I’ve written before about the cruises line’s responsibility for the safety of your children, and a recent policy change by Disney has brought my attention back to the matter again.
I personally believe the primary responsibility for a child’s safety onboard a cruise ship lies with that child’s parents. However, I’m also pleased to see it when the cruise lines take steps to help protect our children on board.
Call me crazy, but one “policy” that has never made much sense to me is that of posting “swim at your own risk” signs around a ship pool as opposed to having actual lifeguards on duty. A cruise ship pool can be a loud, distracting place and having another watchful pair of eyes (especially one trained to watch for signs of trouble) only makes sense.
It seems that Disney Cruise line now agrees, because in late September, they added lifeguards to the Disney Dream and Disney Magic. By mid-November, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder will also have them. This makes Disney the first major cruise line to post lifeguards on their ships.
Disney states that this move comes from their constant evaluation of policies and procedures, and their decision is likely in response to recent child drownings or near-drownings aboard cruise ships. Kudos to them for making the change- and here’s hoping that the other lines follow suit.