Norwegian Cruise Line Adds Lifeguards
(9:30 a.m. EDT) — Norwegian Cruise Line will become the third cruise line to add lifeguards to its fleet, when it begins offering lifeguard service this summer on its four largest ships. The rest of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet will get lifeguards in the first quarter of 2018. Though the line has had crew members acting as pool monitors since 2015, they are not trained in lifesaving. The new lifeguards, whose only job on the ship will be as lifeguards, will be trained and certified by the American Red Cross in lifesaving rescue measures and will monitor family pools during scheduled pool hours. “Norwegian has stationed pool monitors on our largest ships since 2015 and we are now taking further steps to ensure the safety of our youngest guests with the addition of certified lifeguards across our fleet,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian. “While parents are always the first line of supervision when it comes to water safety, we felt it was important to provide this added measure across our fleet.”The service will start onboard Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic this summer.Additionally, the line will also offer free swim vests for both adults and children on these four ships. (The remaining ships will get the swim vests at the same time they get lifeguards.) Parents can obtain the vests at the towel station on the ship’s pool deck during daytime hours. Disney Cruise Line was the first cruise line to add lifeguard service to its ships back in October 2013. Most recently, Royal Caribbean began rolling out lifeguards on its ships, beginning last month. All Royal Caribbean ships will have lifeguards by the end of June.Find out more about how to keep your kids safe at the pool, with Cruise Critic’s Cruise Ship Pool Safety Tips.