I hope my suspicions are correct in that SOMEWHERE on the ships there are weapons and undercover security personnel. Kind of like U.S. Air Marshalls except on ships. Can anyone here speak about that? Also, I'm curious if the U.S. government has any input regarding security procedures, although most big ships seem to be registered outside of the U.S. (I'll bet that has something to do with taxes). Regarding personal safety, one thing I have learned in my 51 years living in the big city: NEVER show fear. It works suprisingly well in some pretty tight spots.