Woman Vanishes From Cruise Ship
Coast Guard searching area between Bahamas and Florida coast
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2012 1:04 AM CST
The missing woman's key card was not used to leave the MS Bahamas, investigators say.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – Yet more bad publicity for the cruise industry: Coast Guard crews are searching a 900-square-mile area of sea for a woman who vanished from a cruise ship somewhere between Grand Bahama and the coast of Florida, ABC reports. The Canadian woman's boyfriend says he last saw her after midnight, and he raised the alarm in the morning when he woke up and found she wasn't in their cabin.

The ship's crew, along with Coast Guard personnel who were on board for an annual inspection, conducted two full searches of the ship, but found no trace of the woman. "We're still hoping for the best—that somehow she snuck off the vessel, or she is hiding somewhere," said the president of Celebration Cruise Lines. In other bad cruise news, a disabled liner has been towed to port in the Seychelles after losing power in pirate-infested waters.

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Mar 27, 2012 10:45 AM CDT
Note to self: Take ex-wife on cruise.
Mar 2, 2012 8:36 AM CST
I never understood why people find these floating malls to be an attractive vacation option. Is it because its easy? Liking driving up to McDonald's and getting dinner. Only in addition to my analogy, you also get held up and car jacked while ordering your food. F'n McCations, our culture sucks. The big boats are low class, the deserve a bad rep. Think about these alternatives when thinking about dropping $1500 - $3000 per person on a vacation. 1) A week in the Sonoma valley with limo tours of the various vineyards and enjoying lunch everyday amongst the beautiful landscape. 2) or how about a tour up the Eastern seaboard and gorging yourself on the best seafood the world has to offer. Visiting all the charming colonial aged towns that have real history and lovely architechture. 3) Not your style, how about a wild party filled trip to New Orleans where every night is a party, and the food....Awesome. You can even go casino gambling if you wish, without going to the mainstream hip hop hell hole that is Las Vegas. 4) Still got your heart settled on a boat centric vacation. Then how about chartering a vessel in Florida and do some fishing. Or you can enjoy tidbits of the forementioned on a floating mall, only its flat out sucks ballz in comparison. I have done none of the above, although I would really like to. Oh and by the way, forget Europe, its ballz too. Stay in the US we have the best there is to offer in terms of vacations, and for that matter, EVERYTHING ELSE!!!! imho. So, go pursue some happiness, in the country that says it's your god givin Friggin Right!
Mar 1, 2012 2:17 PM CST
Passed out banging the cabin boy