Every quarter the U.S. Department of Transportation publishes statistics relating to cruise ship crime. The stats give passengers an idea of the prevalence of crime aboard cruise ships, and which cruise lines have the most reported criminal activity.
Many travelers would likely be surprised to learn that sexual assault is the most commonly reported crime aboard cruise ships. Consider the statistics for July 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018:
· 0 reported homicides
· 0 reported suspicious deaths
· 2 missing U.S. nationals
· 0 kidnappings
· 2 assaults with serious injury
· 0 cases of tampering with the cruise vessel
· 7 cases of theft > $10,000
· 21 cases of sexual assault
These statistics are jaw dropping. More than half of all reported crimes aboard cruise ships were sexual assaults.
For years we have been sounding the alarm, advising the public that the cruise industry must do more to protect passengers from sexual assault. The numbers don’t lie. Cruise ship sexual assault is a real problem and its time that the cruise industry steps up and takes substantial steps to correct it.