I just read on another board that this couple went missing. They skipped Aruba to head back and meet the coast guard. People on the ship said that they passed out flyers with the couples picture, and searched every cabin. Seems like this would be on the news??? Very scary!! I also read that they were with their adult children on the cruise. How sad....
I was on this ship last week and just got home yesterday. We did skip Aruba and went to St Maarten instead. I have been searching unsuccessfully for anything I can find on this, as they did not tell us much while on board. What I do know is that the couple was still considered "missing" when I disembarked at about 9am on sunday. The FBI boarded when we docked in san juan and there were some rumors going around, but thats all I know for sure. If anyone else heare anything, please post it here, as I would like to know if there are any further developments. I will check here again tomorrow.
My hubby and I were on this cruise. Yes, we had to miss
Aruba to meet the coast guard. We were only about a couple hours away from Aruba when we finally turned around, and had to go like seven hours back to meet for the search. We went to the point for the time they were last seen. As far as I know, no one really knows when they went over. I did hear that some family members were with them. It was really sad for their family members, also as sad for all the cruisers on board who had things going on in Aruba. I know of at least one girl who was supposed to meet all of her family and her fiance's family their to see them get married that day. That whole over board situation just put a funk on the rest of the trip. The crew and staff did a really good job changing plans and trying to make the rest of the cruise as enjoyable as possible. Not getting to do the vacation we planned was very disappointing, but it won't stop us from cruising again. You just got to keep in mind that truely anything can happen.
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From a passenger: Two passnegers jumped from the Carnival Destiny on Thursday May 12th between 8:30 PM and 4 AM while the ship was going from Barbados to Aruba. The ship turned around to search for the missing passengers. Their belongings were found in a pile on one of the decks. The belongings included thier passports. There was apparently a suicide note from the approximately 70 year old couple. US and Venezulan coastguards took over the search on Friday May 13th at 1 PM. The ship was discharged and had to change ports. The passengers were brought to St. Maarten on Saturday the 14th. The couple were US citizens who were of Vietnamese decent. Their 3 children were also on board. The children were in their 30s. The FBI met the ship in San Juan Perto Rico as the investigation continued.
Does sound suspicious? Do you think it could have been robbery? Gun point then make you jump? It does happen often on Carnival come to think of it.
I had that same thought, and I was not really kidding.
For two of them to go overboard??? No way that was an accident. They either decided to jump or they were helped overboard, and the most likely to have done that are the ones who are on the happy end of the life insurance policies.
You got to be kidding! No way did anyone indicate it was a robbery or that it could have been and absolutely no way anyone had a gun onboard. Get logical here and lets not start any rumors. No note, older couple. My bet is that they just decieded to go out their own way. Maybe one of them was sick, maybe one of them fell overboard, maybe one of them had a heart attack so the remaining one took them both overboard, who knows? It is sad but it happens on all ships every now and then. Nobody has ever been walking along and tripped and fallen overboard, or been blown overboard to my knowledge. Being forced to jump overboard is just silly at best.
Here is a fact, there are serial killers living among us in the U.S.
How does anyone know that there is not a psycho killing people on cruise ships. You don't have to have a gun to kill someone. In fact if you look at the history of serial killers they never kill anyone with a gun, they suffocate them or kill them other horrible ways. I hope to God there is NOT one out there but you just never know. There have been too many people who just disappear off of cruise ships. I know I'll be more aware of my surroundings when I go on my cruise this summer.
Anyone who has cruised very much, or at all, knows that it is almost impossible to accidentally fall overboard. As these people were apparently older folks, it's hardly likely that they were climbing or walking on the lifeboats or rails.
Someone mentioned robbery or forced to jump at gunpoint--- first of all, why would someone jump even if someone had a gun on them? To jump would mean almost certain death. I would rather take my chances with the gun. Secondly, very very unlikely someone could smuggle a gun aboard a ship and if they did, they would probably use it for more than robbing some poor soul.
Bottom line is that it's all speculation at this point but my guess is that suicide would have to be carefully considered. I do hope they find out for sure what happened but doubt they will.
>>There have been too many people who just disappear off of cruise ships>>
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You people are so dramatic. What happened is sad, deepest sympathy to the family.
However, this talk about serial killers, being blown over board, life insurance policy collections. People watch way to much CSI. I work as a police officer and it drives me nuts to hear all of this talk.
1. Where is the solid evidence this happened and what source did it come from.
2. Only believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
3. Has the family reached out for questions, answers or help?
You can twist this so many ways, lets say they wanted to make it look like a suicide, they give there kids there personals. The kids get on the ship put the items out on the deck and make it look like something happened. The Coast Guard is great and they know currents and where to look and how far a body would drift. They haven't turned up anything yet I would be wondering.
If true and parents are lost well I send my prayers to the family, as for everyones rumors and drama lets wait and see what the real story is.
My hubby and I were on the Destiny when this happened. The couple was on this ship, they used their photos from on board as their search photos. We all even received one in our room the day we got off with the FBI's contact info. on it. It is very sad for the family that was left to deal with all of this.