James Alan Fox, a pro­fessor of crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston and former con­sul­tant to the Inter­na­tional Council of Cruise Lines, has tes­ti­fied before con­gress about cruise ship safety. He said cruises are safe vaca­tion des­ti­na­tions, espe­cially com­pared with other loca­tions tourists choose, and says crime rates at sea are much lower than on land.

Despite the fact that there is a high level of alcohol con­sump­tion, they have very low rates of vio­lence, and that’s owing to the fact that there’s a large number of secu­rity per­sonnel and even secu­rity cam­eras,” Fox said. “… Also the demo­graphics of a cruise pop­u­la­tion is dif­ferent than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. It tends to be more family pop­u­la­tion, elderly pop­u­la­tion. (There’s) not typ­i­cally gang bangers on a cruise ship.

It’s not a cross-​​section of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, and that actu­ally is in favor of cruise ships, in terms of safety.”

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