If I am hurt on a cruise, where will my lawsuit be heard?

 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.  

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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