For the first time the three biggest cruise lines based here in the U.S. are letting passengers see details about serious crimes committed aboard their ships.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines have been under pressure from congress to be more transparent about crime at sea.
Coast Guard figures regarding F-B-I investigations have always been available, but now the companies are including statistics about allegations as well.
The numbers show more crime than we've previously known about, but still affecting only a small percentage of the people who take cruises each year.
Here are some numbers, from the Miami Herald:
237 alleged serious crimes between October 2010 - June 2013 on the ships of Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, & Carnival Corp.
Annual totals of the most serious crimes
- 99 in 2011
- 88 in 2012
- 50 so far this year
Serious crimes include:
Missing U.S. national
Tampering with vessel
Theft greater than $10,000
Most common onboard allegations:
2. Sexual assault
4. Assaults with serious injury