The Department of Transportation (DOT) cruise crime statistics, mandated by the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, continue to show that Carnival Cruise Line remains by far the most likely cruise line to experience physical and sexual violence at sea.

Assaults With Serious Bodily Injury

Carnival Cruise Line reported eight (8) assaults with serious bodily injury in the first three month of this year. No other cruise line reported a single act of violence resulting in serious injuries in the first quarter of this year. Last year (2023), there were a total or twenty-two (22) violent physical assaults leading to serious injury throughout the cruise industry. Carnival Cruise Line had the majority (14) of such incidents.

Sexual Violence

The first quarter DOT cruise crime data also reveals that Carnival Cruise Line remains the cruise brand with the most sexual violence at sea. Carnival Cruise line reported that there were nine (9) instances of sexual assault / rape on its twenty-seven ships, with Royal Caribbean (with the same number of ships but a higher number of passengers) having eight (8) such crimes.

Overall, all cruise lines reported a total of thirty-two (32) sexual assaults / rapes for the first quarter of 2024. The DOT data for the fourth quarter of last year (2023) reveals that fleet-wide for all cruise lines there were thirty-three (33) sexual assaults / rapes, bringing the total annual number of sexual assaults / rapes on cruise ships for 2023 to one hundred and thirty-one (131) such alleged crimes. There were eighty-nine (89) sexual assaults reported by cruise lines in all of 2022. Based on first quarter data, the projected annual number of sexual violence incidents for 2024 is 128 sexual assaults / rapes.

The Miami New Times (Naomi Feinstein) reported on the cruise crime increase in 2023 earlier this year. “A report from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) states that 131 alleged incidents of sexual assault and rape were reported on cruise ships last year – a marked increase beyond the 2022 total of 87 and the pre-pandemic total of 101 in 2019.”

The number of alleged sexual crimes reported on Carnival Cruise Line ships during the last quarter is the same amount of such alleged crimes (9) during the last three months of 2023. Last year Carnival Cruise Line had a total of forty-five (45) sexual assaults / rapes. Considering it has around 115,000 passengers and crew members onboard its fleet on an average day, this turns out to be a per capita rate (per 100,000) of over 41. Carnival Cruise Line’s projected annualized sexual crimes for this year, again based on the first quarter numbers, turns out to be 38 per 100,000, which is equal to or higher than twenty states in the U.S. (Royal Caribbean, on the other hand, has closer to 150,000 passengers and crew members on the same number of ships – 27 – at any given time).

Why Does Carnival Cruise Line Have The Highest Number of Sexual Assaults and Physical Assaults Leading to Serious Bodily Injury?

There is a direct correlation between excessive alcohol served on Carnival’s “fun ships” and violence, in general, and sexual violence against women, in particular. Bartenders and waiters on Carnival cruise ships are not paid a salary by Carnival but depend on tips and gratuities. The bartenders are motivated to sell excessive amounts of alcohol in order to earn a living. There is no independent police force on these increasingly huge cruise ships. Girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse in what is often a lawless environment.

This is a cruise line which has made a conscious decision not to warn its guests of the danger of violence and sexual violence during cruises on its “fun ships.” Consider: Carnival Cruise Passenger Viciously Beaten and Cut in the Face With Bar Glass.

The reality of a “typical cruise,” on a Carnival ship from Miami to the Bahamas, for example, involves cruising on a ship in the most dangerous fleet at sea to one of the most dangerous cruise destination in the world. Consider: Two Guests From the Carnival Elation Report Being Drugged and Raped During Excursion in the Bahamas, cruise lines have an absolute duty to warn its passengers of crime dangers not only on its ships but in the ports of call where they visit. This is true whether the cruise guests are on an excursion promoted and sold by the cruise line or an independant excursion unrelated to the cruise line. Carlisle v. Ulysses Line Ltd., S.A.,475 So. 2d 248, 251 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1985), Chaparro v. Carnival, 693 F.3d 1333 (11th Cir. 2012).

“Fight Ships” Not “Fun Ships?”

You only have to watch the numerous YouTube videos of bar brawls on Carnival ships to realize that there’s a good reason why many people call Carnival ships the “fight ships” rather than the “fun ships.” The DOT cruise crime data bears this out.

