This month, an elderly couple were “kicked off” the Seabourn Sojourn in Lisbon because one of the two would not go to the safety drill. Further information has come out about this situation. Let’s see what you think.
First, the couple, ages 90 and 84, were on a 20 day sailing that was made up of multiple cruises. When they embarked in Civitavecchia, they both attended the safety drill. Eight days later, the second sailing began in Lisbon. The husband attended the drill while the wife did not. She said she felt ill. Seabourn has said that they do offer a makeup drill for any guest who is too ill to attend. An officer was sent to check on her to see why she did not attend the drill. Less than an hour later, crew members had packed up the couple’s belongings and they were escorted off the ship. Seabourn is refunding the couple for the unused portion of their cruise fare. Seabourn indicates that the reason they decided to remove the couple was that one of them refused to attend the mandatory drill despite “multiple, explicit warnings”.
Some have sided with the cruise line, indicating that safety should be their number one concern. The drill doesn’t take that long in relation to the length of the cruise.
Others have said that the cruise line should be more compassionate with the elderly couple, especially since they just went through the drill only 8 days earlier.
What do you think? Did Seabourn do the right thing?