Passenger Goes Overboard on World's Largest Cruise Ship; Itinerary Affected

September 17, 2012

(12:50 p.m. EDT) -- A female passenger on Allure of the Seas went overboard Sunday night as the 5,400-passenger ship was sailing for Nassau.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said another passenger witnessed the 21-year-old American go overboard at about 9:25 p.m. EDT. While a representative for the line declined to say whether the the passenger jumped overboard, she was alone on her cabin at the time. "The ship's Captain immediately stopped the ship, turned around, and alerted the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guard," read the statement.

The line said a review of Allure's closed-circuit camera footage also showed the passenger going over the side. The location of the ship at the time the passenger went overboard was marked on the ship's GPS system. Two other ships in the area, Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, assisted Allure with the search.

At 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the search and released the cruise ships. The passenger has not been found.

Because of the time spent searching, Allure was unable to make its scheduled port of call to Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, September 17. The ship will instead spend the day at sea and will arrive in St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 19, as scheduled.

Allure is sailing a seven-night Caribbean itinerary that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 16, with port calls to Nassau; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

This is not the first reported overboard on Allure. In February, a British man jumped over the side while the ship was off the coast of Cozumel. He was not found.

Regular Cruise Critic contributor Terry Ward tipped off Cruise Critic to Sunday's news.

--by Dan Askin, Senior Editor