Carnival Refuses to Acknowledge Its High Crimes Rates

Carnival Cruise Line has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the high crime rates on its cruise ships. Its corporate communication department consistently tries to minimize the danger to the traveling public. Earlier this year, Chris Chiames, chief communications officer for Carnival Cruise Line, tried to minimize Carnival’s numerous crimes alleged on its ships, telling the Washington Post that Carnival (which carried 5.5 million guests last year) allegedly operated “a much bigger fleet, more guests and more U.S. operations than any of our competitors.”

Carnival’s claims that its fleet is allegedly larger and it carries more guests is false and misleading. In fact, Carnival Cruise Line also has the same number of cruise ships as Royal Caribbean (each own 27 ships). But Royal Caribbean has significantly larger cruise ships with greater capacity and carries more passengers than Carnival at any given time. Royal Caribbean carries a maximum of over 100,000 passengers whereas Carnival Cruise Line has a maximum of around 85,000 passengers.

Carnival Cruise Line also has a tradition of refusing to accept accountability and misrepresenting information which it finds to be detrimental to its reputation and business interests. For example, when Carnival Corporation pled guilty to the second revocation of its criminal probation for widespread pollution in January of 2022, the Department of Justice stated that the cruise line has “a culture that seeks to minimize or avoid information that is negative, uncomfortable, or threatening to the company, including to top leadership.” This is an integral part of the problem with the sexual and violent crimes alleged to be committed on cruise ships it operates. A recidivist corporate cruise felon like Carnival, with its culture of cover ups, lies and misinformation, will inevitably try to cover-up the crimes, blame the victims and lie to the public.

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Image credit: Carnival Liberty leaving Miami – Jim Walker; Carnival Magic in Norfolk, VA- Jim Walker.

Two additional crew members on cruise ships were arrested in South Florida in the last week on charges of child pornography, bringing the total of cruise ship employees apprehended for possessing child abuse materials to a total of at least eight in a period of a little over three months.

Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara

Police officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) arrested Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara (photo above), a 32 year-old man recently identified as a Royal Caribbean crew member recently employed as an assistant waiter on the Wonder of the Seas, on Sunday on charges of possessing child pornography and a bestiality video, according to Local News-10. This followed the arrest just the day before involving a crew member, Komang Parianta, also recently identified as working for Royal Caribbean on the Icon of the Seas, on charges of possessing child pornography. Parianta was accused of possessing child sexual abuse videos including a “girl around five years old” being sexually abused by a man as well as a “girl between 12 to 13 years old” also being abused.

Zin Naing Htun

These last two arrests followed the arrest of a Royal Caribbean ship employee, Zin Naing Htun, 36 (photo immediately above), of Myanmar, around a week ago. Crew member Htun was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. One video depicted a child between the ages of 10 and 12 acting in a “sexual manner,” and a second depicted a child between 12 and 14 years old removing her clothes, according to a local NBC news station.

According to a MDPD arrest report, Indonesian Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara was detained on Sunday after law enforcement conducted a cabin search. The officers found two videos on his phone of girls as young as 5 years old being sexually assaulted by men and a video of a female “engaging in sexual intercourse with a horse.”

As of Tuesday, Brahmantara was being held in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on an immigration hold. Jail records show Brahamantara is facing three counts of possession of videos depicting a sexual performance by a child and possession of a video depicting sexual activities involving animals.

Brahmantara’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages indicate that he was a former crew member who worked for Marella Cruises beginning in 2016. He recently was employed by Royal Caribbean.

In addition to these crew members, six other cruise ship employees have been arrested for possessing child sexual abuse materials since February: Tirso Anthony Neri, age 44 (Disney Dream), Alvin Gonzalez, age 49 (Disney Dream),  Amiel Trazo, age 28 (Disney Dream), Jamaal Wade, age 28 (employed by RWS Global as a dancer / performer on a Holland America Line cruise ship), and Dennis Ofrancia De Leon, age 44 (Celebrity Reflection). Some of these crew members possessed child pornography of children as young as two to five years of age.

