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Cruise ship docks in Boston with two corpses onboard (VIDEO)


The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn arrives to New York on April 18, 2005, after making an unscheduled stop in Charleston, SC, due to a large wave that battered the ship.


Mike Lutz

Cruise ship docks in Boston with two dead on board.

Sounds like the perfect start to a murder mystery, except... Massachusetts state police and FBI agents have reportedly said that the deaths were not caused by foul play.

Instead, the unrelated deaths of a woman, 67, Tiverton, R.I., and man, 23, from Littleton, N.H., aboard the Norwegian cruise liner Norwegian Dawn, sailing back from Bermuda is just like terrible luck.

It's not the only bad luck to befall the Dawn by the looks: In 2005, the ship — sailing back to New York from the Bahamas  — was hit by a freak 70-foot wave that, according to MSNBC, "smashed windows, sent furniture flying and ripped out whirlpools" on the ship. Not to mention frightening passengers, who spoke colorfully of their "Titanic" moment.

The wave reached seven stories, as high as deck 10 on the ship, company spokeswoman Susan Robison said.

Fast forward to 2011.

The authorities reportedly said both died of natural causes (although the 23-year-old's cabin had been "processed" for possible evidence), their deaths were not related, and their names would not be released.

The ship, with 4,000 on board, docked the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston around 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Boston Channel.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship was returning to Boston after a seven-day cruise to Bermuda.

According to the Norwegian Cruise Line's website, the Norwegian Dawn can carry 2,224 people, including 1,073 crew members. The ship comes equipped with a doctor and a nurse, and keeps common medications onboard.

The Boston Globe reported that disembarking passengers said they had not been told of the deaths.

"In the absence of criminal charges, no further details will be released," read a statement from the DA's office.