ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A national dispute aboard a cruise boat led to the passing of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened on U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday.
Princess Cruises said the woman died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, which was transporting 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members on a weeklong excursion that left Sunday out of Seattle. Company spokeswoman Negin Kamali declined to offer any other information about the case, referring questions to the FBI.
“Since the incident, our fleet security team was coordinating with the FBI and other local government,” Princess Cruises said in a statement on CBS affiliate KTVA at Anchorage.
FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said no arrests had been created, but a group was heading to Alaska’s capital city of Juneau.
The boat was diverted to Juneau due to the investigation, arriving almost five hours ahead of schedule on Wednesday afternoon, said S. Kirby Day III with the railroad line. Passengers, but were not immediately permitted to get off the boat, ” he said.
Passengers were seen taking photographs of Gastineau Channel and Juneau in the decks and balconies of this boat.
No additional schedule changes were anticipated for the railroad, which was set to depart late Wednesday and visit the southeast Alaska town of Skagway, Kamali explained.
But discussions are underway to provide passengers some compensation for lost time, such as providing credits for beach trips, ” she said.
Since the boat arrived so early, trips such as glacier seeing or viewing sled dogs were not prepared, but Day anticipated allowing individuals off the boat later in the day.
The FBI said it must measure when such deaths occur in international or U.S. waters.