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The cruise industry has been plagued with problems long before The Poseidon Adventure ever graced the screens.
With coronavirus outbreaks happening on several different ships earlier in the year, they’ve never been more unappealing.
It’s been forever etched in the public’s mind that the things they hide on cruise ships include floating morgues.
But before the pandemic, it still felt like there wasn’t a cruise line that didn’t have a scandal attached to its name. Take the disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley, who vanished off her exotic Caribbean experience in 1998.
10 Setting Sail For Tragedy
Amy was 23 when, on March 21, her parents and her brother Brad left for a weeklong cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Rhapsody in Blue. Three days later, Amy had been drinking with the ship’s band, Blue Orchid, in the boat’s dance club.
One of the band members claimed he left Amy at one in the morning of March 24, and her father, Ron, saw her sleeping on the balcony of her cabin between 5:15 and 5:30.
When he awoke at six, however, she was no longer there. Immediately he grew concerned. It wasn’t like Amy to leave without telling anyone.
But Amy’s brother Brad said he had seen her shortly after her father when she told him she was going to the boat to buy cigarettes, but she never returned.
9 A Search That Started Too Late
Any guest reported missing would, of course, spark a full-scale search of the surrounding area. But for some reason, the crew of the Rhapsody in Blue were slow to respond.
The ship docked in Curacao, Antilles, and several passengers were allowed to leave before they began.
It’s likely Brad’s word that she was off to buy cigarettes that stifled their search, and eventually, both ship, land, and sea were thoroughly inspected.
But by March 29, with no sign of Amy or a body, all searching stopped. Amy’s family was forced to fly back home to America without her.