FBI Columbia
Public Affairs Officer Kevin Wheeler
803-551-4200 - columbiamedia@fbi.gov
March 5, 2023

FBI Investigating Suspicious Death of Carnival Cruise Passenger

The FBI Columbia field office is investigating a suspicious death of a female passenger aboard a Carnival cruise ship during its February 27 voyage to Nassau, Bahamas.

Medical staff and other crew members of Carnival’s Sunshine were made aware of the passenger being unresponsive and immediately attempted life-saving measures. Despite their efforts, the passenger was pronounced deceased on the ship.

The FBI investigates certain crimes on the high seas, as well as suspicious deaths of U.S. persons. As such, FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT) members responded to process the passenger’s room once the ship returned to the Charleston port on March 4.

This incident was isolated and there was no threat to any other passengers before or after the passenger was found deceased.

This incident remains under investigation, and no other details can be provided at this time.