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Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:49:59 AM »
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Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida           CTVNews.ca Staff

Date: Thursday Mar. 1, 2012 10:26 AM ET

A Canadian woman who was travelling with her boyfriend on a cruise ship between the Bahamas and Florida has gone missing.

The woman's name has not been released, but she is reported to be 47 years old.

Charles Kinnear, president of Celebration Cruise Line, confirmed a woman went missing somewhere between Grand Bahama island and Florida, but provided few other details.

"At this point we have a person who is unaccounted for whom we are pretty sure was on board," Kinnear told ABC News.

According to reports, the woman's boyfriend last saw her at about 1 a.m. Wednesday near the ship's gift shop. He then went to the casino, and when he went back to their cabin later in the evening she had still not returned.

The boyfriend then went to sleep, and only reported the woman missing at about 8 a.m., after he awoke in the morning and found she was still absent.

At that point the Bahamas Celebration was arriving in Florida's Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Fla.

According to reports the ship was searched twice, and the U.S. Coast Guard has launched its own search for the woman.

"We've given them our complete track from when we left Grand Bahama last night, every position we took through the evening," Kinnear said.

"We're still hoping for the best, that somehow she snuck off the vessel or she's still hiding somewhere, avoiding the search."

The FBI has reportedly taken over the investigation.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120301/canadian-woman-missing-from-cruise-ship-120301/#ixzz1nt9LfjFh

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 08:25:40 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/03/02/florida-cruise-canada-woman.html

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Canadian woman reported missing from a Florida cruise ship.

The 47-year-old woman was on the Bahamas Celebration, which was travelling from a stop in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island to the Port of Palm Beach, just north of West Palm Beach, Fla. She has been identified only as a Canadian and hasn't been named.

The coast guard said its search covered an area of 18,897 square kilometres, and taken 84 hours.


The woman's boyfriend, whose identity also hasn't been released, had alerted personnel with the Florida-based Celebration Cruise Line on Wednesday morning, as the ship was arriving at about 8 a.m., that she had disappeared from the Bahamas Celebration, company president Charles Kinnear told reporters Thursday.

Search and rescue co-ordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified by the ship's captain, and a search was begun. Crew aboard the Bahamas Celebration also searched the cruise ship for the woman without success.

Her boyfriend reported he had left her at a gift shop at about 1 a.m. while he went to an onboard casino before returning to their cabin.

Media reports say that when her boyfriend cashed out and returned to his room, she wasn't there.

The man went to sleep and raised the alarm when he awoke and found she still wasn't in their cabin, Kinnear said. Ship officials were informed of the missing woman at 8 a.m., as the vessel was about to dock at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Fla.

Cruise line personnel conducted two searches of the Bahamas Celebration, but found no trace of her.

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 11:17:57 AM »
I get the feeling that she had some help going overboard...

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 09:06:56 PM »
I also don't see the sleeping thing as anything out of the ordinary, my husband and I do that sort of thing on all of our vacations...he does his thing I do mine.....doesn't mean the husband had anything to do with it......could have anyone on the boat. There are crazies in all parts of the world including the water.

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 09:10:43 PM »
I agree with that my husband and I often did our own thing.  One thing I did notice the wording on the original where the crusie line made the slur she might has snuck off, or be hiding.  Get real talk about an iresposible stated ment.  A woman that age does not have to sneak, and what godly reason would she have to hide on the ship.  I would be checking the crew of this ship very very carefully.  JMO.

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2012, 04:29:49 AM »
It is one thing to "do your own thing", but I would think there would be some common sense arrangement between couples when vacationing in foreign countries or going on cruises.   This is NOT the first story of someone gone missing from a cruise ship, I do not and will not understand not keeping closer tabs on your loved one/travelling companion. 

Boyfriend slept solid for 7 hours?...woke up at 8 to no girlfriend?
 Yes, I wonder if he was drinking too, but then again, if he was, you would think when he got back to the room and girlfriend wasn't there, he'd go looking for her and perhaps join the party she found.

Pretty much every story of a 'disappearance' like this sounds awfully fishy to me.

So, would there be surveillance in the gift shop and on the decks?  How many cameras are on ships?  I suppose they would be all over the casino.   (never been on a cruise, and don't want to, thanks)

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2012, 08:18:30 PM »
SAP, this stinks, the whole story about the girlfriend out shopping and he's off to the casino. I don't believe for one minute he just went to sleep and woke up in the morning and she wasn't there. Does this sound familiar???? It seems not too long ago I heard that story, but it turned out to be okay, as far as we know right now. But this doesn't add up. And isn't it something that he remember exactly what time he saw his girlfriend last. How does anybody that is partying and going to the casino remember the exact time that someone was with them. I don't believe this story. I think he helped her go overboard. He was adamant that she was missing. He kept telling them she was missing, so how in the hell was he so sure of it. Because he knew he did something to her. I believe we are going to hear that this guy is charged. We don't know what province he is from or what his occupation is. We don't know the relationship between these two either. I wonder how many gals this guy had. I for one believe he is a person of interest in the lady's disappearance. Hopefully there are cameras available that will tell some story here and that this guy will not get away with anything. That is my opinion.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 02:55:03 PM »
I once read that cruise ships are  floating cities, and there is much crime being done on them.  Thefts, Rapes, and Missing passengers are not that uncommon.  They are seldom reported, and when they are, there is very little cooperation of the staff.  It is "I know nothing, heard nothing and saw nothing".

