Norwegian to add certified lifeguards to its ships

Norwegian Cruise Line will begin employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across its fleet starting this summer.

The life guards, who will serve as first responders when needed, will be trained and certified by the American Red Cross in lifesaving rescue measures and will monitor the family pools during scheduled pool hours.

According to company officials, the move to certified lifeguards represents an important service enhancement.

“Norwegian has stationed pool monitors on our largest ships since 2015,” Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line said. “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 … and are now taking further steps to ensure the safety of our youngest guests.”

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The line’s four largest ships - Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Epic – will get lifeguards this summer while the remainder of the fleet will have lifeguards by early 2018.

In addition to uniformed lifeguards, Norwegian will also begin offering complimentary swim vests for both adults and children on the line's four largest ships. Parents will be able to obtain the safety vests at the towel station on the ship's pool deck during daytime hours.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 14 ships offer “freestyle cruising,” allowing guests the flexibility and freedom to choose and create their own dining, fun, and activities. Some ships offer up to 27 dining options while all feature a variety of entertainment venues, superior guest service and more, the company said.

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