Top left to bottom right: Zin Naing Htun (Royal Caribbean), Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara (Royal Caribbean), Amiel Trazo (Disney), Anthony Gonzalez (Disney), Dennis Ofrancia De Leon (Celebrity), Komang Parianta (Royal Caribbean), Tirso Anthony Neri (Disney), and Jamaal Wade (RWS Global on a HAL ship).

There remains substantial questions whether cruise lines perform adequate pre-employment investigations into the backgrounds of prospective employees. This spate of child perverts hired by the cruise lines makes that clear. Most of these deviant crew members above come from countries like Indonesia and the Philippines which have no sexual predator database nor computerized sources of data where employers can search for relevant background information based on a search of their driver’s license or social security number.

Cruise lines are currently aggressively recruiting new employees. Royal Caribbean, in particular, is hiring 10,000 workers in 2024 to keep up with surging demand in cruise travel, according to a report from Reuters. There appears to be little hesitation by cruise lines in bringing new crew members into the cruise industry which is trending toward building larger and larger ships which require thousands of new hires. Whether cruise lines continue to hire crew members with a propensity to engage in possessing and transporting child pornography and other criminal behavior during their long contracts (6-10 month) at sea seems probable.

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Image credit: Cover image (top) -Komang Parianta and Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara; Iwayan Pasek Brahmantara – mug shot zone; Zin Naing Htun – NBC news station;

Local NBC-6 station reports that a 33-year-old crew member was arrested at PortMiami this past weekend on charges of possessing child pornography.

NBC-6 reports today that Komang Parianta was taken into custody after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted a search of his cabin, where two videos of child sexual abuse material were discovered.

The child porn videos reportedly were found on Parianta’s cellphone. The videos revealed a “girl around five years old” being sexually abused by a man as well as a “girl between 12 to 13 years old” also being abused.

After Parianta was arrested, he was transported to Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK) and booked.

Parianta attended criminal court in Miami where a judge set a $20,000 bond ($5,000 for each felony count).

Parianta is the sixth crew member to be arrested for child pornography in a period of slightly more than three months. Celebrity crew member Dennis Ofrancia De Leon, age 44, who worked on the Celebrity Reflection, was arrested two weeks ago after Homeland Security agents found “multiple videos/photographs” depicting child sexual abuse material.

Tirso Anthony Neri, age 44, worked as a crew member on the Disney Dream, and was charged with violating 18 USC 2252(a)(i) (transportation of child pornography) and 2252(a)(4)(B) (possession of child pornography) after agents for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations found pornographic images of children as young as age nine on his cell phones. Two other Disney crew members were also arrested.  Disney ship employee Alvin Gonzalez, age 49, was arrested on the Disney Dream in early February of this year for possession of a video of a boy, believed to be as young as 8, and a girl, estimated to be as young as 12. Amiel Trazo, another Disney crew member, age 28, was arrested in late February on charges of possessing numerous materials depicting graphic child sexual abuse “with children between the approximate ages of 6 and 14.”

Twenty-six year old Jamaal Wade was employed by RWS Global as a dancer / performer on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discovered a large collection of graphic images of child pornography “involving minors as young as two years old engaged in sexual acts with adults.”

State law enforcement officers in Florida have jurisdiction to investigate crimes on cruise ships departing and returning to ports in Florida.

NBC-6 did not report on the identity of Mr. Parianta’s employer or the name of the cruise ship where he worked.

Are there any crew members with knowledge where Mr. Parianta was employed?

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May 13 PM Update:

May 14 Update: We received reliable information that Mr. Parianta, an Indonesian, was working as a waiter for Royal Caribbean aboard the Icon of the Seas.

Image credit: Komang Parianta – NBC-6

We recently received information regarding the crew member from Ambassador’s Ambience cruise ship who was lost at sea last week.

His name is Ison Dias, age 27, from Goa, India. He is single and survived by two parents who are reportedly living in the U.K. where the Ambience is home-ported. He reportedly was last seen on CCTV video in the early morning of May 3, 2024 on an open deck of the cruise ship. There was a delay of around 7 hours between the time that he went overboard and when the ship turned around to retrace its path.

Mr. Dias reportedly joined the ship in early March of this year. This was his first contract.

