The ship had left Port Canaveral at 4:30 p.m. and was en route to the Bahamas, Central Florida's WFTV reported, when the child fell from the eleventh deck onto a tenth deck balcony. The ship immediately turned around and returned to port. Once back in port, the child was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
Royal Caribbean confirmed the incident in a formal statement. "A 14 month old guest from India traveling on Monarch of the Seas was injured in a fall. The guest was initially treated in our medical facility, but required additional and urgent medical attention that could only be provided in a hospital," Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean, said.
"Our Care Team is providing support and assistance to the guest's family. Our thoughts are with their family, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them."
No word on the child's condition has been released.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor