Passenger Dies On 9-Month Cruise

One passenger on board Royal Caribbean’s nine-month cruise has passed away, the company confirmed.

Royal Caribbean announced Tuesday that a passenger on the Serenade of the Seas ship, which departed Miami more than two months ago, has passed away.

The company confirmed the death in a statement to People but did not disclose who the passenger was or how they died.

"We are actively providing support and assistance to the guest's loved ones at this time,” the company said. “Out of the privacy of the guest and their family, we have nothing further to share at this time.”

The Ultimate World Cruise is in the midst of sailing for a total of 274 nights across all seven continents and more than 60 countries. Many passengers on board the ship have been sharing their experiences on TikTok, including a popular content creator named Adita, who first posted about the death on Sunday.

In a now-deleted video, the creator said the ship "had its first death" and that the deceased was an elderly lady who may have had a heart attack.

Due to the duration of the voyage, the cruise ship has a well equipped medical center capable of handling “any medical emergency except the birth of a baby,” TikTok creator and passenger Joe Martucci told Healthnews.

In addition to this death, he said someone also suffered a stroke on board several weeks ago, and medical staff were able to stabilize the person for the necessary amount of time before off-boarding them at the next port so they could be admitted to a hospital.

In case of a death, cruises are required to have body bags and morgues capable of holding a handful of bodies until they can be disembarked at a port and sent home.


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