On this day in cruise history, twenty-three years ago today, on June 22, 1994 at 0500 hours, Hayman Ronald Lucas age, 14, from Elmont, New York was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Majesty of the Seas. (see videos below) The teen died from alcohol poisoning aboard, after a 24-year-old adult plied him with alcohol smuggled aboard.
We are reminded that teens should be supervised by parents. This death was at 0500 hours in the morning after a crew member found Lucas staggering drunk on deck. The teen club was NOT open, had long since been closed at 0100 hours. The Royal Caribbean policy on teens states, “Teens in ages 12-14 and 15-17 are free to come and go from hosted activities as they please.”
Yet, the parents blamed the cruise line for not supervising their child. Hayman Lucas blood alcohol level was . . .
But, this teen death was not warning enough for others to supervise their teen. Eleven and a half years later, in January 2006, another 14-year-old teen, Lynsey O’brien got drunk on a cruise and went overboard. Her body was never found. Her father later committed suicide.
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