Crimes on Cruises Vastly Under-Reported: Senate Committee

Only a small fraction of alleged crimes committed on board cruise ships end up being reported to the public, according to report from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation released on Wednesday, NBC News reported. Of the 959 incidents reported to the FBI by cruise companies since 2011, only 31 alleged crimes have been disclosed publicly on a website maintained by the Coast Guard, according to the report. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W. Va.), the committee's chairman, called for stricter reporting guidelines of crime statistics on cruise ships and three of the largest cruise companies promised more transparency at the hearing. Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International said Carnival Corp., Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruises would expand the reporting, including alleged incidents dating back to 2010, and post it on the cruise companies’ websites by Aug. 1.

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