The U.K.’s Mail Online reports today that a 27 year old British passenger alleges that a Celebrity Cruises ship employee raped her in her cabin aboard the Celebrity Equinox.
The article reports that the crew member, believed to be working on the cruise ship in the entertainment department, met the passenger in a bar and spent several hours drinking with her. He then allegedly followed her back to her cabin where he raped her. The articles states that although she said she was tired and going to bed, the crew employee attacked her.
The Celebrity Equinox had left the Italian port of Civitavecchia and the arrest came some 17 hours later.
The arrest took place after ship video showed the crew member and passenger in the bar, with him then following her back to her cabin.
The woman was seen by a doctor on board the ship.
Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, has not made a comment to date about this alleged crime.
The last rape aboard the Celebrity Equinox we reported on was last September – Perfume Sales Assistant Alleges Rape Aboard the Celebrity Equinox
As we mentioned in our prior article, Celebrity and its parent company Royal Caribbean have known about the high rate of sexual assaults on cruise ships for over a decade.
In 1999, Royal Caribbean hired two top notch firms to study the problem of sexual assaults on the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity fleet of cruise ships. The cruise line retained a consulting firm called "Sheridan, Swailes" to study the company’s security systems. Royal Caribbean also retained a nationally recognized expert on sexual harassment issues, Dr. Kay Krohne, who previously was a commanding officer at the Naval Training Station in San Diego.
After conducting an extensive analysis of the Royal Caribbean / Celebrity fleet, these experts concluded that sexual misconduct occurred "frequently" during cruises. They attributed this problem to the fact that most crew members were not afraid of being arrested, much less convicted.
Unfortunately, Celebrity Cruises does not warn its guests of the history of men attacking women during cruises.
Women on cruise ships need to be aware of the danger of rape by crew members, especially after drinking alcohol.
July 20, 2012 Update: We were informed that the crew member who allegedly raped the passenger was an IT employee.
July 21, 2012 Update: A newspaper in Italy identified the alleged rapist as an American.