Has anyone felt unsafe at times or have been assaulted or needed police assistance at any of the Caribbean ports of call?  For me it was only once in Nassau while jogging.  I can tell 3 dudes were watching me.  Felt like they wanted me closer.  I turned around and headed  back to the Cruise area.  

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No, we have always felt safe, but we generally don't wander outside of the touristy areas. In Nassau we did roam on our own and made a wrong turn, realized it about 6 blocks later, but still felt safe. We passed by locals who weren't intimidating, and they likely would have helped two obvious tourists who were a tad misplaced. LOL

I was going to age myself with "Danger Will Robinson, Danger"

On Nassau I was glad to be in a excursion, I don't think I'd venture out to far on my own in that port.

Maybe they liked your jogging outfit.

Usually I'm pretty good with directions but that day we missed the turn, trying to get to the Queen's Staircase. At least we were on a main thoroughfare.

No, I have never felt unsafe in any port. I stick mostly with the ship sponsored shore excursions. I usually only go out on my own if i know a port well. Then I stick to the toursit areas. You can never be too careful in any port.

We(4 of us) did wander a bit afar in Nassau, but a very nice local lady helped us fin our way. I have personally felt uncomfortable in Jamaica even within the designated area. We are usually careful not to have things that make us look like good targets.

Sometimes people surprise you by being nice, even if you think you are in a rough neighborhood. This wasn't a cruise per se but in the Caribbean. A friend of mine bought one of those drug runner boats at auction, which the US government had confiscated in Florida. He had to get it to Alaska, so talked another friend, a commercial fisherman, into going down with him and then take it through the canal and up to Seattle. I'm not certain which port they ended up going into, maybe Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rico etc. etc. But they had to dive into one quick since they almost got caught in a hurricane. They tied up the boat, and being pretty heavy boozers they headed for the nearest waterfront bar. Some local joined them and they all got drunk together. At some point they mentioned they better check in with someone, like the authorities. Their new found friend said he would take care of it. So they gave him all the information on the boat and their passports. Off he went, as they sat there they began pondering that that was probably the stupidest thing they had ever done. But pretty soon the friend returned, all paperwork was in order and they were cleared.

I have not spent a lot of time in the Caribbean yet. The only port that I felt somewhat unsafe was Paris. Pick pockets were everywhere.

Jamaica is a little scary


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