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Old 02-28-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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I'll have to say that can happen anytime, anywhere. DH and I could have taken a cruise when we were in Italy and that was the year that the ship's passengers were taken hostage. I believe some base personnel set out warnings just like someone [gomexico??] here had mentioned of the Dept of State (DOS) travel adversaries.

Breaking news: Achille Lauro passengers taken hostage - CBC Archives
Breaking news: Achille Lauro passengers taken hostage
Broadcast Date: Oct. 7, 1985
Passengers aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship have been taken hostage by Palestinian guerrillas.



Up until this thread, the only drawback of taking those cruises I could think of at the time was getting sick or colliding with something.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Cruise Ship Robbery: Carnival Cruise Passengers Returning Home After Being Robbed in Mexico - ktla.com

Some people don't follow the news apparently.

I'd pick another vacation spot. Imagine paying big bucks for a vacation to another country and then getting a gun pointed at you and robbed.

Carnival Cruise Lines should have to put a warning in their brochures about the risk.
This quote in the linked article:

"About two dozen passengers were robbed at gunpoint as they traveled by bus from a nature hike in the jungle to the Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta."

turns out to be inaccurate. As inaccurate as some other comments in the discussion are. It's now confirmed that the cruise passengers were indeed robbed, but they weren't on a bus when robbed. They were on-foot walking in a "nature preserve," and the man now arrested for the crime is said to be a restaurant worker at or adjacent to the reserve.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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Almost all ports in the world hide some kind of danger. No matter if it is in Europe, Australia, Caribbean, or America, everywhere in the world crime is present since no country is crime free. These are some of the ports with most dengeour from the crew survey which we conducted.
Read more at
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Wherever you travel, either in the USA or overseas, there is a risk of being a victim of crime. Cruise passengers are not more or less susceptible than other travelers. I cruise a lot and take a few basic precautions.

First, I don't carry a passport. The ship generally keeps that and I use ship id to go ashore.

Second, I don't wear an expensive watch (I do own a Rolex). I wear a Swatch.

Third, I only carry one credit card and limited cash. The rest stays in the safe on the ship.

Finally, I do carry a camera. But, depending on where I am, it is a small one that can fit in a trouser pocket.

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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One of the cruise lines, I think either NCL or HAL now offers mini cabins for single cruisers without a supplement.
Now that I have cleaned my monitor from the coffee I spewed, NCL does offer single cruisers some "benefit" - but I will tell you from personal experience that their cabins for couples couldn't be made any smaller for a single, except to stand upright in the tiny clothes closet inside the closet of a "cabin". BTW, you can find the actual sq footage online for each ship. NCL and I will never meet again; it's back to Carnival.

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Wherever you travel, either in the USA or overseas, there is a risk of being a victim of crime. Cruise passengers are not more or less susceptible than other travelers. I cruise a lot and take a few basic precautions.

First, I don't carry a passport. The ship generally keeps that and I use ship id to go ashore.

Second, I don't wear an expensive watch (I do own a Rolex). I wear a Swatch.

Third, I only carry one credit card and limited cash. The rest stays in the safe on the ship.

Finally, I do carry a camera. But, depending on where I am, it is a small one that can fit in a trouser pocket.
Exactly! But this applies to everywhere you go. We travel often, about every other month, and I don't wear any jewelry, other than costume; I leave my wallet in the safe or at home; I have on my person only that which I can afford to lose. It's just common sense.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Mexico is a real problem. Period. Why bother?
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Wherever you travel, either in the USA or overseas, there is a risk of being a victim of crime. Cruise passengers are not more or less susceptible than other travelers. I cruise a lot and take a few basic precautions.

First, I don't carry a passport. The ship generally keeps that and I use ship id to go ashore.

Second, I don't wear an expensive watch (I do own a Rolex). I wear a Swatch.

Third, I only carry one credit card and limited cash. The rest stays in the safe on the ship.

Finally, I do carry a camera. But, depending on where I am, it is a small one that can fit in a trouser pocket.
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Now that I have cleaned my monitor from the coffee I spewed, NCL does offer single cruisers some "benefit" - but I will tell you from personal experience that their cabins for couples couldn't be made any smaller for a single, except to stand upright in the tiny clothes closet inside the closet of a "cabin". BTW, you can find the actual sq footage online for each ship. NCL and I will never meet again; it's back to Carnival.



Exactly! But this applies to everywhere you go. We travel often, about every other month, and I don't wear any jewelry, other than costume; I leave my wallet in the safe or at home; I have on my person only that which I can afford to lose. It's just common sense.
Question ... If I were flying into Canada (which requires passport), would I be able to use my California ID if I need to make a credit card purchase or must I carry my passport with me? I like the idea of leaving my passport in a safe place in the hotel room but concerned that Canadian merchants would need some form of ID if I were to use my credit card and not sure if they would honor my California ID ...
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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I haven't been to Canada in years but no matter where we travel, I have not been asked for additional ID to use my credit card. I think mostly the merchants just need some inkling/proof that the person on the credit card is the person presenting it. Maybe someone else has more info on what the merchants would erquire.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Cruise Ship Robbery: Carnival Cruise Passengers Returning Home After Being Robbed in Mexico - ktla.com

Some people don't follow the news apparently.

I'd pick another vacation spot. Imagine paying big bucks for a vacation to another country and then getting a gun pointed at you and robbed.

Carnival Cruise Lines should have to put a warning in their brochures about the risk.
this can happen anyplace. I would not go to Mexico on a cruise of any ohter way, but you can't really expect a cruise line to put a warning about theft in their brochures. I will say, when we cruised the Panama Canal we were told, while we were on the ship, it wasn't safe to wander around Panama unless we were with a tour.

Nita
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Okay -- they were robbed, no one was killed. People sometimes get robbed in Mexico -- there is absolutely nothing new in that. People can be robbed in Los Angeles, or New Orleans too.
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