Update: Massachusetts Woman Dies After Falling Down Stairs on Royal Caribbean Cruise

January 31, 2012

Updated, January 31, 9:30 a.m. EST: The Associated Press has reported that the woman who fell down stairs while onboard Liberty of the Seas and later died of a head injury sustained in the fall was 47-year-old Barbara Wood of Middleborough, Mass. Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death on the Royal Caribbean ship.
(January 30, 2:10 p.m. EST) -- A 47-year-old female passenger on Liberty of the Seas died today after falling down a flight of stairs.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said the passenger, who was from the United States, fell after missing a step. According to the line, "the ship's medical facility provided initial care after her fall, but regrettably, the guest passed away while onboard."

CBS Miami reported that the FBI and Broward Sheriff's Office were notified of the death, but BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman Wright told CBS Miami that foul play is not suspected. Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told Cruise Critic that it is line's policy is to report all deaths to the local law enforcement and FBI, regardless of circumstances. "The line is not required by law to report the incident, because it was an accident," explained Martinez. "It is their decision whether they investigate or not."

A member of Royal Caribbean's Care Team is providing support and assistance to guest's family and friends, said the line. "Our thoughts are with their family and friends, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them."

Liberty of the Seas concluded its four-night Western Caribbean cruise in Port Everglades, Florida on Monday.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor