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Old 08-07-2007, 12:35 PM
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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.
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All ships have security personnel. They do have small arms onboard if necessary. They also have a brig and a morgue if the need arises. If things get really bad, they summon the axe wielding, chainsaw guy who does the ice carvings. In all seriousness, you will see lots of horseplay on a cruise, but, rarely, does anything get out of hand. Of course, on Carnival, the offenders somehow always end up going over the rail. Some Caribbean ports are worse than others. Just use good judgment and common sense and you should be fine. You are an asset to their economy and MOST go out of their way to make you feel safe and welcome. Please note the emphasis that I placed on most. It was intentional.
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drlivingston, I've seen those chain saw wielding artists and I don't think I would want to see one of them coming at me ! I agree, use good common sense as one would in any new environment and don't wander away from the normal tourist areas without knowing if there are any personal safety concerns. That has always worked for us even in the larger cities in the US we have visited.

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Old 08-07-2007, 02:29 PM
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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.
When I read posts like this I don't know wether I should cry or laugh!

No - there are not weapons onboard a cruise ship and I think we all should be happy for that.

There are however, since 2004, tight and thorough security procedures in force for all ships in all ports.

This "fantastic" code ISPS (international ship and port security code) has been a nightmare to me and every other ship officer. (Sorry if I become a touch political here, but I think I'm pretty much on-topic. Feel free to edit my post if needed)

PS - here's one shocking news to you: In Norway even the police in the streets is not armed, have that in mind next time you arrive Oslo on a cruise ship
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:53 PM
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Fivepoints, they will not let anyone know of their security personnel, procedures and weapons, but rest assured they exist. There are very few ports I've not felt secure, Venezuela and Jamaica are the ones that come to mind. I do not wish to go back to Caracas or Isla Margarita, but if I do, I'll stay on board. In Jamaica, I will get off the ship, but only on an organized tour through the ship. It is truly a shame because Jamaica is absolutely a beautiful island, but SOME of their own people are greedy. Of course, we have that anywhere in the states, but I know most of the bad areas here and know how to avoid them. I wish I could not show fear, but I'm a real weenie. Heck, I cry when I have to go to the dentist
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:56 PM
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