The world’s largest cruise ship was the location for two shipboard rapes during a 10 day Christmas and New Year cruise which returned to South Florida yesterday.

The first reported incident occurred on the last night of the cruise and has been reported by several local news stations.  It involved a 15 year old girl who was lured from a cruise line teen club under false pretenses back to a passenger cabin and then sexually assaulted by a 20 year old man and another 15 year old boy.

Allure of the Seas Passenger - Luiz Scavone - Brazil - Rape - Sexual AssaultThe alleged assailants are two Brazilian passengers who were sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, which is based on Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to the Broward County’s Sheriff’s Office, the 15 year old girl was at the cruise ship’s teen club called "Fuel" when a 15 year old boy told her he was having a party in his room.  The young girl, who was vacationing with her family, was led to believe that she would meet friends there.  However, after entering entering the cabin, she was confronted by an older passenger, Luiz Scavone, age 20. His full name is Luiz Antônio Scavone Neto.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) said that Scavone and the 15 year old boy prevented her from leaving, removed her clothing, forced oral sex, and then both raped her. "The victim told them ‘no’ several times and tried to leave but was not able to," according to the  BSO.

Scavone and the 15-year-old boy have been charged with "lewd and lascivious battery."  Scavone is in jail in Fort Lauderdale.  His Broward County Sheriff’s mugshot is to the left. 

A judge in Broward County ordered Scavone to relinquish his Brazilian passport.  According to CBS Channel 4, the judge stated that if the immigration hold is lifted, and Scavone is released on bond, he must be fitted with a GPS monitor and is barred from applying for a replacement passport.  The judge cited the case of a Boynton Beach police officer who fled to Brazil last July using a replacement passport after he was indicted on a drug charge.  The U.S. used to have an extradition treaty with Brazil for decades, however Brazil now prohibits its citizens from being extradited to other other countries to face criminal charges.

The second incident occurred in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.  It also involved a Brazilian passenger, believed to be in his 40’s, who sexually harassed and then sexually assaulted and battered an U.S. college student.  The young woman was treated in the ship infirmary and underwent a rape examination.  Unlike the incident involving the 15 year old victim where the assailants were arrested, the Brazilian man was released by the FBI and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.  He returned to Brazil and cannot be extradited.

This incident has not been reported in the media.  Royal Caribbean has not issued a statement regarding the second allegation of sexual assault.



Issues to consider:

These incidents raise questions regarding the adequacy of the security aboard the world’s largest cruise ship.  The Allure and its sister cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, can carry 6,500 passengers.  Both ships are essentially small cities with no police force.  We have been critical of Royal Caribbean’s refusal to employ a sufficient number of security guards on its cruise ships and its refusal to monitor closed circuit television cameras to respond to potential criminal activities.    

A year ago, the Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain and President Adam Goldstein were aboard the Allure’s sister ship with microphone in hand and supposedly open for all questions.  But they refused to provide any information about the safety and security of the passengers.  Certainly U.S. passengers who pay thousands of dollars each to sail on this mega-target of a ship deserve straight forward answers whether their families will be safe from crime.  Here are the questions which I posted on my blog which remain unanswered:

"Q:  The LA Times reported that for a period of 32 months, there were over 250 incidents of sexual assault, battery, and sexual harassment against guests and crew members on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. In light of these problems, how many security guards are employed on the Genesis class of cruise ships? 

Q:   How many security guards are assigned to the seven "neighborhoods" on the cruise ships?  Allure of the Seas - Security - Sexual AssaultsAre there security "sub-stations" in each of the neighborhoods?

Q:  How many security guards patrol the neighborhoods from 10:00 p.m. to 4 a.m., a time period we have found when female passengers are at a higher risk of being assaulted?  (Both of the alleged rapes this week occurred in the early morning hours when Royal Caribbean has virtually no guard patrolling). 

Over a year ago, I also asked the  question: 

Has Royal Caribbean invested adequately into safety and security technologies and personnel to protect you and your family?  The cruise line executives will never tell, but we shall soon find out."

