Ms Hsieh, 53, a Taiwanese-American, was reported missing from the Costa Cruises cruise ship Costa Victoria while the ship was sailing in Asia on July 17, 2014. Hsieh was with a tour group
Hsieh reportedly had been living in an apartment located in Taipei up until the day before the cruise, when she cancelled the lease.
Costa Victoria embarked from Keelung, Taiwan, located on the northeast coast of the island nation for a cruise to Japan on Saturday, July 12, 2014 and returned without the missing cruise ship passenger on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Upon returning to the port of Keelung, Taiwan, Costa Victoria was held in port for a few hours because a lawsuit was filed by a New Taipei passenger who sailed aboard Costa Victoria back in February 2013 and had an accident. The passenger who works as a dentist, said that he has been able to work for about 10 months and was given only 1,000 Euros through medical insurance to cover his loss. The cruise line, Costa Crociere hired a local attorney to post a $300,000 warranty bond so that the cruise ship could embark on the next voyage.
Costa Victoria was retrofit and relaunched November 11, 2012 at a cost of $18 million. Buhdy Bok, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific China & Costa Crociere SpA said, ” Our investment on the Costa Victoria has the objective to provide guests with the best experience of the Asian cruise vacation, and is in line with our long-term commitment to the local market. As the first international cruise company to enter the Chinese market in 2006, Costa Cruises is proud of the growth achieved in China and demonstrated ability to meet the growing demand for cruise holidays, offering innovative solutions and high quality. See:Cruise Ship Deaths for updates.
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