Woman's cruise ship death may be murder

Princess Cruise Ship

Princess Cruise Ship

A 52-year-old woman who fell from an upper deck of a cruise ship in the Caribbean may have been murdered, news outlet Mas Noticias has reported.

Authorities are investigating the death of an American passenger on a Princess Cruises ship as it headed to Aruba early Tuesday, the cruise line says. The ship, which was traveling between the islands of Curacao and Aruba at the time of the woman's death, is due back in Florida on Saturday, officials said.

The couple were on the Royal Princess, which had embarked on an eight-day cruise around the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 9, MailOnline reports.

No cause of death has been reported. The woman's identity and hometown have not been released; neither have her husband's. According to one person, an announcement came through the PA around 4:30 a.m. alerting security personnel to gather on deck 7 a.m.; the announcement was broadcast into passengers' cabins too. Passengers weren't allowed off the ship before the authorities arrived.

A second source added: "We can literally see the lifeboat from our room". Others described the reported scene as "gruesome".

Princess Cruises is based in Santa Clarita, California. Angela asked. "That is what we are investigating, to find out exactly what happened".

Police officers and forensic specialists are investigating the possibility she was deliberately killed during an altercation with a man, Aruba's Diario stated.

Local investigators have performed an autopsy to establish how the woman died. "The investigation is still going on today". The FBI has since joined the investigation.