The world’s largest cruise ship sailed from Port Canaveral on November 13, when tragedy struck. As the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Wonder of the Seas set sail on its maiden Caribbean voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, a Brazilian male crew member died shortly after departure. The source informed that the crew member apparently died by suicide and left a note before his death along with a video on social media.
Reportedly, the crew member asked to sign off to return home due to some related bad situation at home after his contract was extended. However, some sources informed that his request was rejected. Some crew members said that he also had problems with the house.
Among the crew members, it is rumored that this may have been the trigger for the alleged suicide.
Crew Center contacted several crew members who confirmed the death saying the crew member was working as a galley steward. However, the details are still under investigation and the coast guard is expected to arrive on board to investigate the circumstances of the crew member’s death in detail. Out of consideration for the crew member’s family and their current grief, we will not release his identity and further details of his death due to the graphic information provided by the crew members.
This tragedy is another sad reminder that mental health professionals are needed on board to provide direct support to crew members 24/7 and talk to each about their concerns, challenges and fears. The mental health and well-being of the crew should also be a major focus among the ship’s management.
In the wake of this tragedy, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased crew member, loved ones, and his crewmates and friends. It is always heartbreaking and upsetting to hear of the death of a work colleague. Given this, learning of the tragic death of another crew member can have a significant impact on the surrounding crew members. The Gut Center reminds you of the importance of self-care and to reach out and talk to someone if you experience challenges with this.