Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 6:14 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Cruise News, a popular online outlet for developments in the cruise line industry, is reporting that passengers of a Carnival cruise ship were robbed at gun-point in Belize.
According to the report, on Tuesday, September 13 a passenger of the Carnival Magic was held-up by armed robbers while they were at the Belize sign near the Fort Street Tourism Village taking some pictures.
A vendor was offering wood and jewelry to them, when a male on a bicycle, threw down his bike and pointed a gun at them, the passengers reported.
In the report made to the police, the victims stated: “ He then put it under his shirt when my friend turned around. My friend thought it was a joke and wasn’t cooperating that’s when the man pulled the gun back out racked it and pointed it at us. He told us to empty our pockets. My friend gave him 15$ all he had left and I gave him 25$ he then saw my phone and told me to give it to him. I delayed giving to him as I was thinking about my options. After a few moments I decided it wasn’t worth it and gave it to him. He then started yelling at my friend to give him his wallet which he did not have. The man then asked where it was my friend replied in my room. Finally the male said don’t make this a big deal and got back on his bike and rolled away. I preceded to run to the first police officer I could find and let them know what happened. The police had several officer driving around in cars and motorcycles trying to find the assailant. They told us it was the 1st time in 2 years this happened in or by the port. They could not locate him and took us to the police station where we gave statements and made reports. 2 hrs later they took us back to the port where we went back on the ship and made report to carnival. They said it never happens. Made report to guest services then wrote statement to security and told me to call corporate office when I get off ship. Called the office they did not seem to care much and I told them why do they go to unsafe ports their reply was this never happens. To future cruisers I would suggest to not get off on this port.”
Carnival Magic have contacted the passenger and stated that it is going to increase awareness with cruise guests and increase police and security at FSTV.
Last March there were two incidents where a couple from a cruise ship in Belize reported that they were victims of an attempted armed robbery near the Museum of Belize and some other passengers were robbed at gunpoint while on excursion at the Altun Ha Maya Ruins.
The Minister of Tourism said earlier this year that violent crime has been decreasing in the country. He said that over one million people visited Belize last year and crime against tourists was “rare.”
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