In the early morning hours of July 5, 1999, in international waters between Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico, 22-year-old James Scavone vanished from Carnival Cruise Line’s Destiny
ship. James was on the cruise ship with his best friend, Jeff, and 12 members of Jeff’s family for a seven-day trip to the Caribbean.
At around midnight, James and his friends had been at the ship’s disco enjoying a few drinks. 30 minutes later, according to the friends, James felt sick and departed to his cabin. He planned to stop at a restroom on his way.
He has never been seen again.
When his friends returned to the cabin at 3:00 a.m., they assumed James had met someone and would return in the morning. By 10:00 a.m., James still had not returned so the friends went to the ship’s authorities to have him paged.