Report: Cruise Ship Sexual Assaults Already High – Went Even Higher During Summer Months

Sexual assaults are reported aboard cruise ships at a rate that often outpaces all other reports of crimes combined. This comes as a shock to many people who tend to believe that cruise ships are floating paradises where nothing can go wrong. 

A new report, issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation last week, shows that the trend toward cruise ship sexual assault being the predominant crime reported aboard cruise ships is not abating, but is instead increasing. analyzed the U.S. DOT data and found that it showed that of 46 total complaints of crime on cruise ships over the three month period from July 1 to September 30, 35 were related to sexual assault. And passengers who traveled with 12 different cruise lines filed reports of sexual assault, demonstrating that the problem is industry-wide, not just limited to a few carriers. 

Carnival Cruise Line reported 28 criminal incidences from July 1 to September 30, the most of any cruise line. Of those, 20 were sexual assault-related. Royal Caribbean ranked second behind Carnival with 11 reports with 8 being related to sexual assault.