People who went missing at sea
Unless you're a die-hard Agatha Christie fan, you probably walk through life with the wholesome assumption that if you board any given form of human transportation, sooner or later you'll disembark more or less unscathed. And in the vast majority of cases, this is a fairly safe bet. Cruise ships, however, are an odd and unsettling exception. According to cruise ship industry data, over 300 people have gone mysteriously missing from cruise ships since 2000. That feels like a pretty high number for what's meant to be a pleasantly predictable sun tan fest on the open sea — especially when you consider that this figure only takes into account those cases where the unfortunate passenger's final fate remains unknown. So, what's the deal with disappearances on cruises, or at sea in general? And where do these cruise companies get off being so peppy and upbeat when they're clearly floating death traps with a suspicious fondness for bad reggae music and overpriced sunscreen? Cruise ships are how most everyday people get on the ocean nowadays, but plenty of people have gone missing at sea from other boats as well. Here are some of history's more memorable cruise ship and oceangoing disappearances.