Starting today, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Lines—which represent nearly 90 percent of the cruise business in North America—will begin posting allegations of ship-board crimes on their websites, all in an effort to address concerns related to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA). T+L reached out to Cruise Lines International Association for comment. Their take?
Cruising is one of the safest, most enjoyable vacation experiences for millions of people every year, and the crime rate on cruise ships is a small fraction of corresponding rates on land.
In the spirit of transparency and to remove all doubt about the dramatically lower level of crime on cruise ships than land-based venues in the United States, the three largest cruise companies representing nearly 90% of the cruise business in North America have voluntarily agreed to post on their websites all allegations of serious crime. CLIA will post aggregated industry crime data with comparisons to comparable land-based venues to further inform consumers of the low rates of crime in the cruise industry. This initiative goes beyond all reporting requirements of current law and no other hospitality or transportation business discloses such comprehensive data.
To take a look at the disclosures, see the statistics posted by the Coast Guard Investigative Service. And wherever (and however) you travel, stay safe.
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.