Can cruise ships tip over or sink?

Last updated on April 5th, 2022 at 11:15 am

Technically, yes, cruise ships “could” tip over or sink, but the chance of either happening is extremely low. 

Over the years there have been incidents with cruise ships sinking, like the Costa Concordia, when it collided with an underground rock after the captain steered the ship too close to shore causing the death of 32 passengers.

Another famous example that comes to mind is of course the Titanic

But before you cancel your cruise, let’s examine this further. 

Every year, millions of people travel on cruises around the world, enjoying a wonderful vacation without incident. Cruise ships are very safe, the ship staff are trained extremely well to handle emergencies and the chance of something happening is slim. 

Ships are built to handle rough seas and waves that can exceed 30 feet tall. To help you understand the reasons why ships don’t often tip over or sink, we found this helpful video. 


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