His Instagram page shows a handsome young lad who appeared to be well liked by his friends and obviously loved by his parents.

Condolences to Mr. Dias’s family, friends and co-employees.

We have not received any explanation why or how he went overboard from the cruise ship.

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May 11, 2024 Update:

From a local web page “Rising GOA” from Mr. Dias’ home city:

Image credit: Mr. Dias – Instagram of Ison Dias.

A passenger has reportedly gone overboard from the Pacific Adventure cruise ship as it approached Sydney, Australia. Nearby vessels and a police helicopter are searching the waters near Sydney as the search for the missing cruise guest continues.

Newspapers in Australia report that P&O’s Pacific Adventure was due in Sydney Harbour before 6 a.m. but as of 7 a.m., remains in waters off what are called the “Eastern Suburbs.” “Pacific Adventure is currently undertaking a search and rescue operation off Sydney after a person overboard alarm was raised at 4 a.m.,” a P&O Cruises Australia spokesperson stated to news.com.au.

Andres Vargas, a passenger on the Carnival Splendor which is sitting idle nearby, sent images of the P&O ship to news.com.au.

New South Wales Police confirmed a search is underway to the Australian newspaper.

“Police are leading the search of waters off Sydney following reports a person was in the water,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.

The report was received just after 4am that “a person had gone overboard” 10 nautical miles outside Sydney Heads.

The Pacific Adventure was sailing on a three day roundtrip cruise from Sydney called the “Tribute To The King” (Elvis). The itinerary started on May 3, 2024 and ends on May 6, 2024.

There is no information currently disclosed how, why or when the person went overboard.

According to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein, who maintains the definitive list of people going overboard and has testified before the U.S. Congress several times regarding cruise ship overboards, this was the 409th person to go overboard from a cruise ship (or ferry) in the last 24 years. By all accounts, the Pacific Adventure was not equipped with an automatic man overboard (MOB) system. State-of-the-art MOB systems automatically send a signal to the bridge that a person has gone over the rails via a motion detection alarm which can capture an image of the person and then can track the person in the water via radar (using infrared technology at night). Such systems are relatively inexpensive to install (U.S. $300,000 – $400,00) and are readily available on the maritime market.

The Pacific Adventure is owed by cruise giant Carnival Corporation. No cruise ships in its nearly 100 cruise ship fleet have life saving state-of-the-art MOB systems installed. The result is what you see here.

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May 6, 2024 Update:

A number of newspapers are reporting that after a search of around 6 hours, a body was located.

May 15, 2024 Update:

Image credit: Pacific Adventure – Andres Vargas via news.com.au

A crew member is missing at sea from an around-the-world cruise operated by Ambassador Cruise Line, according to the BBC. The unidentified crew member worked aboard the Ambience cruise ship.

The cruise ship departed from Lisbon, Portugal, bound for Tilbury in Essex (U.K.) on Thursday afternoon. He reportedly could not be located on the cruise ship this morning and was reported missing after breakfast.

A spokeswoman for Ambassador Cruise Line told that the BBC that a “full and thorough” search of the ship had been conducted and it was being reversed to retrace its route. This is typical of cruise ships which are not equipped with automatic man overboard (MOB) systems; instead of immediately searching in the water when a guest or ship employee goes overboard, the ship will waste time looking on the ship for the missing crew member.

Ambassador claims that it “is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our crew and guests,” but it failed to install a life-saving MOB system on the ship which would provide timely notice of the overboard employee and permit a prompt search and rescue.

The Ambience was on the final cruise of its around-the-world tour at the time of the crew member’s disappearance.

According to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein, who provides the definitive data of people who have gone overboard, 408 people have fallen or jumped from cruise ships and ferries since 2000.

In reviewing the data maintained by Dr. Klein and after closely studying the phenomenon of people going overboard for the past 20 years, there are some general conclusions I have reached. The vast majority (probably over 90%) of crew members who go overboard do so intentionally due to long hours of work, long contracts on the ships (6-10 months) away from their families, and lack of psychological support from their employers. The majority of passengers, on the other hand, who go overboard do so due to excessive alcohol sold by the cruise ship.

