14 Cruise Passengers Robbed at Anse-La-Raye Waterfall in St. Lucia

The St. Lucia Star newspaper reports that on December 9, 2009, 14 "cruise ship visitors" and tour guides were robbed at gunpoint at a popular tourist attraction in St. Lucia. I learned of the incident Anse-La-Rayeon Professor Ross Klein's website "Cruise Junkie."

The incident occurred at the River Rock Waterfall in Anse-La-Raye.

The newspaper reports that 14 tourists had traveled in a tour to the waterfall.  They were in the process of boarding a "safari jeep," in preparation to return to the cruise ship. Four masked men armed with firearms and knives approached the cruise passengers and robbed them of their jewelry and cash.  One of the tour guides was physically injured. 

Anse-La-Raye is a beach village where fishing boats are pulled up on the beach by the main street next to rum shops and small restaurants.  The community is known for its outdoor "Friday fish fry" and Piton beer.  The Anse-La-Raye website describes the waterfall as the "perfect place to spend several hours in quiet reflection.  There is often a local musician strumming his guitar and singing soulful reggae numbers in a quiet salute to Bob Marley."

However, there are multiple accounts of violence in Anse-La-Raye as well as near the port.  A Anse-La-Raye fish frycouple of years ago, Canada's "Next Top Model" and her traveling companion were robbed in Castries, St. Lucia after walking a short distance from the cruise ship - "Model's Paradise Turns into Nightmare."  After reporting the robbery, the Canadian passenger complained that "both the local police and the cruise line offered little assistance or sympathy."

"I don't want this to happen to anyone else . . . I think the cruise ship should have warned us."

This sparked a heated discussion on the popular CruiseCritic site about crime in St. Lucia and whether the crimes were being covered up.

Earlier this year, four crew members from a private yacht Diamond Girl were robbed at gunpoint while hiking near Anse-La-Raye. 

In an article entitled "Caribbean Crime," Dockwatch (described as "the essential site for captains and crew") reports that crime on St. Lucia has sparked particular concern in the Caribbean. “The St Lucia government has ordered the police to take back the streets following the murder of six persons and an open threat from criminals to assassinate law enforcement officials,” said Edwin W. Carrington, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in his opening remarks at the Conference on Youth, Crime and Violence in St. Kitts and Nevis last June.

Violence in Anse-La-Raye is also described in this YouTube video entitled "Talking crime in Anse-La-Raye:" 

 

 

We have discussed the legal liability of cruise lines when cruise passengers are robbed or murdered during excursions into ports of call in the Caribbean.  

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St. Lucia is one of the regular ports of call for Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise ships (shown below):

St. Lucia - Royal Caribbean cruise ship

 

Credits:

Anse-La-Raye & St. Lucia port (Castries) Julie Leigh of Oxfordshire LEA

Anse-La-Raye fish fry            canadianworldtraveller.com

YouTube video Anse-La-Raye crime    Salaison

 

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Rebecca Otuszewski - April 12, 2012 10:07 AM

North point riding - Marlon. This excursion company took us on a horseback riding adventure in St. Lucia. My horse was being tempermental from the begining and started bucking me. I told the man twice that I was not cool with this and I wanted off the horse and he just pulled the horse close to him to try to control him. I got bucked off and landed on my head and back on the paved road and sustained back and head trauma as well as being bitten by the horse. This company told Tapion hospital when the hospital called them that they would come to pay my bill so I could be treated and never showed up. Since then, they have not answered any calls and changed their website and contact numbers to try to avoid taking responsibility.They never even had the courtesy to see if I was ok and this has infuriated me. I am still injured and needing future medical treatments and am taking legal action.If anyone wants more details or had a similar experience with them, please email me at rebecca_otuszewski@hotmail.com.

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