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Cruising for Trouble: Cruise Ships as Soft Targets for Pirates, Terrorists, and Common Criminals Hardcover – March 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0313382345 ISBN-10: 0313382344

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313382344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313382345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Critiques what the cruise industry has done and failed to do behind the scenes to ensure for the safety of the passengers who go on cruise vacations

• Discusses the governmental and international organizations devoted to protecting the maritime domain

• Covers in detail several high-profile investigations regarding cruise ship disappearances, mysterious deaths, and the response of the cruise lines

• Looks at maritime terrorism and its affect on the cruise industry from the seizure of the Achille Lauro in 1986, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, to a planned terrorist attack on cruise ships in the Mediterranean in 2005



• A combination of photographs from the author, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Coast Guard, and API illustrate innovative security measures found on cruise ships, results of terrorist attacks, fire, piracy, and victims of cruise ship incidents.

• Provides a list of acronyms found throughout the book, such as the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) codes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

• Includes over 500 endnote references

• Offers a comprehensive index

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"From pirate attacks to crimes against passengers, Commander Gaouette's book offers a rare insider's view into the world of cruise ship security. Gaouette provides a unique perspective of the security challenges facing the cruise industry and its history of overboard passengers, sexual assaults, and unsolved crimes. Passengers should take notice that there are real dangers both onboard cruise ships and in the high seas surrounding them. This is an overdue wake up call to the cruise industry."

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James Walker, Esq., maritime lawyer, 26 year member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and author of CruiseLawNews.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cjg8302 on February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book can't help but be a little biased in assuming that cruise ships are targets for terrorists and pirates. Of course they are. A lot of information is devoted to making the case for more security both on and off cruise ships and why passengers should assume more responsibility for their own safety. Not a book to read on how fun cruises can be but useful when discussing maritime security as it relates to cruise ship vacations.
I personally found this book very interesting. I was fascinated to hear first hand accounts of passengers missing or going over board. The chapters about terrorism were so interesting it was hard to put down and should raise some serious red flags with the cruise industry. I think this book should represent a real sea-change of how security and safety on these vessels is regulated by the governments of the world, marketed and perceived to you and me the consumer, and how the cruise line industry conducts their business in general.
In my opinion anyone that has ever been on a cruise or wants to go on one should read this book. It might make you think twice about going, and might also serve as a guide of what not to do on a cruise. I would like to see what else the author has up his sleeve for a follow up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Tran-Nguyen on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gaouette's book is as much a history lesson as a book on cruising. It is filled with personal experiences and anecdotes that help bring maritime history to life. I found the discussions on cruise ship terror plots a real eye opener. Can't help to think what would have happened if one of these plots had succeeded. I liked how the book was divided into short narratives on a wide variety of topics which made it easy to read. A little long winded in some parts however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SandyD on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
CDR. Mark Gaouette is addressing some very uncomfortable issues that are timely and important.
Piracy and terrorism, as Mark points out, are only part of the challenges.

This book is poignant reminder that outlines systematically the stark realities of an industry gone wrong by self managing itself for far too long.

The large cruise companies have watched on the sidelines as other transport systems and properties have been zipped up with security and protection policies that are under the ever watchful eye of neutral authorities.

Can you imagine going to a resort where there is no security measures for the guests? Cruise lines were actually operating with no legal ramification if laws were broken and not disclosed. It is well known that common criminals regarded Cruise ships as a golden opportunity to break laws and not get prosecuted...Those days are coming to an end for all US docking Cruise lines as the US Congress passed the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

This is hopefully the first of many additional security measures that need to added around the world.

I would recommend this book to anyone, student or practitioner, interested in risk management and the Cruise Industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 3, 2011
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The book pinpoints the dangers and vulnerabilities of cruise ships operating far from the safety of the United States. Gaouette's has real relevance today as cruise ships begin pulling out of foreign ports of call because of acts of piracy - East Africa; high crime - Mexico and the Caribbean; and political unrest - Egypt, Libya and the Middle East. Also, great discussion of the State Department's travel warnings.
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