October 21, 2002
A passenger on last week's Hawaii sailing aboard NCL's Norwegian Star was found dead on a lava plain while on a port-call to Hilo. The Ft. Myers, Florida woman was, according to an NCL spokeswoman, on a passenger-organized (as opposed to ship-organized) shore tour to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. She was one of 11 Star passengers who left the ship last Monday at 8:15 a.m. in a tour bus. When she did not show up at the agreed-upon departure point sometime after 11 a.m. that morning, news reports from Hawaii say that the tour bus driver alerted park workers -- and told them she'd need to find another way back to the Norwegian Star. Alas, the ship departed for Fanning Island without her and her husband, who hadn't taken the tour and had no idea his wife had not made it back onboard, was unaware she was missing. It wasn't until he fruitlessly searched the ship that he raised the alarm with officers. They reported her missing to police on Hilo. A hiker found the woman's body in the park the next morning. Investigators there say there's no sign of foul play though the cause of death is at this point unknown. The passenger's husband had to stay onboard the ship until Friday, when Norwegian Star docked in Maui; he then flew to Hilo. The NCL spokeswoman said "we assisted the husband in his travel needs as well as flying his brother over to be with him" and expressed the usual condolences.