TIME Magazine just published an article entitled Cruise Ship Port Call: Gauging Crime on the Bahamas.
Time addresses the November 2009 armed robbery of cruise ship passengers during Segway shore excursions in Nassau, Bahamas. Cruise Law News was the first one in the U.S. to report on the robbery in our article – 18 Passengers From Royal Caribbean & Disney Cruise Ships Robbed By Shotgun in the Bahamas.
TIME comments that "none of the passengers were injured, and all were compensated by the cruise lines." Unfortunately, this is not true. Several of the passengers were physically injured, being hit and kicked, and one of the robbers discharged his shotgun hear the head of a woman lying in the ground. Many on the tour were emotionally traumatized. No Royal Caribbean passengers were compensated for their injuries.
Aside from this inaccuracy, the article correctly concludes that crime is on the rise in the Bahamas and explains that tourists are now being targeted.
The Bahamian government sent TIME statistics detailing crime against tourists in 2009, showing only one murder and 19 cases of armed robbery — 18 of which came in the single November Segway excursion robbery. This statistics are incomplete.
The Bahamas did not tell TIME about another crime spree we wrote about – Eleven Cruise Passengers Robbed in Nassau. We have also represented women raped in Nassau and are aware of other tourists robbed in Nassau.
Crime during cruises is an issue which neither the cruise lines nor the tourist dependent Caribbean islands like to discuss. It’s disappointing see the Bahamas tourism officials covering up the facts like this.
The Tourism Minister in the Bahamas recently took cruise line officials on a tour of the country to show that there are increased police patrols and closed circuit television cameras have been installed in areas of downtown Nassau. The Nassau Guardian explains that tourism officials are trying to reassure the cruise line that it’s sate to bring their guests to Nassau.
TIME also mentions to "steer clear of Jamaica. Experts agree that it’s currently the most dangerous country in the Caribbean."
For other stories about crime in the Caribbean, read:
Newspaper article bahamasuncensored.com