Dangerous Selfie
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has banned a cruise ship passenger for life after she posed for a dangerous selfie onboard the Allure of the Seas.

The incident happened as the Allure of the Seas was approaching Labadee, Haiti. The female passenger was turned in by another cruise ship passenger, who took a picture of her climbing over her room’s balcony in her swimsuit to pose for a photograph. After taking the picture, he turned it over to the concierge. He was later instructed that the staff captain wanted to meet with him and get a copy of the picture to take further action. Since the balcony where the woman was posing appeared on the hump of the ship, they were able to quickly figure out her room number and identify the specific passenger.

The female passenger was removed from the ship after they arrived at the next port, Falmouth, Jamaica. Royal Caribbean released a statement that a guest had been observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photograph while standing outside the railing of her room’s balcony. They reported that she was removed from the ship and had been banned for life from all Royal Caribbean cruises.

While it is not impossible to survive a fall overboard, several passengers have fallen to their deaths over the course of the last several years, one of the most recent being an Australian man falling to his death from the Symphony of Seas.

Approximately 30 million people are expected to take cruises this year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.  The increase and popularity of social media has caused some passengers to ‘push the envelope’ when it comes to getting more likes and having their stunts go viral.  These dangerous poses, whether it be on land or at sea can lead to serious injuries, even death.  A research study found that there were 259 selfie-related deaths between 2011 and 2017. The median age was just under 23 years old and an estimated 73% of them were males.


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991.  We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits.  You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering.  Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529, 305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.


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