Cruise Fever has obtained photos of a reckless cruise passenger who was sitting on his balcony railing while his cruise ship, the Norwegian Getaway, was leaving port.
The pictures were sent to Cruise Fever by Bonnie Roache, a travel agent who was on the Carnival Breeze. The Carnival Breeze was docked across the pier from the Getaway when she saw the passenger continue to sit on the balcony railing as the cruise ship left port.
Bonnie Roache gave the following statement: “I’ve been involved in many opinionated discussions about how it is possible to fall off a cruise ship. Many feel it’s due to contributing factors of the ship itself. Is it really possible to just fall over the side in “normal” situations? Or are there contributing behaviors? I was surprised that this was not reported even by the officers on our ship next to this one. Considering the possibility of a disastrous situation, I would think this would NEVER be allowed and this passenger would be fined. Am I being overly cautious or is this outrageous?”
No Bonnie, you are not being overly cautious. It is foolish passengers like this that give the other 21 million people who take cruises each year a bad name.
There has been a fair amount of discussion in the past few years about passengers going overboard on cruise ships and who is responsible for these incidents. Critics of the cruise industry often blame the cruise lines, even though you can’t just “fall off a cruise ship”.
Cruise Fever has reached out to Norwegian Cruise Line and did not hear from the cruise line at the time of press. We will update this page when we receive an official statement from Norwegian.