JusMe
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Thoughts out to family of child on Anthem of the Sea's

News reported that the Anthem of The Seas turned around 3 hours into a cruise when a young boy was discovered unconscious in a pool.   The Ship did an emergency return to port.  The child is in the hospital on life support. 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/07/01/report-8-year-old-boy-nearly-drowns-on-anthem-seas-cruise-ship.html

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BDRebel
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Although my heart goes out to the parents, I really do wish that parents would pay more attention to their kids' welfare rather than their own selfish pleasures Sad

meghad23
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I read that news too... I feel bad, and by no means know the circumstances, but when I read it I have visions from past cruises of parents just ditching their kids and going to the bar or not even watching their kids. I know not everyone, but it has happened... I do remember when i was on the allure there was a staff member monitoring the kiddie pool. Hopefully a resolve will come about of tragedy 

Johngold
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As horrible as the incident is, You can bet that there will be some bloggers vilifying the cruise lines because there were no full time life guards. At this time we don't have the full story, and may never have, but before we slam the parents, the cruise staff, or the cruise lines, let's find out what really happened.

 

You are correct! However, In all of the cruises that I have been on, I have never seen a life guard. Parents really should be watching their children... If need be--they should be right there at waters edge. 

stephanierenee
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Sad That's just a sad situation all around. I hope the little fellow gets well soon.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Life guards are not required.  Better parenting is what is necessary.   I've said it before, when people take their kids ON vacation, they take a vacation FROM them.  We saw a child airlifted from the Breakaway a couple of years ago, the younger brother died in the pool. 

Hiring lifeguards will only place the liability on the cruise ships, instead of the parents.  Another tragedy ? Yes.   Avoidable ?  Absolutely.    ITS NOT MY JOB TO WATCH YOUR KID !!!!!!!

This is partly the result of the ever increasing size of the ships.  Larger ships = more people in the pools.        It only takes a second for someone to go under.........and no one notices.  Until it's too late.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

This is not something just isolated to cruise ships, this is a reflection of society as a whole. In many settings, parents abdicate all responsibility for their children and let them run amok and when things hit the fan start looking for someone else to lay blame on or sue. What ever happened to the days when parents took responsibility for their children and actually actively monitored and supervised them and ... heaven forbid even corrected them when they were rude or out of line. 

I am not saying that in this instance the parents were at fault but I do ask the question, where were the parents and what were they doing. The child was in the water for some time. Who was watching the child? 

JusMe
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We have all read reviews where parents have said "the kids do their own thing"   I just read one last week that said "the kids are now old enough to be on their own so we can enjoy adult time"  I was surprised to read later in the review  the kids are 9 and 11 years old.

meghad23
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At work, they were talking about it, and told me the family was from Maryland and it was a large group/family. 

 

I guess there is the one saying... there are always 3 sides to the truth. His side, her side and the truth... In this case its the cruises side, the parents side and the truth.  We won't ever really know what happened unless we were there ourselves. Just hope all is well with the child. 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

This story was sad indeed... but it is neither the cruise line's nor the crew's fault.  As previously mentioned, the number of times I see minors running around the pool and hot tubs (which they should not even be in in the first place) without any apparent supervision is alarming.
Ship crew are not babysitters. Parents are responsible to parent their own children, not drink themselves into oblivion (as we have all too often witnessed).  As stated by others,  it's not my job to babysit someone else's kid. Parents must do their job or should leave their children at home with family while they let loose. Cruise ships do not hand out a free pass to be negligent. 
I'm sorry if this sounds heartless but I'm weary of being sad about these kids being put at risk by absentee parents.

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