Murder, Suicide, And Tragedy: 9 Of History’s Most Mysterious Cruise Ship Disappearances

Published September 7, 2022

George Allen Smith: The Newlywed Who Vanished On His Honeymoon

George Allen Smith

Smith FamilyGeorge Allen Smith and his new wife, Jennifer, wave goodbye to family as they leave for their honeymoon cruise.

For George and Jennifer Smith, their 2005 cruise was supposed to be a joyous occasion. After three years together, the two had married and decided to take a Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon. But less than a week into their trip, George disappeared.

On the night of July 5, George and Jennifer spent the evening in their cruise ship’s casino. According to witness statements reported by Vanity Fair, the newlyweds had an argument. Jennifer stormed out; George stayed.

But while Jennifer allegedly passed out in a hallway — she claims she has no memory after leaving the casino — George went back to their cabin with four young men that he’d befriended. What happened in the Smiths’ cabin, however, remains a mystery.

Blood Found After George Smith Disappeared

Royal CaribbeanBlood found beneath George and Jennifer Smith’s balcony after George went missing.

As witnesses on either side of the Smiths’ cabin later recalled, it seemed that Smith and the others continued to party. Around 4:15 a.m., one witness heard what seemed to be an argument, and the party appeared to end. Five or ten minutes later, the witness heard “a horrific thud.”

A few hours later, passengers awoke to find a bloodstain on a canopy beneath the Smiths’ balcony — and George Allen Smith missing. The newlywed had apparently gone overboard somewhere between Greece and Turkey. But how?

According to Vanity Fair, George’s family thinks he fell victim to foul play. “My son was murdered on this cruise ship,” his mother told the publication. But it also seems possible that George, drunk after a long night, simply walked out on his balcony and fell into the ocean. To date, no one knows for sure.

Kaleena Fraga
A staff writer for All That's Interesting, Kaleena Fraga has also had her work featured in The Washington Post and Gastro Obscura, and she published a book on the Seattle food scene for the Eat Like A Local series. She graduated from Oberlin College, where she earned a dual degree in American History and French.
Cara Johnson
A writer and editor based in Charleston, South Carolina and an assistant editor at All That's Interesting, Cara Johnson holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Washington & Lee University and an M.A. in English from College of Charleston and has written for various publications in her six-year career.