Is Cruise Ship Killers Real?

By Alice Nichols

Cruise ship killers are a frightening concept, and one that has been sensationalized by the media in recent years. But is it real? The short answer is yes, but it’s not as common as some would have you believe.

The majority of cruise ship deaths are due to natural causes, such as heart attacks or strokes. However, there have been instances of passengers being killed or missing at sea. Most of these cases involve either foul play or negligence on the part of the cruise line or its staff.

In 2007, a passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was murdered in his cabin by another passenger. The killer was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. Other incidents involve passengers disappearing overboard, often due to intoxication or other reckless behavior on their part.

Cruise ships also face the risk of piracy and human trafficking, although these cases are increasingly rare due to increased security measures taken by cruise lines and governments alike. In 2017, two ships were hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden; fortunately, all those aboard were rescued unharmed.

It’s important to note that crime rates onboard cruise ships are much lower than those ashore; according to Maritime Executive Magazine, only 0.15 incidents per 100 passengers occur on a typical seven-day voyage. This figure is lower than what is found in many American cities and townships.

Conclusion: Cruise ship killers do exist, but they are rare occurrences compared to the number of deaths caused by natural causes each year on board cruise ships. Cruise lines have taken steps to ensure passenger safety through increased security measures such as armed guards and cameras on board their vessels; however, passengers should still take caution when travelling at sea and be aware of their surroundings at all times.