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