Another cruise line has added lifeguards to its fleet. Norwegian Cruise Line has made the move, making it only the second major cruise line to do so. The company joins Disney Cruise Line, which implemented lifeguards after a 4-year old boy nearly drowned on a ship in 2013, and Royal Caribbean, which just launched its lifeguard program in March 2017.
The lifeguard program will roll out on the four largest ships and will become standard on the rest of its ships by the first quarter of 2018, according to Cruise Critic. In addition to lifeguards, the ships also will offer child and adult-size swim vests.
"Norwegian has stationed pool monitors on our largest ships since 2015 and we are now taking further steps to ensure the safety of our youngest guests with the addition of certified lifeguards across our fleet," said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian. "While parents are always the first line of supervision when it comes to water safety, we felt it was important to provide this added measure across our fleet."
The lifeguards will be trained and certified by The Red Cross.