Royal Caribbean has just banned a passenger from ever cruising with the line again.
Nick Naydev posted a video of him jumping from the 11th deck of Symphony of the Seas to Instagram on January 12th.
A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said: “This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again. We are exploring legal action.”
One of Naydev’s friends who was cruising with him onboard Symphony filmed the jump when the ship was docked in Nassau, Bahamas.
Below is the video of the jump that Naydev has uploaded to his own YouTube account since arriving home:
The world’s largest cruise ship has 18 decks and the height from which the 27 year old jumped from was more than 100 metres above the water’s surface.
According to the cruiser’s Instagram comments, he was brought to shore by a small boat that was passing by as he jumped.
Himself and his friends were then kicked off the ship by the line and were left to make their own way home from the Bahamas.
Naydev has since also posted his own explanation of why he jumped from the balcony of Symphony of the Seas and what happened post-jump.
He speaks about meeting some locals after he was kicked off the ship: “What they told me shocked me. They told me that nobody dare swim in that water where I jumped because […] it was infested with sharks. So I was pretty lucky to be alive.”
Andy Harmer, director of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA UK and Ireland) has recently offered reassurance to passengers that cruising remains “one of the safest forms of travel”.
“Cruise ships today are the safest that ever sailed, thanks to the rules, regulations and technological innovations that govern their design,” he continued.
“There are no known cases of someone acting responsibly who has accidentally fallen over the railing of a cruise ship.”
What do you think of the news? Do you think Royal Caribbean acted exactly as they should have after Naydev jumped? Were they right to ban him from ever cruising with the line again? Let us know below!
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