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A young man ran from the balcony of a Symphony of the Seas buddy while the ship was docked. And while friends cheered on his insults, Royal Caribbean was not amused. In fact, he and his traveling companions are paying a steep price for their actions.
"They told me I should … Leave the ship"
They say that God looks over drunk, fools and toddlers, and the poster, known as @ naydev91
After submitting the video, the young man answered some of those who left comments, asked him what happened when he landed. Having said that the balcony from which he jumped was on the 11th floor of the mega ship, he said that after hitting the water "a small ship" picked him up. "The ship was docked in Nassau," he wrote, "and my plan was basically to swim ashore, but when I got back to the port, they told me to get my stuff and leave the ship."
In a later comment, the young man commented that he was not the only one who paid the price for his stupid actions. "My whole group was kicked off," he wrote, "and I was banned for life [from the cruise line]." He also claimed he was "still full of the previous night. When I woke up, I just decided to jump."
Things could have ended very differently
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Saying that the jumper is lucky is an understatement, especially when on January 11 another young man fell from another Royal Caribbean ship … and died as a result.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that 16-year-old Laurent Mercer apparently had the opportunity to climb from the balcony after unlocking his ship aboard Harmony of the Seas of the side cabin off to its own balcony. Instead, he lost his balance and dropped to the port below and died shortly after.
The ship was docked on Royal Caribbean's private island, Labadee, at the time of the incident.
The truth is told, we here at Cruise Radio debated about sharing the story of the jump sent to Instagram. The last thing we want to do is to inspire copycats or in some way form or form, to join in the kind of stupid, illegal and mortal behavior that appears.
And had that young person and his entire group not been fired from the ship (at which time they would have had to find their own way home without financial assistance or reimbursement from the cruise ship thanks to their obvious violation of the cruise contract). We may not.
It is, however, our hope that some of the comments on Instagram saw a bold stunt, most will recognize just how dangerous that stunt really was. And while that jumper was clearly old enough to know better, we can't help – perhaps foolishly – hoping that parents going on a cruise vacation can warn their impressive social media-occupied teens against doing something so incredible foolish. While the consequences in this case involved what corresponds to a wretched beating on the wrist and the price of an airline ticket, the next person may cease paying with their lives.
Photo: Instagram / @ naydev91