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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
In addition to the inadequacies in reporting of shipboard crime, the law should be broadened to reporting crimes against passengers in ports of call, which is often a larger danger.
Data on crimes committed aboard cruise ships remain limited despite a 2010 federal law [pdf] intended to improve the reporting process, with less than a third of alleged offenses made public and then only months or years after they were reported, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said.
The GAO raised questions about the usefulness of the law’s crime-reporting requirements, which it said produce outdated statistics on only a subset of alleged crimes and provide no context for consumers to judge an individual cruise line’s safety record.