Royal Caribbean Issues Letter Warning Cruise Passengers of Crime in Nassau

Dec 26, 2018

Today, December 26, upon the arrival of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas in Nassau, Bahamas passengers received security awareness letters about the increase in crime in this popular cruise destination.

The letter signed by Captain Srecko Ban is to remind all passengers and crew visiting Nassau to be mindful of their surroundings and to avoid areas of concern including the Sand Trap, the Fish Fry, and the Over the Hill area.

The message says: 

‘‘I am writing to provide you with important safety information regarding our port call to Nassau, Bahamas.

We feel it is important to make our guests aware that Nassau has been experiencing an increase in crime. Non-violent crimes, such as theft of personal items, are the most common types of crimes being committed. It is important to note that thousands of visitors routinely travel to Nassau without incident. However, visitors to Nassau, like visitors to all major foreign cities in the world today, need to be mindful of their personal safety.

To lower your risk of being a victim of crime, please consider the following:

  • - Leave valuables and irreplaceable items inside your stateroom safe
  • - Avoid wearing obviously expensive jewelry.
  • - Carry only the cash or credit cards that you will need on each outing.
  • - Use discretion when handling cash publicly.
  • - Keep your belongings, especially expensive cameras or phone, secure and in sight.

- We recommend guests not to venture too far from the tourist areas and consider participating in an organized tour. Particular areas of concern include the Sand Trap, the Fish Fry, and areas of Nassau referred to as Over the Hill by locals, which should be avoided after sunset.

Most importantly, if you happen to be confronted by a criminal, just remember that money and valuables can be replaced. Your safety and security, and that of our crew members, is always foremost in our minds. A heightened sense of awareness of your surroundings will help you enjoy a memorable visit to Nassau.’’

  • Sincerely
  • Captain Srecko Ban