Thursday, June 29, 2006

RCI 'Disappearance' Heads to Court ...

Now Comes The Family: The bride settled, but wrangling between Royal Caribbean International and the family of missing Connecticut honeymooner George Smith, 26, is sailing toward court. Smith, partying hearty while aboard, vanished during a Mediteranean cruise on Brilliance of the Seas last July. The Miami-Dade Circuit Court filing accuses RCI of thwarting investigation into his disappearance by disounting possibility of murder. Smith's parents, Maureen and George Smith, and his sister Bree claim Royal Caribbean inflicted emotional distress through ''shocking'' and ''atrocious'' behavior. They seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Standing ground in a statement, RCI President Adam Goldstein said the suit is an "unconscionable attack on our company and its employees, who have done everything they could to fully support the authorities and their investigations.'' Smith's family has made the rounds on TV criticizing Royal Caribbean's way of handling his untimely departure. Similarly the suit contends RCI initially conveyed false hope, and wrongfully deferred to Turkish authorities.

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