A new baby is born on a cruise ship — in the big-ticket, grandiose style of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
But the crew onboard the Princess Cruises Crystal Cruises Royal Caribbean World Voyages, which take you on five cruises each year, are learning the ropes of keeping a baby healthy, well, safe on a big cruise ship.
The cruise ships take up to 60 days to set sail from the U.S. and Canada, but they aren’t just for babies.
The Royal Caribbean is taking in all the kids on its ship — all of them, including toddlers.
The cruises’ crew, who are known for their high-end hospitality and the high standards they set for themselves, are teaching the crew to nurse a baby at sea.
The crew is using a pacemaker as a pacifier and keeping the baby under their arms to keep them safe.
A doctor is on duty, though, so you can get an ear, nose and throat exam, if you have one.
The ship is equipped with two baby seats and two cribs, with a crib for each of the five cruise ship nurses.
A pacemaker, a breast pump, an IV, and a suction tube are on board, so a child can be taken to the hospital when needed.
The Royal Caribbean has made sure its ships aren’t as crowded as some other cruise lines.
For instance, it says it will take fewer children off its ships than other cruises do.
“We want to provide our passengers with the opportunity to be the most comfortable, safe and fun to be on board of their ships,” a Royal Caribbean spokesperson told Mashable.
It’s a goal the crew is doing every day.
“You know, I’m a big fan of my crew.
They’re great people,” says passenger Nicole Kline, who is 8 months pregnant.
She has been on the ship for four months.
“I think that’s what they do best, to care for the ship and keep the crew healthy,” she adds.
The mom and dad of a 5-year-old has been a nurse on the cruise ship for the past four years.
She says the crew has been great.
“They’re very helpful.
They make sure that when you get off the ship, you’re safe,” she says.
And they’ve been really good about it.
“We’re all very proud of them for doing it.”
There’s no limit to how many times a baby can be brought onboard the ship.
“If we get an influx of babies on board at any point, the nurses are there to help us and to help the crew,” says Kline.
“So, we’re all really, really grateful for them.”
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