A female cruise ship occupant was brutally assaulted by a male passenger inside a cruise ship operated by the Norwegian cruise line on November 4.

The accused was arrested by the FBI and handed over to San Juan police. According to the FBI update, the victim suffered heavy fractures in her jaw and arm.

Reports said the woman had a heavy chase inside the cruise ship by Jeff Smiley III, who beat her badly, per FBI sources.

According to cruise news, the cruise liner was on its way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Surveillance cameras had captured the visuals of the attack. 

FBI agents entered the ship before its arrival at San Juan and arrested Smiley. They also went through the video footage and took witnesses’ accounts of the incident. 

Smiley has been handed over to San Juan police and two assault charges were slapped on the violent passenger.

According to details shared by the FBI, on November 5, the VC Squad agents backed by the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel. Before the suspect’s arrest, they consulted the U.S Attorney’s Office for Puerto Rico.

The case’s prosecutor will be the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), Jenifer Hernandez. If the suspect is proved guilty, he will spend at least five years in federal prison.

Norwegian Encore in the limelight

Meanwhile, the Norwegian Encore cruise ship is making news with a bevy of attractive features as the final ship in the Breakaway-Plus class of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.

The passenger ship with a capacity for 3,998 guests had a preview sailing from Bremerhaven to Southampton. According to reports, it offers a relaxed, friendly and vibrant. 

Unveiled recently, Encore fascinates with Norwegian’s tagline of ‘feel free at sea’ onboard. There are no rigid mealtimes and itineraries as guests can choose their timings. 

Encore promises the brand’s fun-loving style with a host of supersize activities and top-class entertainment. An inhouse music band regales with country hits on stage.  GettyImages-Cruise Ship The Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky cruise ship sails out of its port on October 12, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Guests can be formal or casual as they like. Encore is trying to be eco-friendly and will be the first large ship to use cardboard cartons instead of plastic bottles. Norwegian’s ships will be plastic bottle-free by January 1, 2020.

Encore’s restaurant Onda offers the legendary tomato and basil spaghetti squash alongside starters such as Burrata and yellowtail Crudo.