Cruise Ship Death: FBI Partake in Enchantment of the Seas Inquiry

A Virginia woman has died in her cabin on a Royal Caribbean ship

The FBI are investigating the death of a passenger on the Enchantment of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

A report on the Royal Caribbean Blog noted that a 64-year-old female guest died on Sunday, March 27, while in her cabin.

She was found by her husband who went on to alert the cruiseliner crew. The company has put out a statement detailing the sequence of events on Sunday and Monday.

"We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 64-year-old female guest from the United States who died while onboard Enchantment of the Seas.

"On March 24, 2013, the guest was found by her husband deceased in their cabin," they say.

Protocol dictates that the FBI be alerted in case such as this one, the statement reads. The vessel sailed back to Baltimore, cutting short the seven-day Bahamas cruise on Monday.

"We met the ship Monday at 7 a.m. in Baltimore," FBI spokesman and Special Agent Rich Wolf described.

"As is our standard procedure, both the FBI and local law enforcement were notified. The FBI responded to the ship when it arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, March 25. A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to her family.

"Enchantment of the Seas concluded its seven-night sailing in Baltimore, on March 25, 2013. The sailing included port calls to Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and CocoCay, Bahamas," company reps add.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the woman has been identified as a resident of Midlothian, Virginia who boarded the 2,730-passenger ship on March 18.

Maryland Transportation Authority police are assisting with the federal investigation, and an autopsy is underway in Baltimore to determine the cause of the woman's death.

"It's a death of undetermined causes," Wolf comments on the ongoing investigation.

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