For many people, a cruise is the ultimate vacation getaway. A chance to relax, live life to the fullest and visit exotic places. But cruises also have a dark side, and they’ve been the sites of many horrific crimes.
Kendall Carver, chairman of the International Cruise Victims Association, and whose daughter, Merrian, disappeared on a cruise ship and still hasn’t been found, explained why, “A cruise ship is a floating city with thousands of people on board, serving unlimited drinks, with no police,” he said. “What do you think is going to happen? It’s not a crime-free area; [passengers] need to use common sense.”
Some victims of cruise ship crimes simply ran into the wrong people, predators who blend in with those thousands of tourists. But just like victims of crime on land, many cruise ship crime victims were harmed by people they knew well. For too many couples, a cruise emphasized their pre-existing problems, and tragedy resulted.