Woman banned from cruises for life after climbing on ship's railing to take a selfie

For many people, getting the perfect Instagram shot has become a staple while on holiday. But one woman's quest to get that shot put her in danger — and a cruise liner responded by kicking her off the ship.

The New York Times reports that an unnamed woman aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise liner climbed onto a balcony to take a picture, with the help of a friend.

Royal Caribbean has reportedly banned a woman for life after she climbed up on a ship's railing to take a photo. Photo: Getty Images

While she was apparently unharmed, the cruise line has a strict policy about customers climbing onto railings. So when a third passenger took another picture of the dangerous escapade and showed it to the ship employees, the crew kicked the two friends off the ship, and they're said to be now banned for life.

"Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion," Royal Caribbean said in a statement provided to CNN.

"Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean."

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Royal Caribbean didn't immediately respond to Yahoo's request for comment. The incident happened aboard the Allure of the Seas cruise ship en route to Labadee, Haiti, according to the Times.

And while this incident may not have been a strict "selfie" — it sounds like the woman had the help of a friend to capture her photo — there have been plenty of other injuries and even fatalities that have resulted from efforts to take the perfect shots.

Words by Meghan DeMaria

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