The dark side of cruises

In August 2004, Merrian Carver, a 40-year-old mother of one from Massachusetts, boarded a ship with Celebrity Cruises that sailed from Seattle to Alaska. She chose to travel alone while her daughter stayed with her ex-husband in England. She never made it home.

After not being able to get in touch with her mother, Merrian’s daughter contacted her grandparents — none of them knew she had taken a cruise. Days later, they filed a missing person report with police in Massachusetts, and it was weeks before police came upon a credit-card transaction showing she had gone on the cruise, said Kendall Carver, Merrian’s father.

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