The largest cruise waterpark ever is headed to the high seas in the fall. According to CruiseFever, late last year Norwegian Cruise Line Corp. unveiled more details about its plan to feature the attraction aboard its ship Escape.
This video showcases some of the many amenities that would entice anyone fond of cruising.
This certainly is a growing trend and could even be a nice little business boon to our industry's waterpark developers and manufacturers of products for those attractions.
But could the timing of the announcement impact the cruise ship operating firm? Afterall, the announcement comes less than a year since the death of a 3-year-old who drowned, coincidentally, while swimming in a pool aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. And just last week, Royal Caribbean suffered a blow after a near drowning at a wave pool aboard its Independence of the Seas. With this latest incident, the question regarding lifeguards on cruise ships has resurfaced.
Disney, too, experienced a tragedy in 2013 when a 4-year-old nearly drowned on one of its ships. Several months later, the firm became the first and only cruise line to station lifeguards on its ships and remains the only major cruise line to have them on board.
Last year, we reported on these events that transpired over the course of nine months, one even prompting a concerned parent to speak out against the lack of lifeguards on board ships. We posed the question of whether cruise ships should be required to post lifeguards, and it sparked a healthy conversation on our LinkedIn page. At the time, the industry appeared split on the subject of whether the policy should or would change, many noting that the situation is much the same as policies held by numerous hotel/motels. Some even suggested that even if a lifeguard were present, the drownings still could have taken place. And most agreed parents need to more attentive. Is this still the case? Should cruise ships be required to have lifeguards? And do you anticipate these polices shifting in light of recent incidents? Comment below.