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Robbed at Sea? How Cruise Lines Deal with Crime

If you think crime only happens on land, think again. Cruise ships are generally known for their upscale amenities and stunning vistas, but unfortunately, the cruise industry is also known for its prevalence in crime.

With a lack of law enforcement personnel on a ship’s staff, it can be difficult to monitor for criminal activity—particularly when criminals work in conjunction with other passengers or crew members. There have been numerous instances of violence aboard cruise ships, from theft and robbery to manslaughter and sexual assault.

While the FBI has jurisdiction over crimes committed at sea, they rarely get involved unless there is a risk of physical injury or death.

Common Cruise Crimes

The most common types of criminal behavior on