The Coast Guard reportedly has taken on the delayed search for the crew member while the Ambience is now sailing back to its final port in the U.K. to take on a new round of passengers.

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May 4, 2024 Update:

The Spanish Coast Guard called of its belated search for the crew member.

Business Insider, which is one of the few newspapers which doesn’t simply repeat the misleading comments by the cruise industry, previously interviewed Dr. Ross Klein:

May 6, 2024 Update:

We received information about the missing crew member.

Image credit: Ambassador Ambience cruise ship – Pjotr Mahhonin – CC BY-SA 4.0 commons / wikimedia.

A Celebrity Cruises crew member was arrested in Fort Lauderdale by federal agents who found child sexual abuse material on his phone when he disembarked in Port Everglades.

According to Local 10 News (WPLG), who reviewed criminal federal court documents (which you can review here), Celebrity crew member Dennis Ofrancia De Leon, age 44, a Filipino national, disembarked the Celebrity Reflection on Monday. Homeland Security agents found “multiple videos/photographs” depicting child sexual abuse material. The criminal court file indicated that the agents found videos “showing boys and girls being raped or otherwise sexually abused . . .”

The court file indicated that De Leon admitted to viewing content showing victims under the age of 10.

This is at least the fourth or fifth crew member arrested in South Florida for possession of graphic child pornoghraphy in just the last three months, to wit:

  • Tirso Anthony Neri, age 44, a crew member on the Disney Dream cruise ship based in Port Everglades, was charged last month with violating 18 USC 2252(a)(i) (transportation of child pornography) and 2252(a)(4)(B) (possession of child pornography) after agents for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations found pornographic images of children as young as age nine on his cell phones.
  • Disney ship employee Alvin Gonzalez, age 49, was also arrested on the Disney Dream in early February of this year for possession of a video of a boy, believed to be as young as 8, and a girl, estimated to be as young as 12, having intercourse with each other.
  • Amiel Trazo, another Disney crew member on the Disney Dream, age 28, was arrested in late February on charges of possessing numerous materials depicting graphic child sexual abuse “with children between the approximate ages of 6 and 14.”
  • Jamaal Wade, a dancer hired by RWS Global to work on a cruise ship operated by Holland America Line (HAL) was arrested last month for possessing a large quantity of child pornography (more than 15 videos), which he brought on the ship, depicting children as young as “two years old engaged in sexual acts with adults.” Wade was hired to perform on the HAL cruise ship notwithstanding that he had a criminal record which included charges of molesting an 11-year-old boy.

Top left – Tirso Anthony Neri (Disney Dream); top right – Anthony Gonzalez (Disney Dream); bottom left – Amiel Trazo (Disney Dream); and Cris Castor (Celebrity Silhouette).

This is not the first time that a Celebrity crew member was arrested on charges of possessing child sexual abuse materials. Cris John Pentinio Castor, a Celebrity youth counselor, was arrested after sexually abusing at least four children aboard the Celebrity Silhouette after a 6-year-old came forward and reported him.

The significant number of crew members arrested for child pornography raises questions of the cruise industry’s hiring protocols. There is no sexual predator database outside of the U.S. where these particular crew members were hired. It is clear to us after reviewing hundreds of crew member personnel files over the years that cruise lines do not perform adequate investigations into the pre-employment history of prospective employees.

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Image credit: Celebrity ReflectionMaster0Garfield commons/wikimedia; Dennis De Leon; Local 10 News (WPLG)

Numerous newspapers have been reporting that cruise ships operated by Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International experienced gastrointestinal (GI) outbreaks in the last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially reported that norovirus outbreaks sickened over three percent of the passengers on both the Sapphire Princess, operated by Princess, and the Radiance of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean, with the predominant symptoms being diarrhea and vomiting.

The CDC reported last week that the total number of passengers on the Sapphire Princess who reported ill were 94 of 2,532 (3.71%); with 67 of 1,993 (3.36%) guests sickened on the Radiance of the Seas. The CDC also reported that 20 crew members on the Sapphire Princess and 2 ship employees in the Radiance of the Seas have been affected.

Today, the CDC is reporting that the number of sick passengers on the Sapphire Princess increased from 94 to 115 of 2,532 (4.54%) and the number of ill crew members increased from 20 to 28 of 1,066 (2.62%).