January 10, 2012 Update:  Alleged Cruise Ship Rapists From Brazil Seek Low Bond


Photo credit:

Top: Broward Sheriff’s Office via Mugshots Online

Bottom:  Royal Caribbean Cruises via Cruise Critic

  • sef foruma

    One to none. Cruise Lines like to save money so they assign a Fire Patrol guy (who walks around the ship pressing fire control points) to “observe”, but he is on schedule, and can not really act as security.
    If he fails to press a certain fire control point at certain place at certain time, computer alerts command center that something is wrong.
    Cruise Lines will do anything to cut down on budget for security, even delegate HKP staff to act as security and rather pay them overtime than employ real security staff full time.

  • L.F.

    What do you expect when the Cruise ship bars keep on serving falling down drunks. When i asked a security personel about this, she informed me that this is one of securitys biggest fights witht the cruise line as they will not control the bartenders. All for the sake of the greedy dollar.

  • Guest at the Allure Ship where the Rapes took place

    All of those questions are valid and agree that there should be adequate security, however, isn’t it our job as parents (and even just as members of society) to teach our kids NOT to go to strangers rooms??? Don’t get me wrong, I am appaled that something like this took place and feel very angry at the rapist, but I have to also admit that I never ONCE felt at danger during my 10 days at the trip…

  • Dave

    Not true, there are always security personnel patrolling the ship, even at 4 am. This is an international requirement and most ships have patrol checkpoint systems that record the movement of the guards.

    Also most modern cruise ships are absolutely covered with cameras. Have you asked the same questions of hotel executives? When is the last time you saw security personnel patrolling the corridor in your hotel?

    Finally what are the numbers for sexual assaults in comparable hotel chains? It would be nice to see a little balance here.

  • “Dave”

    Your IP address of your comment indicates that you are using a computer at Royal Caribbean.

    Perhaps you should disclose that and use a real name.

    Jim Walker

  • Ricardo

    If he really did it, I hope that he put dies in prison and never come back to Brazil.

  • Andre

    This ashames Brazil even more to the international eye.

  • Toniann

    RCCL wants all the glitz and glamour without all the responsibility of having a ship of this magnitude with enough personnel and security. Bigger ship means more incidents can occur with a larger space for them to occur in. Im sure there are plenty of bartenders hired but security guards? I highly doubt it. I have cruised in the past and I can say that both were pleasant for the most part but knowing that not enough is being done on these ships to prevent assault/rape/and even death is VERY bothersome to me. I can say with certainty that if I ever do have kids I WILL NOT be bringing them on a ship anytime soon. I am becoming more and more aware of the dangers that can take place on these floating cities. As for the alleged rapist, he is a pig and needs to suffer the consequences. What he has stolen is a young girls innocence that she will never get back.

  • Mark

    We were at that cruise and no one in my family has been exposed to any risk. I see some have a tendency to dramatize everything. So it’s easy to say “hire more guards”. But it would mean paying more $$ for the cruise and the passengers would never want to pay even more than few thousand $$ they had already paid. If you do not feel safe, pay extra $$ for VIP area and you will have higher security. No one has to be as obsessed about security as Americans are (currently introducing security guards in schools). Let’s just keep the common sense.

  • Stan Gazmin

    Apparently security issues on Allure of the Seas has not changed. I was on board July 26-Aug 2 2015 out of Barcelona. There was a black male brutally beaten outside the Windjammer Restaurant after midnite. I intervened to stop this Arabic male from causing more damage to the black male while my wife called 911 and the Operator for help. This ordeal lasted anout 10minutes. When a crowd showed up I left to call 911 as wife didnt get an answer , I didnt either. Maintenance staff showed up and called Security on their walkie talkie. Security showed up and took the combatants away without interviewing witnesses etc…I spoke to staff members and found out 911 calls go directly to the bridge…for 10minutes that I know of, no one was there! No one in control of a ship with about 10,000 people!

    the link is a 17second caption that my wife recorded as I attempted to call 911 on the phone!