Two German passengers from a the AidaPerla were reportedly attacked in a botched robbery in Castries, St Lucia yesterday morning, according to a local newspaper in St Lucia.

The St Lucia Times stated that “two young thugs pounced” on a mother and daughter from the German cruise ship when they exited from a park near the cruise port in Castries around 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning.

Two local, young men attempted to snatch a small bag from one of the cruise tourists. Their screams attracted the attention of other visitors to the park and the two robbers fled empty-handed, leaving the two German women with multiple abrasions due to the attack.

Earlier last week, several people were mugged in the nearby area including a couple who were reportedly robbed at gunpoint in the park (Serenity Park) in question.

In the video below, a news station in St. Lucia reports that armed bandits robbed a couple of their “bags, phones and wallets” a few days ago in the park in question. The security guard interviewed in the video was also reportedly robbed in the park as well.

Serenity Park is listed as one of the “things to do” by tourists, according to the city of Castries.

The violent attempted robbery comes at a time when the international media is focused on the murder of a British citizen, Robert Hathaway, who managed a marina south of the Castries’ cruise port. The Telegraph newspaper recently published an article titled Murder in Paradise: the Dark Side of Life in St Lucia which also focused on the murder of Mr. Hathaway’s friend, Roger Pratt, another U.K. citizen, who was killed by intruders aboard his yacht in St. Lucia several years ago.

Crimes against cruise tourists is nothing new for St. Lucia. In 2013, fifty-five Celebrity Cruises passengers (photo right) and two crew members were robbed at gun point in St. Lucia during a cruise sponsored excursion. Earlier,  fourteen NCL cruise passengers were robbed at a popular tourist attraction Anse-La-Raye Waterfall in St. Lucia.

NCL temporarily dropped St. Lucia as a port in 2010 because of attacks on cruise passengers which occurred on three occasions while the cruise passengers were sight-seeing on the island. In 2015, newspapers in St. Lucia reported that the president of the St. Lucia Vendors association was concerned that crime against passengers was again prompting cruise lines to consider dropping St. Lucia as a port of call.

Following several of the violent crimes against tourists, the St Lucia Tourist Board erroneously claimed that such dangerous incidents had “never happened before on the island,” as we pointed out in “Liar, Liar Pants On Fire? St. Lucia Tourism Board Denies Prior Armed Robbery of Cruise Passengers.”

In 2014, we named St. Lucia to our list (as #10) of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World. You can read reactions to that article by St. Lucians in the comments to the article in a local newspaper in St. Lucia titled “St. Lucia ranked in top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world.”

St. Lucia reports that tourism has nonetheless increased in 2018 with 1.2 millions tourists, including 800,000 cruise passengers, visiting the island last year. Local politicians warn that crimes against tourists will have a chilling effect on tourism.

Many people who are inclined to defend the tourism industry in St. Lucia may say things like “crime happens everywhere” or point to violent U.S. cities like Chicago.  But the fact is that St. Lucia as a country has a per capita murder rate in 2017 of over 33 homicides per 100,000 (up from around 20 per 100,000 in 2012) and around 24 homicides per 100,000 in 2018 whereas an admittedly deadly city like Chicago has a 2017 per capita homicide rate of around 24 per 100,000. The U.S. as a country has a per capita homicide rate of less than 5 per 100,000.

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Image credit: Top – Goggle map; middle – DBS TV St. Lucia via the Times (following bus robbery) via YouTube; bottom – Castries cruise port –  stlucianewsonline; video bottom – MBC PRIME NEWS -St. Lucia 

  • James T. Carver

    All those countries, while they may be beautiful on the outside are really just third world shitholes in reality when you look under the surface, high unemployment, little in the way of opportunity, high crime. Eventually the tourists as the folks with money are bound to be targets.

    • bigharold

      Very True!

    • You are correct. I am from Jamaica and I can say the same thing about there too. Crime is plaguing Jamaica, you have to be very careful when you go there because you might end up dead.

    • Chrys

      You sound ignorant to generalize ALL Caribbean countries as third world shitholes. Many countries in the Caribbean have great career and educational opportunities. Many people in these shithole countries that you mention live better than your average American. High unemployment and crime are attributes experienced in America as well so stop with the generalizations. Pick up your passport (if you own one most trump supporters dont’t) and go experience the world.

  • High unemployment and desperation is the main contributor to crimes in most of these Caribbean countries. I can speak about Jamaica because that’s where I am from. Some people will say yeah man, Jamaica is nice and beautiful. But I always say this to anyone who’s planning on going rhere, If you’re not careful you will be robbed and killed. Jamaica is filled with lots of notorious heartless murderers. They will not just rob you and spare your life, they rob you and tek yuh life too.
    Last year a friend of mine visited Jamaica she met some lady in a bank. The lady came off very nice to my friend. During the conversation my friend ask the lady where she can get some good jerk pork, the lady told my friend that she can get good jerk pork after hours down in Greenwich Farm on this dead end street., my friend call me and it’s a good thing I answered my phone, my friend told me about this lady who’s telling her to go to Greenwich Farm after hours to but jerk pork, when I hear that a shiver came over me I said to my friend DO NOT GO THERE. YOU ARE BEING SETUP TO BE ROBBED AND POSSIBLE KILLED. I know Greenwich Farm, nobody sells Jerk pork nowhere there.

    Be careful of some of these so called friendly people because they are the ones who will send you to your death

  • Sarah

    Them young thugs need to find them self a job I thought things would have been better with Allen chastenet in power but he is just an ass like American president

  • High unemployment and desperation is the main contributor to crimes in most of these Caribbean countries. I can speak about Jamaica because that’s where I am from. Some people will say yeah man, Jamaica is nice and beautiful. But I always say this to anyone who’s planning on going rhere, If you’re not careful you will be robbed and killed. Jamaica is filled with lots of notorious heartless murderers. They will not just rob you and spare your life, they rob you and tek yuh life too.

    Last year my girlfriend visited Jamaica she met some lady in a bank. The lady came off very nice to my friend. During the conversation my girlfriend ask the lady where she can get some good jerk pork, the lady told my friend that she can get good jerk pork after hours down in Greenwich Farm on this dead end street., my girlfriend call me and it’s a good thing I answered my phone, my girlfriend told me about this lady who’s telling her to go to Greenwich Farm after hours to but jerk pork, when I hear that a shiver came over me I said to my girlfriend, DO NOT GO THERE. YOU ARE BEING SETUP TO BE ROBBED AND POSSIBLE KILLED. I know Greenwich Farm, nobody sells Jerk pork nowhere there. My girlfriend was insisting that this lady is so nice but for some reason the lady didn’t want to give her cell phone number, so I said isn’t that strange? She’s telling you to go this garrison part of town and when you get there just say so and so send me. What these people do is hangout by the banks and target people, some of these people who worked in the banks in Jamaica are connected to criminals who are just waiting outside to rob you after you make a withdrawal.

    Be careful of some of these so-called friendly and nice people in Jamaica because they are the ones who will send you to your death.