Two travellers from Singapore die of natural causes on board Royal Caribbean cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruises' ship Voyager of the Seas was scheduled to be in Penang on Tuesday before reaching Phuket on May 15.
Royal Caribbean Cruises' ship Voyager of the Seas was scheduled to be in Penang on Tuesday before reaching Phuket on May 15.PHOTO: ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL

SINGAPORE - Two travellers from Singapore, who were on a ship that left the Republic on Monday (May 13), died of natural causes while on a cruise in nearby waters.

The passengers - aged 61 and 75 years old - were on cruise ship Voyager of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

A spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) said two "guests from Singapore died of unrelated natural causes".

"As per our standard procedure, we have informed the respective families and we are providing them assistance during this difficult time," the spokesman added.

"We extend our most sincere condolences to the families."

A check on cruise tracking website Cruise Mapper showed the ship is currently on a four-day round trip from Singapore to Penang and Phuket.

Voyager of the Seas was scheduled to be in Penang on Tuesday before reaching Phuket on May 15.

It was to have returned to Singapore on May 17.

Tickets for the trip cost from US$491 (S$672).

The Royal Caribbean Cruises website showed the cruise ship has over 1,640 cabins and was built in 1999.

It can take up to 3,938 passengers.

Besides Asia, it sails to locations including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.