The case of the "missing" crew member from the Coral Princess cruise ship continues to dominate the press in Italy.
Angelo Faliva "disappeared" from the cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises of Santa Clarita California on November 25, 2009 during a two week cruise which left South Florida and ended in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Faliva’s younger sister, Chiara, has taken a leadership position on behalf of the Faliva family to prod the cruise line and the authorities to release information.
So far, no one is cooperating with the Faliva family.
Ms. Faliva has gone on Italian television and explained that neither the cruise line nor the government of Bermuda (the cruise ship flies the flag of Bermuda) are cooperating. Princess Cruises has refused to provide the family with the reports of the security officers or any basic information regarding what happened to her brother.
In a blockbuster news story in Italy available online at vascellor.it, Ms. Faliva complains that she was treated rudely by the Master of the cruise ship after she traveled to the U.S. seeking answers.
Most shocking is that the cruise line claims to be "puzzled," but has not even sent the surveillance films to Bermuda to be examined by investigators, according to Ms. Faliva.
Chiara Faliva has continued to fight to seek answers regarding what happened to her brother, Angelo. She has traveled from Italy to Columbia and the U.S. The Italian newspaper characterizes Ms. Faliva as demonstrating:
. . . di amora, dignità e coraggio ( . . . love, dignity and courage) . . .
in the search for truth regarding what happened to her brother on the Princess cruise ship.
These type of stories demonstrate the difficulties families experience trying to find basic information when a family member disappears on foreign flagged cruise ships. Although Princess Cruises is based in Santa Clarita, California, it is incorporated in Bermuda and flags its cruise ships in that country in order to avoid U.S. taxes and wage and labor laws. Bermuda has demonstrated very little interest in conducting serious investigations into shipboard crimes on Bermuda flagged cruise ships. Often, Bermuda defers to the "investigation" by the cruise line which, unfortunately, is designed to advance Princess Cruises’ legal interest and to protect its "love boat" marketing image.
There remain many unexplained questions surrounding the story of young chef Angelo Faliva.
Will the "love boat" cooperate with the Faliva family?
Why has Princess Cruises still not sent the surveillance films to the Investigators in Bermuda?
How can a young man disappear without a trace?
We have written a number of articles regarding this sad story and the disturbing handling of the investigation by the cruise line:
Were you a passenger or crew member on the Coral Princess? Do you have information to share to help the family find answers? Let us hear from you.