A popular attraction on two Royal Caribbean ships has been temporarily closed for inspection after a passenger was injured and filed a lawsuit against RCCL last month. The attraction at the center of it all is the trampoline bungee ride called the “Sky Pad.”
Mariner of the Seas passenger, Casey Holladay, broke his pelvis after the harness connecting him to the bungee cord snapped. Holladay was propelled 20 feet in the air, when the Sky Pad malfunctioned on February 9. He fell to the ship’s deck, hit the hard surface next to the trampoline, and was seriously injured. Holladay has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Royal Caribbean for his injuries and subsequent damages, alleging that the cruise company was negligent in installing the attraction.
The ride is only temporarily shut down on the Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas as the company continues its investigations. Royal Caribbean stated that they are conducting a review of the safety of the ride and will update the public on the outcome of their investigation as soon as possible.
Holladay’s lawyers believe that it is only a matter of time before the Sky Pad will be permanently closed. Royal Caribbean had a duty to their passengers to perform proper safety analysis and risk assessment before allowing passengers on the Sky Pad.
The two ships involved are anticipated to set sail soon for cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Sky Pad is also featured on the Spectrum of the Seas¸ which is based in Asia. However, this ship was not mentioned in any of the company’s social media responses regarding the ride’s suspensions. It is not clear at this time whether the Spectrum of the Seas is still allowing passengers to ride the Sky Pad.
Aronfeld Trial Lawyers regularly represents passengers who suffer injuries onboard cruise ships. Attractions, like the Sky Pad, Sky Zone and FlowRider come with their own inherent set of risks and can lead to injury, even if installed and used properly. The problem is, many of these onboard activities are either completely unsupervised or they are supervised by crew members that have little experience in the respective area. In the event, however, that cruise staff is not careful in installing the proper safety harnesses or is negligent in any way, resulting in any injury, you have legal rights and can sue for damages.
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