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Passengers receive lifetime ban from cruise line after taking “reckless” selfie

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

Two passengers on a Royal Caribbean ship have received a life ban from sailing with the company after standing on a balcony rail for a picture.

According to the cruise line, a passenger sailing on Allure of the Seas was seen “recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion”.

“Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica, as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean,” Royal Caribbean told Travel Weekly in a statement.

Peter Blosic, a fellow passenger who alerted the crew of the woman’s actions, told CNN he saw the woman climb onto her railing.

“It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible,” he said.

Blosic also managed to capture a picture of the woman, showing her standing on the edge of the rail in a blue swimsuit with her arms in the air.

Source: CNN via Peter Blosic

The cruise line warns against “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” on its website, detailing consequences for non-compliance such as intervention by security, removal of certain privileges, removal from a ship at the next port of call and denial of boarding on current or any future Royal Caribbean International cruise vacations.

This incident comes just a week after an elderly cruise passenger’s body was found at sea after falling overboard while on a Costa Cruises ship.

According to a report cited by the Washington Post, 259 people have died taking selfies over the past six years.

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