CBS travel expert Peter Greenberg has interesting comments on the recent crime statistics released by the three major cruise lines.
Carnival, NCL and Royal Caribbean posted 237 crimes which allegedly took place on their cruise ship over the last 2 to 3 years. This is the first time that the cruise industry has ever publicly posted their onboard crime statistics.
The information, however, is very limited. The cruise lines do not mention the name of the cruise ship, or the date of the incident, or where the incident is alleged to have occurred or any explanation regarding what happened. The companies also do not disclose whether the victim is a child.
Legislation proposed by Senator Rockefeller will require the cruise lines to provide greater specificity about the crimes. For example, the public should know whether a particular cruise ship has experienced multiple incidents where child counselors are accused of molesting children in a child-care facility on the ship. As matters now stand, it’s impossible to tell from the cruise lines’ skimpy crime charts what the crime reports really involve.