Royal Caribbean cruise ship Voyager of the Seas saw two passengers die on board this week. The two holidaymakers – one 75-years-old and the other 61-years-old – had embarked on a four-day cruise from Singapore on Monday. Both were from Singapore and believed to have died from natural causes during the short trip. Royal Caribbean have extended their condolences to the families of the two passengers.
It is not known on which precise days the two travellers died but their deaths are said to be unrelated.
A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “We extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the 75-year-old and 61-year-old guests from Singapore who both died of unrelated natural causes while onboard Voyager of the Seas.
“As per our standard procedure, we have informed the respective families and we are providing them assistance during this difficult time.”
Voyager of the Seas was scheduled for a four-day cruise to Penang, in Malaysia.
It arrived at the Malaysian destination on Tuesday before setting off and docking at Phuket, Thailand yesterday (15 May).
The cruise ship is expected to return to Singapore on Friday 17 May.
According to local Singaporean news site The Straits Times, tickets for the trip cost from US$491 (£384).
On certain cruise lines, when someone dies on a ship, the announcement “Operation Bright Star” is made, which alerts the crew to the death of a passenger.
The body is then zipped up in a body bag and put in the ship’s morgue. There is usually space for three or four bodies on board.
Tina Molson, 52, from Cleethorpes, who worked in an onboard duty-free shop from 2002 to 2010, has explained that deaths aren’t that rare.
“Many of the older passengers go on cruise ships for months because it’s cheaper for them than living at home. Some even go to sea to die. There was often a death on board.” Tina told The Sun.
There are an estimated 200 passenger deaths a year onboard cruise ships, according to The Telegraph.
Most cruise ship deaths are a result of age-related illnesses – the average age of a British cruise passenger was 56 in both 2017 and 2016, according to industry figures.
Last month, a passenger who died on board the SuperStar Aquarius, operated by Hong Kong-based Star Cruises, was stored in a freezer for the remainder of the cruise.
None of the passengers on board were allegedly aware of the death.
Published at Thu, 16 May 2019 15:21:00 +0000