Bizarre reason why passenger is suing cruise ship

The owners of a popular dinner cruise ship are being sued by a customer who says the ship’s no-skid flooring worked too well.

The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship in Virginia of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole.

The plaintiff, 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch of New York, says he took a cruise on the ship in June 2016 and fell while playing cornhole, a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end.

A passenger is suing the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship for being “too safe”. Source: Facebook/Spirit of Norfolk

He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag.

According to The Virginian Pilot, he fell and suffered unspecified “severe and permanent injuries”.

The cruise ship owners have filed a reply denying that their flooring presents a risk.

The Virginian Pilot reports the lawsuit seeks roughly US$375,000 (AU$503,000) in damages.