The Italian family of crew member Angelo Faliva is continuing to search for answers to explain the circumstances regarding his disappearance from the Coral Princess, a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises which is based in Santa Clarita, California.
There continue to be newspaper articles in the Italian press as well as television stories regarding this troubling case. We have included a video, below. Its not current, but it has many images of Mr. Faliva. Perhaps someone on the Coral Princess recognizes him and has some information to share.
The issue of "missing" passengers and crew member became known to most Americans following the disappearance of George Smith during his honeymoon on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas in July 2005. Since then, there have been five Congressional hearings in the United States, four in the House of Representatives and one in the U.S. Senate culminating in the House passing the Cruise Safety and Security Act of 2009. The Act awaits passage in the Senate before President Obama can sign the bill and the much needed cruise law will be in effect.
These hearings were primarily the result of the dedication and hard work of my friend Ken Carver, President of the International Cruise Victims organization. Mr.Carver’s daughter, Merrian, "disappeared" on a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean’s sister brand, Celebrity Cruises in 2004. Royal Caribbean engaged in a cover up of the incident.
Mr. Carver took on the non tax paying multi billion dollar corporation, and won.
All of these cruise crime/safety hearings addressed the problem of "overboards" – when passengers and crew members "disappear" – and yet the cruise lines, suspiciously enough, choose to offer no explanation of what happened.
Mr. Faliva’s disappearances is a story that we will continue to watch and report on.
The cruise industry is big business.
And cruise lines do not like stories like this.
Princess Cruises spends millions of dollars for advertising, as we have mentioned in other articles to paint a picture of care-free getaways and romance associated with its "Love Boat" theme.
But our opinion is that this cruise line is the typically non-transparent, truthless & ruthless foreign corporation which has given the cruise industry a tawdry reputation.
Princess Cruises wants this story to disappear as just another "mystery." We have commented on Princess Cruises’ "we-don’t-know-what-happened" attitude in prior articles. The cruise web site CruiseLineFans named this incident at the top of its "Top 5 Unfortunate Incidents in 2009," and criticized Princess Cruises for its lack of a clear response to the matter.
Unfortunately, the FBI did not board the cruise ship until after it sailed all the way from South Florida to California – about a week after Mr. Faliva’s disappearance. The country of Bermuda, which is the flag of the vessel and primarily responsible for investigations, did not get involved until very late.
It remains to be seen whether Bermuda, which has a very cozy relationship with Princess Cruises, will devote the time and genuine effort to investigate a case like this.
We hope so.
We know that many crew members and passengers read our blog. If you know something about the circumstances surrounding Angelo Faliva’s disappearance, do something. Speak out. Contact the FBI in Los Angeles.
And contact Ken Carver at the International Cruise Victims organization – firstname.lastname@example.org – who is fighting an endless battle to bring transparency to the cruise industry over such "disappearances."
Don’t let another family anguish over the unexplained loss of a loved one.
Photograph of Coral Princess cruise ship Noticias de Cruceros "Desaparece el chef de un crucero en navegación"
Photograph of Mr. Faliva in Cabo and video LA7.it