When it comes to the list of what not to do on a cruise ship, you’ve got to think that stealing would be near the top.
So why the heck are stories of onboard thievery so prevalent? We’re not talking the stray towel here or bathrobe there (and no, we’re not advocating lifting linens).
Did you hear the one about the guy who tried to take a Rembrandt — roughly the size of a door! — from a Norwegian ship? When authorities asked him about the painting, which he was trying to casually walk off the ship, he reportedly said he was going to mail it home. He also offered multiple explanations for how the painting, valued at more than $13,000, had come into his possession: he won it from a raffle, got it from an auction, painted it himself. His wife told his lawyer her husband was being medicated for opiate withdrawal and was acting strangely.
Then, there’s the story of the passenger who simply couldn’t help himself — well, maybe he was helping himself to too much — aboard a Royal Caribbean ship. His lawyer said the man “yielded to temptations” when he stole more than $3,000 worth of spa items, then pilfered another passenger’s Sea Pass card, charging $130 worth of cologne to the account.
And finally, how about the elderly woman who ordered a cheese tray every day of her two-week Oceania cruise? Apparently, the woman liked the trays as much as the cheese, because she kept every tray delivered to her room. She might have gotten away with it, too, had she not died in the cruise terminal upon her return to Miami. Not knowing what to do with her luggage, officials kept her bags in their offices. After a few days, the odor emanating from the suitcases alerted them to the larceny.
Have you witnessed theft onboard a cruise ship? What would you do if you saw someone stealing? Where’s the line between a souvenir and stealing? Leave your comments below.
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