On Sunday a 62-year-old woman from Virginia was found dead in her cabin onboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas.
After the cruise docked in Baltimore on Monday, the FBI was brought in to investigate the death, which is currently being classified as “suspicious.”
A “suspicious” death is a broad term that covers most cases where the cause of death was unknown. In this case however, an FBI spokesperson noted “some things that were unusual” that caused the agency to investigate.
Right now, the agency is performing an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine the cause of death. Additionally, the evidence response team was sent on board to gather materials. The agency is also interviewing the deceased’s husband, who was the first person to find his wife’s body.
This incident comes on the heels of several high-profile cruise incidents. Last week, Carnival announced a fleet review after three ships experienced technical malfunctions just one month after the Carnival Triumph engine fire. This is in addition to last year’s Costa Concordia disaster.
Royal Caribbean has responded to this incident with a statement offering condolences and support to the woman’s family.
For more information on health and safety on cruises, check out:
- Know Before You Go: How to Cruise Safely
- Cruise Safety Concerns: Is Carnival Doing Enough?
- Two Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance for Your Next Cruise
- Post Carnival Triumph: How Safe Is Your Cruise?
By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com