Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Injuries and Accidents

Serving Miami, Florida and Nationwide


Cruise lines advertise shore excursions as safe activities for passengers. When you sign up for an excursion that is promoted, advertised, organized, and sanctioned by the cruise line, you trust that all possible precautions will be taken to protect you from injury or harm. Unfortunately, shore excursion accidents still happen - and when they do, you may find that the cruise line denies responsibility for your injuries saying that you the passenger should not blame the cruise line because the excursion operator is an independent contractor.  (Just because a company is an independent contractor does not mean that you should not select and monitor them well). 

If you have been seriously injured or if your loved one has died during a shore excursion accident, please call us at (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Miami cruise ship accident lawyers.

Shore Excursion Accident Liability

Cruise ship shore excursion accident cases can involve a number of different at-fault parties. Unfortunately, holding these parties accountable is often a complicated process. The cruise line may claim that the excursion operator is an "independent contractor" over whom they have no control.  The tour operator may claim that the courts in the United States have no jurisdiction over them or that the courts here are not the proper forum. 

Many excursion contracts contain clauses that attempt to limit or waive the liability of the cruise line or the excursion operator. Most of these clauses are not enforceable.  But the law is complex in this area.  In order to effectively argue this law, you need an experienced Admiralty and Maritime lawyer.  

Types of Shore Excursion Accidents

Some examples of common shore excursion accidents that can lead to serious injury include:

  • Tender boat accidents
  • Transport vehicle accidents
  • Hiking and climbing accidents
  • Diving and snorkeling accidents
  • Parasailing accidents
  • Zipline accidents


Cruise Ship Lawyers of Miami

Known Dangers at a Port of Call

In addition to shore excursion liability, cruise lines are responsible for warning passengers about any dangerous areas in a port of call that guests may reasonably be expected to visit. If the cruise line fails to warn passengers of possible dangers in a port of call, and a passenger suffers injury in an accident or assault, the cruise line may be held accountable for these damages.

Taking Legal Action After Shore Excursion Injuries

Despite the confusing clauses included in most cruise ship shore excursion liability waivers, victims who are injured during a shore excursion may still be able to recover compensation for their losses. Additionally, families of individuals who were wrongfully killed during a shore excursion may also have the right to pursue compensation from the cruise line or tour operator.

It is important to know your rights and your legal options as soon as possible after a shore excursion accident. Our lead trial lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey is Board-Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law.  He also was a lawyer for the cruise lines for over 17 years. This experience has put in him a unique position to effectively fight for the rights of injured cruise victims.   

If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed on a shore excursion during a cruise, please contact Hickey Law Firm, P.A. online or call (855) 375-3727 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Miami cruise ship accident attorneys. We represent victims of cruise ship shore excursions worldwide.