Two masked gunmen on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts held up a tour bus on the island's main road Sunday, robbing 16 cruise ship passengers from the Celebrity Mercury of their cash and cameras, authorities told the Associated Press. No one was injured.
Police say the passengers were traveling to the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a park popular with visitors. According to the AP, park manager Joseph Woodley told local radio that the robbers blocked the road with a fallen tree. When the bus driver got out to clear the way, they emerged from bushes and robbed the tourists before disappearing back into the woodlands.
Bob1958, this is terrible news. I really enjoyed St. Kitts as it was more of the "old time" Caribbean island, not as built up as some of the others. It used to be the locals there were VERY friendly and warm. I know hard times have fallen on every continent, but resorting to crime does not help. If the criminals only realized what they were doing to their island, but they don't. No one can afford negative press, espcially when your economy is totally dependent on tourism.
There are some reported gang-related activities on St. Kitts, so I'm suspecting it'll lead to one of them. In any event, these islands are almost entirely dependent upon tourists to survive, so not only must they have adequate policing but punishments should be swift and very severe in order to scare the rest of them straight. That may seem harsh but the alternative is that the cruise lines no longer stop, after which the island's inhabitants will suffer to no end.
On our very first cruise we stopped at St. Kitts and we did the ride up to Brimstone Fortress. If I remember correctly there are some magnificent views from that vantage point. We did enjoy the island and it was, at that time, very quaint and unspoiled.
I was just wondering about it. seems to me that when the lady died in Belize on a carnival excursion (cave tubing) that carnival made an undisclosed settlement with the family. that is why I asked if it were a ship excursion would they be liable.