Passenger Reports Sexual Assault By Crew Member Aboard Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship

Tauranga New Zealand - Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship - FijiA New Zealand newspaper reports that the police in the port city of Tauranga are investigating sexual assault allegations made against a crew member of the Millennium cruise ship which docked at the port yesterday morning after sailing from Fiji.

Police state a woman in her late 40's or early 50's accuses one of the crew members of the Celebrity Cruises ship of "indecently assaulting her" while the cruise ship was in Fiji waters.

Police state that the passenger alerted the ship’s captain who then informed Tauranga Police once the ship docked at the port in New Zealand.

The newspaper reports that "police are looking into the matter."

Cruise ship rapes are one of the problems which cruise lines try and keep secret.  

A decade ago, we represented a victim of a rape which occurred on this cruise ship. In our experience, the rape of women and children by cruise employees are rarely prosecuted in the civil courts. Behind the scenes, cruise lines work to defend their employees and build a case against the victims. 

In the civil courts, cruise lines are strictly liable when their employees sexually assault passengers on the high seas.  

November 18, 2012 update: No Surpirse - New Zealand declines to make arrest: "Citing Tight Cruise Itinerary and Jurisdictional Issues, New Zealand Police Decline to Arrest Crew Member in Alleged Cruise Ship Sexual Assault"

 

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Paul Rehberg - November 16, 2012 4:00 PM

It is very unlikely that Celebrity will get off in New Zealand. Especially if the prosecutors have information on past reports of sexual misconduct by the crew of the same vessel.

Luis - November 17, 2012 3:01 PM

Unlikely to believe a woman on her 50s was sexually atack, Crew memberss are strictly monitored by the cruise ship companies, Women that aged are usually hunting the crew members for sex and when they dont get what they want they get pretty nasty.
On the other hand that practice of acussing crew members of assault is very common just to get money from the companies, short cut to money make people do anything. god bless america.

Juan - November 18, 2012 11:50 AM

Raping can happen everywhere any time...but what we also know is that is common that some guests abuse of their privileges and when they do not get what they want or after they get what they wanted then accuse the crew member. I feel this news has a tendency and does not show all the aspects in the story.

Malcolm - November 19, 2012 12:04 PM

Jim Walker get your facts and post the whole story.Guests on Cruise Ships are abusing their rights and under no circumstance a crew member would try something with a guest especially with a 50 year old lady.

Jim Walker - November 19, 2012 4:17 PM

Malcolm:

You are wrong. There are sexual assaults on cruise ships where the victims are a wide age range, from little children to women in their 70's. Rape has nothing to do with sex.

Jim Walker

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