Carnival Offers Glimpse into Shipboard Crime
As part of a voluntary effort to submit themselves to public scrutiny, Carnival Corporation released three years worth of data relating to 127 alleged crimes that took place on board their cruise fleet. Carnival was joined by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line in releasing similar data via posting to each company’s website. The data release came in response to pressure from Congress and crime victims.
The Carnival crime statistics covers the period between July 27, 2010 to June 30, 2013, a time span in which the company carried more than 77 million passengers under the brands Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess, and Seabourn. Included in the crime report allegations are five suspicious deaths, 38 rapes, and 20 thefts over $10,000. Royal Caribbean reported 94 crimes over a similar time span and Norwegian reported 20 crimes.
Cruise industry officials were quick to point out that the crime data reflected only allegations and were not all related to a thoroughly investigated, conclusive case. Though cruisers would like to believe shipboard life is a crime-free utopia, it should be noted that – based on these reported numbers – the crime rate onboard cruise ships would be much lower than average crime rates in the general population. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | El coleccionista de instantes)