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Disney Crew Members, Seamen and Unseaworthiness: Injured While Working On A Disney Cruise Line Ship

“We give you an insider's view of Jones Act Law.  We don’t sugar coat it for you. Here, we give it to you straight. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.”  America's Leading Jones Act Lawyer - Bill Turley

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The First Step

If you are an injured seaman, you have rights to be protected under the Longshore Jones Act. The first thing after you are injured is that you should always tell the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility with the judge and your lawyer. No matter what type of injury or how you were injured, you should never sugarcoat or exaggerate anything.

The best thing you can do before you go to court is research as much information as you can about your Jones Act Case. I have handled these types of cases since the 1980's. I have gained valuable and helpful knowledge these cases. Order my Free book, Win Your Injury Case. It is full of useful and helpful information on how to handle your Jones Act Case from beginning to end. We will send the book out to you for free and cover shipping.

Injured While Working For Disney?

Working on a Disney cruise ship can be exciting and rewarding. On the other hand, working as a crew member on a Disney cruise ship can also be very dangerous and downright deadly. Disney ship crew members are like all seamen - they work at the mercy of the vessel. Meaning, if the Disney ship sinks, runs aground or catches on fire or such - - crew members' lives are at risk.

Seamen face incredible hazards not faced by ordinary land-based workers. Unlike a land-based worker, a seaman can't up and quit if they face unsafe working conditions or unsafe hazards while working. Because of these unique hazards faced by seamen, seamen are allowed to sue their employers and the vessel if they are injured while in service for the vessel. Under United States Maritime Law, seamen can sue their employers based upon General Maritime Law and the Jones Act.


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Disney Cruise Ships and Unseaworthiness

A shipowner - including Disney Cruises - has the absolute duty to furnish a seaworthy ship.  A seaworthy ship is one which is "reasonably fit" for its intended use. To establish a claim for unseaworthiness, you (read: a crew member on a Disney Cruise ship) must show:
(1) the warranty of seaworthiness extends to you and your duties;
(2) your injury was caused by a piece of the ship's equipment or an appurtenant appliance;
(3) the equipment was not reasonably fit for its intended use; and
(4) the unseaworthy condition proximately caused your injuries.

The warranty of seaworthiness extends to all types of workers on Disney Cruise ships. Here, we will discuss a crew member on a Disney vessel that was seriously injured.  

Entertainer Is Injured When She Trips and Falls

In this case study,  an entertainer aboard a Disney cruise vessel is injured aboard a Disney vessel when some wooden pallets were left in a dark - crew member only -  passageway outside a small ballroom.  The entertainer trips and falls over them, sustaining a serious back injury.

There is no question the Disney vessel owes the entertainer a warranty of seaworthiness.  Here, the entertainer’s injuries were caused by the wooden pallets which became part of the ship when they were placed in the passageway.  The fact that the wooden pallets were placed next in the passageway, and left there without warning signs or rope created an unseaworthy condition in the passageway on the ship.

The wooden pallets should have been properly stowed or taken off the ship, the placement of the unstable and dangerous wooden pallets in the dark passageway made the vessel not reasonably fit for its purpose. Finally, the unseaworthy condition proximately caused the entertainer’s  injuries.

In addition, crew members can recover for what is called "Jones Act Negligence" and can recover maintenance and cure.


Disney Cruise Line  - Crew Members and Jones Act Seamen

All sorts of crew members aboard Disney Cruise ships are Jones Act seamen. Which means they qualify for powerful seamen’s rights and remedies.  Including:

Deck Department

The officers and crew on each ship who navigate Disney vessels, provide shipboard security, maintain the non-mechanical portions of the ships’ exteriors and interiors, and transport guests and supplies safely from ship to shore. This department includes Captain, Staff Captain, Bridge Officers, and Maintenance Team.

Restaurant Services

The Disney restaurant service staff includes Maitre D’s, Asst Maitre D’s, Hostesses, Team Waiters and Team Head Waiters.

Engine Department

The engine department is responsible for operating the ship’s engines and for maintaining the engine room as well as hotel systems, including food catering equipment. This department includes Chief Engineer, Staff Chief Engineers, Engine Officers, Electronic Officers, Plumbers, Electricians, oilers and wipers.

Housekeeping Department

The housekeeping department includes the Housekeeping Manager, Asst Housekeeping Managers, Stateroom Stewards, Asst Stateroom Stewards and Hotel Stewards.

Culinary Arts

The Disney Culinary Arts department includes Chefs, Sous Chefs, Buffet Pantry Men, Pastry Chefs and Cooks.

Bar Guest Services

The Disney Bar Guest Services department includes the Bar Manager, Assistant Bar Manager, Bartenders and Bar Waiters.


Performers, dancers, actors, actresses, singers, musicians, comics, audio Visual Technicians, Cruise Director, Assistant Cruise Director, Social Hosts, Production, Set designers.

Other Disney Cruise Lines Workers


Shore Excursion Workers

Laundry Workers

Casino workers.

Hair Stylists



Getting Medical Treatment – Cure Benefits


As an injured seaman, Disney has an obligation to pay you maintenance and cure. Maintenance refers to the shipowners obligation to provide food and lodging to a seaman who becomes ill or is injured while in the service of the ship. Cure refers to “care, including nursing and medical attention during such period as the duty continues.”


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