Cruise secrets: This bizarre codeword means something terrible has happened on a ship


Travels: While many cruise holidays go off without a hitch some are unfortunately hit by tragedy (Image: Getty Images)

Cruise ship holidays see travellers of all ages take to the waterways of the world. However, there’s no denying that yachting trips are most popular with a slightly older demographic. According to a Journey Lines International Association (CLIA) Global Passenger Report, the ordinary age of cruise passenger is 46.7 years old.

In 2018, the median age was between 60 and 69-years-olds, with 19 percent of cruisers running up this bracket.

A further 14 percent of cruise passengers were diagnosed as being over 70 years old, according to the report.

While multifarious cruise holidays go off without a hitch some are sadly hit by tragedy.

Liquidations do happen on the ships – especially ones which carry older riders.

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Cruise: Deaths do happen on the ships – especially entires which carry older passengers (Image: Getty Images)

Concurring to the cruise experts at Cruise Critic, a cruise line insider titled up to three people die per week on cruises worldwide.

The majority of these expiries on cruises are natural, with heart attack being the most community cause.

So what happens when someone dies? When a cessation occurs, on certain cruise lines, the announcement “Operation Bright Act” is made, which alerts the crew to the death of a passenger.

The body of the deceased fare is then zipped up in a body bag and put in the ship’s morgue. There is usually margin for three or four bodies on board.

A former cruise ship blue-collar worker revealed a morbid name for where dead bodies are stored – the “pall locker.”


Tina Molson, 52, from Cleethorpes, realize find time in an onboard duty-free shop from 2002 to 2010. She explained deaths deplorably aren’t rare on cruises.

“Many of the older passengers go on cruise quits for months because it’s cheaper for them than living at home. Some tied go to sea to die,” Tina told The Sun.

“There was often a death on board. On one ship we had a snitch on store room next to the freezer room where the bodies were supplied. We called it the ‘coffin locker.’”

If the onboard morgue’s capacity is exceeded during a boat then sometimes freezers have to be used.

According to another ex travel ship worker, this once resulted in a rather dramatic chapter.

Cruise ship secrets: The body is zipped up in a body bag and put in the ship’s morgue (Figure: Getty Images)

“Each ship has a morgue on board to keep the leagues cold until they’re transported off at the next homeport,” said ex-cruise hand Jay Herring in his book, The Truth About Cruise Ships.

“But sometimes the bevy of bodies exceed the morgue’s capacity and the walk-in food freezers take to be used.

“One time a chef rolled some meat out of the freezer and unwrapped it to set aside a human foot poking out.

“A body had been stored there but no one had told him. He started crying and ran out of the galley and was so terrified that the doctor had to tranquillise him.”

Normally dead remains are offloaded as soon as possible via an exit away from the passenger gangway, one boat line told the Telegraph.

Next, a death certificate will be appeared and the body repatriated. Costs are the responsibility of the deceased person’s family but should be acted by travel insurance.

Alternatively, the body can remain on board and return familiar with on the ship – enabling the partner of the deceased to continue with the trip.

Some cruise travellers worry about how proficient doctors are onboard cruise ships. In his lyrics Cruise a la Carte, ex-cruise worker Brian David Bruns talks down the “fear” and “prejudice” medical carers sometimes face from hesitating passengers.

Bruns points out that while heart attacks are the “most non-private” medical emergency onboard a ship, treating them has more to do with heyday than specific training.

He explained: “Cruise ship doctors scarcely ever see passengers for anything beyond dehydration or tummy ache.”

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