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For calendar year 2002, the cruise data identifies 3,575 cruises and 7.6 million passengers carried by 10 cruise lines.
Add 100 parts Poor, Downtrodden people
Mix in 2 parts Rich, Drunk, Easy-Target Tourists
Add a splash of Desperation and a pinch of Alcohol
Now add 300 more pinches of Alcohol
Stir in a half cup of Intoxicating Local Music and Food
Cook for 24 hours at high heat
To add insult to painful injury, Annette’s husband subsequently received a form letter from this same cruise line offering his missing wife a chance to win a free cruise.
esdad, what do you have to say in regards to the missing honeymooner? according to the news reports i have heard, the ships captain allowed normal boarding/deboarding at the next port (turkey, i believe), without further investigating the possibility of murder. is this blown out of proportion for headlines, or is this a serious problem that needs addressing?
Mr Smith, 26, from Greenwich, Connecticut, vanished in the early hours from the Royal Caribbean ship Brilliance of the Seas in the Mediterranean, between Greece and Turkey.
Eleven days into his honeymoon, Mr Smith was seen that night drinking heavily and gambling with his bride, Jennifer Hagel-Smith, and passengers.
At some point after 4am he vanished — but not before people in nearby cabins heard thuds, male voices and furniture being moved in the newlyweds’ quarters. Ominously, a big bloodstain was found early the next morning on awnings above lifeboats two levels below his ninth-deck cabin.
A teenage girl took a photograph of the bloodstain, giving the FBI, which has been investigating Mr Smith’s disappearance, vital evidence. A bloody handprint was also found but soon after the ship docked, it was cleaned and painted over.
Brett Rivkind, the lawyer for Mr Smith’s family, say the disappearance was also suspicious because of bloodstains found inside and outside the cabin. The family is accusing Royal Caribbean of trying to cover up a murder to avoid bad publicity and are suing the company.
Folks, this is an isolated incident, and it is VERY easy to fall of a balcony in one of your rooms on a ship, or have you always had an inside cabin dgtempe?
Virginian Amy Lynn Bradley was 23-years-old when she vanished from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Rhapsody of the Seas in March 1998 while traveling with her family in the Caribbean. Her parents still keep the emotional porch light turned on at their home, awaiting her prayed for return. Amy left her cabin early one morning for a smoke and never returned,
A cruise ship is the safest way to travel abroad to other countries.
Originally posted by shots
What you seem to be missing is the fact that in at least two recent cases Royal Caribbean claimed they were accidents even though evidence clearly showed there was a possibility of foul play.
Originally posted by shotsI would also like to point out that now Senators and Congressmen are so concerned they may propose legislation that may prevent this from happening.
Laws May Not Protect You
Although you boarded a ship in a US port doesn’t mean that you are protected by our justice system. Most ships are registered in non-US countries and travel in territorial waters where US laws might not apply. The cruise industry does not report crime data consistently, if at all, to the FBI or have a database of ships with the most crime problems. Shipboard crimes sometimes fall into a "no man's land" of law enforcement. A crime can occur between two people of different nationalities, on a ship from a third country, and in the territorial waters of a fourth country. The governing law is the International Maritime Law and is not as well developed as US law. Reporting a crime on board a cruise ship doesn't mean anything will be done or that the crime will ever be investigated. The FBI is the only US law enforcement agency that can investigate a major crime but only if it occurs in International waters, otherwise crimes are reported to the jurisdiction of the closest foreign country and to the embassies of the parties involved. Prosecution of crime, in many cases, will be left in the hands of the local port authority where no one can predict the outcome.
Second, as you can see, is that few people realize the implications of the above information, or are even aware of these facts to consider when taking a cruise. Of course, greater awareness makes for a safer vacation, but there are definately some horror stories out there if you surf around and want to look at them.