February 11, 2003
A passenger on Carnival Legend’s January 29 sailing reported that a crew member from Carnival Legend entered her cabin and raped her. In her report, the unidentified passenger told cruise officials and police that the incident occurred early in the morning of February 6 as the ship made its final approach to Port Everglades, when a man used a master key card to enter her cabin.
The woman immediately reported the assault to onboard officials and the crew member -- who has been named in the media as Made Wirawan from the Philippines though his position on the ship has not been identified -- was detained by Legend security officers and then turned over to the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) upon docking. He was arrested on charges of sexual battery and burglary with assault or battery and is jailed.
The passenger was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale. At this point, the matter is now in the hands of Broward officials but Carnival did release a statement: “We maintain a staunch zero tolerance policy on crime. We immediately report any allegations of criminal behavior to the proper authorities as we did in this instance. We are giving our full cooperation and support to BSO in the investigation.”