CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-FBI investigating death of woman onboard cruise ship

A Caribbean cruise here has admitted that the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is still investigating the “suspicious” death of a woman on board one of its ships during a Caribbean cruise.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line officials said a 64-year-old Virginia woman was found dead in her cabin aboard the Enchantment of the Seas last Sunday on the last day of a weeklong cruise to the Bahamas. The woman's husband reportedly found her body.

FBI Special Agent Richard Wolf said that agents met the vessel when it docked in Baltimore, Maryland.

“We look at any kind of suspicious death on the high seas,” he said. “Some things that were unusual caused us to become involved.” Wolf, however, declined to say what made the death suspicious.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line officials said medical examiners performed an autopsy on the woman and investigators were interviewing the husband.

“We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences,” said the company in a statement. “A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to her family.”

Two weeks ago, another cruise line, Carnival Cruise, arranged for passengers to fly home after another of its ships had become stranded in the Caribbean.

Carnival Cruise Line said its Dream ship had become stuck in port in Phillipsburg, St Maarten while on the final leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Officials said the ship suffered a technical problem with its backup emergency diesel generator while docked in the port.

The situation came a month after an engine fire stranded Carnival Cruise Line’s Triumph off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with more than 4,200 people on board.

The ship was slowly towed to port in Alabama for over five days as conditions deteriorated, with passengers sleeping on deck and using garbage bins as toilets.