St. Lucia ranked in top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world

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St. Lucia ranked in top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world
A screenshot of the online publication which ranks St. Lucia among the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations.

Saint Lucia has been ranked as one of the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations in the world, according to an article on an international cruise website – www.cruiselawnews.com.

The publication, named “Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World” was penned by writer Jim Walker, a maritime lawyer, who sought to compile the list based on what he said were reports of  incidents involving tourists during their recent visits to various Caribbean islands.Saint Lucia is number 10 on that list.

Walker wrote: “10. St. Lucia; This island is a good case study on what can go wrong during a cruise excursion. Sixty nine cruise passengers were robbed at gun point on just two excursions. There were no warnings by the cruise lines or the local tourism officials, even though there had been prior crimes against tourists. The St. Lucia tourism officials lied to the victimized passengers, telling them that nothing like this had ever happened before.”

A screenshot of the online publication which ranks St. Lucia among the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations.

The top most dangerous cruise destination in the Caribbean, according to the article, was Bahamas. The others listed were  2. Venezuela ,  3. Honduras,  4. Guatemala,  5. Mexico,  6. Saint Kitts Nevis, 7. Antigua, 8. United States Virgin Islands and 9. El Salvador.

The article stated that, “99% of the people who contact us, both passengers and crew, are victims of crime in the Caribbean countries. A few people complained of being pick-pocketed in Italy. But we have received no reports of guns or knives from people visiting European or African ports ever. Of course, ports in Australia and New Zealand are fabulously safe. We have also never received a complaint about crime in the Asian ports.”

The article further pointed fingers at Caribbean law enforcement officials stating that, “The other problem facing cruise tourists in the Caribbean is that once you are victimized, the crooks are rarely apprehended. There is little justice. Of the last 50 U.S. citizens killed in Honduras, for example, the local police have solved just 2 cases.”

Walker added: “We know what people will think when they read the list. “Crime occurs everywhere. Just use common sense. Stay with the cruise line excursions ashore.” I say nonsense to that. The fact is that crime occurs in certain places far more than others. No one has ever contacted us about crime during a Seattle/Vancouver/Alaska cruise. “Common sense” is no help when a port advertised as a peaceful getaway has a murder rate 25 times more dangerous than where you live and no one has bothered to tell you that. Some of the Caribbean countries have homicide rates around 90 murders per 100,000 people, whereas the average city in the U.S. is a little over 4 homicides per 100,000.”

He further stated in the article: “The tourism officials in the islands? Worthless. They’d just as soon sell you a straw hat as a wooden box to transport your body back home.  And don’t think that being on an official cruise tour is safer than exploring on your own. A busload of U.S. tourists may look like Fort Knox to a gang of armed banditos in an impoverished country…”

Efforts to get comment from local tourism officials have thus far been futile.

See the original article here: http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2014/04/articles/crime/top-10-most-dangerous-cruise-destinations-in-the-world/

 

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  1. worst island in over 200 islands I visited.

    In 2 days both times I tried very hard to help local people. First day I take some people sailing who never sailed before. They robbed me.

    Next day I rescue a sailing dingy abandoned with no one on it and bring it back to the resort. The police think I stole it, they search my boat and they they steal things from me.

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    • Would you prefer the facts be brought to light by somebody with yellow, brown, or black skin? Only fools blame and attack the truthful messenger, and only a racist would dispute claims based on the color of the writers skin.

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  2. "Concerned" we already said that we have terrorist. And guess what we were the first to say it. Remember "Media Terrorism" and trying by all means to destroy a man's reputation by saying he is affiliated to South American drug lords and terrorist. I bet you didn't remember. That when you allow useless politicians to besmirch the character of others and the country in general. Oh, you didn't think that it would reach home? All of you all are fools and i cautioned about it. Don't cry wolf where there is no wolf others are watching.

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  3. It could never be my response as an informed critic that will determine the price of coffee. You yourself should wake up and call a spade a spade.

    You are the one stiffling your commemts that your children don't know the truth. A tsunami would hit and you would not even recognise until you were in some gutter somewhere in Castries along with your out of reality friends. Is what the MInister says and does as a results that counts. FOOl.

