1. He was nine feet tall with a center of gravity well above the railing. He fell.
2. He was a bit of a prankster and was trying to climb onto the next balcony. He fell.
3. He got a look at his shipboard account and grabbed the collar of his Hawaiian shirt, staggered around the cabin- bouncing off the walls- eyeballs popping out of his head, etc. He jumped.
4. He got into an argument with his new spouse, went to the casino and met up with a couple of sketchy foreign dudes, stashed his drunken wife in a wheelchair in another hallway, went into his cabin with the guys and had an argument, and was thrown off the balcony, hitting his head on a lifeboat on the way down. He was murdered. (Wait- that last example is too far fetched).
If you want to read about all the things that go wrong on cruises, go to cruisebruise.com. It's a good place for all the negative press cruise lines can receive. For me, I'll stick to the wonderful experiences most passengers have while on the best vacation in the world.
Carlalena1, I really doubt this man's family is taking his "accident" as a joke! There are many ways something like this could happen, and I really think it's pretty rude for you to make a mockery of something so tragic.
Penny, I too want to read about wonderful cruise experiences, that's why I am a part of this cruisechat! What I simply asked is something that has been asked several times on this site....is there any information??? That's what we do here...get information. I'm not out to blame any cruise line or cruise staff for his falling. I just simply am looking for some answers. I had no idea my question would cause such rudeness!
These kind of comments by Carlalena1 are uncalled for and very cruel! If these kinds of comments are all you have to offer this site...keep them to yourself!
Dave, unfortunately you are probably right. If these "accidents" keep happening every few weeks, they may put screens of some kind all the way around the ships! Whether this was a real accident, or if the man was pushed, it is very tragic. But, thanks for your mature response!
My point, if in fact I had one, is that I can't see how it is possible to FALL overboard. The only theory that I have heard- that he was climbing like Spiderman from balcony to balcony to show his friends- also sounds insane. Jumping is a long shot as he reportedly had no major issues and was acting normally- hadn't lost a bundle at the casino, etc. Example four was the supposed scenario in the infamous newlywed George Smith disappearance- also completely wierd and unbelievable.
They aren't "jokes" so much as absurd theories that defy logic- yet we hear them all the time.
I guess you were looking on inside info about the man himself- which I don't know.
Sorry, didn't mean to sound rude. Just wanted to give you a website that contains all the gory details of all the "accidents". My personal taste does not lend me to enjoy others misfortunes. Cruisebruise.com reports these incidents daily, that was my only motive for informing you of the website. Sorry if I sounded rude.
I agree with Carla about it being hard to believe someone could fall overboard without doing something stupid. Balconies are suppposedly kid-proof, and it is notable that you never hear about kids or toddlers going over the side - just adults.
On the Century in 2000 we had one of the aft balcony cabins. Below the balconies is a sloping metal surface that goes down several decks. If you were to put a ball on it, the ball would roll down and off the back of the ship. We were moored in Cozumel and I was on the balcony. I heard a commotion and looked down towards the cabin on the port corner. These fools had tossed a towel on the metal surface and one of them was out there trying to retrieve the towel. He was holding on to another towel, which was being held by one of his drunk pals still on the correct side of the balcony. He had no idea how close he was to falling to his death. Someone on the pier must have saw it because we heard security and some officers in the corridor and then on the balcony. They entered the room and got the clown to safety. They then, hopefully, received a royal reading of the riot act. I do know they were very quiet for the rest of the cruise.