sábado, 1 de janeiro de 2011


It has been a pretty awful year for the cruise industry through the past twelve months and something many within the industry would be eager to see the back off. With unexplained incidents concerning missing passengers & crew, unexplained hangings, murder, child rapes, collisions and then one cruise operator almost beaching one of their ships, 2010 has shown how some within the industry are a complete shambles - when it comes to providing adequate levels of safety for their passengers and crew.

2010 has also placed some particular operators under the Cruise Bruise spot light, and we are not alone when it comes to showing some for what they really are! With incidences of Norovirus, bed bugs and other issues involving passengers, some who saved for years to take their ‘dream cruise’ only to be subjected to horrendous conditions on board and then equally horrendous treatment at the hands of the cruise lines, when they had the ‘audacity’ to register a genuine complaint? Yes 2010 was yet another year where ‘some’ cruise operators were more than happy to take your money and equally as happy to not give a damn when they failed to deliver on their promises, and below is just small sample of those incidents -

Between 7th January and 23rd November 2010, a staggering seventeen people lost their lives on cruise ships, ten died on board Carnival ships, two on Princess ships, two with MSC and the remainder were on board RCCL, Star and NCL cruise ships. One case in particular involved a young crewmember found hanging in her cabin and which was, to say the least, very suspicious and in all probability murder! That is the case of Camila Peixoto Bandeira.

Camila was only 28 years of age and worked as a bartender on board the MSC Musica where she shared a cabin with her boyfriend, Souza Bicalho, a 30 year old a crewmember and who in my ‘opinion’ mind has some questions to answer? 

Camila was last seen alive at around 2300 hours on 9th January 2010, she was found dead inside her cabin the following morning. Bicalho would later tell investigators that he left the cabin to begin work around 0700 hours, but returned three hours later (no reason appears to have been given why) and found Camila hanging by a bed sheet and she was dead. Bicalho called it a suicide.

Questions – 

Why did Bicalho return to the cabin so soon during his shift? 

Why was Bicalho going to work at 0700 hrs anyway and if anything, at 1000 hrs it would have been at the peak of service for breakfast, so how could he / why would he possibly asked to be released from his duty in the restaurant?

Camila normally opened the bar at 0700 hours but on that eventful day her schedule had been changed to an afternoon shift?

Has the exact time of Camila death been fully established by the coroner and if soon, what is her timeline against Bicalho own timeline.

I ask these questions because it is evident from Jan’s initial report that Camila had previously told her brother, Jose Godolphim who also worked on board Godolphim that she planned to break her contract with the cruise line and disembark at Port of Santos. Godolphim stated that Camila had given two reasons for this, first she was eager to start working in the family’s new restaurant that they were due to open but another, and now quite significant reason was that Bicalho was seriously assaulting her! 

According to Godolphim, Camila had seen the ship's doctor to receive treatment for various injuries to the head and stomach. Camila had also asked to move cabins but was ignored by ships officers. 

The subsequent investigation into this young ladies death appears to lacking quite frankly, and calls into question a number of things – The door entry system showed that nobody entered or left Camila’s cabin between 0700 hours and 1000 hours on 10th January.

Bicalho contradicted himself on a number of occasions and eventually admitted tampering with the crime scene. 

Crewmembers were heard to say that no bed sheet was found.

What time did Bicalho report the body, did he scream out, did he bang on cabin doors begging for help? There appears to be nothing recorded about what happened next?

Personal items belonging to Camila were found to be missing, most crucial to a crime scene investigation was her mobile phone and laptop. Where did they go and why did they go?

So this is a case of great intrigue to me and one that I intend to explore further once able to locate further details of the investigation, and/or speak with Camila’s family. Sadly this is not the first suspicious death on board cruise ships for 2010, but you can read more of these here 


2 comentários:

telma cavalcanti. disse...

Ótima Rerportagem!!
Colocando todas
as Perguntas que todos que conheceram ,Camilla fazem !? Aonde estão as respostas???
Abraços ,e muita força e carinho .
Telma e família.

Anônimo disse...

Familiares, e amigos de Camilla Peixoto Baqndeira agradecem, emocionados, o empenho, dedicação,e humanismo que esta pessoa de outro Continente, assim como todos que conviveram com Camilla, esta lutando para que a justiça seja feita. Grato senhor, por tanta dedicação doada, não só a minha filha mais atodos, que sofrem tentando mostrar, como é facil matar, e até agora, continuar impune, Que Deus esteja sempre ao seu lado. Eternamente agradecida. Rosangela Bandeira.