Crimes in the Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call

I have written many articles about the high crime rates in many of the Caribbean islands frequented by cruise lines - Crime in Caribbean Ports of Call Against Cruise Passengers.  Consider the following articles in the last year alone: 

Antigua - Cruise Passengers Attacked & Robbed in Antigua While Cruise and Tourism Officials Meet and Passenger From Star Clippers Murdered in Antigua

Bahamas 18 Passengers From Royal Caribbean & Disney Cruise Ships Robbed By Shotgun in the BahamasEleven Cruise Passengers Robbed in Nassau, and Cruising To The Bahamas - Is It Safe?

Guatemala - Norwegian Cruise Line Passenger Murdered in Guatemala  

Mexico -  Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines Pull Ships From L.A. Due To Crime In Mexico

St. Lucia - Norwegian Cruise Line Drops St. Lucia and 14 Cruise Passengers Robbed at Anse-La-Raye Waterfall in St. Lucia

St. Thomas - More Caribbean Crime - Carnival Passenger Killed In St. Thomas


Cruise lines have port agents in all of these destinations and are familiar with the crime which exists in these beautiful, tropical locations.  Do you think that cruise lines should warn passengers of the substantial dangers which exist in the ports they select to disembark their passengers?

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Howard - October 8, 2010 10:59 AM

I wonder if you found any land tour company warns their customers about crime potential. Cruiselines are no different. I just have a feeling that the practice is prevalent throughout the travel industry. Why you pick out the cruise industry as being different is beyond me. Sometimes people should take the responsibility upon themselves to research the areas of the world to which they are traveling. Many areas of the world are quite dangerous.

Jim Walker - October 8, 2010 11:17 AM

Cruise lines have a legal obligation to warn passengers of dangers that they know or should know about. Most cruise lines don't warrn, simply because they do not want to scare the passengers away from excursions that make hundreds of millions of dollars.

I agree with you that many areas of the world are quite dangerous. Cruise lines should not sail their passengers into such dangerous areas without warning them of the dangers that await them when they step off of the gangway.

Mark Gaouette - October 8, 2010 1:21 PM

Above, Howard writes: "Sometimes people should take the responsibility upon themselves to research the areas of the world to which they are traveling. Many areas of the world are quite dangerous." I couldn't agree more.

As a former U.S. State Department Regional Security Officer who has served at five high-threat U.S. embassies, (including Beirut, Yemen, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Moscow), I would recommend that Americans traveling to ANY foreign country familiarize themselves with the contents of the U.S. State Department’s Travel Website:

This service is free and cruise lines will be required under the new Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Law to advertise this information concerning the prevailing security situation in the ports of call they will be visiting.

For example, the U.S. government has vetted the following information for the lush tropical island of Antigua in the Caribbean to assist Americans visiting that country prepares for their security:

"CRIME: Violent crimes, including rape and murder, do occur, including at hotels and main tourist venues, and visitors should take precautions to ensure their safety. From 2008 to January 2010, four tourists were murdered in Antigua - a British couple on their honeymoon, an Australian yacht captain, and, most recently, an American citizen on a shore excursion from a cruise ship. Visitors should be especially vigilant on the beaches after dusk. Recently, tourists have been targeted on isolated beaches such as Pigeon Point, and visitors should always avoid visiting isolated beaches alone. Armed robbery and street crime also occur, and valuables left unattended on beaches, in rental cars or in hotel rooms are vulnerable to theft. Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda are advised to be alert and maintain the same level of personal security used when visiting major U.S. cities.

Be especially vigilant when taking taxis in Antigua and Barbuda. Make certain that the taxi driver is licensed and is a member of the official taxi association. Unlicensed taxi operators have been known to extort money from passengers, despite having agreed to a fare beforehand. This can sometimes amount to double or triple the agreed-upon fare."

The State Department’s Travel Website also has information on how to contact the U.S. Embassy or the nearest U.S. Consulate in the event that American citizens become victims of crime or are injured in an accident. Because cruise ships fly foreign flags, this important information has never before been advertised on cruise ships that embark mostly American citizens. Before passengers step off the gangplank, they should know the risks they face while vacationing in a foreign country, especially if they arrive by cruise ship.

Travel Safe, plan ahead.

Mark Gaouette – Author “Cruising for Trouble”

Howard - October 8, 2010 6:02 PM

Jim, you say that most cruiselines don't warn their customers as to the dangers. Well, I'm curious, which ones do? Why not be fair and refrain from making totally general statements. Mark Twain once said "All generalizations are false, including this one"

Jim Walker - October 8, 2010 7:05 PM

Howard, Mark Twain is dead and I hated reading his books in high school. You must be a college professor?

David Maslow, the Vacation Getaway Guy - November 29, 2010 10:09 AM

Cruise Ships are in business to make money, not keep customers away...

David Maslow
Vacation Getaways

Antigua Visitor - February 6, 2012 10:28 PM

My fiance I visited Antigua for 10 days where we were robbed.

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