Monday, December 24, 2012

Caribbean: Royal Caribbean Cruise-ship Returns to Miami Early, After Infant Injured

A Royal Caribbean cruise-ship, the Monarch of the Seas, which only left Miami on Friday (December 21), promptly returned to its port of embarkation [Miami] after a 14-month-old child fell and was injured while aboard the ship. Upon arrival in Miami, the child was hospitalized.

COMMENT: Although passenger safety no doubt is the most important factor aboard any commercial vessel, Royal Caribbean no doubt will face a public relations challenge by having to reimburse its passengers or provide them a round-trip cruise in the future.

The vessel's ports of call included Coca Cay and Nassau.

For those cruise passengers who do not have young children, I often suggest that they consider an adult-only cruise or one that has low occupancy, so as to avoid injured or sick children having to return to the port of embarkation earlier than scheduled.