The Latest: Passengers disembark ship after woman’s death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on the death of a woman from a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Passengers are being allowed to disembark from a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska following the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman in a domestic dispute on board the vessel.

The 3,400 passengers waited on board the Emerald Princess in Juneau for more than eight hours as authorities investigated the death. It happened Tuesday night while the ship was in waters outside Alaska.

Before the passengers were let off the vessel late Wednesday afternoon, several people including one child were escorted by authorities off the vessel in two separate groups. Most were wearing white and gray hooded sweat shirts. The hoods and umbrellas obscured their faces.

The groups were taken to vehicles with dark-tinted windows waiting in a restricted area of the port, and the people were whisked away.

The FBI and Coast Guard are investigating the death. The FBI is involved because the death occurred in U.S. waters.

The woman’s name was not immediately released.

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3:50 p.m.

Several thousand passengers are stuck on a cruise ship docked in Alaska’s capital city as authorities investigate the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman following a domestic dispute aboard the vessel.

The FBI and Coast Guard are investigating the death, which occurred Tuesday night on a Princess Cruises ship. The FBI is involved because the death occurred in U.S. waters.

The Emerald Princess arrived in Juneau about 8 a.m. Wednesday, and none of the 3,400 passengers have been allowed to get off the ship as of late afternoon.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali says conversations are underway to offer passengers some compensation for lost time, such as providing credits for shore excursions.

Authorities have released very few details about the unidentified woman’s death.

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10:40 a.m.

The FBI is investigating the death of a Utah woman stemming from a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship traveling in U.S. waters off Alaska.

Princess Cruises says in a statement that the death occurred Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess but didn’t provide more details or immediately return calls. The 3,400-passenger ship arrived in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau on Wednesday, but passengers didn’t immediately get off.

FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier says no arrests have yet been made, but a team was heading to Juneau. She says the agency is required to step in when such deaths occur in international or U.S. waters.

Princess says the Emerald Princess departed Seattle on Sunday to begin a weeklong cruise.

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This story has been corrected to show the cruise ship had 3,400 passengers, not 3,000.

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