Cruise Ships Agree to Issue Crime Blotters

by Christopher Freeburn | August 11, 2013 11:52 pm

carnival cruise 630[1]People who book a cruise are expecting days of sun and fun, but occasionally something darker happens[2].

Major cruise ship operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL[3]) and Carnival (CCL[4]) have disclosed lists of crimes reported by passengers while on their ships during the past three months. The companies are posting the data in a bid to refute allegations from critics that cruise liners have become hotspots of crime, Business Week notes.

Carnival reported a theft of more than $10,000, eight allegations of sexual assault or rape against six passengers and two crew members, and a passenger who died under suspicious circumstances. Royal Caribbean said it received two reports of rape and four claims of theft.

Those numbers aren’t particularly high. During the period in question, almost 6.7 million passengers and 48,000 crew traveled on Carnival ships, while 835,000 passengers sailed on Royal Caribbean liners.

A Carnival official noted that the crime rate of its ships was minuscule compared to that of any major U.S. city.

Disney‘s (DIS[5]) Disney Cruise Line, which operates four liners, said there were four claims of rape of sexual assaults aboard its vessels during the period.

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