It is no secret that cruises are designed for family vacations. To that end, NCL’s cruise ships Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn are outfitted with children pool areas. Though staged differently to reflect the ships’ unique themes, the children aquatic areas on both ships are very similar in that they have sets of steps leading down to the kid’s area. Presumably not wanting a large amount of unattended children, NCL’s “Kid’s Pool Rules” posted at the entrance require children under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult. What has been learned on both ships is aesthetics have trumped safety. As shown in the photograph, the treads on the kid’s pool stairs are not suitable for adults. Often times the anti-slip strips become worn from use and the paint used makes the treads overly smooth. This combined with the wet nature of a children’s pool area, is a recipe for disaster. In some instances the stairs become so unreasonably dangerous that passengers descending the steps even while holding onto the handrail slipped causing injury.
If you have slipped and fallen on a stairway leading to a NCL cruise ship’s kids pool area, please contact our Florida cruise injury lawyers. Our law firm is interested in learning about additional instances of passenger slip and falls so we could better assist our clients and hopefully compel NCL to rectify this dangerous condition found aboard its ships.