Sexual assaults can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred for a lifetime. Many victims never fully recover from the damage.
Last year NBC News covered cruise ship sexual assault. The report highlights the fact that women and children are most frequently the victims of the crime. Statistics also reveal that historically cruise ship crew members are the most frequent perpetrators of the crimes.
Cruise ship sexual assault is the most commonly reported crime aboard cruise ships. Surprisingly, every year cruise passengers report more sexual assaults than much less serious crimes, such as petty theft.
FoxNews.com reports that a couple was recently kicked off a cruise ship, and forced to find their own way home, as the result of a visa snafu.
The report says that William Coates and his wife recently flew to Japan to embark on a 14 day voyage through the Orient aboard the Holland American cruise ship Westerdam. The trip was set to visit various destinations including Japan, South Korea, and China.
One the third day of the trip, a crew member told the couple that they would have to leave the ship, and find their own way home, because the couple had not secured the necessary visas needed to enter China. “Holland America removed us from the ship. They left us, literally on the dock…It was up to us to find our way to the airport and then pay $2,400 for additional airfare to get home,” Coates told Fox News.
The Coates said that they were never informed that they needed visas in order to enter China. But the Fox News report indicates that a clause in Holland America’s itinerary informed passengers that “It is the guest’s sole responsibility to obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel documents. All guests are advised to check with their travel agent or the appropriate government authority to determine the necessary documents.”
The document goes on to say that passengers will be refused boarding or disembarked “without liability for refund, payment, compensation, or credit of any kind” if they do no have the proper documentation to enter all scheduled ports of call.
A woman, who was attacked by her fiancé aboard a cruise ship last month, is now telling her story.
In an interview with A Current Affair the woman, identified as Kim, accused her fiancé of attempting to throw her from the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas cruise ship as the couple sailed aboard it last month.
Kim says that about two days into the voyage she and her fiancé, 46-year-old David Fysh, became engaged in an argument. During the argument Kim claims that Fysh trapped her on a balcony, grabbed her by her arms, and attempted to throw her overboard. But thanks to her silky robe Kim slipped from the man’s grasp.
Fysh was arrested when the ship arrived in Hobart, Tasmania. He appeared before Hobart Magistrates Court on October 19 and pleaded not guilty. His bail was reportedly denied.
Many people have rightly wondered if criminals are allowed to cruise on cruise ships. It is the duty of the cruise company to ensure their passengers’ safety, including preventing those who are a known risk from boarding their ships. Though published reports about passengers being denied entry onto cruise ships, as a result of being suspected security risks, is rare, it does happen on occasion. Additionally, cruise passengers are also occasionally denied entry into ports of call due to being suspected security risks.
Newsweek reports that a passenger, who was traveling to New Zealand aboard on the Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas cruise ship, was recently refused entry into the country. Instead of being allowed to enter after disembarking from the ship the man was instead deported.
Though officials refused to identify the exact reason the passenger was deported, they did say that he failed to meet the country’s “character requirements.”
According to the Newsweek article at least 14 people have been denied entry into the country since 2015, while trying to enter by sea.
CruiseHive.com is reporting that a cruise ship crew member has been reported missing, and presumably went overboard as the ship sailed in the vicinity of Mexico.
The worker was reported missing from the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas cruise ship and is said to have gone missing before the ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico, on November 22.
The missing crew member failed to report to work, causing fellow workers to perform a ship-wide sweep. After the worker was not found during the search some began to speculate that the missing crew member may have fallen overboard.
The Adventure of the Seas has now retuned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Authorities are continuing to investigate the disappearance.
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A week after the death of 52-year-old Almarosa Tenario aboard the Royal Princess cruise ship, passengers share their stories of how the learned of her death. They recount hearing a call for help over the public announcement system in the wee hours of the morning following Tenario’s fall, followed by rumors that there had been a murder aboard the ship.
The circumstances surrounding Tenario’s death remain a mystery. Some reports indicate that she was seen struggling with a man before her death.
The FBI launched an investigation last week, but as of yet no suspect has been named.