Crew Member Found Dead on Regent Cruise Ship

February 4, 2013
(5:30 a.m. – EST) -- A cruise ship performer has been found dead in her cabin on Regent Seven Seas Voyager.

According to reports, Jackie Kastrinelis, 24, fell during a rehearsal and bumped her head. When she didn't turn up at the gym the next day (Sunday Feb. 3) co-workers went to her cabin and found her dead.

Police who boarded the ship in Darwin, Australia, initially treated the American woman's death as suspicious, and an autopsy was carried out. However, they have since ruled out foul play and the ship left Darwin on Monday, enroute to Bali.

Detective Superintendent James O'Brien said in a statement: "The crime division are no longer treating the death as suspicious. However, a full brief will be provided to the coroner in due course. Further toxicology results will be analysed in due course to determine the exact cause of death."

Police said the US consulate had been informed of the incident and the woman's next of kin had been notified.

A number of Cruise Critic members have been posting on the message boards about the incident, including busdriver475, who is on the cruise:

"On the voyager the update and talk from above is that the young woman had fallen during a rehearsal and bumped her head. She said she was OK and the next morning she didn't show for a workout and checked on her and found her dead. She was a new performer that got on in Sydney....

"This has been a rough cruise spent 2 days in Brisbane because of a Cyclone, Had to bypass the Great Barrier Reef missed the overnight in Cairns. Made Darwin Delayed because of the unfortunate accident now we are losing one of the days in Bali and Shortened time in Semarang.

"We were told executives are flying into Bali to hear complaints. One other thing we just found out is that there is a mechanical problem (engine most likely) because we haven't been able to do more than 15 knots."

A spokesperson for Regent and said: "A crew member aboard the Seven Seas Voyager has passed away unexpectedly. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones. Out of respect for the family, we will not be disclosing this individual's identity." --by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor