This morning I read an interesting letter to the editor while reading the Nassau Guardian.
It was from a Bahamian woman who cruised on a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship with her extended family on a Caribbean cruise to St. Maarten, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Nassau.
She and her family were distressed to see several safety warnings about Nassau in the NCL daily brochures. They also observed a sign on a deck on the cruise ship about the topic of passenger safety and the danger of bringing valuables ashore in the Bahamas.
There were no warning signs or brochures about the other ports of call, in St. Maarten or St. Thomas.
She complained about other issues, such as the port being dirty and disorganized, as well as the abuse of a horse carrying a surrey and passengers. She was disgusted and commented "how can we claim it’s better in the Bahamas?"
She summed up her feeling by saying: "I can tell you it’s not a pretty sight for passengers stepping off the ship, if they dare to do so after the safety warning about Nassau!"
I have written extensively about the problem of violent crime in Nassau. Most U.S. passengers mistakenly think that Nassau is some type of tropical paradise immune from crime. They don’t even begin to understand that the place is a far cry from the glossy images portrayed by the cruise lines until they disembark and it is too late.
Most of my information in my prior articles comes from the local press in the Bahamas, with my favorite sources being the Tribune or the Nassau Guardian, as well as U.S. passengers returning from the islands with a horror story to tell.
It’s a change to see to a Bahamian provide an insight into the Bahamas while traveling in the Caribbean and arriving at the port in Nassau,
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