After endless promotional movie clips, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) finally premiered "Deadly Honeymoon" tonight.  The movie is loosely based (very loosely based) on the tragic death of George Smith IV during his honeymoon cruise with our client, Jennifer Hagel, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas cruise ship in July 2005. 

The movie follows two young newlyweds from Denver, Colorado as they embark on their honeymoon cruise from their "picture-perfect" wedding in Hawaii.  The actors in the TV movie are Chris Carmack as "Trevor Forrest" and Summer Glau who plays his newly wed wife, "Lindsey."

Chris Carmack - Trevor Forrest - George Smtih - Summer Glau - Lindsey - Jennifer Hagel - Deadly Honeymoon  LMN describes the dream vacation evolving into a night of "wild partying, infidelity and strange encounters with a group of passengers."

The next morning the passengers awake to find Trevor missing, presumed to have fallen overboard to his death.  But as the investigation proceeds, an FBI Investigator who just happens to be aboard the cruise ship questions whether Trevor’s death really was just an accident.

I had never heard of the Lifetime Movie Network before.  Now I know why. 

The movie is very dramatic.  But like most Hollywood productions it is ridiculous, having little to so with the actual facts of the case.  I can’t imagine being a member of the Hagel or Smith families having to watch this nonsense.

In reality, was there "partying" during George Smith’s cruise?  Yes, but what cruise ship doesn’t have partying and drinking?  Was there "infidelity?"  No.  Were there "strange encounters" with other passengers?  Yes.  Passengers Josh Askin, Rusty Koffman and the two Rosenbergs who were last with George Smith on the night in question are motley characters, in my opinion.  Two nights after George Smith disappeared, they were accused of raping or watching the assault of a young woman on the cruise ship.  But Royal Caribbean had already sent their defense lawyers to the scene, and the charges were quickly dropped.  Greg Rosenberg, one of the men in George Smith’s cabin before Mr. Smith went overboard, is reportedly serving time today on drug trafficking charges.  He is in prison at this moment. 

But does this movie, provide any insight into what happened on July 5, 2005 when the Brilliance of the Seas was sailing to Kusadasi, Turkey?  No.  

In real life, disappearances on cruise ships, whether due to crime or not, are rarely solved.  This is due to the failure of the cruise industry to protect U.S. passenger on foreign-flagged cruise ships like the Brilliance of the Seas. And the failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigations to prosecute crimes which occur on the high seas.

In the last 10 years, over 130 passengers have "disappeared."  Most cases remain mysteries. This is something that cruise lines don’t want the U.S. public to know.

July 6, 2010 Update – Five Years Later:

The Death of George Allen Smith IV – Five Years Later

September 14, 2010 Update On George Smith Disappearance Case:

There is now a final settlement – Cruise Disappearance Case of George Smith IV – Civil Case Settled But Is Justice Done?

January 2012 Update: Update on Disappearance of George Smith From Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship

May 2012 Update: "New" Evidence in George Smith Case: "We Gave That Guy A Paragliding Lesson Without A Parachute"


Credit:            Lifetime Movie Network 

  • Jane

    I missed the movie deadly honeymoon when will it be on again?

  • Kalani

    Because I watch everything my friend is in- she plays the hot security guard! And I missed it too! They can’t just show this ONE day…can they?

  • Linda Hartwick

    I did not see this movie, I did want to watch it but did not have lmn only lifetime. Its a sad story I feel really sorry for the family I believe the wife had nothing to do with her husbands death

  • Shelly

    At the begining of the movie LMN says “The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or events.” It is a MOVIE.

  • laura

    i found it on you tube if you want to watch it

  • Gilligan

    I haven’t seen this film so I really have no comment about it.

    What I want to say is — given that 130 unsolved disappearances have occurred on cruise ships in the last ten years —

    I believe there are organized murder squads on these ships.

    Think about it:

    1) There’s no law enforcement on these ships. Law enforcement can be thousands of miles away.

    2) It’s the perfect crime. No cameras, no forensic evidence, no bodies.

    3) Once the disappearance is detected, the perpetrators have perfected stonewall alibis.

  • Kylie

    I believe the wife knows something. She is not entirely innocent, otherwise she would have been more forthcoming and offered more help. She is tightlipped about what happened. I feel very sorry for the family about not getting justice and not being able to retrieve his body. It is a double tragedy for them.