Carnival Cruise Line passenger Michelle Vilborg disappeared from the Carnival Holiday around midnight on June 16, 2009. The five day cruise to the Yucatan Peninsula ended after only the first night for Michelle Vilborg who supposedly fell overboard. The cruise was intended as a celebration of Michelle’s 50th birthday as well as to commemorate 30 years with her husband, Swede Vilborg. In an interview with Swede Vilborg, he recalls Michelle was going to get into the shower just as he was going to sleep.
“I’m laying in the bed, I can hear the water turn on, and I dozed off,“ Vilborg said.
Only about 45 minutes later, Swede Vilborg awoke, realized Michelle was gone, and immediately expected foul play. Mr. Vilborg firmly believes that Michelle’s disappearance has no connection to a suicide attempt or an accidental fall overboard.
Vilborg’s disappearance marks at least the third time in less than a month that a passenger went overboard from a Carnival ship based on the Gulf Coast.
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