Two months ago, I wrote that Royal Caribbean Cruises was advertising that it was going to hire lifeguards on its cruise ships. In our December 22, 2016 article titled Royal Caribbean Cruises to Hire Lifeguards, I noted that Royal Caribbean had reconsidered its policy of only posting “swim at your own risk” signs and providing life
Royal Caribbean Continues to Advertise for Lifeguards
Two weeks ago, we reported that Royal Caribbean was posting a job description for a lifeguard on an onboard crew TV channel on one of its cruise ship (Ovation of the Seas).
We viewed this as good news after at least five passengers, mostly children, have drowned or nearly drowned in the…
Two-Year Old Nearly Drowns on Carnival Splendor
Local news stations in Miami are reporting that a two year old child nearly drowned in a swimming pool on the Carnival Splendor this afternoon.
NBC-6 says that the Miami Fire Rescue department responded to reports of a 2-year-old nearly drowning on a cruise ship, the Carnival Splendor, at the Port of Miami. The station…
Confusion Surrounds Medical Emergency in Swimming Pool on Anthem of the Seas
Last Wednesday, I received a number of messages from cruise passengers about an incident on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas regarding what was described as a woman (passenger) who either suffered a heart attack or nearly drowned in one of the ship’s swimming pools.
The cruise ship increased its speed to arrive back…
Eight Year Old Nearly Drowns on Anthem of the Seas
Multiple news sources are reporting that Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship turned around after leaving Bayonne, New Jersey because an 8-year-old child was found unresponsive at the bottom of one of the ship’s swimming pools this evening.
ABC-Channel 7 News NY says that the "8-year-old is currently on life-support."
Children drowning or…
Pacific Dawn Drowning Report: Lifeguards and Risk Assessment are Required on Cruise Ship
In November of 2015, a 78 year old passenger from South Korea drowned in a swimming pool on P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn cruise ship that did not have a lifeguard. The cruise ship was sailing from Brisbane, Australia to New Guinea.
The ship’s un-monitored closed circuit television recording showed the passenger enter the adult-only lifeguard-less…
“Pool Rovers” Not the Answer to Lack of Lifeguards on Sapphire Princess
Instead of hiring trained lifeguards in response to the drownings on the Sapphire Princess, Princess has tasked bartenders, dishwashers, and other crew members to add an hour of work each day to being "pool monitors" or "pool rovers".
The U.K.’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) recently criticized Princess after a passenger drowned on the Sapphire Princess.
10 Year Old Girl Drowns on Norwegian Gem
A young passenger, reportedly a 10-year-old girl, drowned in a swimming pool aboard NCL’s Norwegian Gem while the cruise ship was 75 miles east of Myrtle Beach yesterday afternoon.
I first learned of the incident on Twitter from CNBC’s @RyanRuggiero who tweeted "The Coast Guard is investigating a death that occurred aboard the Norwegian Gem off…
Passenger Drowns in Swimming Pool on Sapphire Princess
The Shanghai Daily reports that a passenger on a cruise from Shanghai was found dead in one of the cruise ship’s pools.
The newspaper says that Princess Cruises confirmed the death of the 29-year-old woman onboard the Sapphire Princess cruise ship.
"It is thought that she drowned," according to the newspaper.
The cruise reportedly left Shanghai for…
Near Death Experience Aboard the Independence of the Seas: When Will Royal Caribbean Hire Lifeguards?
Four days ago, we discussed the near drowning of a six year old boy whose heart had stopped when he was found on the bottom of a swimming pool on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas.
People contacting us say the boy slipped and struck his head. Other children reportedly pulled the unconscious boy…