February 4, 2012
According to a statement from Royal Caribbean, a fellow passenger saw a 30-year-old British man go overboard from his cabin balcony on Deck 11. The ship was searched, and the passenger was paged; when he was not found, the captain notified authorities.
The entire ship has been chartered by Atlantis Events, a company that organizes all-gay vacations. A review of the ship's security camera footage confirmed that the man used the table on the balcony to jump over the railing. According to a Spanish-language Web site, port authorities got the call at 6:18 a.m., saying the man had gone overboard about 2.5 km from the dock.
The search for the man, assisted by the Mexican navy and coast guard, has thus far yielded no results. Cruise Critic member prc, who is on Mariner of the Seas, posts that the sister ship "dropped boats to assist in the search for an overboard passenger." Philamike also posts that "looking at Marine Traffic, it seems that the Allure did spend some extra time off the coast of Cozumel before docking about an hour late."
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez confirmed to Cruise Critc that the ship arrived late in port. She added that the cruise line's Care Team is providing support for the missing man's family.
Allure of the Seas -- the largest cruise ship afloat -- departed Fort Lauderdale on January 29, and is sailing a seven-night Caribbean itinerary.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor