I was on Rhapsody of the Seas sitting in a lounge chair late late one evening when a young lady came out and walked to the railing. She begen sobbing uncontrolably and staring at the water. I don't know what the problem was but kept thinking to myself, this is how those stories in the news happen. I made a mental note of where the nearest life ring was, they hang on the railing there. She walked back in toward the casino and then a few minutes later she was back and it was like an instant replay. This happened three times. I just kept thinking, lady, if you go in I'm throwing the life ring but you're on your own. I'm staying on this ship. About an hour later she hadn't returned so I went on to bed. Apparently she recovered from whatever emotional issue she was dealing with. The following week I heard a report of the lady who jumped from the Conquest and landed on a balcony below. All I could picture in my head was this lady I'd watched and wondered about whether she was about to become a jumper. I'm no psycologist or counselor so I didn't ever ask questions. Guess I was affraid a stranger approaching might make things worse.
Still don't know what could be that depressing on a cruise, don't want to know. But between uncontrolled drinking and emotional problems I'm really surprised it doesn't happen more than it does. There are multiple millions of people cruising every year. There are a handful of these stories. If ships weren't a pretty happy place to be I'm betting the issue would be worse. Sorry for the long post.