April 11, 2019
(4:04 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean recently closed its Sky Pad after a man was severely injured in an accident on the top-deck trampoline. It hasn't announced if it plans to reopen the high-profile attraction.
Sky Pad, which is found on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, has been described as a thrill ride experience that combines trampolines with bungee jumping and virtual reality.
According to news reports, passenger Casey Holladay filed a federal lawsuit last month in Miami, suing the cruise line for $10 million. The suit claims that during a February cruise, he was trying Sky Pad when the ride's bungee cords snapped him 20 feet back to the ground, breaking his pelvis and causing permanent injuries.
The ride, which was open to all passengers ages 5 and up, closed after the lawsuit was filed. Royal Caribbean said in a tweet that the ride was shuttered as part of a review and the line's commitment to safety.
Cruise Critic reached out to Royal Caribbean to confirm the closing and to determine when or if the attraction will reopen, but at press time had not received a reply.
SkyPad was installed last year as part of upgrades to Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. The experience has also been installed on Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Spectrum of the Seas, which leaves on its inaugural cruise next week. The line tweeted that it's uncertain if the attraction will be operating.
Located inside a large yellow sphere on the ship's top deck, Sky Pad has four trampolines, all rigged to a combination of bungee cords and virtual reality. (The bungee aspect refers to the type of ropes used, allowing for extra lift -- not bungee jumping off the side of the ship). Once inside, participants bounce on the trampolines with the aid of the cords, all while exploring virtual reality worlds through VR headsets.