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Most people would probably be surprised to learn that the majority of cruise ship sexual assaults are perpetrated by cruise line employees. There are various reasons for this phenomenon, which we will consider here:

Impunity - Cruise line employees often get away with committing various crimes. Sadly, there have been numerous cases of cruise ship employees committing sexual crimes, only to be protected by their employers once the crime had been discovered. For example, in 2013 a cruise ship employee was caught on security recording kissing a 10 year-old girl who was a passenger on the ship. The incident was immediately reported to cruise ship security personnel. But the cruise line waited until the ship sailed away from Florida, where the incident happened, before reporting the incident to U.S. authorities. The employee was disembarked in a foreign country and never faced justice.

Access – Cruise ship employees often have master Keys which serve to unlock virtually all passenger cabin doors. These keys have been used numerous times in the perpetration of sexual attacks.

Shamelessness – A number of sexual attacks perpetrated by cruise line employees have been caught on security video, occurring out in the open. It is disturbing that many of these crew members perpetrate such vicious acts in full view of the ship’s security measures, but it is nevertheless true.

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Injury Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases


It is estimated that 10 million  Americans cruise every year.  With this enormous number of travelers it is no surprise that people often fall sick and suffer serious injuries aboard cruise ships.  In fact, there is at least one new story every week of a person who had to be airlifted from a cruise ship due to medical emergency.  But what many people do not know is that receiving medical treatment while aboard a cruise ship can cost you big.

When a person falls ill aboard a cruise ship, and visits the ship’s infirmary, generally that person will be responsible to personally pay for the medical treatment they receive.  This is because cruise ship infirmary care is generally not included in the price of the cruise itself.  Passengers have often complained of paying exorbitant fees for basic medications such as aspirin.  But the fact is that almost every service provided by the infirmary is billable.

Those who require to be airlifted from the ship face even greater expenses.  It can easily cost thousands of dollars to be taken from the cruise ship to the nearest land based medical facility by helicopter.  For this reason those who suffer from recurring medical conditions are recommended to purchase the cruise travel insurance as a precaution.

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Injury Attorneys handle cases of personal injurycruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases