Woman’s death aboard Princess Cruises ship may be murder, reports say


Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities are probing the death of a 52-year-old American woman on board a Princess Cruises ship Tuesday - and it's reportedly being investigated as a potential murder.

A passenger on the ship posting at the message boards of cruise fan site CruiseCritic.com said Aruba police officers and forensics technicians boarded the vessel soon after it arrived in Aruba on Tuesday.

The woman plunged from a deck of the Royal Princess early Tuesday, landing so hard on a lifeboat she shattered its windows, the publication reported. "The cause of death is not yet known at this time", Princess said in the statement. The ship was on a seven-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Aruba. The death "was reported to the local authorities who met and boarded the ship upon arrival", read the Princess statement according to the newspaper. The woman's name wasn't immediately released.

Some news outlets in Aruba said it was being probed as a possible murder.

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A second source added: "We can literally see the lifeboat from our room".

Princess Cruises said, "We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our honest condolences to the family and those affected".

Princess Cruises is based in Santa Clarita, California.

The Aruba police, Korps Politie Aruba, also took to Facebook to confirm the investigation, writing: "The police force for of Aruba are conducting an investigation on the cruise line of Royal Princess today". Later in the morning, another alert came through, telling passengers "there was a serious incident and no one could leave as local authorities were coming onboard".