Passengers on cruise ship sailing from Baltimore could have stayed home to be robbed

The roadside vendor earns a living selling crafts and jewelry to tourists from the cruise ships which visit each week at St. Kitts. This location is near where 17 passengers of the Mercury were robbed. Copyright 2010 THE CHESAPEAKE

Many Maryland residents have been travelors on the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury. THE CHESAPEAKE staff photo

Passengers from the Celebrity Mercury were robbed this past weekend when their cruise ship stopped at St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  Local heathens put a tree across the road and blocked the path of a tour bus filled with passengers on an excursion from the ship.
The Mercury is in its second year of conducting cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Baltimore. 

Those taking tours of St. Kitts will find this spectacular view of the south end of the island where the Atlantic Ocean is shown at the left, and the Caribbean at the right of this photo. THE CHESAPEAKE staff photo

The ship has been sold to a German cruise line and will leave Celebrity service in February after operating on cruises around the world since 1997.
The robbery of 17 passengers at St. Kitts is the latest incident involving robberies and murder affecting passengers of cruise ships in the Caribbean. 

Police in St. Kitts report having made 4 arrests thus far while several cruise lines have cancelled stops at St. Kitts and switched port visits to Antiqua, which itself was the scene of a murder of a cruise line passenger who was visiting the island nation.

A 14-year-old girl was killed when she was caught in a shootout between gangs in the U. S. Virgin Islands, on St. Thomas, this past summer. 

Dancers entertain cruise ship passengers at this welcome center and shopping area at the cruise ship terminal in St. Kitts. Copyright 2010 THE CHESAPEAKE

While police claim to have violence under control, a claim often heard in American cities, the best protection for travelors is to be aware of where crime takes place and to be cautious.

The Celebrity Mercury, the newest of the Century class of the line's ships, was first launched in 1997 and is being sold as Celebrity embarks on their new Solstice class, which includes the Eclipse, the Solstice and the Equinox and in 2012, the Silhouette. This photo shows the Mercury at St. Croix. Copyright 2010 THE CHESAPEAKE staff photo

A Mercury chef prepares a poolside buffet. THE CHESAPEAKE staff photo

But while criminals in the island paradises such as St. Kitts can have guns, tourists are prevented from packing heat.

The Mercury passengers were robbed of cash, cameras and jewelry, according to the Cruise Critic website.

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