- A cruise ship passenger was reportedly sexually assaulted by a fellow passenger earlier this month.
- The victim was sailing on a 9-day itinerary to the South Pacific when the alleged incident occurred.
- Law enforcement officers were waiting on the ship when it returned to port in Sydney, Australia.
According to the DailyMail.co.uk, a woman was recently sexually assaulted while vacationing aboard a cruise ship.
The assault was reportedly perpetrated against the woman by a fellow passenger as she sailed on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ship. The woman was sailing on a 9-day cruise to the South Pacific, and was traveling to Vanuatu when the alleged assault occurred.
The victim reported the alleged sexual assault to cruise ship staff, who then contacted authorities. Law enforcement was reportedly waiting for the ship when it arrived back at port at Sydney, Australia, and boarded the vessel in order to collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Investigators say that the alleged sexual assault occurred earlier this month, but did not wish to comment further as the investigation is ongoing. Officers with the Marine Area Command are heading up the investigation.
While it is not unheard-of for cruise passengers to suffer sexual assault at the hands of fellow passengers, the bulk of such incidences are actually perpetrated by cruise ship crew members. Thanks to new cruise crime reporting guidelines, it has come to light that there are dozens of reported sexual assaults aboard cruise ships every year. Under previous reporting guidelines only a handful of cruise ship sexual assaults were reported annually.