CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Legend of the Seas by David Gabriel Australia November 23, 2001

I travelled on the Legend of the Seas for the xmas and New Years sailing with 9 other family members. On Wed 2nd Jan, 2002 my 3 year old son was followed across the ship and then down 6 decks of stairs by an unknown man approx 35 to 40 years old. Upon reaching level three this man grabbed my son for reasons that are still unknown to us. Upon seeing this I pushed this man in the chest and caused him to break contact with my 3 year old. This man then came at twice forcing me to use physical force to repell him. As a result the Captain has asked both the unknown man and myself to leave the ship at the next port of call. I was told " We are not concerned how this incident ocurred. We are only concerned that it does not ocurr again. To ensure this we are asking you to leave ". I was never offered the opportunity to explain to the Captain the circumstances of what had taken place. My father who also saw the incident was denied any opportunity to provide evidence. My requests for the Police to be contacted and enquiries made into the offending male was also denied by the Captain. I also made numerous requests for Royal Caribbean to supply me with the details of the man who assaulted and followed my son. These details were not and to date still have not been supplied to me as they say they are confidential information.

I am totally and absolutely disgusted with Royal Caribbean Cruises and in particular the Captain onboard the Legend with reagrds to their total and utter disregard for the safety and welfare of my son on that sailing. I have cruised numerous times with RCI before and they have always been excellent. I believe perhaps that the senior staff on board the Legend of the seas were more concerned with keeping a lid on this issue rather than making reasonable and appropiate enquiries as to what was this mans agends in stalking and then assaulting a three year old child.

Needless to say the ten family members who sailed on this cruise were upset and angry. I doubt wether any of us will ever sail on Royal Caribbean again. The only compassion shown to us was from our excellent Cabin stewards and Dining staff.

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