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Cruise passengers warned about crime in Nassau, Bahamas. Will this change your plans?

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Last month we wrote an article about the crime epidemic in Nassau, Bahamas.

A newspaper in the Bahamas published an article "Cruise Ships Warn on Crime," explaining that cruise executives from Miami met with Bahamian officials about the increasing crime levels in Nassau which are no longer safe for passengers. We have written several articles about the crime problem in Nassau, including the rape of young women who go into the bars near the port, petty theft, snatch and grab robberies, and violent crime.

Passengers are being warned to stay on the cruise ships when the ship calls on Nassau. Crew members have known this for years.

Newspapers today are reporting that a U.S. citizen was shot and killed when he tried to stop the robbery of another U.S. tourist visiting Nassau. The U.K. Daily Mail reports that American Kyle Bruner was murdered in the Bahamas over the weekend while attempting to help a tourist who was being mugged.

The U.S. Department of State characterizes the crime level on New Providence Island, where Nassau is located, as "critical." Snatch-and-grab’ crimes are common occurrences in Nassau. The U.S. State Department says it has received reports of assaults, including sexual assaults, in casinos, outside hotels, and on cruise ships.

I have represented many women sexually assaulted in Nassau and on cruise ships in that port and many passengers robbed at gunpoint.

In addition to our clients, we have learned of a wide variety of crimes against cruise passengers, including rapes against young women ashore, theft, and violent robberies. We have written several articles about the crime problem in Nassau, including sexual attacks against young women who go into the bars near the port:

I have never written an article telling cruise passengers to avoid a port of call. I usually report on what I know and then leave it up to the passengers to decide what to so. But Nassau is flat out dangerous. In my opinion, if you knew what the cruise lines know, you'd be crazy to take your family there.

By Jim Walker, Cruise Law News

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I remember my parents taking a trip to Nassau back in the 1980s, and telling me how visible the police were and how safe they felt. What happened? To protect their main industry, perhaps they need to beef up the force again?

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I have never really had a desire to cruise to Nassau, and this article certainly doesn't make me want to add this port to my bucket list.

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Nassau is one of the ports that are on the Eastern Caribbean - Carnival stops. If they stop there in Sept (it's on the itinerary right now), this will be our 4th trip there. We usually just spend the day at the Atlantis Hotel.

I have to admit that Nassau rings better than Ochos Rios. But both of them are down on my list. Certainly not the reason why we picked this itinerary! And we won't be the least bit upset if that stop gets changed or cancelled.

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For what it’s worth, this article isn’t from an actual news source. It’s from the website of a lawyer and used to drive his business. This is how he describes himself:

Jim focuses his maritime law practice on representing cruise passengers and crew members in cases against cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America Line, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The firm handles cases on a "contingency" basis - meaning you do not send us a retainer and we do not bill you for our fees or expenses.

We advance all costs and are reimbursed for our time and costs only if we are successful in reaching a settlement or we win the case for you.

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