Should Cruise Ships Employ Lifeguards?

Following the recent tragedy aboard the Carnival Victory, many people have begun to debate whether cruise ships should be employing lifeguards for onboard pools. While drownings onboard cruise ships are already very rare, this situation has launched a debate on the role of lifeguards aboard cruise ships.

Many have argued that cruise should not employ lifeguards, due to the increased labor costs and the chance that it may gives parents a false sense of safety, giving some parents the opportunity to pass the responsibility of watching their kids to the lifeguards. While it is wrong to assume that a parent would purposely not watch over the children, it is a serious possibility to be considered when discussed in this matter. The addition of lifeguards onboard ships would also increase labor costs for the cruise lines, which could also raise fares for cruise passengers.

On the contrary, advocates for lifeguards onboard argue that the presence of lifeguards would substantially increase the chance of a quicker response or a better prevention of drownings onboard ship’s pools.

While the recent drowning onboard the Carnival Victory is currently under investigation, it is not known whether the presence of a lifeguard could have prevented this terrible situation.

What are your thoughts on this situation. Should cruise lines begin to employ lifeguards or would it not make a substantial difference? Please vote in our poll below and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.