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How Safe Are Cruise Ships Really? What to Know About the Popular Vacation Choice

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On May 7, a cruise ship worker on the Norwegian Encore going from Vancouver to Alaska allegedly attacked a woman and two security guards with scissors on board the vessel, according to an Associated Press report. He was later arrested by the FBI.

The scary incident raises a question that surfaces regularly: How safe are cruise ships really? After all, you are trapped on a vessel with many strangers.

But according to Dr. James Fox, a professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University, the short answer is “very safe.”

“And,” he added, “relative to when people are on land, even safer.”

Of course, Fox acknowledged that violent crimes “do happen,” but the relative rarity of murders and assaults makes the occurrences of them all the more noteworthy.

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