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In 2016, the cruise industry will carry an estimated 23 million passengers, and they are in very good hands statistically, even safer than on commercial flights, which are widely known as a secure form of travel.

According to research compiled by the Daspit Law Firm, cruise ships have the lowest rate of deaths per billion passenger miles with 0.08. Compare that to 11.9 for rail travel, 3.3 for cars and trucks and 0.8 for commercial air, and traveling on the seas is a relatively safe venture.

Of course, as anywhere, accidents do happen as do deaths and injuries onboard, and the numbers are mostly relative. Thanks in part to the records from The Marine Casualty and Pollution Data files, Daspit Law Firm has compiled the where, when and how people were killed or injured on North American cruise lines.

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