Is it possible to go overboard from a cruise ship? (this ? is not a joke)
Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!
Carnival Spirit 2003 (Caribbean)
Carnival Fascination 2004 (Caribbean)
HAL Noordam 2004 (Norway)
Celebrity Horizon 2005 (Caribbean)
Sun Princess 2006 (Caribbean)
Diamond Princess 2007 (Alaska)
Carnival Splendor 2008 ( E. Mediterranean)
Carnival Glory 2010 (b2b E+W Caribbean)
Emerald Princess 2012 (Caribbean)
Island Princess 2012 (Panama Canal-full transit)
Ruby Princess 2014 (Caribbean)
HAL Ryndam 2014 (W. Caribbean)
Ruby Princess 2014 (W. Caribbean)
Carnival Glory 2016 (Journey-E. Caribbean)
HAL Zaandam 2016 (BA to Santiago)
HAL Zuiderdam 2018 (Partial Canal)
HAL Maasdam 2018 (Tahiti)
Don't worry about it.
The short answer is NO! Not unless someone is really stupid, drunk, showing off, etc.So... that would make the long answer YES !
OP, if your that paranoid - don't go. And don't live in a high-rise apartment building with balconies either. Yes, it has happened both suicide, or drunk, (and possibly showing off as well). The cruise lines don't practice "Man Overboard" drills for no reason !
Anything's possible, but you'd really have to try to fall overboard. If you sit on top of the railing, yes. But the railings are high and it sounds like you wouldn't exactly be the the type to do that, anyway.
I also can't imagine why anyone who "didn't like you" would want to throw you overboard.
Relax and go for it
You would have to intentionally want to jump from the ship to go overboard.And if you're short you would have to work at getting over the railing.
But you don't have to hang out at the railing of a ship. Ships are BIG. Even if you want to walk around the promenade deck they are maybe 10-12 feet wide, if not wider. So you walk towards the boat side, not the railing side.
If you have a balcony, no one says you have to hang over the railing, you can sit in a chair with your back to the ship... or get a cabin on the inside.
If you're that afraid, just don't hang out at the railings.
yes they really travel with us, and yes, my husband does have the patience of a saint
Suitcasebears2 @ gmail.com
2005 Princess - 2 night trial cruise
2008 Feb: Crystal - Mexican Riviera
2008 Nov: HAL - E. Caribbean
2009 June: HAL - Alaska
2010 March: Regent - Western Caribbean
2010 Nov: HAL - Western Caribbean
2011 Nov: HAL - Caribbean
2012 Nov: HAL - Caribbean
2013 May: RCCL - supposedly Caribbean but DH ended up in hospital in St. Maarten. It's a long story.
2014 March: Princess - Mexican Riviera
2014 Nov: RCCL - Caribbean
2017 Feb: RCCL - Caribbean
You cannot fall off a cruise ship while standing at the rail. You can fall off a cruise ship if you are sitting on the rail.
The averages on the bottom are interesting-- basically if you are 41yo male from CA or FL sailing on the Carnival Conquest be very careful.
That being said, let's presume the worst, and your long-lost enemy is aboard, sees you and decides to pitch you over the side, or you are drunk and try to play Titanic and stand on the railing. There are the issues of surviving the fall -- you would survive the fall if you went feet-first and kept your feet together and held your nose. If you fell off the top deck of some of today's very tall ships, that might be problematic.
Assuming you survived the fall, the next threat is the ship's screws. There is suction along the side near the screws and you can get sucked under. So if you are conscious, you would need to swim away from the side of the ship. If someone reports the man overboard immediately, the ship will make an immediate turn to push the stern away from the side where the person went overboard. (Note to everyone, if you see this happen, you want to yell "man overboard" and state which side of the ship.)
Now, if someone sees you and reports it, the ship will immediately go into a man overboard maneuver and try to find you and pick you up. That would likely mean coming close to where you are and putting a lifeboat in the water. This is something they practice, and know how to do, but hope they never have to.
For everyone's information, this is another use of the muster drill -- to find out if everyone is aboard if someone thinks someone went over the side!
If the ship doesn't find out until hours later, as has been the case, it is a whole different scenario. People have survived in warm waters, and in fact a couple of years ago, a passenger from one line was picked up by a cruise ship from another line hours later. In this situation, you want to be a good swimmer! If you are wearing blue jeans, it is possible to make a life preserver out of them, but that is a lesson for another day.
Oceania REGATTA - Scenic Panama Canal - Dec. 5 - Dec. 21, 2014
Uniworld RIVER AMBASSADOR - European Splendors, June, 2013
Disney DREAM - 4-Day Bahamas - January, 2013
Oceania RIVIERA - Accent on Italy - Oct. 24 - Nov. 3, 2012
MV ECLIPSE - 7 days in the Galapagos - June, 2012
HAL STATENDAM - 7 day Glacier excursion - June, 2010
Disney WONDER - 3-night Bahamas - Dec. 27-30, 2009
Oceania REGATTA - Scandinavian Splendors - Aug 8-22, 2009
Carnival FANTASY - 3-day 1990 or '91
USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) Two WestPac cruises 1969-71 Oops those weren't pleasure cruises!
Going overboard from a cruise ship is the number one thing that scares me! like what happen if someone don't like you on the ship? im sure the person can just flip you overboard or what happens if you fell over by accident?You will die.
There was a rescue in the North Sea from a ferry recently.....a crew member has said to friends of mine that there was a drunken game of "chicken", where you have to run and jump onto the first rail- and lean over; then the 2nd; then the 3rd....
20 cruises; 11 ships; 8 lines; 94 ports
dont worry just go and enjoy and if it bothers you that much dont get so close to the railings
LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE BREATHS WE TAKE~~BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY
For kids I think that it is a legitimate concern. There would need to be a little climbing involved but kids will be kids and I would worry about the under 6 crowd the most. Anyone who says that they have never lost sight of their kids for a moment or ever forgot to lock the doors etc is not being honest. If I brought a small child out on deck and couldn't find them for 30 seconds I would absolutely panic. For older kids and adults I think that just by looking over the rail you know that it is dangerous and not a place to fool around by.Not all that legitimate of a concern. I cannot recall any instances of kids falling overboard by themselves.
NCL Getaway March 2018
Crown Princess March 2017
Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess November 2012
Caribbean Princess May 2010
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Caribbean Princess July 2006
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004
Not all that legitimate of a concern. I cannot recall any instances of kids falling overboard by themselves.That's reassuring but have you ever heard of a 10 year old getting a mountain bike break stuck 3 inches into her thigh after a fall and the firefighters cutting the bike off of her. LOL (yep, you're right, my kid!)