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Project Safe Cruise Press Release: See www.projectsafecruise.blogspot.com & details below. Leave a message if you have experienced incidents involving poor security & safety practices of cruise lines. Hearings are scheduled; we will provide them to Congress. We must act to insure passenger safety. The current lack of safety & security is not acceptable especially after 9/11. On 5/12/05, we were on the Carnival Destiny near Aruba when an elderly couple disappeared without a trace.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Judge dismisses the lawsuit faulting Royal Caribbean for its handling of George A. Smith IV's disappearance a year ago

By Hoa NguyenStaff WriterPublished October 20 2006
"It's a setback, of course, but it's not the end," maritime lawyer Brett Rivkind said yesterday. "The Smith family isn't discouraged. Whether the Smith family won or lost, the issue is going to be decided in an appellate court."Smith disappeared from the Brilliance of the Seas while on a honeymoon cruise in the Aegean Sea on July 5, 2005. His body was not recovered, though bloodstains were found on an awning underneath the newlywed's cabin balcony.His disappearance became one of the most publicized cases of a missing passenger aboard a cruise ship, spawning a set of congressional hearings on maritime security and a federal bill requiring cruise lines to report cases of missing passengers and crimes to the Department of Homeland Security. The FBI is still investigating.

Smith's parents and sister believe the 26-year-old town native was murdered, and allege in their lawsuit filed in June that the cruise company tried to cover up the incident to avoid liability and negative publicity. Their complaint charges the cruise line with "intentional infliction of emotional distress" and "invasion of privacy."


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