(8:47 p.m. EST) -- Princess Cruises is working with local authorities after a fatal incident took place onboard Royal Princess in the early morning of November 13, while the ship was sailing from Curacao to Aruba.
The victim, a 52-year-old American female, was found dead on a lifeboat according to several Cruise Critic members who are onboard the ship. Princess Cruises confirmed the incident and said the cause of death has not yet been determined, though several outlets report authorities are treating it as a possible murder.
"Princess Cruises can confirm that a 52-year-old American female guest passed away early yesterday morning aboard Royal Princess as the ship was en route to Aruba," the line said in a statement. "It was reported to the local authorities who met and boarded the ship upon arrival. The cause of death is not yet known at this time.
"We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincere condolences to the family and those affected."
Cruise Critic member DushiDushi posted on the Princess forums: "At 4:30 am there was a ship wide security announcement broadcast directly into the cabins. Security personnel was told to gather on deck 7.
"Yesterday morning as we docked in Aruba the captain came on the announcement channel and said that there was a serious incident and no one could leave as local authorities were coming onboard."
Royal Princess is in the middle of an eight-night Southern Caribbean cruise that departed from Fort Lauderdale on November 9. It is due to return to Fort Lauderdale on November 17.
Tragic incidents such as this one on Royal Princess are rare on cruise ships, but they do happen. Learn more about how cruise lines deal with crime, and what to do if you are a victim or witness.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor