Some cruise lines do not permit registered offenders to cruise, but many if not most cruise lines do.Another lawyer here in Miami recently wrote an interesting article for the Huffington Post about this important issue, titled Should Cruise Ships Allow Sexual Offenders to Sail?
It seems like only Carnival and Royal Caribbean do. I have handled over 100 cases and not a single one was committed by a known sexual predator, to my knowledge. The arrest took place when the ship arrived in Värtahamnen, a port in Stockholm, Sweden.
Even after being criminally convicted of their sexual crimes and placed on the National Sex Offender Public Website, they think that they really didn't do anything wrong and they should be entitled to the same privileges as people who didn't commit sexual crimes.
I have represented far too many people sexually assaulted on cruise ships, including dozens of children sexually abused during cruises, to have any tolerance for sexual offenders protesting that they were not permitted to cruise.
He attempted to fondle a second child in an adjoining Jacuzzi. Customs and Border Protection may arrest sexual predators who have an outstanding warrants but they usually do so only after the cruise ship returns to port.
At a hearing before a Federal Magistrate in Pennsylvania, an FBI agent testified that the pedophile admitted that he went on the cruise to "have a sexual encounter with a young boy." (There was no indication that the man was on a sexual offender database at the time of the cruise; shortly after this incident Royal Caribbean starting performing background checks of passengers). government or port authorities (at either the state or national levels) to perform background checks and prevent sexual offenders from cruising. For example, a 28 year-old man (photo right) was arrested while disembarking the at the Port of Tampa a few years ago. Marshals arrested the passenger only the cruise ship returned to port.