It seems what I am about to show you here should never happen. No one would be this stupid, right? No one would try to bring illegal drugs on board a cruise ship, right?
Unfortunately, it does happen and this is what happens next.
I was out walking on Deck 7 of Majesty of the Seas one afternoon as we were ready to pull out of Nassau, Bahamas. I noticed a few guests looking over the side and took a look myself.
I knew the signs of trouble when I saw the ship's Staff Captain, Hotel Director, the port agent, and local police at the gangway.
Eventually, the Nassau Police officers wearing their crisp white uniforms brought a young man wearing white shorts, a white t-shirt, and flip flops off of the ship.
Documents were provided to the police officers...
...who checked it all before...
...the young man...
...was put into the vehicle on the left to be taken by the Nassau Police. As they pulled away, the young man facing toward the back of the vehicle in the back seat made the sign of the cross, the ship lines were released...
...and we sailed out of beautiful Nassau after a 34 minute delay.
Since the drugs were found on the young man by gangway security inside the ship while coming on board, he will be put on a plane to Miami (he pays for his own ticket) by Nassau Police where he will be met by US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other law enforcement. It will not be fun for him. Surely someone else with whom he was cruising brought his luggage back to the US.
Royal Caribbean has a zero tolerance policy.
Every cruise is different and this was one of the sad events that made this one different.
Just say no.