Jim Walker has compiled the list based on information and complaints from cruise passengers who have contacted his US law firm. He decided to investigate the most dangerous ports after the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released a Global Study on Homicide in 2013.
"The most dangerous countries mentioned in the study read like a cruise line itinerary," said Walker. "Honduras (1), Venezuela (2), Belize (3), El Salvador (4), Guatemala (5), Jamaica (6), St. Kitts - Nevis (8), and Colombia (10).
"Cruise lines spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars a year creating idyllic illusions of tropical vacations on beautiful Caribbean beaches. But behind that slick marketing facade lies danger."
A few people complained of being pick-pocketed in Italy. But we have received no reports of guns or knives from people visiting European or African ports ever. Of course, ports in Australia and New Zealand are fabulously safe. We have also never received a complaint about crime in the Asian ports.
Some of the Caribbean countries have high homicide rates, one as high as around 90 murders per 100,000 people, whereas the average city in the U.S. is a little over 4 homicides per 100,000.
Many people living in these Caribbean countries will be insulted and say how can you point the finger at us when you have cities like Detroit or Newark? But who on earth would ever vacation in one of these U.S. cities? Everyone knows Newark is dangerous. But few people who just bought a St.Lucia Cruise Ship Crimecruise realize that Nassau is also dangerous.
The other problem facing cruise tourists in the Caribbean is that once you are victimized, the crooks are rarely apprehended. There is little justice. Of the last 50 U.S. citizens killed in Honduras, for example, the local police have solved just 2 cases