Just how safe is it to travel on a cruise? Well, according to the latest statistics, it is indeed safe. For the first time, the three largest U.S.-based cruise lines on Thursday began posting more comprehensive data about allegations
of serious crimes committed on ships. The information was disclosed voluntarily, but pressure has been put on the cruise industry to have greater accuracy about crime at sea.
Each year 17 million people take cruises in North America. The amount of crimes reported by Royal Caribbean was 94 and by NCL, 20. Carnival will be posting shortly. The crimes were committed between October 2010 and the end of June this year.
The crimes would fall under the categories of homicide, suspicious deaths, missing U.S. persons, kidnapping, assault with serious bodily injury, rape and other sexual assaults, tampering with a vessel, and thefts over 10,000. The most common allegations were rape and sexual assault followed by thefts. There were no homicides. It is important to note these numbers reflect only allegations, not whether a crime was actually committed. In fact, the majority of these are never substantiated as actual crimes after an investigation.
How does this compare to land based vacations? It is substantially less. Logically, this makes lots of sense. If someone is going to commit a crime, there is no where to ‘run’ and get away with it at sea. Even if someone was
planning on committing a crime and getting off in port to escape, the cruise line is going to know exactly who that person is. Every single person is accounted for on the ship. Safety, just another reason to feel confident about
booking your cruise vacation today!
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Dominique Barba, CTC, ECC