Bahamas: Increase in Crime in Water Front Cruise Ship Area … Its all About the Safe Tourist, or Not


The Bahamas is witnessing a rather troubling trend of crime in of all places the water front area where the cruise ships are located. One really has to wonder about many of these island getaways and Caribbean vacation locations where tourism is supposed to be their greatest asset, yet there seems to be little concern to the future of said asset. How does it get to be that the very area where tourists is supposed to congregate becomes the very area where crime does instead? Talk about supply and demand.


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If tourists spots and Caribbean islands actually want tourists to frequent them, would not one think that maybe protecting tourists would be a primary concern? It would almost seem that so many Caribbean tourist locations became complacent and could not be bothered with the risk that they put those in who are their main livelihood. When will locations like the Bahamas understand that is all about the security stupid. Aruba has witnesses that same lesson with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, even though they disavow that it is the reason why their tourism numbers have fallen drastically.

Earth to the Caribbean … why would anyone want to visit if one does not feel safe! The end result is that people will go where they do feel safe.

The Ministry also reported that cruise arrivals to Nassau have been decreasing from a 2004 high of almost two million and will likely continue to decline with cruise companies having scheduled five fewer regular calls to the Nassau port.

Cruise companies have opted to sail elsewhere, presumably for the same reasons their negotiators have been citing for years: crime, dirt and conditions of the port.

Carinval Cruise Lines Ltd., the world’s largest cruise company, recently designed and built its own cruise terminal at Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos, which described as “a destination in its own right, with retail shops, a recreation area right on the beach and a huge pool.”

While construction was ongoing in the small island chain that begins just 30 miles from southwestern Bahamas, the company was still griping about conditions at the Prince George Dock in Nassau, according to a shore excursion operator whose company works closely with cruise lines. (The Nassau Guardian)

Heightened efforts to fight drug and migrant trafficking in the Bahamas

Particularly, the parties discussed ways to counter the increased flow of illegal narcotics through The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands from Hispaniola.

According to OPBAT statistics for the year, authorities have so far seized 427,481 pounds of marijuana, including 193,000 plants, 189.5 kilos of cocaine and arrested 32 alleged drug traffickers.

Caribbean ‘terrorism’? Implications for US-regional relations

Finally, Caribbean hoteliers must take a realistic perspective on the security benefits of the CARICOM Single Domestic Space. If fear of the Caribbean is allowed to lodge in the minds of American travellers, hoteliers will suffer. Ease and convenience of travel are ideal, but porous borders are insecure borders and travellers need to know that they will be safe and secure wherever they go. (Jamaica Gleaner)

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  • Comments

    16 Responses to “Bahamas: Increase in Crime in Water Front Cruise Ship Area … Its all About the Safe Tourist, or Not”

    1. Richard on June 13th, 2007 6:08 am

      With about two weeks to go until the latest confrontation with Aruba Tourism Authority, I thought I’d give an update on how things are going. And they are going very well.

      From June 27 to July 1, the ATA will be present at an event in New Orleans that is open to travel agents only. Since these are the people who push Aruba (those who do), I thought it was very important that Natalee supporters show up to keep the message going: “No justice for Natalee … no tourists for Aruba.”

      One person contacted me with an unbelievably generous offer: she would let participants in the protest use her timeshare in New Orleans. This has worked out.

      The New Orleans protest is being led by Jamie, whose sister made those wonderful signs that were used in Miami. Jamie told me last night that things are moving ahead.

      This will be the biggest turnout ever, judging from the number of people who have said they will take part.

      Anyone who wants to make a donation, ask about showing up, or just wants to make a statement of support is asked to write to Your message will be passed on to Jamie.

      We confronted the ATA at Boston.
      We confronted the ATA at Miami.
      Now we’re facing them at New Orleans.

      And we will not back down. We can’t force them to do justice for Natalee … but we can, and will, make sure that they understand the costs of not doing so.

      It’s their choice.

      “No justice for Natalee … NO TOURISTS FOR ARUBA.”

    2. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 13th, 2007 8:46 am

      This address: to the 750 page report on Natalee’s case no longer works, can some one help me with a new link?


    3. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 13th, 2007 8:48 am

      I’ve used it hundreds of times, what’s the deal?

