Carnival GloryA 8 year-old girl died Saturday morning after falling from a deck in an interior atrium to a lower deck on the Carnival Glory

A representative of Miami Fire-Rescue Department said the child fell "about two stories" inside the Carnival cruise ship around 8:15 a.m. after the ship had returned from a cruise in the Caribbean and Mexico and had docked at the port of Miami. Photos taken after the accident posted online show the atrium lobby with railings and glass panels around the interior decks. 

The child apparently went over the rails while the family was in the process of using the atrium elevator to disembark from the ship. 

A passenger (a retired emergency medical technician) reportedly performed CPR on the girl, until the ship doctor arrived.  Fire-Rescue paramedics then transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in "extremely critical condition." 

A Miami-Dade police detective later reported the child had died. Police indicated that they would work with the cruise line "to determine the details surrounding this incident," according to Local News 10 in Miami. 

This is not the first time that a child was fallen from an upper deck on a cruise ship. Six weeks ago, a 3-year-old girl fell from the balcony of the Carnival Breeze which was heading back to Galveston, Texas. The child survived the fall.  Several years ago, a one-year-old child crawled through an 12th floor railing and fell to the pool deck below on the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas

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October 17, 2017 Update: 

Miami Herald: Girl, 8, got on ‘tippy toes’ to peer over cruise ship railing, then fell to her death.

Photo credit: Mark Dennis CC BY-SA 2.0, commons / wikimedia.; video credit: Local News 10 Miami. 



  • Owen

    One Question.Where were The Parents???………..this is truly their fault

  • Gordon Kirkwood

    Sad because that ship visit us here in Belize last week.

  • leslie

    “The child apparently went over the rails while the family was in the process of using the atrium elevator to disembark from the ship.”

  • Donna

    This is for sure a sad way to end a cruise but why were the parents not watching the child?

  • moni

    So easy to say this. Parents can’t watch children every second. I used to be very judgemental until I became a parent and learned just how quickly children can slip out of site especially when handling multiple children. I’m sure they were watching her. Perhaps they turned away for a few moments. That’s all it takes. Even an adult could loose their balance and fall. Is their adequate railing to prevent this? The parents will have the rest of their lives to regret and blame themselves.

  • jesse laprade

    This is terrible!

  • Lisa

    The parents have now “lawyered up”, the uncle stating on the news that they “want justice” for their child. Apparently, according to several news stories, the parents were not with her- they were in an elevator at the time. (?!)
    That’s just what I saw on the news- I don’t even know how to mentally process how they could take that position. I would be out of my mind with grief- not thinking about wanting a lawyer to “get justice”.
    I will never understand this thought process as long as I live…

  • Bob Marchant

    August of this year I travelled on the Glory with my family. On 2 occasions objects were tossed/thrown from the upper floors of the Atrium, once nearly hitting my granddaughter by approximately 3 feet. We reported the first instance to customer services, their only concern was to clean up the “mess”. When I voiced my displeasure with there response (no concern for the safety of their guest ) I received a call from the security office. When I suggested a need to address the safety issues around the Atrium and the need to follow up on such incidents,I was told that they knew what had to be done. The second incident took place the following day,again with a no concern attitude on the part of the crew. I notified the cruise line regarding my concerns,and never received a response.
    I am a retired NYC Police Commander and have dealt with public safety issues. The crews response was unprofessional and the corporation’s non response demonstrates their lack of concern for their passengers. Secureing the upper levels of the Atrium may have prevented a death.

  • Rose

    As a former manager onboard ships, I have a few comments. First and foremost, what a terrible tragedy for the family. I’m sorry also for the ship’s crew because this does affect us, someone having such a terrible accident in the place we work and live. There are comments here as to “where were the parents”, but that comment can cover an ample spectrum. After 17 years at sea, I’ve seen it all (or think I have) in regards to parents and their kids. Some are very watchful (and yes, you cannot be watching your kid 60 seconds per minute, that’s impossible), and some others somehow think that the kid is “safe” on the ship when there are oh so many things which could be potential accidents if not watched. The most dangerous of all, is climbing on railings of any kind….there is a mention in the article that the girl “tip toed” to look over the railing. No glass or other railings are so low that an 8 year old girl can “tip toe” and fall over. No way. Not even adults can just fall over from looking over…you really have to be climbing, or way out of balance (never do that with the ship rocking!) or drunk to fall over. Or someone push you. I’ve seen drunk and not drunk adults attempt to climb and sit on a railing posing for a picture! I’ve heard of a lady cross from one balcony to the next door one, and fall into the sea outside Cozumel. In this case the ship was docked; who knows what the girl did or attempt to do. How terrible, poor kid. How could she “climb” a glass railing? Anyway, sorry for all of this, for both family and crew. As for the parents wanting “justice” and lawyering up, I will never understand it either. Not in this type of circumstance. Unless there was mayor refurbishing taking place on that spot, and part of the railing under construction or something, with nothing blocking access to this dangerous spot, then I don’t see how this could ever be company fault. (assuming of course the railing is properly built). That’s my humble opinion, as a former crew who would have had to deal with this horrible scenario and with the family, had it happened on my ship. As for the comments on people throwing things from higher decks on to the atrium, you will always have loose kids and teens who think that’s fun to do and not think of consequences. What do to? When the gentleman passenger says he reported this to Customer care, the crew and management might have not communicated properly to him what goes on in these cases. It is procedure to report this to the Security Officer on the ship who in turn could have contacted Surveillance to look in the cameras and see if at the time this incident took place, any suspicious activity took place from the several decks of atriums, deck by deck. Then, assuming they found someone throwing something over, follow that individual on camera and identify him/her. Then, contact him/her/parents and so on. Anyone who thinks that crew can supervise 2500 people on a ship 24 hours a day does not know that working on a ship entails. We do our utmost to keep the place safe, telling people to not jump into pools, not run, not thrown things overboard, not smoke were not permitted, hold on to railings, hold on to stair rails, not jump, not sit on railings for picture taking, not throw cigarette butts overboard, not leave curl irons on top of paper in the cabin and so on. A million things. Some parents come onboard and think that now their vacation has started from the kids as well, and let them run loose as they perceive the kids are safe. We have found unattended kids and teens in non authorized places as well, they love to break the rules. So for example throwing things into an atrium from high above might be something we must deal with as it has to do with people behavior. In my ship lifetime it didn’t happen once that I recall. But maybe times are a changing. We’ve had fire extinguishers, sun chairs, garbage containers and so much more thrown overboard by overly excited children and teens. In most cases, if we could identify who did it, we asked their parents to pay the bill. SAFE and Happy cruising everyone!

  • Stan Kerr

    I have travelled on the Glory twice and I am retired law enforcement….A 5 ft 10 inch man would have to climb up to get over that balcony .A 8 year old child would have to climb up onto it or take a run at it to get over it….Sadly a child has died for no reason….I like most folks want to know where the parents were as obviously there was no parental supervision here…