Due to safety concerns, Royal Caribbean has closed the SkyPad features on all three cruise ships, including Spectrum of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean noted on Twitter, “The SkyPad is temporarily unavailable. We’re currently conducting a review as the safety as part of our commitment to safety for all of our guests. I’m very sorry for any disappointment this has caused.”
Hi, Becky. The SkyPad is temporarily unavailable. We’re currently conducting a review as the safety as part of our commitment to safety for all of our guests. I’m very sorry for any disappointment this has caused. -Alexis— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) April 7, 2019
This appears to be directly related to a lawsuit filed by 26-year old Casey Holladay during an incident on the Mariner of the Seas where the bungee cords snapped, dropping Holladay 20-feet to the deck below.
The lawsuit is still ongoing and Holladay is seeking $75,000 in damages as he was injured during the incident and required medical attention on land.
The SkyPad is a bungee trampoline feature located at the aft of the ship and includes a “VR” experience for guests while they bounce.
This article will be updated when more information becomes available and when the SkyPad may reopen as well.