    4. on June 13th, 2007 9:20 am

      Good work Richard, Jamie and New Orleans team. Guess if Aruba is working their way across the USA, sooner or later they’ll get to KS – where I’ll be waiting.

    5. Brie on June 13th, 2007 1:21 pm

      Richard…Glad to hear the good new of New Orleans…people do want to get involved and people do want to help. As always, Thank You.

    6. Meee on June 13th, 2007 2:04 pm

      That was very nice of the person with the time share

    7. Quinne on June 13th, 2007 11:53 pm

      Hey!! Good luck New Orleans team!!… You have my support too!

    8. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 14th, 2007 10:13 pm

      Where is everyone?

    9. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 14th, 2007 11:20 pm

      Some have ask me to repost (from Dec. 06)


      “I’ll do anything to protect my son” One father told another. Dave Holloway wondered, protect from what? Protection from being accused of a crime he did not commit, or protection from a crime he did commit.

      Dave Holloway had been at the landfill all day, searching for his daughter. He heard that Paulus was going to be at the police station that day, and he wanted to talk with him. It took a change of clothes and much scrubbing to get the smell of the landfill off his body, and never out of his mind. Paulus had been doing some “scrubbing” and cleaning that day too.
Earlier in the day, as Dave searched the landfill for the remains of his daughter, he thought how extremely blessed he had been to be the father of such a kind and caring soul as Natalee.

      That same morning, as Paulus shredded still another document, he wondered where he had gone wrong with his son. Didn’t he give him everything he wanted-his own apartment, money, completed say so of his own life, pornography for his i-pod. He thought of all the quality time he had spent with his son gambling and drinking and rating the behinds of all the female tourist.

      Dave thinks, ” Maybe I can find Natalee and take her home. Maybe I can find her alive and unharmed, please God make that happen.”

      Paulus thinks, “This can be changed. I can make it all right. It will be okay. Morally Joran is guilty, but legally he is innocent, and that’s all that counts. It is my duty to protect him, I’m his father..”

      One father knows, one Father doesn’t. One Father prays, one father lies. One Father hopes, one father hopes not. One Father is known as Daddy (Abba), one father never did and never will deserve that title. One Father loves, one father loves himself. One Father hears a voice saying this is right, this is wrong; one father hears no voice. One Father raised a beautiful daughter; one father raised a demonic monster. One Father will be okay, in the end with the help of God, friends and family. One father will never be okay. He will lead a life of hell on earth, and a real hell when he leaves this world.

      Comment by Waterboy | December 2, 2006, 10:54 am

    10. dave on June 15th, 2007 8:37 am

      Where is all the support for Natalee? I come here to read everyday and have seen very few supporters posting in the past few days. I hope you all have not given up your cause to find justice for Natalee.

    11. 10061906 on June 15th, 2007 1:56 pm

      Dave: I noticed. It’s like every thing else. When someone wants you, then everyone wants you. When the news fades so does the interest. That is exactly what Aruba wanted, to wear us down with lies and misdirections.
      Well I for one made a promise to Natalee: I would not forget her either; and a promise made is a promised kept.
      You should read the previous posting. There were over 250.
      I want to know what the Dutch team found recently. My opinion it was a show of force for support for the island. Nothing will come of it.
      Where is the rest of Joran’s book. If I could get a copy I would pay to have it translated.

    12. 10061906 on June 15th, 2007 2:02 pm

      And furthermore. The truth will never be known as long as there is an island wide coverup. If I were the FBI I would try and find some reason to bring in the Gottenbos’s for questioning. Afterall the ALE went to Alabama to question the MBHS students. There has also been a mass deletion of the Student FBI statements from the net.
      And furthermore: The US and Aruba and the Netherlands has a joint extradiction policy. But somehow it can’t be used because of lack of evidence.
      Natalee is just a missing person.

    13. 10061906 on June 15th, 2007 3:17 pm

      and furthermore dave: the saddest part of it all is:
      Only a few letters away from sadist)
      We cannot prove a thing when the fox guards the hen house. Get my drift.

    14. Jon on June 21st, 2007 12:15 am

      I’ve got an idea…let’s ban the Earth from any kind of travel.

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    16. Mike on February 6th, 2008 6:05 pm

      This is a bit scary. I don’t understand why anyone would want to hurt their own tourism base.

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