Posted November 5th, 2004, 06:33 PM
I thought someone would have posted this by now, but maybe I've just missed it. We had sad event on our 3rd night (I think) out of Barcelona on the Brilliance. We had left Livorno, Italy and at about 11:30 at night the captain came on to the speakers asking all passengers to gather at their assigned muster stations without lifeboats. A passenger had reported a large splash in the water and they weren't sure whether it was a person or an object. But they needed to account for all crew and passengers via a roll call basically. The ship was turned around and returned to the area where it happened. It took 2 hours at our muster stations before all passengers were accounted for. One employee was missing. Passengers were allowed back to their business, but the ship was going to stay and search the waters. The next morning we were told that the ship had stayed in the area all night and had been joined by other ships in the search for the missing crewmember. However, they were giving up the search and proceeding on. We skipped Mykonos and proceeded to Santorini with an extra sea day since we lost too much time on the search. Later in the cruise, the captain told us that they had found a note indicating the crewmembers intent to kill himself. Thru crewmembers, the story was that he had just joined the crew (his first cruise) and was working with his wife on board. It appears that there was a love triangle situation of some sort (stories varied depending on who you talked to). It was sad and provided a little weirdness to the otherwise great trip.