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  4. I am a frequent tourist to St Lucia and have also recommended 15 friends to visit to date. All have had a great time and many have now visited more than once. The problem with Jim's article is that it is mostly based on fact and the reaction of the authorities brushing stuff under the carpet is very bad and does no good for the reputation of St Lucia. Jim's article has been picked up by the Times and Telegraph so more bad news for St Lucia. Cuthbert Didier is correct. The authorities have to be publicly seen to take a much tougher line with knife and gun carriers. With Vat increasing costs of eating out, hotels etc it is now much cheaper for someone like me to come via cruise ship or stay A I in the island. I much prefer to get out and about but Lucia is now a very expensive destination :/(

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  5. We should all expect a rebuttal from the that Lewis guy or the crime lab. Ever since that tourist was killed here we have had attacks from a tourist and now this f...er. Don't be surprised if the attacks continues. That homicide is no where close to ours. 90 per 100 000. 100 000=90: 200 000=180 homicides 300 000- 270 homicides.

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  6. THE MAN WHO WROTE THAT IS VERY RIGHT ...EXPOSE THEM ALL ...FOR THE PPL WHO LOOKING ON TRINIDAD AND JA THEY KILL THEIR OWN THEY DO NOT ROB OR HURT THE TOURIST... PLUS TO MAKE IT WORST THEY LIE WHEN THINGS HAPPEN BY SAYING OR THINGS LIKE THAT NEVER HAPPEN WHEN IT DO ON PLENTY OCCASION...SO SAD THEY NEED TO STOP GRABBING THE PPL STUFF AND ROBBING THEM .

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  7. more bad publicity... the only thing sustaining our pathetic island and they fucking it up...smfh... then again i can't blame the publisher cause these crimes did occur..Blame goes to the criminals and the tourist board also.. but most of all blame goes to our government, for increasing unemployment and with that increasing crime.

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  8. Im a lucian living all over the world. Currently employed As a tech for cruise ship companies. When this report came in you should see the reaction and response that we get. alot of pple love st lucia and will continue too visit. however the crime rate is rising, and every time i read SNO is a new crime taking place.As of May Ill be living in russia and even some guest there knows lucia, cus ive met with some before. Now they all skeptical

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  9. well yes Jamaica and Trinidad crime rate is high nut the study was done on Cruise ship clients. So we need to question the Government and find out why more is not being done to protect our visitors. you hardly see police patrol in Castries. there should be on all corners especially on cruise ship days

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  10. Successive St. Lucian governments have simply not given crime-fighting the priority it deserves. Their reactions have always been to lash out at the messenger as if it would change the situation. Sometimes, they release this innocuous statement from the folks in tourism. Yeah! That has been known to solve serious problems.

    By now, we all know that gun and knife threats are the biggest dangers. After all these years, why are court fines still being adjudged for illegal gun ownership? Have you ever thought about that one? Then we look at serious crimes being committed late nights/early mornings. Who is checking that traffic? Drive through many small towns in America, especially early mornings or weekends nights, and the cops would get a million reasons to stop you. From drunk driving to burnt tail lamp. Why aren't we so proactive? Until we change our mindset, and realize that crime and tourism are incompatible, expect this kind of discussion over and over again.

    St. Lucians are wonderful people with big hearts. Unfortunately, there are some scummy parents who have unleashed their deviant spawn upon the public. Their message is one of “take.” Someone owes them something.

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  11. What about the key`s? They do also belong to the carebbean area.But still not listed.I think somebody has a special interest to paint the islands in a black colour. I did sail more than 15 years on or around most of the islands and I think the crime-rate is not higher than somewhere else.

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    • IT NOT THE CRIME THEY LOOKING AT IT'S HOW THE TOURIST ARE BEING TREATED ON THE ISLANDS WHEN THEY VISIT

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  12. This report is suspect,but we must be mindful that we must reduce our crime rate for locals or tourists but the writer have an ulterior motive.Sixty gun incidents this guy is a liar,someone always report any crime in this country that's why i know Mr.Walker is not believable.

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