New Sheriff in Town

From “special assignment” deck hands apologetically confiscating port-bought liquor until the end of the cruise, to steely-eyed swat-trained anti-terrorist security teams, ship-board security has come a long way since I started cruising. But with things the way they are in the world today – that’s a good thing.

Tags: security

16 Answers

Security, although a pain for us, is a necessity. We have guards at the entrance to our condo but still people sneak in to do mischief.

With standards and staffing slipping for many onboard services - it's reassuring that at least Security is STRAC.

Those shipboard security officers may seem timid, but it would not be a good idea to mess with them.

As we were embarking, the young gal at the scanner stopped my bag, her eyes got huge and she called "code yellow. Code yellow" on her mic. A female security officer and nice policeman came over and escorted me and my carry on bag and purse to a private room. What the young girl thought was ammunition turned out to be the metal ends of our 2 lanyards touching a small change purse. How she thought it looked like ammo is beyond me, but she was sure excited about finding a "code yellow" and even took a pic of what she saw on her screen , with her cell phone. I didn't care that she did that because I knew she was mistaken. It was just part of our adventure, and the security officer ne policeman were so nice. Extra care and caution are fine with me!

true, kinda like on one of my favorite movies "Roadhouse", Patrick Swayze, "Be Nice until it is time to not be nice"

Good on you Bonmike ... let people do their job ... if you aren't doing anything wrong, no worries!

Oh Bonnie, you gave some customs officer some excitement for 33 seconds. You should be proud that for one brief moment in a customs officer career the feeling she caught a Canadian red handed with ammo trying to board a ship.

High Five to you!

They do stand armed at the doors to the bridge and that's a good feeling.

We are Alaskans but my wife originally came from the top of Maine. She used to travel back there to help take care of the oldsters from time to time. In the summer here we spend most of our time in the woods. We have two wilderness places, one fairly close to Anchorage which she watches out over and mine, which is in the mountains 310 miles away. We have bear problems in Alaska, especially where I am, so I have three friends who watch out over me, Smith & Wesson and Winchester. I am very skeptical about bear spray and little bells for protection, another story another time. At our close place, there really isn't a bear problem at all, you never know about the two legged variety though. One time, I got back in to town right after she got back from Maine. She was all worked up. Turned out as she changed planes in Boston they found her can of bear spray in her hand carry. Wow, it is a wonder she isn't still doing time and that was before 9/11. I wasn't sympathetic, "What the he-l you thinking about anyway traveling with bear spray", which is the same as pepper spray and mace. Up until a few years ago she was still getting threatening letters from the Feds, which irritated her no end.

How big are your 3 friends?

Alaska Aces.


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