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How Many People Die on Cruise Ships Each Year?

Cruise ship vacations are supposed to be relaxing, fun, and a great way to connect with the ocean on a deeper level. However, cruise ships are also dangerous places that can cause insurmountable harm.

If you’re planning a trip on a cruise ship, you may have questions about their fatality rates. Read on to learn more about how many people perish on cruise ships every year.

Cruise Ship Fatality Rates

According to The Telegraph, there are about 200 cruise ship-related deaths globally each year. People die for all sorts of reasons, but the following are some of the most prevalent causes of fatalities aboard cruise ships:

  • Natural causes
  • Falling overboard
  • Drowning
  • Fire
  • Murder

Cruise Ship Safety Data

According to data acquired from the United States Department of Transportation, National Geographic, BBC, and cruisejunkie.com, the following is true:

  • From 2005 to 2011, there were 100 million passengers aboard cruise ships.
  • There have been a total of 448 major cruise ship accidents reported since 2005.
  • From 2005 to 2011, there were 16 people that died as a result of cruise ship accidents.
  • There have been 300 people to fall overboard since 2000.
    • During 2017 alone, there were a whopping 17 overboard incidents.
  • A total of 55 cruise ships sank from 1979 to 2013.
    • Of those, 15 happened from 2010 to 2013.
  • A total of 98 cruise ships ran aground from 1972 to 2011.
    • Of those, 66 of them occurred from 2005 to 2013.
  • From 2010 to 2011, there was an eruption of 14 gastrointestinal viruses.
    • In 2012, 16 gastrointestinal illness outbreaks occurred.
    • In 2013, nine outbreaks occurred.
  • The most common cause of illness aboard cruise ships is norovirus.

We Can Help

If you’ve been injured or contracted an illness as a result of taking a trip on a cruise ship, our team at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano is here to help. Our attorneys have helped many other people just like you, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your case right away.

Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.


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