Man arrested in the killing of cruise passenger Nina Nilssen

Police in Antigua have arrested a 24-year-old fisherman man as a suspect in the Jan. 19 killing of a cruise ship passenger visiting the island. The woman, Nina Elisabeth Nilssen of San Francisco, was sailing aboard the Royal Clipper as part of her sister’s wedding party. Her murder was first reported in this blog as I was on the same cruise.

The Associated Press quotes police as saying Tishara Daniel, a native of Dominica who has been living in Antigua for several years, confessed to killing  Nilssen, 29, on a trail just off the island’s famed Pigeon Point Beach. The police say Daniel had Nilssen’s camera in his possession when arrested.

The Antigua Sun has reported Nilssen’s body was found with a stab wound to the neck and partially unclothed. Police say they have recovered what they believe was the knife used in the crime.   Police said there was no indication that Nilssen had any association with the suspect.  They don’t know why she was targete

Named one of the “world’s sexiest” beaches in 2007 by Conde Nast’s, Pigeon Point is popular with tourists visiting the island. It is near swanky Falmouth Harbor, where many large yachts are moored.

The Royal Clipper visited the island bi-weekly and always held a barbeque for passengers on this beach. The parent company, Star Clippers, has announced that it will be replacing Antigua with the island of Nevis for the balance of this cruise season.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.


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