Who saw her at the gift shop? Did the boyfriend say that he saw her there? Oh well, surely they would have cameras?
Was her purse etc found in the cabin?

The system of keeping tabs on passengers when they disembark and board with a smart card stinks.  Anyone could have swiped her card.  She could have been  murdered on land (their previous stop). But oops, it is the Cruiseline that suggests it? Can't believe anything they say either.
FBI are investigating.

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 01:45:47 PM »
A friend of mine used to work on cruise ships and he says there are cameras pointed at everything... he also said, even drunk and stumbling you cannot just fall off the ship... to go overboard it has to be a conscious decision... you personally climb over, or someone helps you over but it is not possible to just stumble off.

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 03:15:15 PM »
Jellybean, very true, there is a lot of crime committed on these cruise ships. People are murdered and disappear and at the hands of strangers this has happened. I do believe this woman is a victim of a crime. There is no way that you'd be on a cruise with a girlfriend or boyfriend and you're going to sleep all night and not miss them. This is totally not true, I don't believe his story. His actions speak louder then words. We have been hearing too much of this of late, women go missing and are never found. This time it is on a cruise ship, but I am willing to bet that this is not an accident. If anyone knows what province they are from or has heard anything about this, please put the name of the province on here, so we can keep tabs on what has happened with her disappearance. :o :o :o :o :o
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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 03:42:11 PM »
It appears they are not releasing the province this couple is from, or their names. At least not at this time.


Search ends for Canadian missing off Florida cruise ship

CBC News Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:41 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 2, 2012 12:30 PM ET


The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Canadian woman reported missing from a Florida cruise ship.
 
The 47-year-old woman was on the Bahamas Celebration, which was travelling 135 kilometres from a stop in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island to the Port of Palm Beach, just north of West Palm Beach, Fla. She has been identified only as a Canadian and hasn't been named.

The coast guard said its search covered 18,897 square kilometres. It involved at least two coast guard aircraft, four coast guard cutters, a U.S. National Guard aircraft and air and sea rescue crews from the Bahamas.

The woman's boyfriend, whose identity also hasn't been released, had alerted personnel with the Florida-based Celebration Cruise Line on Wednesday morning, as the ship was arriving in Florida, that the woman had disappeared, company president Charles Kinnear told reporters Thursday.

Search and rescue co-ordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified by the ship's captain, and a search was begun. Crew aboard the Bahamas Celebration also searched the cruise ship for the woman without success.

Her boyfriend reported he had left her at a gift shop at about 1 a.m. while he went to an on-board casino before returning to their cabin.

Media reports say that when her boyfriend cashed out and returned to his room, she wasn't there.

The man went to sleep and raised the alarm when he woke up and found she still wasn't in their cabin, Kinnear said.

"The way he explains it is he went to the casino and got back to his room," CBS reported Kinnear as saying. "He went to bed, and she still wasn't there. And when he woke up in the morning, she still wasn't there. He walked around the ship for a while before he decided to come and tell us."

By then the ship was in port. It docked between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Kinnear told reporters the ship would have been stopped and turned around to look for the woman if personnel had known earlier that she was missing.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/03/02/florida-cruise-canada-woman.html

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2012, 04:17:58 PM »
It sure sounds suspicious to me. And I know there are lots of cameras on the ship, but there are also places that are not covered by cameras, and a crime could be committed in those areas.  :o :o :o :o :o

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 07:00:51 PM »
I love cruising, but am pretty new to it.  Only three cruises under my belt and all with Princess.  I had never heard of this ship or cruise line, but then as I said, I am new. 

I googled Bahamas Celebration and found the size of the ship here http://www.officialcruiseguide.com/Cruise-Lines/Celebration-Cruise-Line/Ships/Bahamas-Celebration  There are also deck plans on that link.  It is half the size ship as the ones that I have sailed on and carries half the number of people and a third the number of crew.  I wonder, being smaller if it would have cameras. 

I checked the Cruise Critic website, and even the members on there seem to not be very familiar with this line.  However, hopefully you can read this link http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584120 because it is very interesting that there are only seven posts and two of them are regarding drugging.  One from someone who says SHE was drugged and missing for awhile, and one from someone who knew of another woman who was. 

Something seems very strange on this cruise ship.  Are these women victims of someone who frequents this cruise ship, or a member of the staff, I wonder?  From reading these posts, it seems that possibly the boyfriend is just an innocent guy who can sleep no matter what.... Was this a drugging that went very wrong???

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2012, 07:05:54 PM »

Thanks for providing the links Seeking. Pretty interesting information regarding the drugging.

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Re: Canadian woman missing from cruise ship near Florida
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 01:50:35 AM »
Something seems very strange on this cruise ship.  Are these women victims of someone who frequents this cruise ship, or a member of the staff, I wonder?  From reading these posts, it seems that possibly the boyfriend is just an innocent guy who can sleep no matter what.... Was this a drugging that went very wrong???

Oh me oh my, you mean we can't just jump to conclusions about the boyfriend? Drats, that screws the posting habits right up for some.

Thank you for taking the time to find this info. I don't share your opinion on cruises, nor your experience, so it's nice to have someone 'in the know' do a little legwork and dig something like this up.

Nish