Princess Cruises has informed Cruise Hive the crew member took his own life while the Island Princess was calling at Colon. Due to an FBI investigation the ship stayed in Panama overnight so an autopsy could be done. The ship has now been cleared by authorities.
Princess Cruises said:
We are saddened to confirm a crew member aboard Island Princess took his own life while the ship was in Colon, Panama yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the crew member and also with our crew members working aboard Island Princess.
The delay has resulted with the next port of call at Limon being cancelled. Instead the ship will sail directly to Grand Cayman where it will arrive on March 12 at 7 AM.
Cruise Hive regrets to report that according to Cruise Law News a crew member has died onboard the Island Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises.
The site says while the Island Princess was calling at Colon at the Panama Canal on Wednesday March 9 a crew member was found dead in his cabin. The FBI are investigating the unexpected death. The unnamed young crew member was apparently a on his first contract and working in the ship galley.
No further details have been released. Cruise Hive has contacted Princess Cruises and will update this post once we get a response. The 91,200 gross ton Island Princess is sailing a 10-day Panama Canal and Caribbean cruise which departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 4.
Really sad news and thoughts are with the crew members family and loved ones at this time. Cruise Hive would also like to continue supporting all the hard working international crew members across the cruise industry. Our site is run by a former crew member so we totally understand the stresses and the great work which is done onboard.