Royal Caribbean and Missing Cruise Honeymooner's Family Reach Agreement

The family of a Connecticut man who disappeared on his honeymoon cruise has reached an amended settlement with Royal Caribbean.

The agreement reportedly includes both additional money and information the family of George Smith IV says will help solve the highly publicized 2005 case.

Smith and his bride, Jennifer Hagel Smith, were celebrating their honeymoon on a Mediterranean cruise when he vanished somewhere between Greece and Turkey. Reports were he had been heavily drinking.

Smith's body was never found. His family has said they believe he was murdered.

Hagel Smith reached a $1.1 million settlement with Royal Caribbean in 2007, but the family has been mounting a challenge.

The Associated Press reports the amended settlement is for $1.3 million and requires Royal Caribbean to turn over to the family information the cruise line gathered in its investigation, including witness statements.

While not disclosing a monetary amount, Royal Caribbean confirmed it has entered into an agreement "settling any potential claims."

The line says in a statement, "We entered into this agreement in hopes that it will be another step in the healing process for Jennifer and the Smith family. We are confident that the disclosure of any additional information will again demonstrate that we acted properly in assisting Jennifer and the Smith family in the aftermath of their tragic loss."

Meanwhile, the family says an FBI criminal investigation into Smith's disappearance is ongoing.

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