Every year millions of people go on a cruise. In fact, cruise continues to be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry.

But, with more cruises come more claims.

Shearwater Law has a deep understanding of the specialist and often contentious claims that can arise within the cruise sector.

Our experience encompasses the various national and international conventions that can impact liability, such as the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea and the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

As cruise liners are effectively ‘sailing cities’, we are also able to advise on the huge array of other types of claims and disputes that can arise. These include (but are not limited to), vessel accidents and casualty events, passenger disputes (e.g. tickets and conditions of carriage), charters, personal injury claims, recovery claims from tour operators, and shore-excursion related claims.

Shearwater Law is also able to advise on a range of criminal matters and investigations, including breaches of health and safety regulations. We have also advised on investigations conducted by executive agencies such as the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

Just as cruise liners can be the source of legal disputes and contentious claims, ferries and other passenger vessels can be too. Shearwater Law has experience dealing with claims and disputes arising from many of these types of vessels including Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax, catamaran, and other similar passenger vessels.

With our global network of legal contacts, we are able to provide advice and support on a cross-border, international basis, in effect acting as your ‘global counsel’.

Dealing with a cruise ship claim? Then speak to Shearwater Law.

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