Thousands of passengers, rambunctious kids, and limited space? It's not hard to picture that cruise ship pools can get hectic, especially on sunny sea days. This week, Norwegian Cruise Line announced plans to monitor these busy areas by adding certified lifeguards to their fleet.
Starting this summer, the line’s largest ships — Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Epic — will add uniformed guards during scheduled pool hours and they will be on all 14 ships in the fleet by early 2018. And while Norwegian has had less-official pool monitors on its four largest ships since 2015, the new lifeguards will be trained in lifesaving by the American Red Cross. You’ll also notice new complimentary life vests for both adults and children on the line’s four largest ships.
Norwegian is the third line to offer certified lifeguard supervision: Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line both employ lifeguards. Disney Cruise Line added lifeguards back in 2013, and Royal Caribbean will have lifeguards across the fleet by the end of June.