Royal Caribbean Issues Crime Warning in Nassau, Bahamas

Royal Caribbean has begun issuing warnings to its passengers about the increase in crime in Nassau, Bahamas.

According to a report in, a letter was recently circulated to those traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, warning them about such issues as theft of personal items in Nassau.

“I am writing to provide you with important safety information regarding our port call to Nassau, Bahamas,” the note, signed by Captain Srecko Ban, stated. “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.”

The letter also stresses that “thousands of visitors routinely travel to Nassau without incident,” and that “visitors to Nassau, like visitors to all major foreign cities in the world today, need to be mindful of their personal safety.”

A picture of the letter posted on also reveals that the cruise line has been suggesting passengers consider various precautionary measures when visiting Nassau, including leaving valuables or irreplaceable items on the ship and not wearing obviously expensive jewelry. Royal Caribbean also suggests that passengers only carry the cash or credit cards they will need for their outing and refrain from venturing too far from tourist areas.

Among the Nassau areas that the letter says have been particularly concerning are Sand Trap, the Fish Fry and areas of Nassau that are described as “Over the Hill” by local residents.

In January, the State Department issued a warning about increased crime in the Bahamas. The U.S. government’s warning noted that “violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime.”

The same warning also cautioned against using jet-ski operators, which it says “are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors.”

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.

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