It was in 2005 that I first appeared before Congressional Hearings to address cruise ship safety and security. I was invited to testify as a Maritime expert to assist the members of Congress in addressing safety concerns onboard cruise ships, and answer questions related to the type of problems most prevalent on cruise ships, and what laws govern the cruise ship industry when something does happen to a United States passenger. At the Congressional Hearings, several victims on cruise ships also testified, including victims of sexual assaults, and other crimes.
At the time, I was representing the family of George Smith, whose son George Smith disappeared during his honeymoon cruise on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. His body was never located, and the FBI actively investigated the case for several years before closing the file without any resolution. It was believed that his disappearance was a result of foul play, and it was suspected that he was actually murdered onboard the ship. However, no body was ever found, making it difficult to establish and prove foul play, and no one was ever charged criminally with his disappearance.