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Old 01-14-2014, 04:39 AM
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Saw a portion of the Today Show coverage regarding crimes aboard ships and I think about how it is being reported and/or downplayed by the cruise industry.

Just how much of an issue is this ? I have been of a number of cruises but don't consider my time on board to allow me to say anything except I can't recall witnessing anything out of the ordinary and did not hear of anyone speaking about anything that occurred while at sea.

I wonder if the number of issues encountered would be out of the ordinary when compared to the number of reportable crimes per capita of a similar population?

I have always felt safe when on board a cruise ship, but like anywhere else, I do the things that I would normally do to protect both myself and my property.

Any comments ?


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Old 01-14-2014, 05:42 AM
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Every so often the media likes to twist the blade they stuck in the back of the cruise industry.

Did the story mention that the cruise lines are required by law to report to the FBI and Coast Guard every allegation made by passengers, no matter how ludicrous? All the major lines now post crime statistics on their websites. They volunteered to do this last year. Here is an example from Royal Caribbean. Look down the page and you'll see the link.

I too also take the usual precautions while aboard. If I am going in the pool the only thing I carry with me is my cruise card, and leave the camera and other valuables in the cabin. Just last week I saw a nice digital camera sitting on a deck chair with someone's towel and flip flops. I guess they were in the pool or hot tub constantly monitoring their chair.

Then there are the parents who let their kids run amok, or their teenage daughters go clubbing by themselves. A lot can happen before the 1am curfew for teens takes effect, and only a fool thinks the perverts and ***ual predators never take cruises.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:22 PM
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I agree with that Dave! I feel comfortable in thinking the crew won't steal from me but I do understand that there are 3500+ passengers walking around that the cruise line has no control over.... I use the same precautions as I would if I was going to a hotel or a beach...you would be silly not to.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:55 PM
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Thanks Dave for the links; very informative and eye opening stats. Pretty much what I eluded to and what others have said.


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