Has anyone ever been attacked or robbed or harrassed in a Port?

Besides pushy vendors that are easy to blow off. I only felt threatened in Nassau one time out of the 3 times I have been there. In the 80s I was in the USCG on WHEC Gallatin and we stopped in St. Thomas for a day before a cruise ship booted us. We were told that Navy personnel in the past were murdered there and the locals were pushy and demanding. Cruise lines stopped going until St Thomas USVI cleaned up its act.

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I have just had the pushy vendors and the "you guys need a date, my sister is free" when down in Mexico....... but being a seasoned traveler I knew 1. It was not a "date". 2. It was not his sister. 3. it sure as hell would not have been "Free" Big Smile

I was car jacked in St. Croix in the early 90s when 2 cars were blocking the road...Guy jumped in my car and fortunately just took my purse and left. A friend's son had his throat cut in Fredrickstead because he refused to give up his wallet...He survived but really dumb not to comply. That said, I continued to live there for 3 years and learned to be more "alert" when out and about.

Fast forward to present day, and I have not had one problem ever in any of the ports I've been in. I would like to believe that port security is more vigilant to preserve their valuable tourist trade but ... not so everywhere.

I almost forgot, When in Mazatlan I stayed on the ship, I was laying out by the pool and heard a couple gun shots. I decided it may be better to go inside the ship for a bit. It turns out is was 2 Mexican nationals that were shot rite next to the ship. That was the last cruise that stopped in Mazatlan for years.

When my wife and I am friends were in Ocho Rios, as we were getting ready to get back on the bus to take us back to the ship, one of the local woman grabs my woman by the arm and said to her "Stay by your husbands side, or they will take you". Let me tell you, that is the last time I will be in Jamaica. Apparently blonde, fair complected women are a hot commodity there!

This is one of the reasons I started this discussion. I have heard mixed reviews about Jamaica. I posted this to offer people a chance to share nervous situations about ports they have visited in order to warn or give insight of what can and has happened to visitors.. Not to say its a common thing and cant happen anywhere you are, but tourists can be seen as suckers. I have even read that outside the wonderful port of Mahogany bay where people on a guided excursion were road blocked and robbed.

Having experience it first hand, I would offer these suggestions: 1) Do not "look rich" - no jewelry, expensive handbags, watches, etc. 2) Avoid any "crowd commotion" - favorite diversion tactic of thieves is to create a ruckus such as a young woman appearing hurt on the ground, small children who look pathetic and when the cruisers stop to "help", their bags and purses are snatched in a second.

Besides the druggies who steal to feed their habit, people do not realize how poor and desperate many people are in some of these locations. They love "cruisers" cuz they are not there long enough to file a police report, press charges, etc. so their crimes go unnoticed.

I am skeptical of some of the reported robberies of guided excursions because a)most of the guides carry weapons and b)they are in constant communication with their "base". They would need to slow down for the road block, stop the vehicle, etc etc. There are also a lot of excursion companies that have one passenger who is actually a security guard.

So be cautious, stay with the pack, and try not to let it deter your port fun!

I am cautious on a good day while travelling. The only real place where it was iffy with the locals was Cartagena, in the old city. There were armed guards with us so that helped a bit.

Otherwise , just be careful and listen to you external affairs departments. If they say it's really not safe to go there. Don't.

Good Point ... ports change over time ...

It is the only port where we don't even get off the ship.



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