Tragedy Strikes World’s Largest Cruise Ship As Passenger Dies After Jumping Overboard

A passenger aboard the Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has died after jumping overboard on Sunday, just one day into a seven-day Caribbean cruise. The unidentified male passenger reportedly leaped from the 20-deck vessel approximately 300 miles from Port Miami.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the cruise ship’s crew swiftly deployed a rescue boat and located the man, bringing him back aboard in critical condition. Despite their efforts, he was later pronounced deceased.

Royal Caribbean, the operator of Icon of the Seas, stated that they immediately notified the Coast Guard and launched a search and rescue operation. The ship halted its journey for around two hours while the crew assisted with the mission.

“Our care team is actively providing support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones during this difficult time,” the cruise company said in a statement, adding that they would not share further details to protect the privacy of the guest and their family.

The Icon of the Seas a vessel, with a price tag of $1.79 billion set sail for the time in January. It offers a range of facilities spread across 20 decks, such as a 17,000 square foot water park and the biggest ice skating rink on any cruise ship. With a capacity to house up to 7,600 travelers and 2,350 staff members it promises an experience, at sea.