Stephen Staker – Passenger Independence of the Seas – December 3, 2015

Stephen Staker – Missing Cruise Ship Passenger – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Independence of the Seas – December 3, 2015.

Stephen Staker, 20, is the second American cruise ship passenger to disembark at the Falmouth, Jamaica Cruise Ship Terminal in the past month and never returned. Reports say earlier in the day on Thursday, December 3, 2015, Stephen Staker disembarked Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Independence of the Seas and when the ship departed about 1630 hours, Stephen Staker was not aboard. Stephen Staker was seen disembarking the cruise ship and hasn’t been since since.

Independence of the Seas departed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Monday November 30, 2015 for a 5-day Caribbean cruise. The cruise ship called at Labadee, Haiti on December 2, before sailing onto Falmouth, Jamaica, spending the day in port before returning to Ft. Lauderdale, where the cruise ship dismbarked passengers on Saturday, December 4.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Stephen Staker is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3271, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station. On November 11, 2015 Latrice Graham, 38, from Florida disembarked Falmouth, Jamaica as well and hasn’t been seen since.

On December 1, 2015, Canadian Samantha Loveridge, 27, was reported missing from Oasis of the Sea when the cruise ship left the Bahamas without her. She was later located, found at local’s home and said she “missed the boat”.

The Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA), 46 U.S.C. 55103 (19 CFR 4.80a), is one of several coastwise laws enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which prohibits the transportation of passengers between points in the U.S. in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement. The penalty for violating the PVSA is $300 per passenger carried and is assessed against the carrier/cruise line. While passengers may leave the vessel to see ports, they must return to the vessel before the cruise itinerary ends back in the United States, in order for the carrier to avoid a PVSA violation. This fine is usually charged to the cruise ship passenger who missed the boat.