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Old December 14th, 2009, 07:53 PM
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Just disembarked from a cruise to the Caribbean on NCL Dawn. While in St. Lucia, a group of passengers from the ship was accosted by 4 masked and armed robbers while on an NCL-sanctioned tour. They were on a safari jeep tour to the River Rock waterfall when the men jumped out of the bushes, ordered the 14 passengers onto the ground and began to brandish guns and a machete or some other long knife. The terrified passengers were forced to surrender their watches, jewelry, cameras, passports, credit cards and cash. The St. Lucia newspaper reported that this attack follows another recent attack by 2 men on cruise ship pasengers in Soufriere on St. Lucia. These people were also on a tour, not wandering around individually. Similar attacks on tours have recently been reported on Disney ship passengers on New Providence Island (Nassau) in the Bahamas. I've read newspaper accounts of 2 attacks on tour groups in the Bahamas during the last month or so. It's important to note that in all cases these were cruise line-sanctioned tours. In the case of St. Lucia, there had already been 1 attack in Soufriere before the River Rock attack. No warning was given NCL Dawn passengers that there was this specific danger or that the robbers had not been caught. Cruisers should exercise caution in the Caribbean - attacks may be underreported in hopes of keeping the tourist business alive. It's incomprehensible that NCL and other lines would continue tours in areas with these problems.
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