A SOUTHAMPTON-BASED cruise ship has been forced to close a trampoline bungee attraction after a passenger was injured resulting in a $10m law suit.

Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas has shut its Sky Pad after a passenger fractured his pelvis when the bungee snapped on the same attraction aboard sister ship Mariner of the Seas.

Independence and Mariner are two out of only three of the company's fleet to have Sky Pad following multi-million pound refits. Asia-based Spectrum of the Seas, but the company did not say whether the ride was closed on that ship.

Passenger Casey Holladay, 25, aboard the Mariner sailing out of Miami, was on SkyPad when the bungee him broke when he was 20ft up in the air and he landed on the deck floor next to the trampoline.

Holladay is suing Royal Caribbean for S$10 million.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami on March 12.

The suit states the activity was located on the 13th deck of the cruise ship, which has a hard surface with no padding or safety nets surrounding it.

In a tweet Royal Caribbean said the Sky Pad ride was temporarily closed.

Owen Torres, corporate communications director for Royal Caribbean International, told reporters in the USA: "As part of our commitment to safety, we are temporarily taking Sky Pad out of service on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas to conduct further inspection."

Holladay has claimed in an interview with US broadcaster NBC that he faces months of rehabilitation and a month after the accident he is still using a walking frame and a wheelchair.

Passengers using the Sky Pad wear a harness attach to bungee and wear virtual reality headsets.