Cruise ships have been known to feature children in their cargoes for years, but the cruise industry is starting to make the effort more explicit.
According to a new report, parents and guardians need to be aware of the dangers of allowing children to be on the ship while it is in port.
A cruise operator called SeaWorld has created a policy that prohibits children under the age of 16 from being onboard the ships that carry its theme parks, including Walt Disney World.
The policy comes after the amusement park operator was sued by two children for not providing them with the necessary training for their participation in a Halloween party.
The Disney Cruise Line is currently facing an investigation by the Department of Labor over its handling of child labor, according to The Hill.
The policy comes as the company is embroiled in a lawsuit brought by two of its former employees.
One of those employees is now suing the company over a child labor incident that occurred at SeaWorld’s Florida parks in 2015.
SeaWorld said in a statement that the policy would protect children and families and would prohibit employees from providing “a venue where children may engage in conduct that is disruptive to the safety of the vessel or its guests.”
“Our policy of no children under 16 on our ships is designed to ensure that our guests, staff and guests will feel safe while aboard our vessels,” the company said in the statement.
“The policy will also prohibit any employees or agents from engaging in conduct or activity that may interfere with or disrupt the safety and enjoyment of the guests, crew, or guests on the ships.”