The outbreak on the Sapphire Princess is taking place on a 32 day cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and the Polynesian islands which ends in Los Angeles on May 7th. Since the cruise is currently underway, it is possible that additional passengers and ship employees may report ill to the ship infirmary.

The outbreak on the Radiance of the Seas occurred during a two week cruise from Tampa to Los Angeles which ended on April 22nd. The Royal Caribbean ship is now sailing an itinerary from Vancouver to Alaska.

The CDC reports that the disease outbreaks on these two ships was caused by norovirus, which typically is the result of contaminated food and/or water according to both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This is the sixth GI outbreak over the last four months on a cruise ship returning to a U.S. port this year. Five of the outbreaks were caused by norovirus. Sixteen (16) of the last seventeen (17) GI outbreaks on cruise ships, dating back to the beginning of last year, were due to norovirus (with one case attributable to Salmonella and E. coli). 

Norovirus can also be easily spread through airborne transmission which can further complicate matters on cruise ships. Washing your hands is of little to no effectiveness if the method of transmission is via contaminated food from the galley which is further spread in the air in crowded quarters.

One of the shortcomings of the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is that the CDC does not make an effort to determine how GI outbreak occur. The CDC does not make factual, scientific determinations regarding the actual source of the disease transmission (i.e., a particular type of food and/or water and the location of the initial outbreak). This is probably due to the limited resources of the CDC and the quick turn around of cruise ships in U.S. ports.

The cruise industry has no interest in actually determining why a specific outbreak takes place. Most cruise lines will always claim that a guest brought the virus aboard the ship and other passengers then failed to wash their hands. Neither the CDC nor cruise lines investigate whether galley staff and/or food handlers were working while infected. There is no analysis what the passengers, who became ill, last ate or were served during the same seating and/or by the same waiters. There is no tracking by cruise lines of illnesses due to the type of food served during the cruise. This is to be sharply contrasted with shore-side major restaurant businesses in the U.S. when a disease outbreak occurs. Chipotle, for example, has a reputation of determining the specific source of an norovirus outbreak and then focusing on the distributor which supplied the particular contaminated sprouts, lettuce or other food item.

Interested in this issue? We suggest reading the article After Years of Decline, Norovirus Outbreaks Surge on Cruise Ships and our article about a GI outbreak on another Princess cruise ship, the Ruby Princess, a little over a year ago:

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Image Credit: Gastroenteritis viruses – Graham Beards wikipedia / creative commons CC 3.0; Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the SeasFletcher6 – CC BY-SA 3.0 commons / wikimedia; and Princess Cruises’ Sapphire PrincessPjotr Mahhonin – CC BY-SA 4.0 commons / wikimedia.

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U.S. Federal agents arrested a man working as a crew member for Disney Cruise Line on two federal charges for possessing numerous child sexual abuse material, according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Broward County).

Tirso Anthony Neri, age 44, was identified in court records as a crew member on the Disney Dream cruise ship based in Port Everglades. Neri was charged with violating 18 USC 2252(a)(i) (transportation of child pornography) and 2252(a)(4)(B) (possession of child pornography) after agents for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations found pornographic images of children as young as age nine on his cell phones.

Crew member Neri is the third crew member on the Disney Dream to be arrested in the last two months. Disney ship employee Alvin Gonzalez, age 49, was also arrested on the Disney Dream in early February of this year for possession of a video of a boy, believed to be as young as 8, and a girl, estimated to be as young as 12, having intercourse with each other. Amiel Trazo, another Disney crew member, age 28, was arrested in late February on charges of possessing numerous materials depicting graphic child sexual abuse “with children between the approximate ages of 6 and 14.”

The investigation into Disney crew member Neri began in mid-December of last year. Neri waived his Miranda rights and admitted in questioning by federal agents that he participated in several group chats on Telegraph and Facebook Messenger chat apps from which he downloaded pornography online.

