Royal Caribbean International has banned another passenger for life over a dangerous stunt expressly forbidden in its on-board rules, this time because of a selfie.
A female passenger was observed standing on the outside of the balcony of her stateroom on the 16th deck of Allure of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships in the world.
It has been reported that the woman was posing for a selfie that her cabin mate was shooting.
A fellow passenger saw her from his own balcony and took a picture that he shared on Facebook, calling the woman “an absolute idiot”.
Royal Caribbean appeared to agree, as when guest services found out they asked the woman and her companion to disembark at the next port of call.
The cruise line followed this up with a notice to the passengers that they would be banned for life from any future sailing with the cruise line.
“A guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion,” said Jonathon Fishman, Manager of Corporate Reputation for Royal Caribbean.
“Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica, as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean,” he said.
Allure of the Seas was on the second day of a 7-night Caribbean cruise at the time of the incident, having just departed Labadee, its private cruise destination in Haiti.
As noted by Cruise Radio, Royal Caribbean’s Guest Conduct Policy very specifically addresses unsafe behaviour.
“Sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers,” it reads in part, “is not permitted.”
Royal Caribbean’s terms and conditions add that any passenger disobeying such rules will be removed at the next port of call and required to find their own way home.
“Guests removed from a Royal Caribbean International ship pursuant to this policy are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation home, at their expense. Documentation requirements for re-entry into the guest’s home country are also the responsibility of the guest,” its policy says.
Royal Caribbean banned another passenger at the beginning of this year for similarly reckless behaviour, when he filed himself jumping into the water from his 16th deck balcony stateroom.