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Old March 16th, 2015, 06:37 AM
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In a discussion with a friend he told me that if he died during the cruise he wanted to be buried in the first country the ship stopped. He had no family and left power of attorney instructions with his attorney and instructions concerning his wishes with the attorney. He said that his reason he had read about how a
person who had dieded in Switzerland and the funeral director almost bankrupt the family paying to get the body back to the United States. I advised him that the cruise ship would probably put the body in the freezer and bring it back to the departure port.

His question raised the following question: How difficult would it be to arrange for burial in a foreign country if you died while on a cruise or would this be a moot question since the cruise company would say that you had signed a contract and therefore your body would have to be returned to the departure port.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 08:29 AM
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I think your friend would need to speak to an attorney specializing in maritime and/or international law.

This topic actually came up last week, not a death just the topic. The CD said that if you die at sea it is as if you died in the country under which the ship is flagged and under their laws. Likewise, I suppose, if the ship were in port or within the three mile limit your death would be under the laws of that nation.

It might be that the cruise lines' contracts would prevent them from leaving behind dead bodies.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 05:02 PM
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To answer the question in a very simplistic and rational manner "How difficult would it be to arrange for burial in a foreign country if you died while on a cruise "

I would say it would be damn near impossible, simply because.

The ship does not dock long enough usually in any one place to be able to make arrangements in that port, legal, practical or any combination of all to allow removal, burial and all that goes with it of a body.

Signed off agreement from family, solicitors etc to the plan, again where are you going to find the time to do so on any cruise ship stop?

Jeez it can take nearly a week at home to arrange, never mind on a ship that moves on every 12hrs or so.

So its your either in the freezer to get you back home, or while they are sailing then the family gets the bandages out wrap you up, get the plank out and fire you off the pool deck rail to then sleep with the fishes!
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A friends husband died on a cruise about day 4 of the cruise the body went to the morgue until the ship returned to NYC
She was sent home to Canada from one of the islands
When the ship got to NYC someone from the family had to go & sign release papers & escort the body home

Now because there was family I guess it was done this way
If there was no family I wonder if the ship would still return the body to the embarkation port
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The cruise line isn't just going to dump a corpse off If the attorney can make and pay for the arrangements fast enough it might be possible to get the body released in a foreign country and flown home.

As for cost, just another reason for trip insurance.
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Old March 18th, 2015, 11:52 AM
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The way that the ticket contract is written passengers have little wiggle room as anyone who reads about compaints against cruise lines. I have never read my contract so I don't know that it covers the return of a body to the departure port I would suppose it does since the cruise company does not differentiate on the service it offers to living and dead passengers. Of course, returning the body to the departure port is moot if it is a relocation cruise from the United States to Europe which brings up a new can of worms. Is the cruise company required to get the body back when the ship returns from a cruising season overseas (which is a ridiculous) or does the body go on the next cruise ship going back.

I would wonder what the cruise insurance would cover in this kind of eventuality. I know it would cover medical costs, but would it cover the death certificate and possibly an autopsy if the family demanded it.
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You can get cruise insurance that covers accidental death and I imagine other kinds as well. How the money is spent would be up to the beneficiaries.

Cruise contracts vary by cruise line.

I think it might be possible to pull tips for any days you are dead on a cruise.
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I would think a lawyer who is familiar with international law should be the first to be contacted, to make sure everything is dotted and crossed, and finding out the cruise line policies are....they may want not to get involved, with anything but shing the body back home

If no family is involved, I would think the body might have to be shipped home, and met by the funeral home for whatever burial is decided on....power of attorney perhaps given to the lawyer....sad thoughts, in any event.
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Ihave an insurance policy which I pay yearly. That is less than $200 . It cover any thing that may happen while I am traveling. That is
Sickness. Death, Transport back home or Funeral service. . Pays for my travel home in person or death.

The Insurance Is called or named. Insider's Club. Universal Air Travel Plan.


Conmanly called UTAP. i have never had to use it but who knows.

I think you have to be eligible to use or sign up for the plan. Go to UTAP web site and look into it.
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