Richard Mulloy III Falls 40 ft to Death on Norwegian Majesty cruise ship


Another day, another cruise ship death as a family reunion turns to tragedy. 22 year old Richard Mulloy from Malden, MA fell 40 feet from the upper deck of the Norwegian Majesty cruise ship around 1:15 AM Wednesday. According to reports, Richard Mulloy fell from the fifth deck to the first while waiting for an elevator trying to get to a disco on the ship. According to the Bermuda police the incident is under investigation; however, they believe it was just a terrible accident. Accidents seem to be occurring far too often these days.


The cruise was a family reunion trip that had been planned for years. 
“The whole family organized it, figured it out and saved the time to put it aside,” said Richard Mulloy Jr., father of the young man who had returned from a night out on St. George’s Island when he fell from the fifth deck to the first deck of the Norwegian Majesty cruise ship

They were waiting for an elevator trying to get to a disco on the ship. He fell over the banister between the sets of stairs and fell on the (lower) deck,” Richard Mulloy Jr. said. (Boston Herald)

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    16 Responses to “Richard Mulloy III Falls 40 ft to Death on Norwegian Majesty cruise ship”

    1. on June 23rd, 2007 8:03 pm

      I’m at a loss as to why these reports make it sound like it might be the cruise company’s fault. Someone going over a railing on a cruise ship is either really messing around or up on the railing. It’s not possible to “fall” over one of these railings (inside or outside the ship) without 1) someone pushing you (pretty hard) or 2) you being up on the railing.

      The same thing could happen on a bridge, someone’s deck or just about anywhere. Alcohol has to be involved.

    2. WTF on June 23rd, 2007 9:39 pm

      I agree with the previous post. But then again this blog isn’t impartial.

    3. Lisa on June 23rd, 2007 10:04 pm

      Wow, this same thing happened on the Carnival Holiday when we were on it. You could look over the bannister and see all the way down to deck 3. Some guy who had too much to drink fell over it and died.

    4. on June 23rd, 2007 11:14 pm

      Hint: if you have too much to drink you can fall over any balcony (not just a cruise ship) but usually you have to be either sitting or standing on the rail, hanging over it or something.

      Once again, like all other balconies, on cruise ships it is not just a matter of being drunk and staggering into a balcony and boom, you fall over it – you have to be climbing it, hanging on it or sitting or standing on it. These are 4 foot high rails. People don’t just accidentally fall over!

    5. George McCartney on June 24th, 2007 12:06 pm

      Also happened in 2001 on a Norwegian Cruise line I was on – a guy fell over the railing from the 4th to the first deck, was airlifted out and is now a paraplegic.

    6. Carpe Noctem on June 24th, 2007 2:40 pm

      The Love Boooooat… exciting and NEW…

      Get DRUNK and fall overboard…

      The Coast Guard will be expecting you!

      I think each ship should be equipped with

      big robotic arms that could be folded away

      and be virtually hidden when not in use.

      When a person falls overboard they could

      snatch them with those, rather than

      waiting forty forevers for a chopper to

      make it out to the area.

      It is interesting to note, that

      many of these cruise line passenger

      overboard cases… the people

      were drunker than friggin’ Otis

      from Mayberry. Tee many marrrr-toonies.

    7. Betty Sweeney on June 25th, 2007 9:04 am

      My husband and I were on this cruise but did not hear of this tragedy until a day later. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this young man’s family. Such a tragedy but not the fault of the cruise line. Sliding down the banister, sitting on the railing, or fooling around by these stairwells will surely bring disaster, especially if there is alcohol involved. And there is certainly no shortage of alcohol on cruise ships! After hearing of the tragedy, it was difficult not to think of it each time we took the stairs. Again, our prayers and thoughts are with this family. God bless you. Betty and Ray

    8. Renee on June 25th, 2007 11:24 am

      Richie was a great freind of mine, anyone that can read the above article and assume drinking was involved and then place blame of the victim not to mention post rude comments about alcohol and think it is funny should be ashamed of themselves. You should be real proud that free speach has given you the abiliy to write such hateful and hurtful things. Richie was a smart,funny,caring loving KID with a bright future a head of him. He leaves behind a loving caring family who is in total dismay at the lose of there loved one. I pray that no one has to ever go through something a terrible as this. And I pray for the souls that think posting untrue blogs will make them a better person.

