Industry news for cruise ship speakers | Man, or um, woman overboard!

ByRick Deutsch

Industry news for cruise ship speakers | Man, or um, woman overboard!

Seasoned speakers on cruise ships need to keep up with the industry. Passengers will expect you to know what’s going on. Remember, they are taking a special vacation and it means a lot to them.

What’s with all the passengers falling off of Cruise ships lately? Royal Caribbean has had three passengers fall off their cruise ships in the last 2 weeks.
1. Rhapsody of the Seas in Australia
2. Adventure of the Seas near San Juan
3. Independence of the Seas near the Caymans

The ocean is cold and dark - stay onboard!

The ocean is cold and dark – stay onboard!

Something’s off here. While 200 people have splashed since 2000, about 20 go over on average each year. Statistics show that men tend to bail out more than women and have an average age of 41. Seems the last night is the most popular with many being drunk and going over the railings or off patios.

The 2012 Cruise Vessel Safety & Security Act requires ships to have an automatic “man-overboard” system to notice people going over. This or a device to send an alarm signal to the bridge is mandated. Word is that Royal Caribbean has not implemented theirs.

To be balanced, these ships are now like small cities. 3,000 – 4,000 people is a lot. You can expect child births and even some deaths on cruises. Seems likely that a bozo will jump (or be pushed over). It’s an easy way to have a troublesome spouse meet with an “untimely accident” with no trace of a perp. That’s why the FBI gets involved.

When you think about it, it’s actually pretty hard to go over a railing – you have to do some dedicated climbing to get over it – and there are many horizontal bars to keep all but small mice from going through. The Act says that ships must be equipped with rails not less than 42 inches above the deck.

Three in less than 2 weeks….hmmm, that could work out to nearly 80 a year at that rate.


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