A television actor died on a Royal Caribbean cruise this week, multiple news organizations report.
Joel Taylor, who appeared on the Discovery Channel program “Storm Chasers,” was pronounced dead by the U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 38.
“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever Joel. We lost a legend,” tweeted “Storm Chasers” star Reed Timmer on Jan. 23.
“Storm Chasers” — filmed primarily in a section of the central United States known as “tornado alley” – ran for five seasons (2007-2012) on the Discovery Channel.
Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Division Director of Communications for Business Development at Port Everglades, called the story an “unfortunate incident at sea.” Kennedy said the incident occurred in federal waters and it was up to the FBI to determine if an investigation is warranted.
The Harmony of the Seas anchors in Port Everglades weekly for cruises into the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and various other international ports of call. It is an 18-deck ocean liner, the largest of Royal Caribbean’s fleet. It arrived in Port Everglades from Barcelona, Spain in October 2016.
Its recent excursion to Puerto Rico was chartered by California based Atlantis Events, Inc. Atlantis is a company specializing in gay resorts.
“They are a very large charter” Kennedy said. “And they are popular with gay travelers. Their guests stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, shop….they are good for the economy.”