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Crimes on Cruise Ships Not Accurately Reported to Public: Report

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 06:50 PM

By Robin Farmer

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If you're looking for information about crimes on cruise ships, good luck. Only 31 of 959 incidents reported to the FBI since 2011 appear on a website disclosing such information, according to a Senate Committee report released Wednesday, CNN reports.

Maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, the website is incomplete as it only discloses incidents no longer under investigation, says Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat.

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To help consumers learn what their risks are, Rockefeller introduced a bill this week that would require cruise lines to disclose all alleged criminal acts, increase video surveillance of public areas, and direct the Department of Transportation to help victims, according to USA Today.

"I've been told time and again that cruise lines will change, that things will get better for passengers," Rockefeller said in a statement. "But according to our investigation, it doesn't appear to me that passengers are substantially safer.”

Although crime happens infrequently, passengers rely on the ship’s security officers to respond, but those people work for the cruise lines, he pointed out.

Rockefeller also criticized the industry safety record.

"If the industry is seriously working to improve the safety and security of its ships, why have we witnessed so many serious incidents in the last 16 months? I believe the culture of safety that Americans expect – as they should – is clearly not always a priority for cruise lines," he said, according to USA Today.

Consumers considering late summer or fall vacations on the three largest cruise lines may be in luck.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian have pledged to post crime data that dates back to 2010 on their websites by Aug. 1. This action will provide more information than required by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010.

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