Cruise Passenger Who Was Mugged in Naples Dies of Injuries

May 28, 2011
Celebrity-Solstice (10:30 p.m. EDT) -- A cruise passenger who was mugged while strolling near the Naples port after debarking Celebrity Solstice on May 18 has died of head injuries sustained during the attack.

According to the Associated Press, 66-year-old Oscar Antonio Mendoza, of Puerto Rico, suffered the injuries when two men on a scooter pushed him down after attempting to grab his Rolex watch. The news agency says Mendoza, who underwent brain surgery, never regained consciousness at Loreto Mare hospital.

Cruise Critic reached out to Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez, who told us in a statement that the line extends its "most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the guest who passed away.” Furthermore, a member of Celebrity's "Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family."

It should be noted that the Italian city is notorious for crime. The Cruise Critic profile on the port warns visitors to be "careful about crime -- pickpockets, burglaries, etc." Reports indicate that Naples police are still searching for the men on the scooter. --by John Deiner, Managing Editor