Celebrity Cruises Stole my Luggage

Saturday, August 05, 2006

At least I didn't go missing

I am extremely upset over Celebrity Cruises "losing" my luggage, but the more I research Royal Caribbean's track record, the more I realize how much worse it could have been.

Can you believed that at least 60 people have been attacked, killed or have "gone missing" on cruise lines in the past 5 years? (Many of them on Royal Caribbean ships.) That's completely insane! Thats more people than have been killed by America's worst serial killer of all time.

Apparently because cruise ships are international and unregulated, they have very lax security because they know they have no law enforcement to answer to. Pretty scary stuff. Although my situaion was far less serious than this, I was treated with the same dismissive attitude that it sounds like many of these victims have had to deal with. For more information on all these missing person cases, check out safecruise.blogspot.com.


At 12:40 PM, Blogger Safe Cruise Blog said...

The Cruise Lines Are Now Responsible for more Disappearances and Deaths than America's Worst Serial Killer

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Elizabeth Galeana who was reported missing from Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on July 25, 2006

60 people have now gone overboard and died on cruise ship vacations since the year 2000. This does not even include the number that have died from accidents, disease, fires, assaults, and other crimes on board or during shore excursions. America's worst serial killer, the Green River Killer Gary Ridgeway, had 48 victims. This last week, Robert Charles Browne's claimed 49 killings.
rockymountainnews.com July 28, 2006

See www.cruisebruise.com a list of some of the deaths and www.cruisejunkie.com for list of person's overboard, outbreaks of disease, and other events. I would encourage all victims and their families contact www.internationalcruisevictims.org for guidance, support, and to prevent future tragedies. And refer to www.projectsafecruise.blogspot.com for a possible solution that could be implemented quickly.

The American Public should demand that Cruise ship deaths be given as much attention as a serial killer case. There are about 200,000 beds on the cruise ships. If there were 60 disappearances in six years, or about 10 a year in the same neighborhood and no changes were made in security, we would quickly fire the police chief and not go to that neighborhood. In fact, there is a serial killer on cruise ships; it is the total lack of independent law enforcement and regulation. Law enforcement should treat 60 disappearances like they would a serial killer case. They should cross-check all available data to see if there are any common elements such methods, circumstances, or the same passengers or crew members being present. Any thread of commonality could help solve some of the disappearances andr prevent others.

Cruise lines have little or no legal obligation to settle because they are not regulated. RCCL is incorporated in Liberia and for many years they flagged their ships in Liberia. A country with a dysfunctional legal court system and no regulations or laws to protect cruise line employees, customers, or stockholders. The Cruise lines have poured millions of dollars into lobbying efforts, at times using lobbyist closely connected to Jack Abramoff and we know what kind of tactics he used. That along with many thousands of dollars of campaign contributions have kept congress from passing any meaningful regulations, they are giant gambling operations. Kind of like a floating crap game. And I have never known anyone who ran a crap game to be concerned with those gambling. Its used to be the only thing you could lose is your life, but with over 60 individuals missing or gone overboard, fires, and viruses since the year 2000, you could lose your life or health. Imagine if Disney World had 60 disappearances and/or deaths in the last 6 years. The only significant actions taken by the cruise lines in the last year was to spend more money on public relations efforts and issue new sets of talking points to their employees answering the phone when the subject of safety and security come up. They do like to suck as much money from their customers as they can. They also suck as much blood, sweat, and tears from their employees as possible by offering low wages and few benefits.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger TheTravelAngel said...

That is why, it is important to be cautious all the time.

:-) Stephanie

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