It depends. Most cruise ship tickets contain a “choice of law” provision in small print on the ticket. That provision indicates which state courts have jurisdiction over potential lawsuits arising from injuries on board the cruise ship. Cruise ship owners may choose any state to which they have a logical connection such as the state from which the majority of their cruises arrive and depart or the state where their business offices are headquartered.
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