These three Disney crew members are just some of the numerous sexual pedophile perverts recently caught by U.S. authorities on cruise ships. Cris John Pentinio Castor, a 35 year-old cruise ship youth counselor employed by Celebrity Cruises, was arrested in December of 2023 for sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in the youth center of the Celebrity Silhouette during a cruise to the Caribbean. Castor subsequently waived his Miranda rights and voluntarily told FBI investigators that he molested not only the girl but at least three other minor children while they were visiting the center on the cruise ship since August.

Some of the most notorious sexual crimes involving minors involved two Princess Cruises ship employees, including an assistant cruise director, who were sentenced last year to combined terms of over 45 years in federal prison for child pornography and sexual assault.

Daniel Scott Crow, employed by Princess Cruises as an assistant cruise director, was sentenced late last year by Southern District of Florida Judge Jose Martinez to thirty (30) years in prison for enticing an underage child to engage in sex with him and take part in the production of child pornography. Crow was thirty-five (35) years of age when he met the sixteen (16) year old child during a cruise in July 2019 on an unidentified Princess Cruises ship. A press release by the Department of Justice (DOJ) sets forth the basic facts of the disturbing sexual crimes committed by Crowe.

A second Princess crew member, Angelo Victor Fernandes, from India, age 34, worked on the same Princess cruise ship as Crow. Fernandes was friends with Crow and the two men discussed “obtaining children for sex.” Fernandes admitted to federal agents when he was arrested that he was sexually attracted to Crow and sent him sexually explicit videos and child pornography in exchange for videos of Crow masturbating. The two crew members discussed travelling to sexually abuse children as young as five years of age. Judge Aileen Cannon, of the federal district court in Fort Pierce, Florida, sentenced Fernandes last week to 188 months (over 15 and1/2 years) in prison. A press release by the DOJ sets forth the basic facts of the crimes committed by Fernandes.

We have repeatedly reported that approximately one-third of sexual crimes on cruise ships involve minors. It’s dangerous to leave your children alone on cruise ships or trust ship employees with your kids. There is no sexual predator database outside of the U.S. where these particular crew members were hired. We have handled over one-hundred and twenty-five sexual assault cases against passengers on cruise ships over the past twenty years. Approximately over-third of the cases involved minors.

The prime location we have concluded for a crew member to assault young children is in the guest cabin. Cabin attendants can use their master key cards to enter cabins if and when parents leave their kids, thinking it’s safe to go to a club or bar at night.

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Image credit: Disney Dreamajmexico CC BY 2.0 commons / wikimedia; TIRSO ANTHONY NERI – tricountybests.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the Silver Nova cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises is experiencing a gastrointestinal (GI) outbreak which has sickened 23 of 633 passengers (3.63%) and 1 of 538 crew members (0.19%). The predominant symptom reported by the CDC is diarrhea.

The CDC has not yet identified the causative agent for the GI outbreak. Sixteen (16) of the last seventeen (17) GI outbreaks on cruise ships, dating back to the beginning of last year, were due to norovirus (with one case attributable to Salmonella and E. coli). The CDC does not always determine the cause of the outbreak which in this case may be because the cruise ship has not yet called on a U.S. port where stool samples of the affected passengers can be collected and tested.

The Silver Nova is currently near the end of a 16 day, one-way “Easter Cruise” from Callao-Lima to Fort Lauderdale, which calls on Port Everglades tomorrow.

According to the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), norovirus outbreaks are primarily caused by eating contaminated food and/or drinking contaminated water.

This is the fourth (4th) GI outbreak on a cruise ship this year. Last year, there were fourteen (14th) outbreaks with Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises each experiencing three (3) outbreaks.

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April 15, 2024 Evening Update:

The number of infected passengers increased to 28 out of 633 (4.42%).

April 15, 2024 Update:

Because the Silver Nova is a new cruise ship (with its maiden voyage on August 14, 2023 and christened in January 2024), the ship has not yet had a bi-annual sanitation inspection by the CDC.

April 16, 2024 Update:

The New York Post, reporting on this outbreak, has it exactly correct when it writes: “The cause of the outbreak — which has impacted roughly 5% of the ship’s passenger population — is still unknown, but the CDC notes that norovirus outbreaks are primarily caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.”

Image credit: Silver NovaNarwhalian1 – CC BY-SA 4.0 commons / wikimedia; gastrointestinal virusDr Graham Beards.