Ships operated by the largest cruise companies were the scene of 237 alleged serious crimes in the past two and a half years, say data obtained by the Miami Herald. The statistics, which are being posted on websites of participating cruise lines, are a much higher number than the public has previously seen. Because the U.S. Coast Guard publishes information only on crimes closed by the FBI, just 44 incidents had been reported.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Line voluntarily released the information for their eight North American brands. Senate Commerce Commitee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) had introduced a bill that would require the information be made public. The lines are posting the total number of alleged incidents reported by passengers or crew in each category specified in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. Those include sexual assault, theft greater than $10,000, tampering with the vessel, assault with serious iinjuries, kidnapping, missing U.S. nationals, suspicious death and homicide.