Yesterday we visited the pier in New York City. There were four ships in and the passengers were being carefully screened. I was however alarmed that there were small motor boats that were allowed to get right up next to the ships in the Hudson River. We did not see any police boats patrolling in the area at all. Last week was Fleet Week and I know that there were restrictions in place and no small boats were allowed within 100 Feet of any of the ships. Just last week I heard that the FBI is concerned about threats from divers, and the FBI has visited local dive shops to check the records. I think it's great that all the passengers are being screened, but I feel the ships should also be protected from the outside. Does anyone have any idea who I should contact to find out what measures are in place to insure our safety on an upcoming cruise?
There are significant measures in place, mostly enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard, restricting water traffic around cruise ships and liners. I suspect that Fleet Week in New York presented more than the usual enforcement problems which may account for what you saw. I can tell you that you would not have seen that at, for example, Port Everglades.
This must have been a nightmare for the Law Enforcement types in NYC. I can assure you that they are closely watching any and all boats that come near any cruise ships and in almost all cases they will not be allowed close to them. I can tell you that if you contact say the FBI, USCG, or local Law Enforcement people they will only tell you that you are safe and they will NOT tell you what they are doing, that just isn't smart to publicize your tactics.
I know that in Miami ships are escorted to and from the port by the Coast Guard. That begins 1000 feet out. While in port, divers inspect the hulls and of course, passengers are screened like they are at airports. The federal government took over that before they did the airports.