U.S. Department of Transportation Stats: Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Still Most Reported Crime

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for compiling and reporting cruise ship crime statistics. The DOT’s latest stats are out, and show that cruise ship sexual assault continues to be the most commonly reported crime aboard the vessels. 


The DOT’s most recent report covered October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Here are some of the report’s takeaways:

  • 0 reports of homicide
  • 2 suspicious deaths reported
  • 2 assaults with serious bodily injuries reported
  • 8 reports of theft
  • 22 reports of sexual assault

As with previous reporting periods, the reports of cruise ship sexual assault equaled more than all other reports of crime combined. 

The DOT’s report covers crimes reported on ships operated by the following cruise lines:

  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 
  • Crystal Cruise Line 
  • Celebrity Cruise Lines
  • Disney Cruise Line 
  • Holland America Cruise Lines
  • MSC Cruises 
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Oceania Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises 
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Seabourn