There are some allegations that the crew of the Star Princess was alerted of a potential fishing boat in distress but did not help them.
2 of the 3 fishermen onboard died and Princess is now conducting an internal investigation.
Here is the full story:
Panama Castaways Were Spotted By Cruise Ship Passengers - And Ignored By Ship's Captain - Panama Guide
It will be interesting to see what Princess determines from their investigation. This is what they posted on Facebook:
"We’re aware of the allegations that Star Princess supposedly passed by a boat in distress that was carrying three Panamanian fishermen on March 10, 2012. At this time we cannot verify the facts as reported, and we are currently conducting an internal investigation on the matter.
We were very saddened to learn that two lives were lost aboard the boat, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved.
Princess Cruises is dedicated to the highest standards of seamanship wherever our ships sail, and we understand it is our duty to assist any vessel in distress. We have come to the aid of many people at sea, and we will continue to do so."