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"This man was reborn. Most people that experience that kind of fall break their neck. It's like hitting concrete, " he said.

Rescue caught on camera

David Hearn, a Disney Magic passenger, recorded the rescue. In his video, a yellow rescue boat bobs on dark ocean waters, and a man's head and arms are barely visible above the waves. The man then swims toward the boat and is brought aboard.

"We were in our stateroom. On the speaker system, we heard the crew saying 'Mister M-O-B, starboard side.' I got dressed and went up to the upper deck, " Hearn said. M-O-B is the code used for "man overboard."

When Hearn reached the Magic's upper deck, the ship's crew had already lowered the lifeboat.

"It was pretty surreal at first. It's not something you expect when you go on a nice cruise, " Hearn said. "Our first question was, where did he come from? We thought it was someone that fell off our ship."

Hearn said he spoke to the passenger credited with spotting the man in the water.

"His daughter had gotten up, and they had a room with a balcony. She wanted to sit out there, and he went with her, " Hearn recalled. "They heard a noise, and as the ship got closer, they realized it was a man screaming for help. They got on the phone with guest services, and the ship came to a stop."

Safety at sea?

Royal Caribbean closed-circuit TV video showed the man was alone on the Oasis ship Deck 5 when he went overboard at 6:07 a.m. "There were no other guests or crew around at the time, " said Cynthia Martinez, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman.

CNN's request for the video was denied.

Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest ships, with room for more than 8, 000 passengers and crew. It had departed from Port Everglades, Florida, on January 3, and Cozumel was the last port of call, Martinez said.

The ship's safety features include a minimum safety railing of 42 inches and more than 1, 200 security cameras.

"For their (passengers') safety, we recommend that guests not lean over or climb on any railing, " said Martinez.

But Miami-based maritime lawyer Jim Walker says these measures are not enough. Instead, he advocates automatic man overboard detection systems.

"This poor guy was pretty lucky. The real issues is why he fell off the ship and why there is no clear explanation, " Walker said.

Automatic man overboard detection technology uses radar and sensors to establish a perimeter around a ship. A mechanism notifies the crew when a person has fallen overboard. One manufacturer of these systems, Mobtronic, boasted a 95% man overboard detection rate.

The Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act requires large passenger ships to "integrate technology that can be used for capturing images of passengers or detecting passengers who have fallen overboard, to the extent that such technology is available."

Unlike this incident, Walker said, the problem with most man overboard cases is that the person is never found and the case goes unsolved.

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What is there to do on a Disney cruise ship?

For kids and teens, there are fun kids clubs and teen lofts,
(supervised by Disney employees), there are 3 pools and 2 water
slides, there are two or three movie theaters, and there are
arcades. For babies ages 3 months to 3 years, there is a nursery or
two. For adults, there is a special pool and hot tub for adults
only, adults only spas, and adults only clubs, bars, and pubs.
Also, there are fitness programs with personal trainers! There are
tons of family activities aboard the ship! There is a live show
every night. Also, there are pools, movie theaters, (of course)
restaurants that…

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How much is it usually cost for a Disney cruise ship? | Yahoo Answers

that sounds about right for a family of 4 in minimum accommodations( not a suite or balcony cabin, just in inside or Oceanview)
that covers most meals, and drinks except Alcohol( Disney is one of the few lines that includes soda in the price) most entertainment like shows and movies.
with 4 adults you will want 2 cabins or a large Family suite as they are SMALL and you will be very cramped . sometimes it is cheaper to get two insides than one suite so do the math first.

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