Our Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer Offers More Insight on How Alcohol Can Lead to an Increase in Onboard Sexual Assault Incidents

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Alcohol on cruise shipsLast time, our cruise ship rape lawyer discussed how alcohol can play a large role in sexual assault crimes on the high seas. Alcohol can lower inhibitions, and given the new unlimited alcohol packages that cruise lines are now offering passengers, the chances that a sexual assault or rape will occur on a ship are much higher. Let’s explore the reasons why.

These new alcohol packages allow cruise passengers to pay a flat fee and enjoy an unlimited number of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and other assorted cocktails. Knowing that the drinks can just keep on coming means that passengers are much more likely to order more than their usual number of alcoholic drinks and get much more intoxicated than even they would expect.

Several cruise passengers have had their drinks spiked by sexual assailants, and the fact that these unlimited alcohol packages are available means two things: 1) there is a much higher chance for assailants to spike drinks because more drinks are being ordered in general, and 2) the fact that unlimited drinks can lead to over intoxication means that a potential victims’ judgment is much more impacted, preventing them from being able to notice their drinks being spiked to begin with.

Many have criticized these unlimited alcohol packages because they encourage passengers to drink excessively, which can lead to a slew of complications in and of itself, including accidents, altercations, and injuries. However, because of the connection between alcohol and sexual assaults, these drink packages can also lead to an increase in sexual assaults and cruise ship rapes.

Though cruise ship bartenders should be able to cut off passengers when they appear to be intoxicated, or after a certain number of drinks, many do not, and instead, continue to push for more alcohol sales. Though passengers might think the unlimited alcohol packages are a good deal, as any cruise ship rape lawyer at our firm can tell you, they offer far more downfalls than they do benefits.

Cruise vacations should be fun, but they should also be safe. Cruise lines have a responsibility to keep passengers as safe as reasonably possible, and encouraging intoxication certainly goes against safety maintenance. While it is highly unlikely that cruise lines will do away with their alcohol packages for good, at least they can better train bartenders to cut passengers off when they’ve clearly reached their limit.

And passengers, if you are considering going on a cruise vacation, we highly suggest keeping an eye on your drink at all times. Assailants can contaminate drinks with drugs in the blink of an eye. If you have to leave the area you are in for whatever reason, take your drink with you. Never leave your drink unattended. If for some reason you suspect your drink has been tampered with, ask the bartender to make you another one in front of you. Unfortunately, some sexual assailants on ships are the crew members themselves who bring you your drinks. Asking bartenders to make cocktails in front of you reduces the chance you will be drugged. Additionally, we know you want to have a good time, but please refrain from going overboard with your alcohol intake. It’s always better to be on the safe side.