Cruise Articles > 10 Worst things that can happen on cruise

Before making a decision in life, how often have you asked yourself: ”What is the worst that can happen?” I bet the same thing is with the first time cruisers. I can picture those people reading articles about incidents, browsing through statistics, wondering what can go wrong, etc… Yes, it is true, bad things do happen, but the purpose of this article is definitely not to scare you off. The point is that you have the same chance to run into trouble if you stay at home instead of taking a cruise vacation. The statistics don’t lie. But no matter how rare those situations are, we feel that all the potential cruisers should know about them. So, here we are with the unfortunate situations list:

  1. Falling off board. This is a nightmare situation for any passenger as well as for the cruise line. There is no or a minimum chance to recover the person from the sea once they fall overboard. According to official reports, 22 incidents of this kind occurred in 2006. eBasically there are a few different reasons why this happens, but almost always it involves personal problems and a high level of stress. It is interesting that, these incidents by percentage happen more often among the crew than the passengers. That is probably because some crew members cannot handle hard work under pressure and absence from home, which can lead to psychological crisis and suicide.

    Passengers falling off board in most cases are under influence of one major factor – alcohol. Ok, we are not saying that sometimes cruise lines don’t share their part of responsibility, but in s big number of passengers it is really difficult to keep ships totally incident free. There are long debates over these issues since victims’ families feel that justice is not served. At this point we can only recommend: drink wisely and do not let things get out of control.
  2. Other alcohol-caused incidents. What can I say? At night, bars, discotheques and other public spaces are crowded with people. The atmosphere is hot, good time all over the place. Of course, as it usually goes, there are chances that there are always people who just cannot control their behavior, when they have more drinks than they should. These problems belong to responsibility of ship security officers.
  3. Norovirus is not that tragic. Actually we covered this issue earlier, so let’s just summarize: It is a stomach virus, more annoying than dangerous, it is specialized in cruise ships and its enemy is a high level of personal hygiene.
  4. cruise shipsGetting mugged in a port. Abroad or in the U.S., after all, what is the difference? Ok if you are mugged in the U.S., the Territory law may officially protect you, but once it happens, it is usually too late. To avoid those situations, follow the instructions given by the cruise line. Try to go out in groups and take only recommended shore excursion providers. And of course, use common precaution measures: watch out for your wallet; do not carry unnecessary amounts of cash, jewelry, etc…
  5. You can miss the ship in the port. This is happening more often than you think. It is so easy to get carried away on a beautiful beach, for example. You wish it can last forever, but unfortunately the ship and 3000 people on it cannot wait for that long. This is especially the case when the ship is changing time zones. It is actually a simple problem to solve; you just need to pay attention and synchronize your watch. That’s it. If it happens that your ship leaves the port without you, the only thing you can do is to search an alternative transport to your next port and rejoin your vessel there or go home. What a perfect way to ruin vacation, don’t you think? And no, you do not get any money refund.
  6. Seasickness. This is another issue that scares people much more than it should be. It usually happens on long trans-oceanic voyages and it is easily treatable by proper medicines.
  7. Ship malfunctions. A modern vessel cannot sink if that is what you think. Actually they are very reliable state-of-art machines, but then again, nothing is perfect in this world. Last year was especially unfortunate for Princess Cruises, when it comes to safety. Fire on the ship and a tilt incident resulted in one passenger dead and a dozen injured. Though extremely rarely, these things do happen. When comparing total numbers of passengers and a number of passengers injured on ships, we can see that cruisers are maybe the safest way of transportation in the world, it’s good to know that.
  8. Your cruise schedule can be changed or canceled due to a hurricane or bad weather. Well, usually these changes are minor; sometimes ships just skip a port or so. If major changes occur, it is good to have a cruise insurance, though the cruise lines sometimes offer refund or discounts if that happens.
  9. Sunburns. It is amazing how often people don’t pay attention to the hot, tropical sun rays, especially when they are coming from northern parts of the world. One should think that everybody knows how to be careful on the first day in the sun, but then again on every cruise we can see folks returning from the beach roasted.
  10. The ship can be attacked by pirates. Well, not exactly. This happened only once and it was more funny than dangerous. Off the coast of Somalia, four crooks in a small boat and carrying a grenade launcher tried to invade the Seabourn Spirit. Needles to say, the ship just ran away from them without suffered damage.

That would be the 10 scariest things that happen on a cruise ship vacation. I repeat, this article doesn't have the purpose of turning you away from cruising. These are just facts you should know, nothing else. To write the best things that can happen would take much more space and time.

Now, if you will excuse me please, I am going to book my next cruise vacation…


Depeche mode
The world
3/21/2016 4:11:07 AM
You should REALLY take advantage of spell check. Unless you just graduated the 5th grade...then I could understand all the mistakes in what you wrote. One simple click would save you from looking kind of stupid if you want anything you say...or type be taken seriously!
2/18/2016 9:22:07 AM
Been on 100 day cruis and experienced none of those things, even seasickness was a rarity; scare tactics are not appreciated!
Owen Morris
6/9/2014 2:25:26 PM
Who would be this sad to create this?
7/21/2013 6:16:55 PM
Hitting an iceberg?
3/16/2013 9:32:52 PM
someone could have explosive diarrhea. that would be #1 i think
The World
11/27/2011 10:57:23 AM
People need to have more common sense that's all
The World
6/6/2011 9:37:43 PM
I am so scared. I have to fly to Florida and I hate planes, and then I have to go on the boat, and I hate boats. I am going on a cruise in August and I am freaking out. I have never been on one so I don't know if I will get sea sick or not. I am also scared that we will end up in a hurricane, but then I realised that we do have modern technology these days. Haha plus I don't think anyone will bring a bomb. Who would spend at least a thousand dollars just to kill people haha
Fl, ocoee
7/1/2010 12:46:25 AM
Wow! I mean i kmow a lot of things can happen but still. I learned much in this web site. Not exactly what I am looking for but it is good info. I don't think does 10 things are scary compared to a bomb but i do think those 10 things are very likely to happen. ;) Don't you think. lol! :)

6/30/2010 5:12:02 PM
SOMEONE COULD HAVE A BOM ON THE SHIP! i went on this website because i am going on a cruise this week and i am scared of the bad things that could happen when i am on the cruise so yeah i am just reallly scared but its not even my first cruise i went on a other one but nothing happen that was bad? so maybe i will be fine.

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