This weekend, I received a telephone call that a 19 year old U.S. woman was robbed and assaulted in downtown Nassau on Saturday after arriving in a cruise ship and then taking a taxi from the port. She had just left a Disney cruise ship at the port in Nassau. The victim had her purse, wallet, and cell phone taken from her in the armed robbery. She reported the crime to the police in the Bahamas. The crime has not been disclosed by the Bahamian police so far.
Yesterday. the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has issued a warning called a "Security Message: Holiday Season Security Awareness."
Dated December 1, 2015, the warning didn’t mention the November 29th incident called into our office, but stated: "The U.S. Embassy in Nassau strongly advises U.S. citizens in The Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime. The holiday season is upon us and along with the many celebrations, there is often, unfortunately, an increase in criminal activity. During each year’s holiday season, the Embassy receives increased reports of crime, particularly armed robberies and burglaries, such as the carjacking of U.S. citizens at Jaws Beach in western New Providence on Thursday, November 26."
The Tribune newspaper in Nassau covers the crime warning. There have been an unprecedented ten (10) warnings of crime in by the U.S. State Department and/.or U.S. Embassy in Nassau within the last 20 months or so. You can read some of our articles here and here.
We picked Nassau last year to be the most dangerous cruise destination in the world. This year, there is a record high number of murders in Nassau.
Crime tape – Crime Will Destroy Us! bahamas B2B
December 3, 2015 Update: A number of readers ask me why do the cruise line still sail to Nassau when it is so dangerous? My response is cruise lines are still sailing to Nassau because of these interwoven issues; (1) it is a highly profitable port for the cruise lines to include in its itinerary (2) it is an inexpensive port for the cruise industry to travel to and is convenient to cruise ships leaving Southern Florida (3) it has a deep port and is accessible to the cruise industry’s monster ships like the Oasis and Allure; (4) cruise lines have limited liability (only liability for failure to warn) when cruise passengers are victimized during excursions in dangerous ports; and (5) cruise lines are primarily motivated by financial profit and will market the cruise as calling on an "exotic" destination and in the process will down-play the dangers of armed robbery and assault.