As reported in the Nassau Guardian yesterday, the United States Department of State again warned U.S. citizens about traveling to the Bahamas because of high crime.
A recent travel advisory posted on the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) website warns visitors of an increase in armed robberies in tourist areas in New Providence (Nassau).
The reports says that “an apparent two-year rise in armed robberies in The Bahamas has spurred numerous warnings by foreign governments to their citizens visiting the country. Given the large volume of US tourists that visit The Bahamas and recent criminal incidents in popular tourist destinations, American visitors to tourism hubs in Nassau should be cognizant of heightened criminal risks.”
I have lost track of exactly the number of warnings issued by the Unites States, whether it be from the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Nassau.
I have also conveyed numerous warnings from the U.K. and Canada official governmental sites.
I have been warning cruise passengers of the dangers in Nassau since I started this blog in 2009.
There is a major problem in Nassau with armed robbery, murder and rape.
There have been around a dozen warnings from these three countries in the last couple of years, more for any other tourist destination.
There have been 111 murders in 2015 in the Bahamas, primarily in Nassau. The country will establish a record number of murders this year. The murders include citizens of the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
Nassau was recently embroiled in a controversy when two Disney cruises crew members were terminated from their jobs after making a satire video of the capital city, portraying it as a dirty, smelly crime-filled port.
Nassau is one port which I recommend avoiding. Many passengers stay on the cruise ship when it gets to port out of safety concerns.