Claim: A Florida company offers “euthanasia cruises” on which terminally ill and suicidal passengers end their lives by jumping overboard.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Is this true?
“A group of Florida businessmen has created a company called Euthanasia Cruises, Ltd. Each month the company takes
Origins: For most people, voyages aboard cruise ships are pleasant diversions, a form of recreation that allows vacationers to travel to exotic destinations while taking the comfort and luxury of a fine hotel
room along with them. For some people, cruise ships have even become a way of life, as a few retirees have opted to spend their golden years permanently at sea. Have such ocean voyages now become a way of death as well, with a company offering “euthanasia cruises” on which the terminally ill (and others wishing to end their lives) can quietly expire in the company of like-minded individuals by sliding overboard into the sea?
Not quite. The information about “Euthanasia Cruises, Ltd.” quoted above was taken from a satirical column by prankster
Although the example article cited here was published in 2006, the “euthanasia cruise” column is actually a rehashing of a hoax Alan Abel first unleashed back in 1993.
Last updated: 27 May 2006