What is the Athens Convention ? It is onerous provision use by some cruise lines,located somewhere deep in bowels of the passenger ticket fine print.It can be dagerouss to your health.
THE ATHENS CONVENTION IN PASSENGER TICKETS
It is not unusual to find reference to the Athens Convention in the cruise line passenger ticket. A common version advises if the passenger boarded the ship in a foreign port and disembarked in a foreign port, the liability of the cruise line for a claim for personal injury shall be limited to the liability limits set forth in the Athens Convention. As example of this might be someone who boards the cruise ship in an English port or Copenhagen and disembarks in the same port. The Athens Convention limits liability to 46,666 Special Drawing Rights(SDR) which today is the equivalent of U.S. Dollars $60,000. What the passenger ticket does not convey, if the flag nation of cruise ship has ratified the Athens Convention, the passenger has the opportunity to designate the forum where suit will be filed. Some foreign flagged cruise lines are using the Athens Convention even though the flag nation has never ratified the Convention. A Convention is another term for a treaty. Although the United States has never ratified the Athens Convention, United States judges are enforcing it. The passenger should carefully read the passenger ticket, preferably before you embark on the cruise..
Since I am not a lawyer I do not intend to give legal advise; for that you need an experienced lawyer. The information is for educational purpose.