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Anthem of the Seas Parents Distract First Day of Cruise

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Cruise Parenting Failures Continue
Cause Cruise Ship Children's Injury and Deaths

Anthem of the Seas Parents Distract First Day of Cruise

Another cruise ship parenting failure causes injury and maybe death to a child, this time aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' (RCCL) Anthem of the Seas. Anthem of the Seas sailed out of Bayonne, New Jersey on June 30, 2016 for a Caribbean Fourth of July celebration cruise at 4:30 in the afternoon. Anthem of the Seas was ten miles offshore from Breezy Point, Queens, New York.

Within a couple hours Prince Adepojuan, 8, was fighting for his life after his mother, Janet Willington, 46, allowed him to wander into the adult swimming pool around 8 that evening. The Coast Guard said the boy had been in the water for eight to 10 minutes before he was found and was without oxygen for 18 minutes.

Prince Adepojuan was in critical condition and was taken to Staten Island University Hospital where he was reportedly placed on life support.

Anthem of the Seas turned back around and went back to port. Some early reports say the family of 18 were part of larger tour group of 49 from the Netherlands and the entire tour group was disembarked at Bayonne into two tour buses. RCCl reported the family was from Maryland.

Anthem of the Seas left Bayonne, New Jersey on a 9-day Caribbean cruise with calls at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Bermuda, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Labadee, Haiti.

Two weeks ago, a Texas family, distracted while posing for photographs right Carnival Liberty embarked from Galveston, Texas, resulted in a child falling down two flights of stairs. The ship turned back to Galveston and the child was medically disembarked. The case also presents an extreme parenting failure with a graphic video of a child injured in a cruise ship water park because the mother wouldn't stop taking a video of the kids playing.

Other Child Drowning Cruise Incidents

On Monday December 19, 2015, during a Christmas cruise, an eight-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool while sailing towards Cozumel, Mexico from Galveston, Texas aboard Liberty of the Seas. Another passenger saw the boy and pulled him from the water. No parents were within arm’s reach.

A year ago on May 17, 2015 the first full day of the cruise at sea Katelyn Blair, 10, from New York was sailing aboard Norwegian Gem with her little brother when they had to be rescued from the adult swimming pool after the parents were not supervising the children. Her brother survived, she did not. The mother blamed the cruise line and sued them after she failed parenting of her two small children.

On a New Year’s celebration cruise on January 2, 2015 Ascanio Azzia, 4, from Italy had wandered into the wave pool aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Oasis of the Seas and “remained underwater anywhere between an estimated five to 10 minutes”, according to Mike Jachles, spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. Ascanio has long term injuries as a result of the near drowning. Valentina Azzia, Ascanio's mother blamed the cruise line and sued them.

On February 3, 2014,Dante Curtis, 4, from Brooklyn, New York was in the swimming pool aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Breakaway with his 6-year-old brother, when both boys went under the water in what was reported as "the adult" swimming pool.

On October 13, 2013 Qwentyn Hunter, 6, also from New York, was sailing on the first full day of the cruise with his family aboard Carnival Victory when he too was found in the adult swimming pool without his parents, he died as well. His mother, Tashara Hunter, also blamed the cruise line and sued them.

The Bewitching Hours
What passengers need to know about cruises are these important facts. The two most dangerous times during a cruise are the first twelve hours on the cruise and the last twelve hours of the cruise or the last night of the cruise. The first twelve hours include the sail away party and parents are settling into family ship life. The many exciting activities, crowds of people in close proximity and excited children are a distraction from common sense parenting. This is the period of time kids slip through the cracks, get injured and end up in swimming pools alone.

The last twelve hours are a double jeopardy. Adults or teens are trying to cram in as much as possible before the cruise ends making the family unit as a whole very vulnerable. Parents are distracted and opportunist criminals make their move. This accounts for a high percentage of thefts, assaults, adult and child sexual assaults and sadly, the time when cruise ship passenger overboard incidents most frequently take place.

Parenting Rules for Cruises
Some families should never cruise with their children. A cruise should not be considered if one of more of traveling children:
  • does not follow parent rules
  • is known for not listening or obeying
  • does not respect the authority of all adults in the traveling family unit
  • is prone to wandering
  • has ever disappeared at home or in a public place such as mall or park for more than a minute
  • is considered a risk taker with no fear

  • Parenting Cruise Contract
  • Read the ticket contract and parental consent form completely before booking each and every cruise to ensure the updated passenger contract and minor child consent form haven't changed since a prior cruise. Know the rules, follow the rules without exception.
  • Never assume that using a personal electronic communications device is a substitute for hands-on parenting. It violates the cruise line policy for minor child supervision aboard.
  • Never assume that the crew including security should or will watch the children under any set of circumstances while they are on deck. It violates the cruise line policy for minor child supervision aboard.
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