This is really bad news for Nassau. I hate that it happened as it really is a nice island and close to Florida. The cruise lines might have to reconsider and go to other islands if this continues. The none of the injuries were life threatening doesn't give the article any kind of a positive spin. We all know thefts go on everywhere in the world and with the economy, it's getting even worse. BUT, when you're with a tour group, it makes it harder for the cruise lines to sell the island as a good place to go.
We were just in Cartagena; we had a tour guide and an armed guard on the bus and canoe trip. He carried what looked like a .38 special with nice pearl handles. He never left us alone even when shopping.
There is no way I could enjoy a tour where we had to have an armed guard accompany us. I assume they didn't mention the guard in the tour literature?
A friend's wife is from Equador. He went with her for a visit a few years ago. He mentioned how kidnapping is a popular crime there and when they went out into the countryside they had a couple armed guards with them. I guess that is the thing to do - pack your picnic basket, ice down the beer and soda, call the armed guard agency, and head off for a fun day in the mountains.
No not a mention, he was a little out of place in the canoe, real friendly though. I was not sure if I should take his photo, however he walked in front of the camera a couple of times. We tipped the tour guide and canoe folks but was not about to offer a tip to a guy in uniform!
Reminds me of after 911 when they had troops with AK47's or something at all the cruise ports. I wonder how they'd advertise ship excursions. "You will be escorted by Armed Guard on this sight seeing tour, lunch will be provided".
They do need to have a more visible police force outside of the terminal. If nothing else but to keep the taxi hackers in order.
It was really strange when we boarded the Grandeur Of The Seas in Baltimore this past June. Just as you entered the ship they had two Coast Guardsmen in full body armor and carrying M4 carbines (it is a variation on the M16) and M9 pistols (Beretta 9mm) standing there. They practically had the passageway blocked. My trained eye identified the hardware immediately, but it was sort of unsettling. My first thought was "has a threat been made against this vessel?" But then I thought the local USCG commander just wanted to make a statement.