Costa VictoriaThe China Post reports that a female passenger disappeared from a cruise ship, during a cruise to Japan, which returned to Taiwan yesterday. 

The woman, whose last name is Hsieh, age 53, was aboard the Costa Victoria. She was supposed to leave the ship in Keelung Harbor, but did not. The Coast Guard said that her belongings were left in her cabin.

The Coast Guard said "it could be a case of suicide or an accident, but they are not ruling out any possibilities for her disappearance."

The newspaper says that Ms. Hsieh was part of a tour group that left Keelung for Japan on July 12th. The ship returned on July 17th without the passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, this is the 235th person to have gone overboard from a cruise ship since 2000.  

July 19 2014 Update:  Why didn’t the cabin attendant observe that the passenger was missing from the cabin?  Many crew members have commented on our Facebook page that it’s not the cabin attendant’s job to "babysit" the passengers.  But without an automatic man overboard system (none of the Carnival brands have implemented such technology), and if it isn’t the cabin attendant’s job to at least  make his or her observations known that a passenger is missing to their supervisor, whose responsibility at the cruise line is it?

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  • Crew

    Any mention of a “do not disturb” sign at the door? Could be a good reason for the steward to do not knock. Besides it’s not rare to find a passenger who won’t spend much time in their room.
    Cabin stewards are not personal assistants or buttlers. As years passed by, the work load has increased and the chance for a more personal interaction decreased. It is not rare to find out that passengers are not always sleeping in their rooms and like others said, stewards are not there to play the concerned parents role during their stay. They, like any other crewmember, rely on the cameras along the ship for this cases and these are supposed to be checked by the officers. Many passengers hardly pay attention to the emergency drill before the sailaway even though is vital in case of a real situation, it would be silly to believe that the same people will be happy to have to respond to a roll call made by the steward in charge of the section they are staying “for safety reasons” at a certain time regardless if it’s the captain’s order.
    The eyes are supposed to be on the officers who were supposed to be watching the cameras when the person vanished, not on the stewards, or should waiters be encouraged to report every time their regular passenger do not show for dinner? (despite they know that on the last day, many will still believe that Tipping is a port they missed in China or Vietnam)

  • William

    The article and the comment above that shows the attitude of the crew toward the safety of passengers (it’s someone else’s problem) and makes it perfectly clear that you are on your own if your safety is in peril while you are on a ship.

    Just got back from a cruise and was peripherally involved in a situation in the casino where a passenger loudly, very loudly, threatened physical harm to other guests non-stop for almost an hour before security removed him. When I asked security about it I was told there were two fights that were taking place in other parts of the ship that required their supervisors presence and that they couldn’t act on their own to resolve the situation.

    Safety should be the primary concern of every crew member but the ships are getting so big, with so many guests, that they can not possibly address the safety issues nor do they really care.