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Old 03-27-2007, 12:06 PM
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Looks like the Navy has realized the joys of cruising.


The Naval Academy said Tuesday it is investigating allegations of lewd behavior and heavy drinking by a group of midshipmen on a spring break Caribbean cruise.

One passenger wrote that she and other women were groped, and that some of the midshipmen offered alcohol to teenage girls on the cruise.

The allegations hit as the academy has been trying to stop alcohol abuse and sexual impropriety following two sexual misconduct cases allegedly involving academy football players.

"The Naval Academy is reviewing allegations of possible misconduct involving midshipmen aboard a cruise ship during spring break," March 10-18, the academy said Tuesday in a statement.

"Typically, midshipmen are in a leave status during this time and are expected to abide by the academy's clear standards regarding appropriate behavior both in and out of uniform," the statement said.

The investigation began after a woman on the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Glory complained in an e-mail to the academy that a group of eight to 10 male midshipmen were acting in a "lewd" manner, The (Baltimore) Sun reported Tuesday.

"I was 'felt up' by one of the very drunk men and I was given the misfortune of watching them grab and disrespect every woman they could get close to as well as seeing them offer underage (15 and 17 year old) girls at our table alcohol," the woman wrote.

In a March 18 posting on cruisecritics.com, another passenger described "a group of boys from the Naval academy" who were "being very loose with their hands when talking with the ladies."
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:36 PM
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Well, now, isn't that special.
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All these issues will ruin the great cruising experience for a lot of people! If people can't act civilized, cruise lines will have to do the policing, which is very unfortunate.
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I fail to see how the cruise line can be held liable here. Take the same story and replace "cruise" with "hotel" or "shopping mall". The truth is that drunken sailors (or any drunken bunch of guys) can act in this manner. Just because its on a cruise ship, this shouldn't happen? Yes, it is unfortunate, but you can run into a bunch of jerks anywhere.

I'm sure if someone had said something, the ships security would have done something about it.
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My point exactly! But you know that someone will eventually sue the cruise lines for some kind of negligence. Just like the jumpers, another group that think rules don't apply to them! Instead of people acting respectively, they will ruin it for the cruisers and cruiselines as well.
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And it could have just as easily been a group of guys from Dartmouth or some assembly line buddies at Ford. Granted, those attending a service academy ought to be showing more accountability and sense.
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I was 'felt up' by one of the very drunk men and I was given the misfortune of watching them grab and disrespect every woman they could get close to as well as seeing them offer underage (15 and 17 year old) girls at our table alcohol," the woman wrote.
This almost sounds like everything was going along fine until the woman discovered they were actually after the younger ladies at the table! Jealousy can be mean.
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Good point TN....I had missed that fine print...lol
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Women and seamen not such a great mix.
Specially when drunk.

Ok F-Mattox ... Chime in
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I"m afraid I can only use the same response you used when I put you on the spot a while back . . .

I can't. I just cant.
 
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