Harassment by - The worst natives?

The downtown shopping excursion in the Dominican Republic is the worst. I had to rescue a little elderly white couple from a group of extremely pushy sales people. It was so bad I was looking for the police. Has anyone been harassed like this? 

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The worst port we were in for this type of behavior was Samana in the Dominican Republic. We were of the ship $5 minutes and I rushed my wife back to the ship. This port was beggars and pushy sales people. There were two men shadowing us. My senses told me to get out. Several people on board had bad experiences in port.

Mine was DR as well !! WOW! 

Good to know this information prior to getting off the ship at any port. Probably the best time to do an excursion thru the cruise line in DR.

Roatan was the worst we have encountered.  There were vendors lined up to meet our bus. They literally stood at every bus window begging us to buy from them.  Also, I was sitting on the beach while DH and DD were chatting with a fisherman and admiring his boat.  A lady came up with her small child and offered a massage.  I said no, but she pulled my shoe and sock off and started rubbing my foot with baby oil Sad  I was taken off guard and I didn't want to raise a scene in front of the child.  Anyone who knows me is aware of my 50 foot personal bubble Big Smile  My wonderful DH and DD were down the beach laughing their rear ends off.  She started to remove my other shoe and I told her I have a medical condition and could not have a massage on that foot. (Hey, it's all I could think of in the moment) When they finally came to my rescue, I told DH to give her $5 so she would stop, and it worked.  

 

Yeah, I think crude likes should put out a warning ⚠️ or some  type of protection should be sent to certain ports. There’s usually NO cruise line or local security there to help vulnerable travelers. 

Wow! This should have been reported. It’s a shame the cruise lines don’t do anything. I wonder how long has this been going on and how long will they ignore the treatment that we get?

 

wow...what a subject..."they" (being the cruise lines) know all about it, and its been going on in certain 3rd world countries since the beginning  of time..and not all of them are across the pond either...begging and harassing cruise ship passengers IS their job..."they" do something about it when occasionally enough rich Americanos actually get assaulted or worse...then, they stop cruising to a given port for awhile, which interrupts all kinds of activities (not to mention cash flow) to the local govts...And that's why, as I mentioned elsewhere...when cruising to certain ports, and you've seen all the junque and jungle, theres absolutely no reason to get off the ship...had an interesting conversation with two couples a couple cruises ago...they were from FRANCE...asked em why the didn't get off the ship, since we saw them more than once while in several ports...spoke excellent ENGLISH, (whereas my French is limited to VietNam pidgin..) they said in effect...no point, who needs to see all "that"...they just like cruising, and get off only when theres something really interesting to see...

 

We have had similar experiences but the cruise directors on most of the sailings have given us a "heads up" during the shore tour briefing. Even if you are aware it can happen as the above stories show.  Sometimes when you are told that there are aggressive folks, you can't imagine HOW aggressive.  We find Jamaica to be almost as bad as DR.

As far as vendors and other beggars, I politely say "No, Thank you" once and continue walking. If they continue to talk to me, I ignore them (I have an ice cold heart sometimes).

As far as feeling, or actually being, threatened, that only happened once, in Mexico (not on a cruise). I simply told my wife we were leaving, and walked as quickly as possible back to the international bridge.

There are a few places where you have to run the gauntlet of sellers and some can be very pushy. We have encountered a few at Dunns River Falls and also in Antigua. Usually a very blunt but polite no thank you gets them to chase someone else. 

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