If you are thinking about taking a cruise on the Mississippi river or another inland waterway, you are part of a growing number of adventure seekers. In fact, according to USA Today, river trip purchases have doubled in the last year alone.
While river cruise ships offer a generally safe way to travel, there are some inherent risks that come with riding on one. Consequently, you should exercise additional caution when you are in any dangerous area on the ship.
Because your riverboat travels on the water, you may encounter slip-and-fall risks even on sunny days. That is, if river water splashes onto the boat deck or anywhere else, you may lose your footing and fall. You also may encounter slippery floors in your cabin, by the pool or anywhere the crew has mopped recently.
Even though you probably can expect mostly smooth sailing, your riverboat may sway from side to side. You may also lose your balance during turns. Therefore, if you are prone to tripping, it may make sense to remain seated during bumpy parts of your trip. Otherwise, you should watch for tripping hazards around watertight doors, lifeboats and deck chairs.
If you fall overboard, the river’s current may sweep you far away from the boat. Consequently, to know how to handle an overboard emergency, it is critical to pay close attention to the safety briefing. You also should avoid alcohol before participating in water-related activities, such as swimming or fishing.
With a bit of caution, you can increase your chances of having a tragedy-free river cruise. Ultimately, though, if you suffer a catastrophic injury on your voyage, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.