where the cruise company is based, where you departed from and where you arrived, where you permanently live (if the cruise company also has a place of business there), or where your contract with the cruise company was made.
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If a claim is for a spoilt holiday (e.g. norovirus illness), then the Athens Convention does not cover this and instead claims must be brought under Regulation 15 of The Package Travel Regulations 1992. Claims bought under this regulation will have a 3 year time period.
It must be noted that claims cannot be bought forward for the following injury at sea scenarios: shipwreck, collision, stranding, explosion or fire, and defect in the ship.