The highly publicized case that has never been solved is the topic of a CBS '48 Hours' segment that will air Saturday. A preview of the show disclosed the new reward.
Smith vanished from Royal Caribbean International's Brilliance of the Seas in July 2005 after a night of heavy drinking. His bride was found passed out in a corridor and wheeled back to their stateroom by ship's crew. A bloodstain was photographed on a lifeboat canopy beneath their balcony. No body was found.
The FBI investigated but no charges were ever filed. Private detectives looked at the evidence, too.
The case led to a congressional subcommittee hearing about cruise ship safety in 2005.
Royal Caribbean, which has always maintained it acted appropriately in connection with the incident, reached an approximately $1.1m settlement with Smith’s widow, Jennifer Hagel Smith, in 2006. His parents, who believe their son was murdered, challenged the settlement.
In 2007 a Miami court threw out a case filed by the family. It was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it could not be refiled.