Report: No Foul Play Suspected in Deaths of Two Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers

October 28, 2011

(Update, 12:53 p.m. EDT) -- Authorities investigating two deaths that occurred onboard Norwegian Dawn, which docked in Boston this morning, have concluded that no foul play is indicated in either case.
According to, the Sussex County District Attorney's office has determined that the deaths are unrelated and "non-homicides." The Web site printed part of the DA's statement: "The deaths of a 67-year-old woman from Tiverton, RI, yesterday afternoon and a 23-year-old man from Littleton, NH, yesterday evening are considered non-homicides and, as a result, authorities will not be identifying either individual. The decedents were among separate parties and their deaths were not related to one another. In the absence of criminal charges, no further details will be released."
After the ship's arrival this morning, crime scene investigators had conducted a search of the New Hampshire man's cabin, largely because of his age and the unknown cause of death.
Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement earlier today confirming that a "female guest passed away after succumbing to a chronic illness." The cruise line added that "out of respect for the guests' families, we cannot give out any additional details. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families during this difficult time."

Cruise Critic member carlalena1 was onboard and reports on the message boards, "Just to let you all know, we did not hear or see anything, and as you can imagine, as a good CC'er I have my proverbial ear to the ground. Did not see any cabins sealed off, extra security presence -- nothing. I usually also look for the 'black wagons' whenever we get to port -- nothing."

Norwegian Dawn was returning to Boston after a seven-night cruise to Bermuda and will sail later today as scheduled.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor