Royal Caribbean Crew Member Dies Onboard

Aug 08, 2017

A crew member died onboard Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas on July 30, 2017. Fellow crew member send to Crew Center the obituary to inform people of the passing of Naville Fernandes, from Goa, India. The sad news with the obituary was shared in the local newspaper in Goa. The death announcement says “Naville Fernandes -–Liberty (RCCL) expired onboard the ship. Funeral announcement will be made later”

Liberty of the Seas is on a 7-Nights Western Caribbean Cruise departing from Galveston, Texas. The tragic event occurred on the second day of the cruise while the ship was at sea sailing to Cozumel, Mexico. Liberty is expected to arrive in Galveston tomorrow morning. The 41-year-old Naville Fernandes was working as a waiter on Liberty of the Seas. He leaves behind his son Nash, and his wife Malvika. The reason and the circumstances of his death are unknown.

Naville Fernandes is the third Royal Caribbean crew member who died in 2017. 

Update: One crew member reports that Naville had a heart attack in the morning at 8 a.m. and he was sent to the onboard medical facility. Later that same day at 2 p.m. he had another heart attack and unfortunately he died. The crew member adds “Ships officers did not call a helicopter... they did not go to the nearest port nothing complete irresponsibility of the doctor who even went away before predicted with a very poor excuse. If it was a passenger like it happened 2 weeks ago on the overnight we had in Cozumel the faces would put the fix to work but how we are crew so little if we give it to us”

On April 30, 2017 – 10 days after Royal Caribbean crew member Adriana Moraes Forencio was reported missing on the Island of Bonaire, the body of the 24-year-old Mexican was found buried on a beach. She was part of the Navigator of the Seas crew.


The Filipino crew member Norman DeCastro also part of the Liberty of the Seas crew, was lost at sea on April 24, 2017. US Coast Guard searched more than 5,000 square nautical miles, however, the 39-year-old Filipino crew member was not found. According to his Brother Robert DeAgazio, Norman ended his life by jumping off the cruise ship. Norman had been struggling with depression for the past several years after his wife walked away from their 14-year marriage leaving him devastated to have a broken family.