Are Cruise Ships Safe? - 10 Facts About Cruise Safety

Are Cruise Ships Safe? – 10 Facts About Cruise Safety

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Last updated on December 16th, 2022 at 10:34 am

With the recent Carnival Cruise man overboard incident, the discussion on cruise ships’ safety has once again intensified.

Travelers planning to go on a cruise are asking the all-time famous question, “Are Cruise ships safe”?

Well, the answer to this question is straightforward: “It is still absolutely safe to go on a cruise.” Why we think so you ask? Let us present to you ten facts about cruise safety that will surely help you to decide whether you agree with us about the cruise safety or not.


All cruise ships are designed and operated in accordance with strict International Law. The cruise industry is heavily regulated by International Maritime and U.S. Laws to ensure that the cruise are operated safely.


Statistically, cruises are one of the safest forms of travel; the odds of dying on a cruise ship are roughly 1 in 6.25 million. Now imagine how safe it is!


As per a research conducted by the Daspit Law Firm, cruise ships have the lowest rate of deaths per billion passenger miles, with 0.08, compared to 11.9 for rail travel, 3.3 for cars & trucks and 0.8 for commercial air.


As per the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), on average, a cruise ship undergoes more than 60 safety and other types of inspections to ensure that it is seaworthy and complies with international safety standards.


As per CLIA, from 2009-2019, the cruise industry’s capacity grew by 68%. During that same period, the overall number of operational incidents declined by 41%, and man-overboard incidents decreased by 35%.


As per the international requirements, every cruise ship must be equipped with enough survival craft, including lifeboats and life rafts, to accommodate at least 125 per cent of the number of persons on board.


All survival crafts onboard a cruise ship are required to be tested ashore before fitting on the vessel and meet rigorous international guidelines.


An average cruise ship carrying 2700 passengers and 800 crew is required to have the following safety measures in place:

  • 5 firefighting teams
  • 4,000 smoke detectors
  • 500 fire extinguishers
  • 16 miles of sprinkler piping
  • 5,000 sprinkler heads
  • 6 miles of fire hose.


As required by the International Maritime Organization, crew members with designated responsibility for the safety of passengers in emergency situations must complete approved training in crisis management and human behavior.

Apart from this, the crew responsible for embarking and disembarking passengers, for loading, discharging or securing cargo, or for closing hull openings onboard passenger ships, must complete approved training in passenger safety, cargo safety and hull integrity.


Modern cruise ships are required to have state-of-the-art electronic navigational instruments, and most ships substantially exceed these regulatory requirements, making them less prone to maritime disasters.

Overall, cruise ships are safe. Of course, like all other transport modes, one needs to be alert. The risk of drowning is always there, but due to the safety measures onboard, this risk is minimal. On your part ensure that you familiarize yourself with the ship & attend all the safety drills.

So what do you think? Are cruise ships safe? Do you agree with us that cruises are safe! Or do you still have some doubts in your mind? Do share your views in the comments section.

Till then, Keep cruising!

  1. G’day,

    Great article, never knew the amount of resources cruise ships had to have. Point 3: Death rates is fascinating especially compared to train travel which folks tend to not worry about in the slightest! and Point 8:the Emergency Resources / teams they have in place and on-board is amazing.

    cheers from Australia

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