As someone who has been on multiple cruises, I have never thought it would be fun to jump from the cruise ship. According to an article from Cruise Radio, one person thought it was a good idea.
While docked in Nassau Bahamas, someone decided it would be a good idea to jump from their balcony on the 11th deck of the Symphony of the Seas. He even had friends record it and posted it on Instagram. Well he survived and was picked up by a boat that was in the area.
He arrived back at the pier and was promptly told by Royal Caribbean to collect his items and leave the ship along with his friends. Because of his stunt, he is now banned from Royal Caribbean for life. According to the article from Cruise Radio, he wrote “my plan was basically to swim to shore but when I got back to the dock, they told me I need to get my stuff and leave the ship.”
I chose not to post the video directly on this blog but you are free to visit his Instagram @naydev91 if you would like to see the video. It needs to be understood, this was a dangerous and stupid stunt. This young man could have been seriously injured or killed. To be honest, I am surprised he was not arrested but at least he had, I'm sure, very expensive plane ride home to think about it.
This comes at the heals of another incident that did not turn out with a good ending. According to the Sun Sentinel, On January 11th, Laurent Mercer lost his balance and fell from the Harmony of the Seas. The report states he did not have his key card so he tried to access his balcony from the adjacent room when he lost his balance falling to the pier below. He soon died from his injuries. The ship was docked at their private island, Labadee Haiti at the time of the incident.
Be safe when cruising by not climbing on the railing, its there for a reason.
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