Ahh, cruising, when everything goes wrong, it’s …; bad. More often than not, though, it’s a relaxing voyage through several ports-of-call where your only worry for a week or so is making sure you don’t get too tipsy to find your way back to your cabin. If you’re traveling in Europe and Oceania, that’s largely true. Those places only reported minor incidents with their cruising tourists, so they were excluded from the list. When you’re getting off the boat in some locales, however, it’s a different story. Look, most of the time passengers disembark happily without incident. Unfortunately, there are certain spots where the likelihood of encountering crime is greater than average. In no particular order, here are some of the statistically more dangerous cruise stops where you should be a particularly cautious.
1. St. Lucia
The sparkling waters and storied Pitons of St. Lucia are an enticing invitation when you’re cruising through the Caribbean. However, the island is also filled with horror stories of tourists who have encountered some local residents who are a little down on their luck and doing desperate deeds. Take the story of Roger and Margaret Pratt, who were “attacked by robbers” in 2014. No need to be paranoid, of course, but be on guard here as petty and not-so-petty crime does happen.