    9. Lisa on June 26th, 2007 10:23 pm

      Actually, according to all reports – he wasn’t fooling around, he just happened to lean on the wrong railing. All of the other railings on the staircase had a higher bar except the 5 foot section infront of the elevator that they were waiting infront of. Just leaning back – that is it – thinking the railing was the same as every other one he had leaned on. Not climbing, not drunk, not sliding down it. I do agree that in many cases people who fall overboard are drunk (or pushed), but he didn’t fall overboard either. It was an accident, one that his entire family and friends will now have to live with forever. So remember that before you past judgement and make assumptions that he was drunk or fooling around…..

    10. Jenn on September 14th, 2007 11:33 pm

      Richie was my LITTLE brother. We were on a FAMILY vacation. He was NOT drunk. To all of you cold hearted people out there who can write such ignorant comments are obviously blessed to have never experienced the pain my family is going through. Don’t be so stupid to believe that what you read in the newspaper is 100% true. Reporters hear a “catchy” story and alter it to catch the attention of trash like you who can say that this tragedy was due to alcohol. I was standing right next to my brother when he fell. I tried to catch him. I held his body in my arms and tried to save his life with every ounce of mine. I pray that you never even have to imagine the nightmares I have and the pain my family and I will live with forever. You make your rude, untrue comments because society leads you to believe that he must have been drunk. You people don’t even know my brother and for me to feel as though I have to defend his life to strangers makes me sick as to the lack of compassion we have for each other as human beings. My family is living the worst nightmare imaginable and all you can do is place blame? What if this was your brother, son, cousin or grandson? He was all of these things to us! I can only hope if your time comes experience such a horrible tragedy you are not the same ones writing these blogs.

    11. Victoria on September 25th, 2007 8:03 pm

      I am so sorry about this terrible tragedy and about the additional pain cause to this young man’s family by this blog. Grossly insensitive behavior as is seen here is defamation of character and constitues libel. This is a beautiful innocent young life lost which clearly has caused terrible suffering. Inevitably in all of our lives we will suffer the loss a loved one and when this happens to some of the bloggers at the begining of this thread who think this is a story to joke about, I hope they will recall and regret their behavior. In the mean time my heart goes out to the family and both they and Richie are in my prayers.

    12. rob on March 27th, 2008 6:52 am


    13. Barb on May 14th, 2008 10:44 pm

      I have read many blogs about people falling off cruise ships and never returning from cruises and it makes me sad. We all know this can happen just the same as driving down the road. I have cruised over a dozen times, and at least 6 times on the Norwegian Majesty. No doubt, the Majesty is considered an older ship, but it is our favorite. We will miss this ship leaving from Boston. I cannot give the grieving family the relieve they need. It was not the ship. Maybe a combination of forces. If we make everything safe in our lives, we will never leave home. Do not travel over a bridge, cross a street, eat out. I feel your pain. I am sorry. It was a terrible and tragic accident. I am so sad in my heart for all of you. However, I will continue to cruise and encourage my family to come along. Take a plane………???? Trains derail…. my condolences……

    14. Leroy M. on August 22nd, 2008 4:38 pm

      this was very devistating to lose someone and definatley on vacation. that must friggin suck but i must ask how did ppl carry on through the rest of the cruise??

    15. Leroy M. on August 22nd, 2008 4:44 pm

      also they have bars now. on all three sections.

      i caught myself foolin around on the steps and bumped my head lol.

      but anyways that disco / frame 52 was friggin awsumm.

    16. Kerry Mulloy on October 27th, 2010 10:54 pm

      Richie is my older brother. He always will be. What happened that night will, unfortunatly, live inside my familes head forever. I have not looked up any of the cruise information online until now. I guess I just didn’t want to read about it when it was so vividly burned in my head. My sister is a very brave woman and said exactly what needed to be said above me. Aside from that,the kind words spoken about my family and I are very much taken to heart. I miss Richie every single day of my life. It wasnt a cruiseline, alcohol or fucking lack of balance.. it was just his time. and it took me a long time to come to terms with that. accidents dont happen.. theres no such thing as an accident

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