Do cruise ships have morgues?

Last updated on February 22nd, 2020 at 08:59 am

Yes, cruise ships have morgues. 

Large cruise ships can have a population as large as an entire small town so it’s necessary that they are prepared for a passenger death – or deaths. It’s not uncommon for more than one passenger to pass away during cruise.

Look around on your next cruise – it’s not uncommon to see elderly people or those in seemingly poor health. Some choose to have one last trip as their health is failing or they’ve got a terminal illness.

Whatever the case, there is a morgue on the ship equipped with body bags, ready to hold a body until the deceased can be returned to the family for burial. 


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