The popular on line cruise community CruiseCritic.com recently ran an article "Top 10 Reasons To Cruise." By the time I read reason number 3 - "Cruise Ships are Family Friendly" - I was repulsed enough that I felt compelled to explain why the Cruise Critic article was dangerously inaccurate.
Cruise Critic published the photo (below) of the "family friendly' environment touted on cruise ships, with the photograph courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Unfortunately, Royal Caribbean has by far the worst problem with sexual predators of any line we have ever seen. Children have been targeted by sexual predators in child centers and raped after leaving the centers and trying to get back to the cabins.
No parent would ever send their kids to a teen center or leave them alone in a cabin if they knew what this cruise line knows - that sexual assaults occur frequently on cruise ships.
So here's the other side of the story - 10 Reasons Not to Cruise:
If travel agents are going to hawk cruises by advertising all of the reasons why you should take your family on a cruise, trust us that we will provide you with the other side of the story.
Make your own informed decision how to spend your vacation with your family.
Tomorrow, we will discuss "Why Cruise Lines Are a Perfect Place to Sexually Abuse Children."
Photograph Royal Caribbean Cruises (via CruiseCritic.com)