Man injured on Mariner's Sky Pad is suing Royal Caribbean

Sky Pad is a virtual-reality, bungee trampoline experience Sky Pad is a virtual-reality, bungee trampoline experience

A Florida man injured in a fall from Sky Pad, a bungee trampoline experience aboard Mariner of the Seas, is suing Royal Caribbean for $10m.

During a Bahamas cruise in February, Casey Holladay was bouncing in a harness when the stretchy bands snapped off and he fell to the deck. His pelvis was fractured and his shoulder dislocated.

Incident captured on video

The incident was captured on a cell phone video.

Mariner of the Seas turned back to PortMiami where Holladay was evacuated to a hospital for surgery. According to news reports, he is severely limited in his daily activities and still has pain.

HIs attorney, Brett Rivkind, called it a 'life-changing accident' and told NBC6 Royal Caribbean lacks the experience to 'do a proper analysis of the safety risks of putting these type of activities on board a cruise ship.'

Holladay filed suit in federal court in Miami, claiming Royal Caribbean didn't properly operate and maintain the ride.

A Royal Caribbean spokesman told Seatrade Cruise News the company doesn't comment on pending litigation. He added: 'We operate all our ships safely, professionally and responsibly.'

Royal Caribbean is known for its thrill attractions such as zip lines, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rinks, surfing simulators, bumper cars and the 10-story 'Ultimate Abyss' slide.

'Royal Amplified' feature

Sky Pad is a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience that was added to Mariner of the Seas during a $120m renovation last year as part of the company's 'Royal Amplified' program to add 'innovative features and bold experiences.'

A Sky Pad was also introduced on Independence of the Seas in 2018 and the attraction is scheduled to be aboard Spectrum of the Seas, a ship custom-built for China that is nearing completion and due to enter service next month.

Posted 20 March 2019

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review